Progesterone as a Natural Treatment of Osteoporosis

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Filed Under: Osteoporosis, Bone & Joint Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Learn how progesterone cream can help increase bone density

The strong link between estrogen levels and bone mass has led many doctors in the conventional medical community to prescribe estrogen replacement therapy for the treatment of osteoporosis. With so much attention focused on estrogen, another very important hormone, progesterone, doesn’t receive much publicity—but it should. Balancing progesterone levels may be the key to reversing osteoporosis.

Study Shows Increased Bone Density With Natural Progesterone

Dr. John Lee of Sebastapol, California has found that by adding natural progesterone cream to an established osteoporosis program, bone density can be increased up to 10 percent within the first six months, then increased annually at the rate of 3–5 percent, until stabilizing at levels common to a healthy 35-year-old.

Dr. Lee’s study lasted three years and involved 100 postmenopausal patients ages 38 to 83. The majority had already lost height from the disease, some as much as five inches. Patients on estrogen took 0.3 to 0.625 mg of conjugated estrogen daily for three weeks each month and applied a cream containing 3-percent natural progesterone at bedtime for 12 days a month. (Those using estrogen were asked to apply the cream during the last two weeks of the month.)

Bone density tests were performed and the results were nothing short of spectacular.

Two of the findings were that neither age nor time from menopause seemed to influence the restoration of bone. In fact, those patients who began the study with the lowest bone densities had the fastest increases. All but three participants began to show improvement in the first six months. Of those three, one needed hydrochloric acid digestive supplements, another had been taking three times the amount of thyroid supplement she should have, and the third had recently lost her husband to cancer and was not been following the program as prescribed. After each of those conditions was corrected, all three showed immediate improvement. What’s more, within the study group, the incidence of pathological fractures dropped to zero. Height stabilized among participants, they experienced more energy, more joint mobility, and less aches and pains. Many reported that their sex drive returned to normal. Best of all, no side effects were reported.

Some of the women in Dr. Lee’s study were taking estrogen hormones. The only positive effects from estrogen seemed to be relieving hot flashes and stimulating lubrication of the vagina.

Where to Get and How to Use Natural Progesterone

There are a number of progesterone creams on the market, under a variety of names. Make sure that the one you use contains three-percent natural progesterone—the dosage used in Dr. Lee’s studies. One such cream is FemGest, which can be found at numerous online retailers and health food stores.

Note: I am talking about natural progesterone, not progestins. Progestins are chemically altered or synthetic forms of progesterone linked to a long list of side effects, including abnormal menstrual flow or cessation, fluid retention, nausea, insomnia, jaundice, depression, fever, masculine characteristics in females, weight fluctuations, and allergic reactions. With natural progesterone, however, side effects are extremely rare.

Best Results Come With a Complete Prevention/Treatment Program

It's important to emphasize that Dr. Lee found progesterone cream effective in increasing bone density when used in conjunction with an established osteoporosis program. Dr. Lee’s program concentrated on the following items:

  • Diet. A diet rich in green vegetables and low-fat cheese was emphasized. Red meat was limited to three times a week. All sodas were eliminated (their high phosphorus content interferes with calcium absorption). Alcohol consumption was minimized, and smoking was forbidden.
  • Exercise. Twenty minutes daily or one-half hour, three times a week. Bone grows in relation to the stress (exercise) that is placed upon it. Proper bone growth requires exercise.
  • Target nutritional support. Calcium, 800–1,000 mg; Vitamin D, 350–400 IU; Beta-carotene, 15 mg; Vitamin C, 2,000 mg in divided doses. (Several of my nutrient recommendations differ from Dr. Lee's.)

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