Below are articles on this subject of natural progesterone cream and of the actual brands we sell, with the most recent first. You can go directly to the category Natural Progesterone Cream as well if you would like to read all of the articles.
The FAQs of how to use natural progesterone cream during the NPC Shutdown / Cleanse.
Recap – The Purpose (read more on the full Purpose page):
1: To cleanse the major organs of the body which in turn affect the reproductive system and often allow the body to produce life again.
2: To restore cyst covered ovaries by shutting off FSH and LH surges for 3 months to restore the ovaries…
3: To lose weight or change eating habits and to give the body proper nutrition which again can make for a better ovulation and healthier baby.
FAQ on how to use Natural Progesterone Cream during the NPC Shutdown
Q: How do I use the Natural Progesterone Cream during shutdown?
A: Natural Progesterone cream may be used as a safe way to overshadow estrogen and to shutoff ovulation during this time. If you have cysts and/or PCOS which are inhibiting ovulation, this method is highly recommended by Dr. Lee and others, noted in the field of hormonal health and women’s issues. If you have long cycles or periods of waxing and waning mucus without ovulation then it is helpful for you as well. If you have short luteal phase it may be a consideration as well.
If you do not have cysts, anovulation or long cycles and will not be using Cycle Balance or Happy PMS Cream you may skip this section. We believe it is best to use the cream during this time. (more…)
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Estrogen Dominance is also called Estrogen Dominance Syndrome EDS. It is commonly misunderstood in that most women think it means they have too much estrogen or they say “My estrogen is low, so that cannot be my answer.” The truth is that estrogen dominance merely means that estrogen is dominant out of balance in relation to progesterone.
Some symptoms of estrogen dominance may seem like something you have had for a long time and never thought it was anything but a pain. (more…)
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What your doctor may not tell you about the dangers of Depo Provera – DANGER AHEAD
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The Natural Alternative to Provera
Some of the information below is from the article “Provera or The Toxic Drug” according to Dr. Lee and other parts are according to the Physician’s Desk Reference or as noted. Though the cost of depo-provera can be close to $100 per injection, the actual cost of taking it is much more. It is the physical, emotional and psychological cost that has no dollar amount. Natural progesterone cream is about $40 for a 3 month supply; including shipping AND it is the natural bio-identical to your own progesterone-manufactured-in-your-body, choice.
Depo Provera FAQ list
- Adverse reactions to Depo-provera / side affects of depo provera (Dangers of Depo Provera)
- Ingredients of Depo-provera and what they do and what they mean
- Warnings about Depo-provera (Dangers of Depo Provera)
- Precautions of Depo-Provera (Dangers of Depo Provera)
- Weight_loss and weight gain_and Depo-provera
- Info from the Provera website
More important than reading the whole article is that I want to list the adverse reactions listed on their site first. This is often what women are looking for on our site. Also, I would like to note that the progesterone creams NOT progestins, listed on our site are natural and bio-identical to the progesterone your body would make if it were functioning at a higher, healthier level. You may make wild choices for yourself without worry but there are “little-ones” to consider as well when you are trying to get pregnant or maintain pregnancy.
Here are the adverse reactions (depo-provera side effects aka What are the real costs involved in taking depo-provera?) Depoprovera.com says:
- See warnings for possible adverse effects on the fetus. (We prefer the name BABY since what you do for TTC is not “fetus dancing” but “baby dancing”.)
- breakthrough bleeding
- spotting (visit Reasons For Spotting.com for info about this subject and Beyond Fertility .com which has a large section also.)
- change in menstrual flow
- amenorrhea (lack of menstrual period)
- headaches (migraines)
- edema (water retention)
- change in weight (increase or decrease)
- changes in cervical erosion and cervical secretions (this is one I never want to hear about my cervix – EROSION. It is the invitation of cancer but that is not mentioned in that way here.)
