One of the latest treatments for fibromyalgia syndrome is progesterone therapy. This fibromyalgia treatment has been in use over the past thirty years and is believed to minimize some common symptoms of fibromyalgia.
But what exactly is progesterone therapy and is it really an effective treatment for fibromyalgia?
What is Progesterone?
Progesterone is a female hormone that is fundamental to both reproductive health and pregnancy.
Normal levels of progesterone help to maintain a healthy uterine lining (endometrium). This in turn helps to reduce the chance of irregular or heavy periods and also minimizes the risk of anovulation (lack of ovulation), conditions which can occur when there is a lack of progesterone in the body. Low progesterone levels can also result in miscarriage.
Alternatively, high levels of progesterone are linked to fatigue, common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) – such as mood swings and fluid retention – as well as pregnancy.
What is Progesterone Therapy?
Natural progesterone therapy is a form of treatment that encompasses the use of creams and topical solutions.
In progesterone treatment, the cream or topical solution is applied to the site where symptoms have been appearing. The substance is then absorbed by the body and then flows through the blood stream in the same way that natural progesterone circulates through the body.
Progesterone and Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Low levels of progesterone (a condition known as progesterone deficiency) and/or estrogen dominance (estrogen is a hormone that is responsible for reproductive development and reproduction) are believed to be one of the causes of fibromyalgia syndrome. This hormonal imbalance is most common in women with fibromyalgia, particularly during the late adolescent stage.
In addition, fibromyalgia syndrome and progesterone deficiency share similar symptoms. Some of these symptoms include fatigue, reduced memory and concentration, irregular and/or painful periods, depression, irritability, weight gain and fluid retention.
Progesterone Therapy: Is it An Effective Treatment for Fibromyalgia?
It has been shown that the use of progesterone therapy, and specifically progesterone cream therapy, can help to reduce common fibromyalgia symptoms, particularly insomnia and widespread pain.
In natural progesterone therapy for fibromyalgia, a transdermal progesterone cream is applied to the neck, elbows, knees and arms in order to minimize symptoms of fibromyalgia.
There are no known side effects or risks associated with the use of natural progesterone treatment for fibromyalgia syndrome.
Nonetheless, you should always consult with your medical practitioner prior to starting any form of progesterone treatment.