Progesterone is produced in the ovaries, the Leydig cells of the testicles, and in the adrenal glands. Many people don’t realize that progesterone is also made in the glial cells of the nervous system, both in the brain and in the Schwann cells of the peripheral nervous system.
Hot flashes and vaginal dryness aren’t always indicators of estrogen deficiency. Bioidentical hormone expert Jim Paoletti RPh gives guidance on how to determine when a woman has an estrogen deficiency, and when symptoms might be caused by some other hormone imbalance.
It saddens me to hear that a knowledgeable medical professional would undervalue the seminal role Dr. John Lee has played, and continues to play, in our now burgeoning field of bioidentical hormone replacement therapies (BHRT).
Over the past few years controversy has erupted over the risk of developing breast cancer with estriol therapy. A study from Sweden (Rosenberg et al, 2006) suggests that estriol can increase risk of lobular carcinoma when used for five years or less, and decrease the risk when used for more than five years. Unlike estriol however, oral estradiol and progestins continue to increase risk after five years. The results of this study may appear to be confusing, but can be explained by the differences in cancer initiation and cancer promotion by different types of estrogen.
A handy hormone guide from a physician who answers these questions every day!
Ever since Oprah, Dr. Phil’s wife, and Suzanne Sommers have opened the door onto natural hormone replacement therapy, patients have lined up, dropping even from moonbeams for the coveted nectar to balance our hormones, make us sex goddesses, and turn us into youthful vixens.
May I remind you that I have been using natural hormones (recently dubbed ‘bioidentical’ hormones) for 18 years.
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