Progesterone is the female hormone produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands. It functions to balance the effects of estrogen. Progesterone may be viewed as a lifelong partner of estrogen in a balanced relationship of yin and yang. Progesterone stimulates bone growth, while estrogen halts bone loss. Bioidentical progesterone enhances the action of estrogen as these two hormones were meant to work together to maintain a normal hormonal balance.
Female hormone levels of estrogen and progesterone drop dramatically after menopause. It comes as no surprise that after menopause heart disease in women skyrockets. In fact, it is the leading cause of death in older women with over a half-million deaths per year in the United States. This is more than twice as many as all cancer deaths combined.
The lack of progesterone causes disease processes similar to those caused by the lack of estrogen, which include osteoporosis, heart disease, decrease in libido, premenstrual symptoms, and a significantly diminished quality of life. The combination of bioidentical progesterone and estrogen can prevent this downward spiral by keeping women vital, strong, and healthy.
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