- cholestatic jaundice, including neonatal jaundice (over production of bile in the liver)
- breast tenderness and galactorrhea (fluid from the breast)
- skin sensitivity reactions consisting of urticaria, pruritus, edema and generalized rash
- acne, alopecia (hair missing from an area of the body) and hirsutism (hair on face, neck, chest, arms etc for women that is male-like in nature)
- anaphylactoid reactions and anaphylaxis (Extreme sensitivity to a substance according to Wiktionary.com)
- mental depression
- pyrexia (fevers)
- insomnia (unable to sleep or fall asleep)
At Depoprovera.com as I update this page today, they have a sign saying they are updating theirs and are unavailable. The parts from the pfizer website say “Depoprovera.com says” before the text.
Depo-provera is made by man. It is not manufactured naturally in the body by God but is made by the Pfizer company. When something is made of inorganic material or the molecular structure is changed, does it make sense that the outcome will also change? Why yes, of course. Enter the – Dangers of Depo Provera.
Here are the ingredients and notes on them in blue. Depoprovera.com says:
- medroxyprogesterone acetate – progestin (fake, laboratory progesterone)
- myristyl gamma picolinium chloride – According to Investigative Ophthamology http://www.iovs.org/cgi/content/abstract/34/7/2360 when testing this drug on the retina of rabbits – CONCLUSIONS. MGP, the preservative used in Depo-Medrol (and Dprovera) (Upjohn, Kalamazoo, MI), is highly toxic to the rabbit retina. Read the article and judge for yourself.
- polyethylene glycol 3350 – we cannot find a definitive answer about this except that it is used as a thickener
- sodium sulfate anhydrous – reactions are noted if contact is made with the eyes. it does not seem to have a clear explanation in any place I can find but seems to suggest it has a drying effect due to the “an hydrous”.
Ex: Apples provide fiber, vitamins and enzymes, applesauce is changed in the cooking process and the enzymes that help the liver and colon digest and use the nutrients are gone as well as the fiber necessary to sweep the intestines. MORE SO with prescription drugs that begin, as in this case as wild yam, an organic substance and are then altered. At least with applesauce you still get the vitamins.
Here is the first thing on the PDF – Pfizer.com says:
Women who use Depo-provera Contraceptive Injection may lose significant mineral density. Bone loss is greater with increasing duration of use and may not be completely reversible.
Does it occur to you that “may lose” and “significant” don’t go well together? I have to ask if they really mean “may” lose or do they mean SIGNIFICANTLY because “may” is significantly overshadowed by the word “significantly”; is it not? They go on to say that Depo-Provera Acetate should be used for long-term (longer than 2 years) birth control, only if other methods are inadequate. Depo-Provera is also known as medroxyprogesterone acetate. This also should send up warning signs since it is very commonly used for a 2 year period or more and therefore is regularly not a good idea. (Dangers of Depo Provera)
Depoprovera.com says: Depo-Provera gets it name from the fact that is provera “deposited”, “injected” into the body rather than oral progesterone or suppositories. Thus the depo part of the name.
Medroxyprogesterone acetate is used in what is called a “chemical castration” of men who are sex offenders. It is used to lessen their virility and sex drive. According to studies in men also, continued use resulted loss of bone density and an increase in body fat and long term risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.
Depoprovera.com says: Medroxyprogesterone stops the secretion of pituitary gonadotropin which keeps the follicular maturation.
Basically, it keeps your body from the benefits of maturing follicles and eggs.
This last paragraph refers to something close to what happens naturally when you are pregnant. BUT decide if you think the following statements on their site continue on the same lines as pregnancy. Depoprovera.com says:
- Known or suspected pregnancy or as a diagnostic test for pregnancy.
Basically don’t use IF you are pregnant or to determine IF you are pregnant. (Miscarriage is sure to follow.)
- Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
Don’t use if you already have bleeding which has not been identified.
- Known or suspected malignancy of breast.
Progesterone is helpful in preventing breast cancer AS IS pregnancy.
- Liver dysfunction or disease.
This is because it is not processed properly by the liver. You will notice from TV commercials that the liver comes up a lot.
Sound familiar? These are same for both sexes. Progestins (a name for the group of these chemically altered progesterone compounds) are not the same as the beautiful healthy benefits of your body’s own progesterone.
