What is the Difference Between Progesterone and Progestin?

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Linda L Kinyon (AKA:Countrymom),
Jan 10, 2011

Progesterone, a natural human hormone made by the ovaries, has multiple roles in balancing the effects of estrogen upon the human body. Additionally, progesterone ensures the survival of the embryo and fetus in the uterus, maintains insulin in the body, supports sex drive, prevents breast tissue overgrowth and protects against cystic diseases to mention just a few of its many functions.

As a bonus, women can also benefit from progesterone, with its ability to work as a natural antidepressant. It can help create a calming effect on ones mind as well as improve sleep patterns. When it’s properly balanced, progesterone has many benefits for the human body.

Only found in two ways, progesterone is either made in the ovaries, or created with a bioidentical process. Created from yam oils by the pharmaceutical industries, labs extract the diosgenin from the yams or soy plants and convert the diosgenin molecules into progesterone. It’s then further broken down to represent other hormones such as estrone, estradiol, testosterone etc.

The human body recognizes the bioidentical formulation as normal and thus has no adverse reaction to the bioidentical formulation providing it’s administered appropriately and in the correct balance for the woman’s body.

So why then isn’t progesterone the leading form of hormone supplement? Progesterone can’t be patented. Pharmaceutical companies tend to avoid medications that are unable to be patented. A patent means more money for drug companies and since progesterone is a naturally occurring hormone it’s not able to be patented.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.