Side Effects of Natural Progesterone Cream

Serious side effects are quite rare with natural progesterone cream, making it one of the preferred means of hormone therapy. For a thorough understanding on natural progesterone cream’s side effects, uses, indications and risk factors, it is best to consult a doctor before using it.

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Article by Suzanne Florin
Edited & published by lrohner
January 13, 2011

About Hormone Levels

Progesterone is a naturally occuring female hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands and the corpus luteum of the ovary. This hormone: 1) prevents breast cancer and cancer of the reproductive system by opposing the effects of estrogen; 2) protects women from osteoporosis by stimulating bone building; 3) helps control abnormal menstrual bleeding; 4) enhances hormone balance, as it is a precursor to other steroid hormones, and; 5) helps prevent symptoms of PMS if used during anovulatory months.

A decrease in the progesterone levels is usually associated with the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause. During ovulation, progesterone levels may be low if the ovaries produce an insufficient quantity of the progesterone hormone. Once a woman reaches perimenopausal stage, an imbalance in the estrogen and progesterone becomes more pronounced. This is caused by the slowing down in the production of progesterone that takes place in the ovaries. The lowest levels of progesterone is greatly experienced by postmenopausal women, once menstruation stops completely and the ovaries no longer produce the same quantity of progesterone.

There are several treatment options for low levels of progesterone hormones. Oral contraceptive, progesterone suppositories, injections, and progesterone cream are proven effective to supply the needed amount of progesterone. Dr. John Lee, an internationally acknowledged pioneer in the study and use of progesterone, believes that the use of transdermal progesterone cream is the safest among all hormone therapy treatments. It offers numerous health benefits, and natural progesterone cream side effects are rare and easily tolerated by the body.


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.