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“Natural Progesterone” is the key to many women’s health issues. The Radiant Health Nutrition Program combined with this natural supplement produce very positive results for women desiring a healthy lifestyle.
Estrogen and Progesterone - A Woman's Balancing Act

Sandra Courtney, Radiant Health of Baton Rouge
(Based on the research and writings of Dr. John R. Lee)

If opponents in a tug-of-war are equally matched, the flag does not move and a balance is maintained. Estrogen and progesterone are these opponents in a young woman's body, creating balance by competing equally within her cells. Disruption of this balance can begin as early as one's mid-thirties, when the production of hormones begins to drop.

Ultimately, a woman's production of estrogen drops to a level of 40 to 60 percent, while her production of progesterone drops to nearly zero. Observation and study of the effects of these changes led Dr. Lee to coin the term "estrogen dominance." As in the tug-of-war, when one team drops the rope, the other team dominates, so in hormone balance, when progesterone is no longer produced, estrogen dominates. Symptoms and conditions of estrogen dominance include:
  • Allergy symptoms, including asthma, hives, rashes, and sinus congestion
  • Autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosis, thyroiditis, and possibly Sjogren's disease
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Breast cancer and breast tenderness
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction
  • Copper excess
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depression with anxiety or agitation
  • Dry eyes
  • Endometrial (uterine) cancer
  • Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs
  • Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
  • Uterine cancer and uterine fibroids
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches
How, then, does one regain the optimal hormone balance? Rather than increase the amounts of already dominant estrogen, one must supplement the progesterone level. Dr. Lee finds that a twice-daily application of a cream containing 960 milligrams of natural progesterone per 2 ounces achieves the same dose of progesterone a woman would have produced at a younger age.

Because progesterone is a fat-soluble hormone, it is gradually absorbed through the skin and in this way builds and maintains stable hormone levels.

Estrogen’s effects on Bones

We see many advertisements proclaiming the advantages of estrogen supplementation for bone health. It is true that estrogen helps to stop bone loss, but it is progesterone that actually builds new bone. In his October, 1998 newsletter, Dr. Lee reminded us: “Your goal is not to block bone resorption [loss of old bone], it’s to balance bone resorption and bone building.”

Most premenopausal and menopausal women have more than enough estrogen to do its work and lack only the progesterone to balance it.

Estrogen and the Heart

Much has also been made of a survey of nurses that seemed to indicate that estrogen supplementation might have a beneficial effect on women’s heart health. Several studies have negated this claim, and an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s August 1998 issue reported no difference in overall heart disease after a 4 to 5 year follow-up.

Estrogen and Cancer

A final convincing reason for women to avoid traditional hormone replacement therapy is the link between estrogen and breast cancer. In January of 2000, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that compared to no hormone use, estrogen replacement therapy increases the risk of breast cancer by 1% per year of use. When the hormone replacement combines estrogen and progestin, the risk increases by 8% per year of use.

*Progestins are synthetic and do not match the human progesterone molecule.

Additional information is available in Dr. Lee’s books, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause. Maintaining the proper balance in the tug-of-war between estrogen and progesterone is a key element for women in maintaining both physical and emotional balance throughout life.

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