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Richard Snouffer, MD
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Oxford, Alabama  36203

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Progesterone HRT and Women's Health


Progesterone is one of the most misunderstood hormones out there, and tragically so.  Millions of women have been unnecessarily scared away from progesterone because of fears of breast cancer.  Tragically, in the end, this may do more to boost cases of breast cancer than perhaps any other single factor.  

The crux of it is, the progesterone that is secreted by a woman’s body actually protects a woman from breast cancer—so—how did this happen? 

The Problem with Synthetics

When the Women’s Health Initiative study came out it showed an increased risk of breast cancer for women who had been on the progestin, medroxyprogesterone.  (Trade Name=Provera)  Since then, almost everyone has confused this result and extrapolated it to mean the natural progesterone.  Few things could be more untrue. 

Actually, Provera is significantly different from the natural bioidentical progesterone.  Progesterone actually LOWERS the risk of cancer.  In a head-to-head study with Tamoxifen, it was found that (bioidentical) progesterone was better for the prevention of cancer than was the cancer treatment drug, Tamoxifen! 

There are other ways in which the artificial progestin, Provera, is the opposite of natural, bioidentical progesterone.  The progestin (Provera) increases the risk of breast cancer—natural progesterone reduces the risk of breast cancer.  Provera increases symptoms of PMS while bioidentical progesterone reduces them.  Provera is “contraindicated” in pregnancy because it causes birth defects, but you cannot STAY PREGNANT without adequate levels of progesterone.

Because of the use of the significantly different progestin instead of true progesterone, and because of the push by the “big pharma” companies to get the unhealthy synthetic progestin to be synonymous in the minds of physicians with the healthy progesterone, many women are denied the cancer-preventing progesterone—in the name of preventing cancer!  

What are the symptoms of low progesterone?

  • Breast Pain/Fibrocystic Change of the breast
  • Food Cravings
  • Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids, Adenomyosis
  • Depression/depressive type symptoms
  • Decreased sense of sexuality
  • Decreased libido
  • Difficulty reaching climax
  • Cramps
  • Increased breast size
  • Increased breast tenderness
  • Breakthrough bleeding
  • Arthritis/joint stiffness
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Acne
  • Absence of menses (periods)
  • Irregular menses
  • Headaches
  • Hot flashes (see also, estrogen)
  • Insomnia/sleep disturbance
  • Osteoporosis
  • Premenstrual Syndrome, (PMS)*
  • Water retention/bloating
  • Weight gain

*To emphasize how different that Bioidentical Progesterone is from Provera, so often substituted when real, bioidentical progesterone is needed:  

  • Low progesterone INCREASES the symptoms of PMS. 
  • Giving Provera also INCREASES the symptoms of PMS, just as does the LACK of progesterone the doctor is trying to treat! 
  • Giving progesterone LOWERS or even eliminates the symptoms of PMS!

I don’t have my uterus anymore.  Why do I need progesterone?

Every major tissue in a woman’s body has progesterone receptors—EVERY ONE!  You simply cannot say, with any medical credibility, that a woman does not need it.  Progesterone helps everything from brain to heart to bone.  The vast majority of post-menopausal women, with VERY few exceptions, would benefit greatly from progesterone HRT—especially those with a history of breast cancer in their family!

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