Here are the warnings (Dangers of Depo Provera) which are even scarier. Depoprovera.com says:
- Pregnancy: … in patients with a fertilized defective ova may cause a delay in spontaneous abortion (aka miscarriage)
- Intrauterine Exposure: … exposure to progestational drugs in the first trimester of pregnancy and genital abnormalities in male and female fetuses. (AKA for those trying to conceive; a BABY) They go on to explain that the male may be “more female” and the female more “male” or as they put it virilization of the external genitalia.
- Thromboembolic disorders: This has to do with blood disorders, clots, strokes etc.
- Ocular disorders: Having to do with the eyes especially with complete or partial loss of vision and includes down to something smaller like migraines.
- Lactation: Drugs have been found in the breast milk of nursing mothers.
- Multi-dose Use: Special care is necessary to avoid contamination when there are multiple doses in each vial.
Precautions – Depoprovera.com says: …fluid retention is to be watched as it can influence conditions such as epilepsy, migraines, asthma, cardiac or renal (kidney) dysfunction. Vaginal bleeding, depression, masking of climacteric (synonymous with menopause)
Happy PMS Natural Progesterone Cream | Cycle Balance Progesterone Cream
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What follows is the original information from provera.com knowing that their site will change as websites do. The rest of the information above came from the pfizer.com website.
Weight loss and depo-provera:
If you are using depo-provera, you may very likely have gained weight; some report 50-60 lbs in a couple years. We can suggest some sites for your to check out: The Diet Workshop.net for a list of healthy supplements or Lose While You Snooze . com and read about their collagen weight loss product to boost your protein and help you lose fat at night in your sleep.
(Depoprovera.com says: (when this article was first written) Why is this drug prescribed?
Depo-Provera is derived from the female hormones progesterone. You may be give Provera if your menstrual periods have stopped or a female hormones imbalance is causing your uterus to bleed abnormally.
Other forms of medroxyprogesterone, such a Depo-Provera, are used as a contraceptive injection and prescribed in the treatment of endometrial cancer.
Some doctors prescribe Provera to treat endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, premenstrual tension, sexually aggressive behavior in men, and sleep apnea, (temporary failure to breathe while sleeping).
Most important facts about this drug
You should never take Provera during the first 4 months of pregnancy. During thisformative period, even a few days of treatment with Provera might put your unborn baby atincreased risk for birth defects. If you take Provera and later discover that you were pregnant when you took it, discuss this with your doctor right away.
How should you take his medication?
Provera may be taken with or between meals.
Do not change from one brand to another without consulting your doctor pharmacist.
Your doctor will probably have you take Provera for 5-10 days and hen stop; you should have your period within 3-7 days after the lst dose.
If you are being treated for lack of regular menstrual periods, your doctor may have you start taking Provera at any time. If you are being treated for abnormal uterine bleeding due to a female-hormone imbalance, your doctor will probably have you start taking Provera on day 16-21 of your menstrual cycle (ie 16-21 days after the start of your last period). You should have your period within 3-7 days after the last dose.
What side effects may occur?
Acne, anaphylaxis (life-threatening allergic reaction), blood clot in a vein lungs, or brain, breakthrough bleeding (between menstrual periods), breast tenderness or sudden or excessive flow of milk, cervical erosion or changes in secretions, depression, excessive growth of hair, fever, fluid retention, hair loss, headache, hives, insomnia, itching,lack of menstruation, menstrual flow changes, spotting, nausea, rash, skin discoloration, sleepiness, weight gain or loss, yellowed eyes and skin.
Why should this drug not be prescribed?
Do not take Provera if you are sensitive to it or have ever had an allergic reaction to it.
If you suspect you may have become pregnant, do not take Provera as a test for pregnancy. Doctors once prescribed Provera for this purpose, but no longer do so for 2reasons:
Quicker, safer pregnancy tests are now available.
If you are in fact pregnant, Provera might injure the baby.
Do not take Provera if you have:
- Cancer of the breast or genital organs
- Liver disease or a liver condition
- A dead fetus still in the uterus
- Undiagnosed bleeding from the vagina
- Do not take Provera if you have, or have ever developed blood clots.
Special warnings for this medication
- Before you start to take Provera, your doctor will give you a complete physical exam, including examination of your breast and pelvic organs. You should also have a cervical smear. (pap test.)
