BAL­ANC­ING YOUR BODY

Learn the ben­e­fits of pro­ges­terone cream

201 Health - - News - WRIT­TEN BY JENNIFER L. NEL­SON

Learn the ben­e­fits of pro­ges­terone cream

“A woman’s body makes

a cer­tain amount of pro­ges­terone, and as their body be­gins to pro­duce less and less as they get older, that’s what’s go­ing to lead to a lot of those menopausal symp­toms.”

DR. ROBERT GALAROW­ICZ NATUR­O­PATHIC DOC­TOR

AND CLIN­I­CAL NU­TRI­TION­IST, PARA­MUS

Along with the not-so-pleas­ant sur­prises as­so­ci­ated with get­ting older, from gray­ing hair to wrin­kles, women of a cer­tain age can also look for­ward to a va­ri­ety of changes to their body as they get closer to menopause. But whether you’re 35 or 55, pro­ges­terone, a hor­mone man­u­fac­tured by the ovaries and re­spon­si­ble for both ovu­la­tion and men­stru­a­tion, can be­come un­bal­anced and lead to a va­ri­ety of side ef­fects, from in­som­nia, mood changes and hot flashes to weight gain, joint pain and thin­ning hair.

For­tu­nately, there is an op­tion for women who want to ad­dress a pro­ges­terone im­bal­ance but aren’t quite ready to take daily pills or un­dergo hor­mone re­place­ment ther­apy: pro­ges­terone cream.

“It has been shown to im­prove hot flashes, anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, sleep prob­lems, sex­ual func­tion­ing and re­ally just help im­prove a woman’s over­all qual­ity of life while in menopause,” says Dr. Robert Galarow­icz, a natur­o­pathic doc­tor and clin­i­cal nu­tri­tion­ist in Para­mus. “A woman’s body makes a cer­tain amount of pro­ges­terone, and as their body be­gins to pro­duce less and less as they get older, that’s what’s go­ing to lead to a lot of those menopausal symp­toms.”

Pro­ges­terone cream is con­sid­ered by many physi­cians as a nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tive to hor­mone re­place­ment ther­apy and as­so­ci­ated with fewer side ef­fects than syn­thetic pills. The cream can be ap­plied to a sec­tion of a woman’s body, such as the chest or up­per arms, on a daily ba­sis to help bal­ance the hor­mones that cause those un­pleas­ant side ef­fects dur­ing menopause. While physi­cians say hor­monal bal­ance can be the key to an im­proved state of health, other pos­i­tive side ef­fects of pro­ges­terone cream might in­clude de­fense against cer­tain types of can­cer, an in­crease in bone health, sta­bi­lized blood sugar lev­els, a health­ier and more ac­tive sex life, and a nat­u­ral guard against de­pres­sion.

“If one hor­mone is off bal­ance,” says Dr. Ali Maz, di­rec­tor of Med­Well Anti-Ag­ing and

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