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   Anthony J. LLabres/Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner/Health Coach

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Men need progesterone too!

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 12:25 AM

A man over 50 literally has more estrogen than his postmenopausal wife! That is scary. This excess of estrogen in aging men is responsible for a variety of problems such as adiposity, breast develop-ment, many cancers, prostate problems, baldness, and other conditiions that come with advanced age. Testosterone deficiency goes hand in hand with all this, and the testosterone to estrogen ratio falls as men age. Estrogen rises and testosterone falls.

 

What is the most potent antagonist to estrogen? Progesterone!!!

 

It is progesterone that inhibits the harmful effects of too much estrogen more than anything else. As estrogen levels rise in men, there is no parallel rise in progesterone to balance this. For men, progesterone is therefore anti-feminizing. Progesterone is not a “female hormone”.

 

Any man over 50 can use a small amount of transdermal natural progesterone daily to offset the excess estrogens in his blood. Since women commonly apply about 25 mg topically, a man could use 5 mg a day topically. Applying a mere 1/8th teaspoon directly to the scrotum (testicle sac) five days a week is all you need. You can also use your inner wrists (thin skin), abdomen, or neck. Use a good cream with 1,000 mg per two ounce jar. It is reassuring to know that progester-erone has no toxicity to speak of, especially in these small amounts. It is very safe to use without any known side effects at all. Studies in laboratory animals given very large doses resulted in no side effects.

 

Progesterone levels literally rise 2,000% or twenty times in pregnant women to pro-tect both the baby and the mother. This is real world proof of it’s safely.We've all heard of 5-alpha reductase, and how this turns vital testosterone into unwanted dihydro-testosterone (DHT). Excess levels of DHT are associated with baldness, prostate disease, and a host of other illnesses as men age.

 

DHT binding is the real issue though. Progesterone is a pow-erful 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. Progesterone will protect you from DHT binding.Did you know your prostate actually has progesterone receptors. To have a healthy prostate gland, your receptors must constantly have enough blood progesterone to keep them filled. Studies on laboratory animals have actually reduced the weights of their prostates just by giving them natural progesterone. We need some studies on real men here. Progesterone is therefore anti-feminizing in men.

 

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