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Menopause. The very word itself gives women pause as they age and approach that
time of life often called simply “The Change.” Those common physiological changes—
not to mention pronounced psychological perturbations—associated with a woman’s
perimenopausal life include such debilitating downers as depression, sleep
difficulties, night sweats, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke,
atherosclerosis and osteoporosis, thinning skin and hair, dreaded hot flashes,
menstruation irregularities, vaginal dryness, painful Intercourse, flagging libido,
cognitive decline, weight gain, anxiety, loss of muscle tone, stress intolerance, and of
In his best-selling book Natural Hormone Replacement for Women over 45
Jonathan Wright, one of the country’s best known complementary and alternative
medicine (CAM) medical doctors, pointed out a number of myths associated with
menopause. These “truths” have arisen in the collective female consciousness largely as
the result of pharmaceutical propaganda and medical “malpractice” of suppressing the
unwanted symptoms (see above) and thereby “curing” this midlife “disease” of every
female on the planet. This is clearly a “big bucks” gambit at the expense of every woman
who took the gamble and sadly lost more than money in one way or another “big time.”
Among these menopausal myths with respect to progesterone are the following:
Estrogen replacement alone is sufficient for dealing with menopausal discomforts
Pharmaceutical progestins (synthetic substitutes) are identical to natural
Natural hormones are not absorbed as readily as their unnatural copycats
FDA “approval” of prescription hormones means that they are safer and/or better
than their “unapproved” and “unproven” natural counterparts
The truth of the matter is that hormonal balance and replacement therapy have proven
to be therapeutically superior to what can be characterized as the conventional
“standard of care” namely, hormonal drug therapy. Call it what it is. This conclusion has
been borne out by both preventive (osteoporosis, senility) and protective
(cardiovascular disease, stroke, sleep apnea) outcomes, functional improvements
(libido, muscle mass, mood, memory), and reduced risks (breast cancer and depression),
not to mention the significant reduction of those dreaded hot flashes.
Beyond the Body Benefit with Progesterone
“Why does dishing with a girlfriend do wonders for a woman’s mood?” ScienceDaily
recently asked in reporting on a University of Michigan study published in the peer-
reviewed journal Hormones and Behavior
(June 2009). The answer: feeling emotionally
close to a friend increases production of progesterone—the female and male steroid sex
hormone—which reduces anxiety and stress while engendering a sense of well-being.
For the first time researchers concluded that social bonding not only causes this
hormonal shift, but also contributes to a “greater willingness to help other people.”
Therefore, we can conclude that a menopausal progesterone deficit may very well
contribute to an equally serious sociological deficit or adverse “side effect” as it were.
Hormone Replacement Therapy—Naturally
But what about the mood or moodiness of those women who do not have a regular
time of social bonding with their girlfriends? Well, for one thing they may most probably
benefit from Natural Hormone Replacement (NHR) therapy with supplemental, bio-
identical (i.e., plantderived, natural
) progesterone. Such therapy is not to be confused
with the controversial and discredited Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) or
Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT) with its synthetic (i.e., lab-derived, chemically
or manmade) ersatz estrogens made to mimic estriol, estradiol
and estrone—the other, better known, steroid sex hormones available only by
prescription. So then what is the meaning of the word natural
as in Natural Hormone
Replacement Therapy and natural progesterone? It simply means “of an identical
chemical or molecular structure as that found in the body.” Bio-identical.
Middle-age men and menopause? Yes, there is such a thing! But it cannot be denied
that in the course of our common conversation on the subject we tend to forget about
or perhaps unknowingly ignore the relevance and impact of this flip side of menopause
on the male of the species—more commonly known as andropause
defined by the acronym ADAM (Androgen Decline in Aging Males).
Symptomatic manifestations of this midlife, male malady include a host of systemic and
metabolic issues including loss of energy, fatigue, muscle weakness, anxiety, irritability,
depression, memory loss, decreased libido, impaired performance (euphemistically
termed ED for Erectile Dysfunction), and worst of all—especially for the macho man—
plain and simple impotence. It should be noted too that, while male menopause is
rightly attributable to a decline of testosterone—the primary male steroid sex
hormone—it is almost always accompanied by a decreased level of progesterone.
Natural progesterone supplementation may also help men with prostate cancer by
inhibiting the conversion of their testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is
known to accelerate the growth of malignant prostate tissue. This inhibition is effected
by blocking the enzymatic activity responsible for the conversion. Pharma’s Phony Hormones
Big Pharma’s introduction of its patented, synthetic estrogen Premarin® (derived from
the urine of pregnant mares, hence the name), after billions in profits for the industry
and over decades of use by unsuspecting menopausal patients, was shown to cause
cancer of the endometrium of the uterus. So much for HRT’s synthetic pharmaceutical
drugs posing as “hormones”—the real thing—with all their toxic “side effects.” So much
for HRT’s promise of hormone heaven for those perimenopausal women plagued by all
the manifold discomforts of menopause whether earlier or later in life.
