Holy Hormones Journal: Dr. Michael Platt, author of “Adrenaline Dominance” and I discussed the healing role of progesterone two weeks ago on my podcast. Dr. Platt even stated that the focus needs to be taken off of “curing breast cancer” and turned to awareness. And lo and behold, Cathy Margolin took the time to expound on not only the role of progesterone in breast cancer prevention – but also the difference between natural progesterone – which is what our body produces and the synthetic progestin, which is found in many methods of birth control causing health issues in women.
So as we close out October – and “Breast Cancer Awareness” month, I invite you to take the time to educate yourself about the intricate relationship between our reproductive hormones and our health. Too many women are reporting that their progesterone levels are low – or even non-existent.
On October 22, NPR released this disturbing article – Breast Cancer In The Developing World: Rising Rates, Shrouded In Silence – and while I agree that the rising rates are cloaked in silence – the real global culprit not mentioned in the article – (shocking) is the global contamination with BPA – ladened plastics that are causing destruction and death to our environment and to ourselves. Xenoestrogens and other endocrine disruptors are skewing the delicate ratio between estrogen and progesterone – with detrimental effects for women and men. Not only are we seeing an increase in gyn cancers, but also alopecia – a form of hair loss that is due to low levels of progesterone.
It was also interesting to read last week that mammogram screening guidelines issued by the American Cancer Society were pushed out.
The cancer society now recommends that most women not begin annual screening mammography until age 45. When they turn 55, it recommends that they switch to every-other-year screening. That should continue until a woman is expected to have less than 10 years of life remaining. The society now recommends that no clinical breast exams — where physicians or nurses feel for lumps — be done as a screening procedure at any age. ~Source
In this health educator’s humble opinion, the change is due to more and more science pointing to the link between breast cancer and radioactive mammograms.
May I remind you all that this is not the world women would have created if we had a voice and if we were included in the equation.
Breast Cancer Awareness and Progesterone — What You Need to Know
The Huffington Post
Cathy Margolin, L.Ac. Dipl. OM Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, founder of Pacific Herbs, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in potent, stay fresh packets.
It is breast cancer awareness month but let’s focus on prevention and breast health. Creating health means we must consider what we put in and on our body every day. Some chemicals we know are toxic, parabens for example.  Some chemicals cause a lot of confusion. I want to focus on a chemical (hormone) which seems to be shrouded in terminology confusion.
The hormone I’m talking about is “progesterone” and understanding the difference between the synthetic or artificially Progestin and our natural progesterone, can make a huge difference in your breast health.
I hear this question from my patients continuously, “What is the difference between progesterone and Progestin and is one better than the other?”
Our bodies make progesterone. Pharmaceutical companies make a synthetic hormone version called Progestin. The generic names include: medroxyprogesterone, levonorgestrel, megestrol, norethindrone. Brand names include: Depo-Provera, Mirena, Next Choice, Plan B, Plan B One-Step First Progesterone MC10, Menopause Formula Progesterone, Prometrium, Provera, Prempro, Activella and others. 
Natural progesterone is the happy hormone. It acts much like Prozac in your body. It helps you feel calm, helps you sleep, it improves thyroid function, metabolism, is anti-inflammatory, helps your heart and helps your hair grow. With too little natural progesterone we get symptoms such as belly-centric weight gain, chronic constipation, low libido, cravings, fatigue and depression and irritability during menstruation and perimenopause and menopause. [12-16]
C.W. Randolph, M.D., co-founder of the Natural Hormone Institute, says that women with low progesterone may experience these symptoms and others such as lumpy breasts that are painful to the touch, severe premenstrual symptoms of bloating, moodiness, pain or especially severe hot flashes during menopause. Because these symptoms can be attributed to many causes, progesterone deficiency is often overlooked and misunderstood.
Progesterone plays a vital role in building strong bones and in controlling blood sugar levels. In fact, studies have shown after a large meal progesterone levels are known to drop. Studies also confirm progesterone can impair insulin sensitivity in fat and muscle. What we know for sure is too much progesterone or too little progesterone can affect blood sugar regulation. [3-5]
Where do we make progesterone in our bodies? It is estimated that 90 percent of our endogenous progesterone is made from the release of an egg from the ovaries. Once an egg matures it grows an outside lining called the corpus leteum. This lining releases most of a woman’s progesterone. Pregnancy is the other “natural” state when women make a lot of progesterone. A little progesterone is also made in our adrenal glands. Ovulating women will normally produce about 20 mg of progesterone per day for about 8-10 days of a monthly. Generally speaking women who have regular menstrual cycle each month normally make enough natural progesterone. [3-7]