As we women get older, our bodies change. Duh, right? I mean–we get that we gain weight, some parts of our bodies start sagging, and we experience moods that leave us wondering what in the world just happened. Part of what women in their mid-lives experience are actually perimenopausal symptoms, which simply means that we are heading into that portion of our lives when our bodies–to put it simply–transition from birthing years to non-birthing years.
For all of the relief that women receive from the promise of no longer having to deal with our weekly period, there are seemingly myriad negatives. Included in the list of perimenopause symptoms are hot flashes, mood swings, anxiety, vaginal dryness, low sex drive, lack of concentration, depression, and more, all because our bodies cease to produce the amount of progesterone that our bodies need to remain ‘even’ in every way. These symptoms can range from mild to absolutely debilitating from month to month, which, for me, makes getting on a ‘hormonal even keel’, much more attractive than not.
Why I Use Progesterone Cream
As you have probably read on my blog if you’ve been following it for any measure of time, I have been suffering from perimenopause for about 6 years now. In the grander scheme of things I’ve actually battled hormone issues for decades (as many women have), sometimes severe, sometimes more mild in nature. While I have always sought to combat my hormonal issues (including hormonally-induced stress and anxiety) in the most natural ways possible, I find it to be needful at times to use products that will help ‘get the job done’, so to speak.
Sometimes those products include ingredients that some might feel are not so great (or even harmful), but for me, it’s always felt right to choose a generally good product if it means that I can be kind to my family again, not to mention feel like I’m sane again. (Also, using progesterone cream, in my opinion, is a much more natural choice than hormone replacement therapy, which is linked to breast cancer–both of which my mother experienced. The cancer ultimately ended in her death–but that’s another story for another time.)
I just began my twice-a-day regimen with this progesterone cream and I can’t say enough about how well it’s working for me. It took a few days to lift the fog of depression, irritability, and mental exhaustion, but it has done wonders for me. I am new to monitoring the skin care ingredients that go on my skin, but according to my research, the cream I use is a pretty good choice, while still having a couple of questionable ingredients. If this is a big issue for you, please do your research before choosing a product (also, you can see my links below for more information about avoiding harmful skin care ingredients).
To Use Progesterone Cream
If you purchase the cream that I am using , you massage a dime-sized portion into the skin on your wrists, arms, thighs or stomach. If you purchase a different brand of cream, follow the directions on the package (which are likely very similar, with the exception of the portion size).
For further reading and research:
Progesterone Cream for Menopausal Symptoms by Holistic Hot Sauce
How Progesterone Cream Works by How Stuff Works
10 Ingredients Your Skin Can Live Without by Care2.com
10 Ingredients to Avoid in Beauty Products by Free People Blog
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