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Is progesterone cream good for post menopausal women who have osteoporosis?

Questions Asked to Hyla Cass, MDIs progesterone cream good for post menopausal women who have osteoporosis?
Anonymous asked 4 years ago

I am 62 years old, am low in progesterone and wondering if it would help me. I have brittle nails that split thinning hair and have multiple food allergies, arthritis. Do hormones help mood?

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Hyla Cass, MD Staff answered 4 years ago

Progesterone is useful in helping to combat bone loss because it slows down the actions of the osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone. With menopause, much less progesterone is being formed by the body, so you are more prone to bone loss in the form of osteopenia (bone thinning) or osteoporosis (more severe form). I prescribe progesterone for my patients, both over the counter cream (20 mg/gm), and for a stronger form, like 100 mg/gm, I prescribe it as capsules or as a topical cream.

If you also have brittle nails, you are likely low in the other elements that comprise hair, skin and nails: take daily magnesium (400 mg), Vitamin C (2000mg), boron (trace amount in formulas), and Vitamin D. I measure Vitamin D levels and find most women quite deficient, necessitating 5000 IU daily.

A good overall herbal formula for bone loss, while it doesn’t contain those ingredients, is FemmePhase. You can try it alone or in add in the other supplements as well.

You also mention food allergies and arthritis, both symptoms of inflammation— and that is often caused by gluten sensitivity. The latter is  often the underlying cause of osteoporosis! Not only that but casein (milk protein) often “cross-reacts” i.e. if you are reacting to gluten, you likely will react to dairy. So instead of drinking milk for your bones, it may in fact be making them weaker.

So another whole issue here is your diet: are you willing to give up gluten and dairy?

For mood: progesterone is calming and in that sense, does help with mood as well as with sleep. I discuss osteoporosis in my book 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health and also have a chapter on female hormones including progesterone

Aren’t you glad you asked?!

You can at least start with the nutritional supplements and progesterone cream and see how your bone density responds.

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