12 Reasons why Progestelle trumps other Progesterone Creams
by Eckhart, MD
1. No estrogenic chemicals used as preservatives. - Free of methyl paraben, butyl paraben, propyl paraben, and phenoxyethanol. These chemicals are documented to pretend to be estrogen in the test tube and animal studies. Clinically, these chemicals made our patients worse. Endometriosis patients became worse. PMS patients became worse. Breast cysts became worse.
2. No estrogenic herbs - Herb Free. Some competitor progesterone creams included estrogenic herbs to help with hot flashes. Much to my horror, I found that some of these herbs included in the progesterone cream made my patients worse. Fibroids enlarged with these estrogenic herbs. Some of these herbs that mimic estrogen are traditionally used to create miscarriages.
3. The Correct Clinical Dose of USP pharmaceutical grade Progesterone recommended by John Lee, MD. - Some competitor progesterone creams do not contain enough progesterone. I have tested Progestelle for skin absorption and clinical effect. I have used Progestelle since 1999 on over 8,000 patients as of 2008 with good effect.
4. Independent Laboratory Certified USP Pharmaceutical Grade Bioidentical Progesterone. We buy progesterone from the same wholesalers that supply progesterone to compounding pharmacies. The progesterone is certified for purity by an independent laboratory. I insist on the best. Progesterone from yams is used in Progestelle.
5. USP Pharmaceutical Grade Progesterone NOT Yam extract. Progesterone is made from yams or soy. Yam extract cannot be converted to progesterone by the human body. The human body does NOT have the proper enzymes to convert the progesterone. Women that take Yam extract do say that they feel that they have more energy. It is not documented what the human body will convert the Yam extract into, but it is not progesterone. Insist on Progesterone.
6. Mineral Oil Free. - Mineral oil will block the absorption of Progesterone more or less. Mineral oil is the same oil pumped from wells from crude oil under the ground. Mineral oil is cheaper and does not go rancid. However, I use more expensive coconut oil.
7. Stearal Konium Chloride Free. - 3 ml's of Stearal Konium Chloride according to the University of Texas MSDS computer database in 1999 causes fatal convulsions in adults if taken orally. Why would you want to put this into a cosmetic?
8. Progesterone absorbed by the skin. - If progesterone is taken orally 10 times the dose is needed compared to a skin dose. This is because whatever is taken orally is 90% inactivated by the liver. So a 200 mg oral dose is equivalent to a 20 mg topical progesterone cream dose. The metabolites of progesterone are not well documented. However, the metabolites make many of my patients too sleepy. Sleepy enough so they cannot drive.
9. Progestelle can be used under the tongue. Some patients with menstrual migraines like to use it under the tongue.
10. Made in small batches. A medical doctor with 8 years of experience with progesterone supervises the production of Progestelle.
11. No preservative period. Since only coconut oil and pharmaceutical grade bioidentical progesterone is used, no preservative is necessary.
12. Shipped and produced in Glass. Progestelle is produced in glass bottles. Progestelle is packed and shipped in
glass bottles. It is more expensive to use glass bottles. Progestelle is more expensive to ship in glass
bottles. However, many of our competitors use cheaper plastic. Plastic is documented to
outgas especially when the plastic gets hot. These outgassing chemicals many times are estrogenic. One study
showed outgassing of estrogenic compounds increased by 55 times when plastic bottles are heated. I think that Progesterone cream
shipped in plastic may or may not be good for you if the bottle is heated up in transit or in storage.