- Provera may cause some degree of fluid retention. If you have a medical condition that could be made worse by fluid retention – such as epilepsy, migraine,asthma, or a heart of or kidney problem – make sure your doctor knows about it.
- Provera may mask the onset of menopause. In other words, while taking Provera you may continue to experience regular menstrual bleeding even if your menopause has started.
- Provera may make you depressed, especially if you have suffered from depression in the past. If you become seriously depressed, tell your doctor; you probably stop taking Provera.
- It you are diabetic, Provera could make your diabetes worse; your doctor will want to watch you closely while you are taking this drug.
- There is some concern that Provera, like birth controls pills, may increase your risk of blood clots in a vein. If you experience any symptoms that might suggest the onset of such a condition – pain with swelling, warmth, and redness in a leg vein, coughing or shortness of breath, vision problems, migraine, or weakness or numbness in an arm or leg -see your doctor immediately.
Notice that they say there might be blood clots like with birth control pills, which Pfizer also makes and knows about. Is it worth risking blood clots to use an unatural, molecularly altered substance?
- Tell your doctor right away if you lose some or all of your vision or your start seeing double. You may have to stop taking the medication.
Special Information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding:
- You should not take Provera during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.
- Provera appears in breast milk. If you are a new mother, you may need to choose between taking Provera and breastfeeding your baby.
For more info on natural alternatives to Provera read the first four articles under Progesterone Articles
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Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
First off we are sorry for your losses and understand better than anyone.
Recurrent pregnancy loss is frustrating and disheartening. And, it often comes after finally overcoming infertility.
You are not alone in your pain and frustration. It’s not easy, but you need to stay hopeful. Please let us help you in your pain, recovery and the next steps to take to help it not to happen again.
Send us an email through our contact form. Bless you, Brenda
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Let’s look at dysmenorrhea, its diagnosis, cause and what can be done to help it.
What is dysmenorrhea?
Severe menstruation with pain and a lot of bleeding would describe dysmenorrhea best? You know what that means. Dreading not just the PMS but the actual menstruation period. (more…)
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Feminine health is as complicated as it gets. There are so many mysteries to the female reproductive system. If a “women’s” health issue arises it is very important to deal with it properly and quickly to avoid long term effects. Most feminine health problems will respond well to natural health aka holistic approaches. Correcting the concern before it becomes irreversible is the key. (more…)
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According to Dr. John R. Lee, MD it is sometimes necessary to shut “off” the ovaries for a few months to allow the body to heal. PCOS, PCOD, short luteal phases, ovarian cysts and other similar fertility issues will impede the bodies ability to conceive.
In our history of helping couples to conceive naturally we have to come to understand the connections between the liver, colon, (including parasites residing in them) kidneys and background issues inhibiting fertility. Time always feels short, especially for couples who have been trying for some time to conceive. Naturally, couples are anxious about the time and don’t normally want to take 3 months off. Once we have helped them to understand the importance of cleansing, according to traditional Chinese medicine and herbal medicine’s wisdom, they can embark on a journey using a powerful plan to achieve fertility naturally AND safely. We do not say powerful lightly.
This plan WORKS! We have every reason to believe it may very well work for YOU! (more…)
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Shutdown/Cleansing program for fertility (infertility)
You may be thinking right now “Just cut to the chase and tell me what I need to do.” Our website is not the quick fix but THE fix. It is about helping you to make changes and understand that fertility should be the norm out of a body that is full of life in every cell.
Let’s take a little longer and get to that place where you can see why it is important to get healthy and not just get a prescription for Clomid or Serophene (the brand names) or the generic name Clomiphene .
So let me teach you a little about how the body works and WHY cleansing is a good idea during this time. There is no pressure to purchase from our site but we do have our ideas of what products and companies have proven themselves worthy of noting.
Some of the questions asked of us about the shutdown and let’s start with progesterone cream. Read the FAQs about Natural Progesterone Cream during the NPC Shutdown.
Q: How do I use the progesterone creams on this site? How is progesterone cream applied? How do I know how much natural progesterone cream should I use? How do I choose a progesterone cream.
