Progesterone Linked to Mid Life Sleep Disturbances in Women

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Can’t sleep? It might be menopause. New research is finding that women approaching the earliest stages of menopause, also known as perimenopause, experience sleep disturbances in a certain phase of their cycle. The recent study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, examined the sleep patterns of perimenopausal women. Fifty-five percent of subjects experienced … Continued

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Bio-Identical Hormones: Therapy That Uses Mother Nature’s Blue Print

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I have been writing quite a few articles on hormone therapy lately and have mentioned bio-identical hormones in many of those articles. I realized that I have never offered an explanation of what a bio-identical hormone is. Bio-identical hormones have been getting a great deal of attention in the media lately, so many are familiar … Continued

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What Does Progesterone Do? (part 2)

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In “What Does Progesterone Do?, part1“, I discussed how progesterone works in concert with estrogen to orchestrate the monthly changes associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle and how progesterone balances the effects of estrogen to maintain a woman’s sexual health. However, progesterone does not only influence sexual organs and tissues. It has important functions in … Continued

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Creams, Pills, Patches, and Pellets: The Many Forms of Bioidentical Hormones

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There are many ways to take hormone therapy, and the form of hormone therapy prescribed may depend on several variables, such as effectiveness, safety, and patient preferences. The form of hormone therapy that gets the most attention is hormone creams. Most patients have heard about creams and are excited to use this form. Part of … Continued

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What Does Progesterone Do? (part 1)

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Progesterone is a steroid hormone that has many biological functions. It is one of the major sex hormones in women and is usually the first sex hormone to decline as a woman enters menopause. It’s also found in men, but at lower levels than in women. When I was in medical school, back in the … Continued

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Progesterone–who needs it? (who doesn’t need it?)

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Progesterone is a critical ovarian produced steroid hormone that plays specific roles throughout a woman’s life. For women who are premenopausal, progesterone production begins around mid-cycle, rises to a peak @ day 21 of the typical cycle, and then plummets in the absence of pregnancy, triggering a period @ 2-5 days later. Low progesterone during … Continued

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Changing My Life to Change the Lives of Patients

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I have a confession, I have a favorite hormone – it is progesterone.  I know more about progesterone than most people and honestly, I love to talk about it.  Of course, why wouldn’t I? Progesterone has allowed me to not only treat symptoms of aging, but it has made a significant impact on the quality … Continued

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How Long Do I Need To Take Hormones?

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I often get asked this question by my patients, and I advise them to consider some important facts about hormone therapy. Most patients come to see me because they’re experiencing symptoms of hormone deficiencies and want to feel better. This is an important aspect of hormone therapy. We all want to feel better and have … Continued

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Progesterone And The Brain–Think About It

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“I was told that since I don’t have a uterus I don’t need to take progesterone.” This is something that my new patients tell me on a fairly regular basis. While I would agree that progesterone is needed to balance the effect of estrogen on the uterus, I would disagree that this is it’s one … Continued

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Anxiety and writing

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This is my virgin voyage into the blogosphere. I am learning to overcome anxiety about this activity. Many of my patients at BodylogicMD of Cincinnati suffer from anxiety too. These are the ways that I try to help them. Many women with this problem are deficient in progesterone, and replacing this hormone with a cream … Continued

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