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Progesterone Cream Helps Estrogen Dominance
Progesterone can oppose the effects of Estrogen Dominance. What is Estrogen Dominance? Estrogen Dominance is too much estrogen. Progesterone cream does NOT cut back your own estrogen. Progesterone opposes Estrogen.
Where is this extra estrogen coming from?
1) Your own estradiol is high. This is usually from taking coffee, chocolate, or cocoa butter. I had one patient using black African soap that contained cocoa butter. She had elevated estradiol. She stopped the black African soap. Her estradiol returned to normal. 2 cups of coffee will increase your estradiol levels by 70% according to a Bringham Young University Study. The solution is to stop drinking coffee.
2) Typically, the estradiol levels ARE NORMAL. but the woman is still Estrogen Dominant. The extra estrogen is coming from lotions, detergents, soaps, and cosmetics that are put into the skin and go directly into the body. These lotions, detergents, soaps and cosmetics contain xenoestrogens (chemical estrogens) that mimic estrogen or phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) that mimic estrogen. These xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens DO NOT increase your own estrogen, rather they mimic estrogen. Xenoestrogens do NOT appear on the hormone test. I wish there was a routine lab test to test for xenoestrogens, but there is no lab test for xenoestrogens. This is why the estradiol levels are normal, but the patient has Estrogen Dominance symptoms. Xenoestrogens do NOT appear on the lab test.
3) After the age of 35, a woman has anovulatory menstrual cycles most of the time and does NOT PRODUCE progesterone. An anovulatory cycle is a cycle in which no ovulation occurs. A normal cycle before the age of 35 usually goes like this. A follicle begins to form on top of the ovary. The follicle pops and an egg is released. The used follicle becomes the corpus luteum and begins to produce progesterone. So during a normal period, before the age of 35, you get a pulse of estradiol and then a pulse of progesterone. However, after the age of 35, most of the time, the follicle comes up does NOT pop out an egg. The follicle goes back down. No corpus luteum is produced. No progesterone is produced. So after the age of 35, most women most of the time do NOT produce a corpus luteum and do NOT produce progesterone. Most women after the age of 35 most of the time only produce estradiol and not progesterone.
These are the three main reasons that I have found for Estrogen Dominance clinically. 1) Coffee, chocolate, and cocoa butter 2)Xenoestrogens and Phytoestrogens 3)Anovulatory cycles after the age of 35.
So I have NOT found hormone tests to be very helpful clinically. Hormone tests do not measure phytoestrogens or xenoestrogens. There is no saliva or blood test available for lavender (phytoestrogen) that I know of. It is easier to ask the patient whether or not she is using soap spiked with lavender. There is no blood test that I know of that measures parabens or phenoxyethanol. It is easier to ask the patient whether she is using these chemicals on the skin from her cosmetics.
I just ask the patient whether or not she is drinking coffee, chocolate, or cocoa butter, if she is above the age of 35 and go through a list of xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens. I ask whether or not she has bloating and breast tenderness before her period. This is cheaper than a hormone blood test and includes the most common causes of Estrogen Dominance.
The Bloating and Breast Tenderness question is a much better test than a hormone test, because it includes the effects of xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens. The question is also cheaper than a hormone test.
Usually, I get a woman with breast tenderness and bloating before her period and does NOT drink coffee. The hormone test comes out NORMAL. Thus, it does not make sense to to a hormone test. She is still Estrogen Dominant. So I tell her just to cut out the xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens and take Natural Progesterone Cream.
The only time it makes sense to do a hormone test is when the patient takes progesterone cream and feels nothing at all. Then you have to ask whether the patient is absorbing the progesterone. This is less than 1% of all patients I see. Usually, these patients are thick. These thick patients are usually applying natural progesterone over the fat layers. If these thick patients apply progesterone over the insides of the arms or the legs where the fat layers are thin, then the patient begins to absorb progesterone well. Normally, I see no good reason to do a hormone test other than you have too much money and feel the need to spend it. If you want to spend money, donate it to me on the website or go out for a nice French dinner.