What Is Natural Estrogen Cream?

Natural estrogen cream may alleviate symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes.
Natural estrogen cream.
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Natural estrogen cream is a cream containing estrogen made from natural materials, primarily soy and yam. Many of these creams contain bioidentical estrogen, which means that the hormone is identical to naturally-produced estrogen on a molecular level. Natural estrogen cream is typically used to counteract the effects of menopause, reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), or increase low estrogen levels. These creams can be applied vaginally as well as on the wrists, inner thighs, stomach, chest, neck and other areas. While it is possible to purchase natural estrogen creams without a prescription, users should carefully follow all dosage instructions and be aware of the dangers associated with using these creams.

When an estrogen cream is said to be natural, the manufacturer typically means that the estrogen was derived from natural materials. Natural estrogen is not necessarily kept in its naturally-found form. In many cases, natural estrogens are manufactured from soy and yams. Some creams also contain estrogen extracted from the urine of pregnant mares.

In addition to being natural, many creams also contain bioidentical estrogen. Three types of estrogen can be manufactured on a bioidentical level: estriol, estradiol and estrone. These estrogens are structurally identical to the human hormone. When a bioidentical estrogen is introduced into the body, the body treats it as if it was naturally produced. The body cannot tell the difference between foreign bioidentical estrogen and naturally-produced estrogen.

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Natural estrogen cream is primarily used as an estrogen replacement therapy for women dealing with certain menopausal symptoms. Estrogen vaginal cream can be used to restore the health of the vaginal tissue and reduce dryness. Other natural estrogen creams can be used to reduce hot flashes, mood swings, bladder irritation, sleeplessness, night sweats and heart palpitations. Some creams are designed to be used only as a vaginal cream, while others can be used on the vaginal tissue and/or other areas of the body.

Women can also use natural estrogen cream to alleviate PMS symptoms or increase estrogen levels. Estrogen creams might also be used to treat bladder prolapse, urethral prolapse and vaginal prolapse. To treat these conditions, the cream will typically be applied vaginally. While estrogen cream is not always enough to cure these conditions, mild cases might benefit from the use of these creams.

Natural estrogen cream should not be used as a regular moisturizing lotion. When applied to the skin, the estrogen in the cream will penetrate into the bloodstream and may can cause certain unwanted side effects. In women who have not yet gone through menopause, estrogen cream might lengthen the menstrual cycle or cause breakthrough bleeding. These creams might also cause breast tenderness, vaginitis, headache, muscle cramps, nausea, bloating and dizziness. In excessive doses, estrogen cream has also been linked to certain types of cancer.

To keep a woman’s hormone levels balanced, natural estrogen cream will sometimes be paired with progesterone cream or other products. Women who want to begin using natural estrogen cream might want to talk to their physician about effective products, dosage, and whether additional hormone creams should be used. A physician will also be able to warn the patient of possible drug interactions and determine whether a natural estrogen cream will be safe to use.

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fify
Post 3

I don't think natural estrogen cream is for everyone. I used the cream and it made me very irritable and emotional. I was on the verge of crying all the time.

ddljohn
Post 2

I'm using natural estrogen cream along with progesterone cream for menopause symptoms. I have severe hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue and difficulty sleeping. My doctor recommended these creams for my symptoms and I started using them right away.

I can confidently say that estrogen and progesterone creams have been a life saver for me. I'm not red all the time anymore. My hot flashes are less frequent and I can actually sleep at night. I'm so happy that I found something that works for me.

There are also oral supplements and prescription medications for estrogen therapy during menopause. But I think the medications have side effects and I always forget to take pills. Estrogen cream is easier to use for me and I like that it's made from soy.

bear78
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Natural estrogen creams may not be suitable even for women who are in menopause. There are certain cases where doctors do not allow menopausal women to use estrogen supplements.

For example, it is believed that estrogen supplements can speed up the growth of tumors in the breast. So women with a history of breast cancer or women with present growths cannot use estrogen products.

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