Essay on Menopause and Natural Progesterone

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Menopause and Natural Progesterone Are you currently faced with the onset of menopause? Do you wish there was more information available on how to stay healthy during this dramatic changing phase in your life? Congratulations! You have found the answer source for your hesitant questions regarding menopause. You are probably not alone in your quest; the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) believes that over one-third of the women in the United States are over the age of 50 ( The onset of menopause in women from the Baby Boomer generation- those born after World War II- is increasing rapidly (Samisioe,1992). Despite its connotations, menopause should not be a cause for…show more content…
al. 1992) Progesterone acts as a regulator for the entire endocrine system, has an important role in nerve function, and works as a mild antidepressant. It also controls estrogen dominance. ( Estrogen dominance results from a lack of progesterone in the body. The effects include increased body fat, decreased libido, increased risk of breast cancer and endometrial cancer, and infertility.( What treatments are safe and effective for the symptoms of menopause? Conventional treatments include calcium and vitamin D supplements, dietary changes, herbs, acupuncture, as well as estrogen replacement therapy. Estrogen replacement therapy is widely used but has numerous side-effects. Natural progesterone is a recently discovered treatment that relieves the symptoms of menopause without any harmful side-effects.(Lee, 1991) Natural Progesterone The body's source of hormonal progesterone is the corpus luteum, where it is produced after ovulation to level the side-effects of estrogen. When ovulation no longer occurs, the body lacks progesterone and health complications may arise due to estrogen dominance. From studies held in the 1940's, the Mexican yarn extract, diosgenin, was matched to have the same chemical structure as progesterone. ( The extract was developed into a cream so that the

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