A: The creams we like most are Cycle Balance Cream or Happy PMS natural progesterone cream and Renewed Balance natural progesterone cream; in that order. These progesterone creams fit perfectly in the shutdown cleanse.
You want a cream that:
* has enough progesterone to be worth the price
* does not have a lot of goopy ingredients – it is hard to rub into the skin if too thick.
* will penetrate the skin to get to the cells. cold pressed or with essential oils to draw it into the body works best. Cold pressed AND essential oils would be our top pick which is why we choose Cycle Balance Cream for our top pick.
We stand by each of these creams. Both pumps are pre-measured applications. All have excellent ingredients.
Cycle Balance is cold – pressed which means it goes into the skin better since the oils have not been changed.
Natural Progesterone cream may be used as a safe and natural contraceptive to shutoff ovulation during this time. It is NOT a contraceptive per se but when used early in the cycle will act as one. We have an exact explanation of how this works in our FAQs about the NPC Shutdown and Progesterone Cream page. If you have cysts and/or PCOS / PCOD which are inhibiting ovulation, this method is highly recommended by Dr. Lee and others. It is recommended also by those noted in the field of hormonal health and women’s infertility / fertility issues.
VERY IMPORTANT: Progesterone supplementation means different things at different times of your cycle. If you use it before you ovulate, during the FSH growth part of the cycle you will turn off ovulation. THAT is exactly the point here.
However, IF you use it following ovulation you make a stronger luteal phase, help to prevent miscarriage for those with low progesterone blood levels and it last (for now) it will also convert into other helpful, healthful hormones.
Progesterone is a hormone that works best when kept even in your body. In an ideal world this would not mean having to use supplemental progesterone. Consider spreading the dosage out in 2 applications a day; morning and evening rather than just once. The labels may say once is sufficient but we are not teaching sufficient but most effective.
Now if you don’t have cysts (be sure), short cycles or long anovulatory cycles you may decide not to use progesterone. May we suggest using another effective form of prevention while cleansing your body? Your personal convictions may prevent the use of these alternatives. Remember that you are not trying to prevent pregnancy but to keep your baby safe while you are introducing cleansing herbs to your body. If you do not have cysts, irregular cycles AND will not be using natural progesterone cream you may skip this section.
We have several testimonies of women who have begun shutdown with the natural progesterone cream and then became pregnant that cycle. Here is why that often happens. See our FAQ about progesterone cream during the Shutdown. .
Q: What if I conceive while on shutdown? Is it possible to get pregnant during the shutdown?
A: During the NPC shutdown a stagnant liver is given a chance to somewhat clear out. Many have long cycles or weak cycles from a continual low level of estrogen. These are “old” hormones lingering, of sorts in the liver or the colon. Our bodies get a rest from a steady estrogen; from being in a kind of constant follicular cycle state. Without the mature eggs there is not the progesterone needed in the cycle to start the next cycle off right. At this time, by clearing old hormones and offsetting the constant estrogens with small amounts of progesterone it often becomes just what is needed for an egg to mature and release. Often times ovulation happens; followed by pregnancy. There is time to know if you are pregnant without going off the progesterone cream prematurely.
If you were to become pregnant you would be watching for signs, temp rises, ferning etc. and would not stop the progesterone cream but the other herbs. We do not suggest abortificient herbs – see our Herbal Glossary – just in case. We are about MAKING babies! Remember that we are here for you.
Vitex is an herb that may balance estrogen and progesterone. This is why vitex is recommended so often for cysts. Think about it. If there is too much estrogen then there will most often be too little LH in the surge. When progesterone was used it was just enough to lower the estrogen and they conceived. You will see a common scenario explained in the article “Is progesterone just a bandaid?”.
You might consider using progesterone cream, until hormonal balance is achieved, during the luteal phase. We do not advocate the use of progesterone cream as a band-aid but rather while you are making your body healthy enough for a successful start IF you were to be low in progesterone at this time. This is a safeguard until your luteal phase is strengthened and lengthened; producing enough progesterone for gestation. The most common cause for miscarriage is hormonal imbalance due to low progesterone.
Natural progesterone has also been noted to help with premature labor. Many women have experienced their first full term pregnancy while using natural progesterone cream to lengthen the third stage of pregnancy.
