Bio-available progesterone cream holds a uniquely controversial position in the UK. The medical community deride it with scepticism but thousands of women are demanding access to the product! Those who currently use progesterone cream speak of its incredible hormone balancing benefits and significant relief for PMS and Menopausal symptoms.
So, what is the story?
Bio-available progesterone cream is identical to a woman’s own natural progesterone made during ovulation and in smaller amounts by the adrenal gland. A menstruating woman will typically produce about 20 to 30 mg of progesterone a day during the last phase of her menstrual cycle, however if her body fails to produce enough progesterone then she can experience estrogen dominance. The symptoms of this range from mood swings, fatigue, jawline acne, headaches, heavy or irregular menstruation, menstrual cramping to tender breasts. Bio-available progesterone goes a long way towards balancing hormones and opposing the effects of estogen dominance.
Dr. Lee, is considered one of the pioneers in introducing bio-identical hormone therapy in the United States. Read his FAQ here.
Bio-Identical Progesterone Cream vs Wild Yam Cream?
Wild Yam cream is not able to provide progesterone to the body. These creams are sold over the counter as they have no active hormone content and should not be used as a source of progesterone. Your body cannot convert Diosgenin, the active component of Wild Yams, into progesterone. Bio-identical progesterone creams are manufactured using Wild Yams or Soy as the starting ingredients, and all undergo chemical conversion in a laboratory to be synthesized to the final ingredient that is the exact ingredient of the progesterone hormone. To accurately use the term “progesterone” the hormone must either naturally occur in the body or be bioidentical.
How to purchase it?
You have the right to access bio-available progesterone cream to assist with your PMS or menopausal symptoms, while it is no longer available as an over-the-counter product, there are 3 ways of obtaining the cream:
1) Approach your GP for a prescription. This can be extremely tenuous as you are essentially requesting a product that your family doctor knows very little about and you may in turn have to approach a compounding pharmacy to manufacture the cream.
2) Approach a registered Integrative Medical Practitioner or Homoeopath for a prescription. Can be costly as you may require further consultations to obtain repeat prescriptions. Do also check they stock the cream before you book an appointment!
3) Order the cream from a reputable online supplier. You are legally permitted to order a 3 month’s supply as long as you earmark the cream for personal use. I use Kokoro Progesterone Cream as it has a high concentration of progesterone and can be ordered online without a prescription or consultation.
A similar position exists in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. However, in the USA, progesterone creams are classified as cosmetic as long as the manufacturing companies make no health or therapeutic claims about the cream.
How to use?
A cream containing between +/- 500mg of progesterone per ounce is preferable. Therefore a quarter teaspoon will provide 20 mg per day.
Menstruating Women: Apply 15mg once or twice a day as needed, starting on the 12th day after the first day of menstrual flow thru the 28th day.
Menopausal or Post-Menopausal Women: Apply 15mg progesterone cream twice a day for a maximum of 25 consecutive days.