Since progesterone is known to block or oppose estrogen’s cancer-causing properties or
tendencies, however, Big Pharma later introduced its popular Provera®, a synthetic
progesterone substitute or analogue (“progestin”)—a chemically similar but molecularly
altered, “look alike” of the real thing. While natural or bio-identical progesterone offers
virtually no untoward “side effects,” protects against endometrial cancer, and supports
estrogen’s cardiovascular protection, Provera® does nothing to reduce or lessen still
another serious risk associated with ersatz estrogen replacement, namely breast cancer.
Indeed, it was recently revealed by ScienceDaily
2 that while natural progesterone serves
to promote normal breast development, “exposure to [synthetic] progesterone in
menopausal hormone therapy is known to increase breast cancer risk.”
In addition to breast and uterine cancer, other common conditions associated with
unnatural, i.e., drug, hormone therapy include: ovarian cancer, increased risk of blood
clots, mood swings, nausea, vaginal bleeding, water retention, bloating, and breast
What Is It about Progesterone?
We know that words by definition have intrinsic meaning. In the familiar alphabet world
of vitamins the value and importance of the vitamin E complex, for example, are defined
by the names of its principal factors—the tocopherols
. The etymology of
these terms emphasizes their significance, since they originate from the Greek meaning
“child bearing” or “carrying offspring” and the like. The same holds true in the complex
world of hormones. Knowing its etymological origin (from the Latin pro
meaning “to carry for” or some such), we can better appreciate progesterone as a truly
vital hormone—a life-sustaining substance, just like vitamin E—and absolutely essential
for human life.
Progesterone production plays an important role in preventing hormonal imbalance
especially during the second half of the menstrual cycle. Also it is well-known that
estrogen dominance over progesterone may be caused by such things as excessive
stress, poor “fast food” diet, birth control pills and foreign environmental
Progesterone’s Sexual Health Benefits
Research and clinical experience have uncovered a veritable host of important health
benefits attributable to the topical application of exogenous, natural progesterone
cream. Among those diseases and dysfunctions which may be effectively addressed are
– Restoration of the body’s progesterone-to-estrogen ratio
– Reversal of endometrial tissue proliferation
– Improvement of the potential for pregnancy
– Alleviation of many legendary discomforts including “hot flashes”
Fibrocystic Breast Disease
– Resolution within three or four menstrual cycles
– Contribution to the prevention of this pre-malignancy
– Reduction of excessive or prolonged bleeding
– Prevention of premature shedding of supportive endometrial tissue
Ovarian Cysts/Polycystic Ovary Syndrome(PCOS) –
Alleviation of these
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) –
Opposition to “estrogen dominance“
– Restoration and maintenance of healthy libido or sex drive
– Opposition to “estrogen dominance” causation
– Lubrication and support of vaginal mucous membranes
Progesterone’s Somatic Health Benefits
While we typically think of estrogen and progesterone (and testosterone too) in terms
of their defining roles as sex
hormones having to do with gender and reproduction, we
tend to overlook or seriously underestimate their widespread physiological impact
beyond the endocrine system upon all the other systems of the body. For example, let’s
take a brief look at the multi-faceted role of natural, bio-identical progesterone in the
following somatic systems:
In addition to its potential for preventing heart attack and hypertension, progesterone
also may help to prevent many types of Cardiovascular Disease (CD) by minimizing its
well-known risk factors such as greatly elevated LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Stroke
recovery may be aided and atherosclerosis may be avoided by progesterone’s inhibition
of excessive proliferation of the smooth muscle (endothelial) cells of the blood vessels.
Skin and Hair
Progesterone’s topical application in adult women may serve to alleviate acne by
counteracting excessive androgen production. It may also alleviate other common skin
conditions such as psoriasis, rosacea and seborrhea. And what woman would not be
blessed by progesterone’s potential for moisturizing dry skin and diminishing age-
related wrinkles? Concerning both hair loss
in post-menopausal women as well as
unsightly hair gain
(hirsutism) with menstruating and menopausal females, research and
anecdotal reports suggest favorable outcomes in just three to six months with twice
daily topical applications.
Progesterone cream plays a major role in supporting immune function having to do
specifically with dreaded autoimmune diseases and many common cancers. It is
believed that the former may be alleviated by damping down what is known as
“estrogen dominance.” Optimal levels of endogenous progesterone have been shown to
assist in the prevention of breast, uterine and endometrial cancers—not to mention
prostate cancer in men (by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to
dihydrotestosterone [DHT] and opposing cancer-causing estrogenic effects).
The good news here concerns the scourge of post-menopausal osteoporosis: natural
progesterone supplementation may prevent and possibly actually reverse
by stimulating osteoblast (bone-building) activity. According to Hyperhealth:
“Progesterone deficiency appears to be a major cause of Osteoporosis and clinical
studies have shown that supplemental Progesterone increases bone mass density
(BMD) by 7% after one year of supplementation, by 12% after two years, and by 15%
after three years. Women administered supplemental Progesterone up to the age of 80
following Menopause exhibit strong Bones without evidence of Bone loss while
continuing to use natural Progesterone” (Progesterone – Biological Function/
Therapeutic Applications: Musculoskeletal System).
