What is Progesterone Cream and Why it Matters
What's in a cream?A cream is just oil and water mixed together. The progesterone is in the oil and not the water. So once you put the progesterone cream on the skin, the water evaporates after several minutes and all that is left on the skin is the oil portion of the progesterone cream. So there is another chemical in the cream called an emulsifier that keeps the oil and water mixed together. Then a thickener is put in.
why preservatives are bad
Because the cream contains water, a preservative must be used. Typically, parabens or phenoxyethanol is used to act as a preservative. Unfortunately, parabens and phenoxyethanol are chemicals that mimic estrogen and have made my severe endometriosis patients sicker.
More is not better
Many times manufacturers add scents and herbs to the progesterone cream to make them more palatable. Unfortunately, these scents and herbs usually contain aromatics like benzene ring components that are estrogenic. For those of you that are students of organic chemistry, phenol or a benzene ring with an OH will fit into the estrogen receptor. Any ring shaped compound should be suspect as a hormone disrupter. Anything that is aromatic has a benzene ring in it usually. So anything that is aromatic should be a suspect as a hormone disrupter until proven otherwise.
When I first started doing progesterone cream in 1999, I got a particular progesterone cream and gave it to my mother. She had a uterine fibroid the size of a softball. She used the progesterone cream for a month and her fibroid actually got bigger. So I began to look at the ingredients of the progesterone cream and found it contained rosemary. I called up the manufacturers of the progesterone cream and questioned them on this. They answered that they put rosemary in the progesterone cream for its phytoestrogenic properties for hot flashes.
I asked them, “What is a phytoestrogen?”. They answered, “A phytoestrogen is a plant estrogen. We put that in there for hot flashes.”
I was shocked.
I had never heard of this in Medical School that some plants could mimic estrogen and create plant estrogens. In reality, Europeans have 300 different folk medicines that increase breast size. 200 of the 300 formulations are topical formulations. In some regions of China, they use fragrant herbs to increase the size of the women’s breasts for aesthetic regions. What do you think is in these herbal preparations?
The rosemary in my mother’s progesterone cream actually made my mother’s fibroid bigger.
So unknowingly, some progesterone cream formulations use fragrant herbs to make their cream smell nice, but are in reality adding phytoestrogens to their formulations. If you are trying to treat breast cysts, this is not too smart.
I could not find an emulsifier that was safe. The safest emulsifier that I could find in 1999 was soy lecithin. I called John Lee, MD about using soy lecithin in a progesterone cream. He did not like this.
safer simpler formulation - progesterone oil works
just like the cream without all the other junk
The safest formulation I could find was progesterone
and coconut oil with no water. If there is no
water, then there is no preservative needed.
There is no emulsifier needed.
I believe I get superior results because of this simple formulation. I use just progesterone and coconut oil. It is called Progestelle. Go here to buy some Progestelle.