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Progestins (Megestrol & Provera) interfere with Natural Progesterone Cream


Do Not Use Progestins With Natural Progesterone Cream

Synthetic Brand Name Progestins such as Megestrol and Provera compete with the receptor/binding sites normally reserved for Progesterone. Progesterone Cream taken together with these synthetic hormones will not work. Because the brand name prescription drug that your doctor gives you is patentable with the ability to make much profit, the molecule is altered, and does not stimulate the receptor site in the same way the natural progesterone does. The artificial hormone frequently has dangerous side effects, or annoying side effects. If you are taking Natural Progesterone Cream to alleviate your migraine headache and are taking a Progestin, the Natural Progesterone Cream will NOT work.

by Elizabeth Smith, M.D.

There are three different estrogens that your body produces estriol, estrone, and estradiol. In contrast, there isWomen in Black only one and only one progesterone that your body produces. It is called progesterone. But the word progesterone has been used to refer incorrectly to progestins such as Megestrol and Provera. So John Lee, MD, in an effort to differentiate these synthetic mimics from progesterone coined the term Natural Progesterone. Progesterone is the precursor to other hormones such as the three estrogens, testosterone, and cortisol. Yes, women also produce small amounts of testosterone. Natural hormones like progesterone that your body produces cannot be patented because they are naturally found in nature. If you are a business, and come out with a natural progesterone cream for sale, anyone can copy your cream. There is no protection from competition. Thus, pharmaceutical companies take the natural progesterone compound that your body makes and purposely alter the molecule to gain patent protection, profits, and a relief from competition. So far so good. However, since the progesterone molecule is altered, the molecule is no longer natural progesterone. As a result, these altered molecules, progestins, have side effects. It does not make any business sense for a company to run scientific studies on natural progesterone because then any company could use the results of the study to promote a copy cat natural progesterone product. Spending money on a medical study to use natural progesterone cream to cure or give relief for migraine headaches would be money down the drain for a business.

The only business model that works is to come up with something proprietary and patentable so that no one else can use it. Then spend 100 million dollars to run the medical study. Then promote the product and make large profits.

That is why no one runs a medical scientific study of the relief you can get from natural progesterone cream on migraine headaches. You can't make money off of it.

The only chance to relate migraines headache relief to natural progesterone cream is for government funding. Unfortunately, the heads of pharmaceutical companies go to top government posts, and the people in top government posts take high level jobs in pharmaceutical companies. This conflict of interest leads to bad medicine.


Natural Progesterone

Provera (artificial)

Megestrol (artificial)

Natural Progesterone is what your body produces. Provera and Megestrol are patented artificial hormones with serious side effects.

Don't be intimidated by the molecules above. Think of the those pictures you looked at as a kid and played as a game. You compared each picture to the other looking for differences.

To give you an idea of how small molecular differences can have large differences when affecting humans and animals we show two hormones below. One is testosterone, the "male" hormone. The other is estradiol, the potent "female" hormone. Even though the molecular differences are very small and the hormones look very similar, testosterone tells the body it is male, and estradiol tells the body it is female. So, if small differences in molecular structure are the difference between male and female, think of the artificial hormones and the side effects that they will have.




Estradiol and Testosterone are very similar molecular structures. However, they produce the maleness and femaleness in animals and humans.

Side Effects of Progesterone

A woman produces about 20 mg per day of progesterone from her ovaries during the latter part of the cycle before menopause. During pregnancy the placenta begins to produce progesterone, as much as 400 mg per day. That is why it is called progesterone. Pro meaning "for". Gest meaning "gestation". At physiologic doses sleeper without a migraine headacheprogesterone cream about 20 mg per day applied to the skin has little or no side effects. There is some slight drowsiness. Thus, you can apply progesterone on your skin just before bed time. If you are using too much progesterone you may feel emotionally elated and also have an increase in sex drive. If you are taking too much progesterone when you stop you may also feel slightly emotionally depressed. This is why women have post partum depression. After the placenta is delivered, their bodies experience a drop in progesterone, and the women experience an emotional depression.

At high doses (10% progesterone cream or 2,800 mg progesterone/oz of cream) for many years, I have heard of anecdotal reports of mental confusion which cleared after several months of discontinued use.

Side Effects of Progestins (NOT Natural Progesterone)

Because of these alterations to the molecule, the drug has side effects. The following is a partial list of side effects of Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate) from 1993 PDR (Physician's Desk Reference):


Increased risk of birth defects such as heart and limb defects if taken during the first four months of dogs can they also get migraine headachespregnancy.

Beagle dogs given this drug developed malignant mammary nodules.

Discontinue this drug if there is a sudden or partial loss of vision.

This drug passes into breast milk consequences unknown.

May contribute to thrombophlebitis, pulmonary embolism, and cerebral thrombosis.


May cause fluid retention, epilepsy, migraine, asthma, cardiac or renal dysfunction.

May cause breakthrough bleeding or irregularities.

May cause or contribute to depression.

The effect of prolonged use of this drug on pituitary, ovarian, adrenal, hepatic, or uterine function is unknown.

May decrease glucose tolerance; diabetic patients must be carefully monitored.

May increase the thrombotic disorders associated with estrogens.

Stopping the Progestin

Progestins are found in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and birth control pills. Dr. John Lee recommends stopping them.

Dr. Lee maintains that a woman on a progestin such as Provera(Medroxyprogesterone acetate) or Megestrol should stop the progestin. Immediately lower the dose by 1/2 and lower it more the second month. By the third month the progestin may be completely stopped. There are two reasons for this method.

The first reason is that the progestin competes for the binding sites of progesterone. Thus, continued use of the progestin will block the effect of progesterone.

The second reason is that plasma progesterone levels will not reach a maximum level until the 2nd or 3rd month of use. Initially, in progesterone deficient patients, much of the progesterone is absorbed into body fat. With continued use, fat levels of progesterone reach an equilibrium such that successive doses of progesterone result in increased blood levels and stronger physiological effects. Thus, progesterone applications may take 2 to 3 months before the maximum benefits are experienced.

Where Does Progesterone and Progestins Come From?

Progestins and conjugated estrogen used as birth control pills were discovered by the pharmaceutical companies while looking for a fertility drug by studying folk medicine in  YAM with migraine preventionMexico. Wild yams were found to have a diosgenin that had the base compound of progesterone in it. To preserve profits, conjugated artificial estrogens and artificial progestins were invented and patented to protect market share. These artificial hormones have serious side effects. The pharmaceutical companies maintain large farms of these yams to give them the base compounds for the manufacturing of their artificial hormones. All or most of the natural progesterone is also made from these yams. The yams contain a compound called a diosgenin. Disogenin has the progesterone molecule in it. Some molecules are cleaved off of the diosgenin, and progesterone is the result.