From the first day of a woman’s period until ovulation, the 19 estrogens should be the dominant hormones (days 1-14). Then, at ovulation, one of the ovaries releases an egg and progesterone. From the day of ovulation until the start of the next period (days 14-28), the single hormone, progesterone, should be the dominant hormone.
If, however, a woman’s body fails to make enough progesterone during the “progesterone phase of the month” (days 14-28) and the estrogens dominate her biology, she will experience some combination of the 150+ symptoms of PMS/PMT/PMDD.
This condition has been termed “estrogen dominance”.
When progesterone production is suppressed by the myriad of environmental estrogens, the effects of estrogen dominance become manifest. Many women experience otherwise unexplained weight gain from the lack of progesterone that is required for proper thyroid function.
It is also important to distinguish bio identical Progesterone from yam extract and from its synthetic counterparts in the drug industry – PROGESTINS.Although these drugs are commonly referred to as progesterone, this is a misnomer. In some ways they mimic the effects of progesterone in the body, but in other important ways they gravely interfere with natural progesterone and can create and exacerbate hormone related health problems, and be a primary contributor to the condition referred to as Estrogen Dominance:
- Increased Body Fat
- Interference with Thyroid
- Hormone Activity (hypo-thyroid)
- Depression & Headaches
- Salt and Water Retention
- Blood Sugar Irregularities (Food Cravings)
- Reduced Oxygen in All Cells
- Decreased Libido (Sex Drive)
- Loss of Zinc and Retention of Copper
- Excessive Blood Clotting
- Increased Risk of Breast Cancer
- Reduced Vascular Tone
- Increased Risk of Endometrial
- Uterine Cramping
- Increased Risk of Uterine Cancer
When the above list of ill-effects is compared to the benefits of Natural Progesterone, we see a nearly one-to-one correlation.