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Should Natural Progesterone Be Used To Help Restore Thyroid Health?

When used correctly, natural progesterone can help with many different conditions, including thyroid disorders.  Many people who at one time had severe symptoms experienced quick improvements in their symptoms by taking natural progesterone.  In fact, if you read the book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone by Dr. John R. Lee, you’ll see many of the different conditions he has helped his patients with by recommending bioidentical progesterone.

Why is natural progesterone effective in helping with so many conditions?  The reason is because many people have a deficiency in progesterone.  And a deficiency in this hormone can lead to many different symptoms, as well as conditions.  For example, someone who is deficient in progesterone and has normal or high levels of estrogen is considered to be estogen dominant.  I’ve mentioned in the past how estrogen dominance can lead to numerous health issues.  One example is endometriosis, as while the exact cause is unknown, it seems to be triggered by estrogen dominance.  As a result, giving a woman who has endometriosis natural progesterone can potentially cure this condition.  Similarly, if their thyroid condition is also being directly or indirectly caused by a progesterone deficiency, then giving natural progesterone can help with this as well.

There Are Risks With Natural Progesterone

Many people think natural progesterone doesn’t come with any risks.  After all, since it’s natural then it must be okay to take this, right?  In fact, I’ve read books where the author actually recommends that the reader take natural progesterone without being under the supervision of a medical or holistic doctor.  Once again, it is assumed that since it is natural there is very little risk of something going wrong.

The problem with having this train of thought is that these people, many whom are doctors, are overlooking the fact that this is a hormone we’re talking about.  And hormones are powerful substances, even in small quantities.  So while some people might do fine taking natural progesterone in small quantities, it is becoming more and more common to see people overdose with natural progesterone, as well as other bioidentical hormones.

Most doctors recommend that progesterone be taken through creams, and while this can definitely help manage and in some cases eliminate a person’s symptoms, the progesterone creams accumulate in the tissues.  So if a person isn’t extremely careful with a natural progesterone cream, what usually happens is they feel good for a few weeks or months, but if they overdose they will eventually experience extreme symptoms.

And since they initially felt so good while taking the natural progesterone, many people won’t attribute their symptoms to an overdose.  Instead, they will remember how good they initially felt when taking the natural progesterone,and will frequently take more of this natural hormone.  This of course will just exacerbate the overdose problem.

How To Determine If One Has A Progesterone Deficiency

In order to determine if someone has a progesterone deficiency, and thus can benefit from taking natural progesterone, I recommend a hormone panel.  Some doctors will simply do a one sample test for progesterone, but since the sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, etc.) interact with one another, it really is a good idea to do a complete panel to see if there are problems with any of the other hormones, which is frequently the case.  Either way, one obviously needs to evaluate the progesterone levels to determine if this is causing or contributing to their thyroid condition, along with any other symptoms they might be experiencing.

How To Avoid Overdosing With Natural Progesterone

So how can one avoid overdosing with natural progesterone?  Well, the primary way to accomplish this is by not taking natural progesterone in the first place.  Even though natural progesterone can benefit many people, many times a progesterone deficiency can be corrected without taking natural progesterone.  Just like everything else, the goal is to determine the actual cause of the deficiency.  So even though taking natural progestone can help, the goal is to get to the underlying cause of the problem if at all possible.

However, if someone has a severe deficiency in progesterone they might need to take natural progesterone on a temporary basis.  But at the same time it will be necessary to correct the underlying cause of the problem so the person won’t need to continuously take natural progesterone on a permanent basis, which some doctors will actually recommend.  While a woman who has had a hysterectomy might need to take natural progesterone continously, most other women don’t need to take any bioidentical hormones (estrogen, progesterone, etc.) for the rest of their life.  This is especially true for cycling women, but also holds true for most menopausal women.

Natural Treatment Methods To The Rescue!

Someone who has a progesterone deficiency usually can have this corrected by following a natural treatment protocol.  So once again, even if taking natural progesterone is necessary, this should only be temporary.  Changing one’s eating habits, taking certain nutritional supplements and/or herbs, and modifying other lifestyle factors can help to address a hormone imbalance.

As I’ve mentioned numerous times, it’s wise to consult with a competent natural endocrine doctor to 1) determine if you have a progesterone deficiency, and 2) to correct such a deficiency.  While you can speak with a different type of holistic doctor, just keep in mind that many will recommend for you to take natural progesterone, which might be necessary, but frequently isn’t.  And even if you do need to take this hormone on a temporary basis, you of course want to make sure they attempt to get to the underlying cause of the condition.

In summary, natural progesterone can help a lot of people with thyroid conditions, as well as other conditions.  However,  there are risks when taking natural progesterone, and not everyone with a progesterone deficiency needs to take this bioidentical hormone.  My advice is to consult with a natural endocrine doctor to first determine if you have such a deficiency, and if you do, there is a good chance you’ll be put on a natural treatment protocol to help correct the underlying cause of the problem.

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