Hormones are chemical messengers that transport a signal from one cell to another, playing a vital role in our overall well-being. Men and women each produce estrogen, progesterone and androgen hormones (testosterone as the primary androgen) but in vastly different amounts.
Since these hormones have a specific effect on the activities of other organs in the body, hormonal balance is essential for optimal health and happiness. However, as we age, the body’s natural production of hormones begins to change, creating imbalances that can have a profound mental, emotional and physical impact on your life.
Women and Men Both Experience Estrogen Dominance
For women in perimenopause, dropping levels of progesterone caused by unovulatory cycles, results in an excess of estrogen. “Estrogen dominance” not only contributes to mood swings, irritability, weight gain and depression in women, research shows that it’s linked with breast and endometrial cancers, endometriosis, infertility, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and more.
Men experience a similar phenomenon known as Andropause. Sometimes called “Male Menopause,” Andropause was first described in medical literature in the 1940's and refers to the natural decline in the androgen hormone testosterone. This happens gradually over time and can lead to an excess of estrogen. Research shows that an elevated estrogen to testosterone ratio is a risk factor for both Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer.
The Signs and Symptoms of Andropause
It is estimated that up to 50% of men in their 50’s will have testosterone levels low enough to cause the bothersome symptoms of Andropause. Much like menopause for women, some men will glide through this midlife transition symptom free, while others will experience a variety of Andropause symptoms including:
Testosterone and Progesterone Cream
Progesterone, known as the “master hormone” has the amazing ability to regulate the production and release of other hormones and is in fact the precursor for the production of testosterone. Therefore, the topical application of bio-identical progesterone cream can help increase testosterone levels and assist in the regulation of the production of estrogen in the male body.
Testosterone helps build protein and is essential for normal sexual behavior. It also affects many metabolic activities such as the production of blood cells in bone marrow, bone formation, lipid metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, liver function and prostate gland growth. When there is less testosterone available to perform its important functions, the symptoms of Andropause begin to manifest.
In his book, “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Prostate Health and Natural Hormone Supplementation,” Dr. John Lee writes that in the prostate (and hair follicles) is an enzyme (5-alpha-reductase) that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Higher DHT levels in hair follicles is a primary cause of male pattern baldness. He states that DHT stimulates proliferation of prostate cells enlarging the prostate gland and narrowing the urethral channel, leading to urination problems, and speculation that elevated DHT is the cause of prostate cancer.
Since progesterone is a potent inhibitor of 5-alpha-reductase, the decline of progesterone in aging males plays a role in increasing the conversion rate of testosterone to DHT. Supplementing with progesterone creams helps restore normal inhibition of 5-alpha-reductase, thus preventing testosterone from changing into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which stimulates proliferation of prostate cells.
Masculine Balance Therapy Bio-Identical Progesterone Cream for Men
Masculine Balance Therapy Bio-identical Progesterone Cream is uniquely formulated to help enhance testosterone levels and regulate the production of estrogen in men. Made in the USA, the added benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil and Saw Palmetto work synergistically with progesterone to naturally assist hormonal balance in the male body.
Dosage for men: Dr. John Lee suggests that men over the age of 40 use 8 - 12 mg of natural progesterone cream applied to thin-skinned areas of the body (rotating between neck face, inner arm, scrotum, ankles.) Use for 25 consecutive days, then take a 5 day break. Repeat monthly.
Medical Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed medical doctor. Organic Excellence does not diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have or suspect a mental or physical health condition, please see your healthcare provider.
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