Menopause simply means the end of menstruation for one year. As a woman ages, there is a gradual decline in the function of her ovaries and the production of estrogen. Around the time a woman turns 40, this process speeds up. This transition is known as perimenopause.
Women typically menstruate for the last time at about 51 years of age. A few stop menstruating as young as 40, and a very small percentage as late as 60. Women who smoke tend to go through menopause a few years earlier than nonsmokers...
Progesterone creams. Some women use "natural"
progesterone creams to correct low progesterone levels. Research is mixed about
whether the cream is absorbed into the body.
Concerns about progesterone cream use
You can't actually know how much progesterone you are getting
without having a whole-blood progesterone test. Because of this and the
following concerns, some experts are concerned about use of over-the-counter
If it is absorbing well.
Progesterone treatment has risks. It has been linked to headaches and dangerous
blood clots in a small number of women. This is why
progesterone is usually a prescription hormone and is not safe for women with
certain health risks.2
If it is not absorbing well. If you are taking estrogen (and have an intact uterus), you also
need to have enough progesterone to prevent the estrogen from causing
uterine (endometrial) cancer. Using a poorly absorbed
progesterone cream while taking estrogen does not protect you from uterine
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March 12, 2014
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