You may be one of many women will decide not to shutdown completely and only do cleansing herbs; we discourage this. It is our opinion that these three months can often encourage fertility on and that the three months be seen as a positive, proactive move, not going backwards. It is surprising how many women avoid this but then are happy they took the time; the help to the body is only part of the joy. It is also a positive thing to take time from TTC to strengthen the marriage at the same time and lowering stress which can come from too much pressure to conceive.
The amount of natural progesterone cream to be used is between 15 and 20mg per day according to Dr. Lee from day 5 to day 26 of cycle (during shutdown) but usually twice per day at first. Not to belabor this but to be sure. That means 6 squirts, twice a day, of Cycle Balance Progesterone Cream (http://www.cyclebalancecream.com), 1/4 tsp twice a day of Happy PMS progesterone cream. (If you are overweight you will need more as well. This is because hormones are absorbed into fat cells.) Often times twice the amount will needed but it is best to use it on thin skin areas of the body for best absorption. These amounts are not our recommendation but according to what the body would produce if it were balanced and healthy.
This shutdown is based on using 20 – 40mg of natural USP progesterone cream per day. Happy PMS Natural Progesterone Cream has 1200 mg per 2 oz and Cycle Balance Natural Progesterone Cream has 1000 mg per 2 oz but uniquely this natural progesterone cream is cold pressed and therefore the progesterone is easier to assimilate and you do not need as much cream on the skin to get the amount you need. It is light and grease less and is my personal favorite. As we stated above, most creams on the market only have 800-900 mg per 2 oz. jar and require more usage which means more money. They also require more because of the thicker cream bases.
Happy PMS Natural Progesterone Cream can be learned about at http://www.happypmscream.com and is one of our choices for progesterone creams above. Happy PMS cream has the same amount per serving as Dr. Lee recommends and has been around for many years, and has a great following. This comes in a handy pump which measures the amount you need twice a day. Happy PMS Cream is one of our top selling creams along with Cycle Balance Cream.
If your cycle should end before day 26 simply begin counting to day 5 and begin again. This may happen to many because of short luteal phases. Often times one finds that with the supplementation the cycles are shorter because your body is getting progesterone to oppose the estrogen. This is just enough for those who are very estrogen dominant to oppose the estrogen and cause break through bleeding. If you do NOT bleed, still go off the cream and give your body a rest from progesterone but with this scenario count 7 days. This would give you 3 weeks on and one week off each of the 3 months; trying to stay with your body’s cycle as much as possible.
Note: If for any reason you find yourself pregnant during this time DO NOT go off the cream abruptly. You can continue until the end of your pregnancy or you may wean closer to 12-16 weeks. When the body is low in progesterone and it sees a sudden dip it may interpret this as time to shed the lining. Many women who have come through our group have miscarried by going off suppositories too abruptly without knowing they should not. Notice I said suppositories. We here constantly of doctors who recommended a woman stop her suppositories; thinking she should have enough progesterone at that point in her pregnancy. The body can see this as the “end of cycle drop” and “shed the lining” as I said above. Instead take the safe route and continue until you are sure the placenta is fully operational and growing well. The placenta should pick up on production of hormones by week 8 and this is one of the most common gestational points for miscarriages.
Follow your own body. You may find that you need more to offset your symptoms but the best way to tell if you have too much is if it makes you extremely tired in the day; more so than usual. Then you would cut back. According to Dr. Lee you will always need at least 15-20 mg twice per day of a cream during the first month and then once per day of each below, for months two and three, such as Cycle Balance Cream (6 squirts twice a day), Happy PMS Cream (1/4 of a tsp. twice per day), Renewed Balance progesterone cream(1/8 twice per day) during the times specified above.
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Q: What other products/herbs/foods might be helpful to use during this time?
A: Let me answer this by explaining a little about how the body works. This will help you understand why some things might not be good right now and why others may help the process along. (more…)
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Most women on the internet who are searching day and night to find fertility answers to infertility problems have read about natural progesterone cream. Do most women understand the subject of natural progesterone, progesterone the hormone or what progesterone cream even IS? NO. That is my answer and I’ll stick to it. (more…)
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