Natural micronized progesterone is important to replace during menopause. There are progesterone receptors throughout the body. Progesterone balances the effect of estrogen. Even women with a hysterectomy need progesterone. Natural progesterone in the breast can decrease FCBD. Natural progesterone is anabolic to bone and can act as a natural tranquilizer in the brain. It helps to normalize sleep. The effects of natural progesterone on the heart are very different than provera or other synthetic progestins. Progesterone acts as natural diuretic, lowers cholesterol and can reduce blood pressure.
Do not use progesterone alone as it can then cause weight gain, fatigue. depression and reduced libido.
During perimenopause, anovulation causes progesterone deficiency and relative estrogen excess. Studies have shown a link between estrogen dominance and uterine fibroids, endometriosis, gallstones and breast cancer.