Progesterone Cream Safety
by Eckhart, MD
Natural Progesterone Cream is safe because your body makes the same identical molecule. Prescription Progestins are Natural Progesterone that have been chemically modified and so can be patented. If the molecule is patented, then only that company can sell it and make huge profits.
During a normal menstrual cycle, a woman produces about 20 mg of natural progesterone. This same natural progesterone is found in a progesterone cream.
Progesterone is the hormone of pregnancy. "Pro" means for. "Gesterone" means gestation. Your body produces progesterone during pregnancy to maintain the pregnancy. If you body does NOT produce enough progesterone during miscarriage then a miscarriage happens.
During the first trimester, the corpus luteum on the ovaries produces progesterone. During the second and third trimester of pregnancy, the placenta takes over and produces the majority of progesterone. In fact, during one day of third trimester pregnancy, a woman produces 400 mg per day of progesterone.
Thus, there is a wide therapeutic range of progesterone that is safe - anywhere from 20 mg per day to 400 mg per day.
Typically, a patient will use 20-60 mg per day of natural progesterone cream. A 1 oz. bottle of progesterone cream, Progestelle, contains 800 mg of progesterone cream. Let us assume a 50% absorption rate of progesterone cream through the skin. If you poured the entire bottle on yourself in one day, you would get 400 mg of progesterone. This is equivalent to the progesterone produced during one day of third trimester pregnancy.
And what do we know about pregnant women?
Multiple pregnant women have smaller risks of breast cancer. Multiple pregnant women have smaller risks of endometrial cancer. Pregnant women have NO decrease in bone density throughout their pregnancy despite massive amounts of calcium deposited in their baby's bones.
Medical doctors that specialize in fertility routinely use progesterone cream, progesterone shots, progesterone rectal or vaginal suppositories, or progesterone pills to maintain the pregnancy and prevent miscarriage during the first trimester. Natural progesterone is safe for the mothers and safe for the babies. Fertility medical doctors trust natural progesterone to stop a miscarriage.
In contrast, brand name prescription Progestins such as found in birth control pills causes birth defects and cause cancer according to any Physician's Desk Reference. If a physician used a brand name prescription Progestin during pregnancy, this would be considered malpractice.