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Do I Need to Take Progesterone?

What your doctor may not be telling you!

Women have become aware of the importance of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in preventing the bothersome symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats and decreased sex drive.  More women are now being educated on the importance of properly prescribed HRT for improvement in their overall health.  Properly prescribed are the key terms here!

Most women know that they need bio-identical estrogen therapy to help prevent osteoporosis, early dementia, cardiovascular disease, and prevent decline in their psychological wellbeing.  But not all women (or healthcare providers) are aware of the importance of adding bio-identical progesterone when prescribing estrogen replacement therapy.

There are healthcare providers who maintain the belief that not all women need progesterone as part of their HRT regimen, especially women with a history of hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus).  These providers are under the misconception that progesterone is used in women (who have a uterus) only to reduce their risk of endometrial cancer.  So, according to them, if you don’t have a uterus, then you don’t need progesterone.

NOT TRUE!!

Study after study have shown that progesterone (not it’s evil twin progestin that is harmful to women) is needed to combat the potential health problems with giving estrogen alone (with or without a uterus!).  Studies have shown that women on estrogen alone, without progesterone, are at higher risk of breast cancer, strokes, dementia, ovarian cancer, and central nervous tumors.

Plus, adequate progesterone levels are associated with a lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

Yours in Optimal Health,  Scott Griffith, PA-C medAge

Call the healthcare team at medAge for more information on how you can benefit from balanced HRT with progesterone and estrogen.  828-684-1212

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