Progesterone, PMS, and Constipation

Tips to Help Avoid PMS-Related Constipation by BodyLogicMD   Do you suffer from “periodic” bouts of constipation―that is, constipation that occurs in the second half of your menstrual cycle? If so, that’s not coincidental. Your hormones likely play an active role in these episodes. After you produce an egg through ovulation, and before your period … Continued

5 Bad Habits That May Be Disrupting Your Sleep… and Your Health

Sleep Better, Quicker, and Longer by BodyLogicMD If you frequently “borrow” hours from the sleep department in order to get more done, you’re not alone: more than a third of Americans aren’t getting the minimum of seven hours a night recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS). … Continued

What Does Progesterone Do? (part 2)

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

Progesterone: Cream vs Capsule, Which Is Right For Me?

When I recommend using progesterone to a patient, the topic of whether to use cream or the oral form always comes up. The question “Which one is better?” invariably is asked, and my answer is almost always, “That depends.” My impression is that while both the cream and oral form are equally effective across the … Continued

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

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

Changing My Life to Change the Lives of Patients

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

Progesterone and Progestins. What’s the difference

Before I spent years of educating and training in the physiology and biochemistry of hormones, I too found myself using these two words interchangeably. They are the same thing, right? Wrong! I have even heard Gynecologists lecturing to the public use these two words as if they are one and the same. The menopausal woman … Continued

The Benefits of Bioidentical Progesterone

Bio-identical progesterone is not associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and actually decreases the risk of breast cancer.  Bio-identical progesterone is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and stroke as compared to synthetic progestins like Provera and is more effective. Patients report more satisfaction and fewer side effects with bio-identical progesterone. … Continued

Progesterone And The Brain–Think About It

“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

Bioidentical Progesterone: Do I Need It? Is it safe?

I’d like to address two questions regarding progesterone which are asked frequently when I am discussing Bioidentical hormone replacement with patients and with other physicians. I have patients who’ve been told, and colleagues who tell them, that “you don’t need progesterone because you don’t have a uterus” following a hysterectomy. Patients suffering from progesterone deficiency … Continued