Women challenged by weight gain and fatigue will be heartened to hear that
progesterone may facilitate the metabolism of adipose (fat) tissue in enhancing energy
production. And at the same time total serum and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol may be
lowered, while HDL (“good”) cholesterol is increased.
Innumerable neurological benefits result from natural progesterone therapy. Some of
these may include allaying anxiety, reducing irritability, diminishing brain damage in
head injury, improving concentration, alleviating some forms of depression including
postpartum, helping with migraines, and restoring normal sleep patterns.
Furthermore—and this is not insignificant—offspring of mothers on exogenous natural
progesterone may manifest “increased intelligence” as well as “superior verbal fluency.”
Phytoestrogen Enhancement of Progesterone
Some foods, herbs and vitamins are known or claimed to be supportive of progesterone
production or function in the overall hormonal scheme of things. Fermented soy, for
example, contains phytoentrogens (plant estrogens) with anti-cancer, phytochemical
properties. Traditional menopausal herbal remedies such as Chaste Berry (Vitex agnus),
Mexican Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa), Sarsaparilla (Smilax medica), and Suma (Hebanthe
paniculata) are said to mimic, stimulate, or modulate certain progesterogenic actions.
Studies have concluded that Vitex, for example, does increase endogenous
progesterone production under some circumstances.
Some research suggests that certain vitamins may increase or restore progesterone
production. Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), for instance, may increase hormonal
production and secretion in the adrenal glands, which serve to replace ovarian function
following its decline in and around menopause. It is therefore absolutely essential to
support optimal adrenal function in the menopausal female—and the andropausal male
as well for that matter.
Other vitamin factors supportive of both the female and male sexual systems include: Vitamins B6, C
and E which are responsible for such outcomes as restoration of
normal progesterone levels in premenstrual syndrome (PMS), resolution of unexplained
infertility, improvement in both female and male fertility, prevention of miscarriage,
alleviation of menstrual irregularities such as dysmenorrhea, and reduction in the
severity of menopausal hot flashes, menorrhagia and pelvic pain in endometriosis.
VerVita™ Natural Balancing Cream
What makes the VerVita™ Natural Balancing Cream product a competitive standout
among all the progesterone products in today’s healthcare marketplace? Its unique
formulation and clinical efficacy in balancing estrogen and testosterone levels in both
the male and female. In addition to its 400 mg of progesterone proper, it is comprised in
part of precursor hormones such as pregnenolone and DHEA, almond, coconut, and
jojoba oils rich in unsaturated and saturated fatty acids, with aloe vera and vitamin E for
their outstanding immune and skin supporting properties.
Clinical Application of Progesterone Cream
When taken orally, even natural progesterone is poorly absorbed, and only marginally
effective in terms of bioavailability following its metabolism by the liver. Transdermal or
topical application on the other hand works quite efficiently and quickly to deliver the
hormone to the skin’s subcutaneous tissue for slow, measured release into the
bloodstream over time for distribution to the targeted tissue. Favorable results normally
become noticeable within two to four weeks with blood serum progesterone levels
generally found to be increased after about three months of therapy as more accurately
determined by saliva rather than blood testing.
Clinicians will typically recommend to their perimenopausal
patients a dosage of 20 to 40 mg (approximately ¼ to ½ tsp) of progesterone daily.
Topical application is generally limited to the breasts, abdomen and thighs on a rotating
basis to prevent single site saturation.
Progesterone therapy for postmenopausal
women with acute osteoporosis requires a
greater dosage: ½ tsp both morning and evening for the first two ounces of cream,
followed by ½ tsp daily thereafter.
Those women in their early 30s who suffer from PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) will
benefit from the same dosage as above taken on day 12 through 26 of their menstrual
Progesterone therapy dosage for men is typically 6 to 12 mg per day without the need
to cycle its application. It is thought that application to soft skin parts such as the female
breast and the male scrotum will trigger an increase in the production of DHEA
(Dehydroepiandrosterone), the steroid hormone precursor to both estrogen and
Menopause need not be the hormonal thorn in the flesh of maturing women and
“getting older.” While Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) treats and perpetuates its
symptoms, Natural Hormone Therapy (NHT) addresses and corrects its cause—
hormonal deficiency and imbalance. NHT works and natural progesterone delivers on
the promise of a return to balanced hormonal health and happiness. Hormonal
balancing therapy through natural supplementation is simply the sine qua non
women’s healthcare. It alone is the quintessential healthcare capstone, the missing
piece to the midlife puzzle for vibrant health in concert with all the other integrative
factors including organic diet, adequate hydration, robust exercise, satisfying sleep,
targeted nutrient supplementation, a merry heart, and wonderful vertical and
horizontal relationships. Hormones, in brief, are to life itself as atoms are to the
molecules of matter.
Noting that the female’s endogenous production of progesterone falls very close to zero
around menopause (and even lower than that of the male), Hyperhealth aptly
concludes: “Supplemental, exogenous Natural Progesterone can alleviate the discomfort
experienced by many women prior to, during and immediately following Menopause”
(Progesterone – Factors that Interfere with: These Factors May Decrease the Body’s
Production of Progesterone). VerVita™ Natural Balancing Cream. Don’t leave hormones
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