Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.


Use Progesterone for PMS

Monday, 10 January 2011 03:47 PM

Question: I have had low progesterone levels. Three years ago, I got a blood clot in my lung from using NuvaRing, and now I can’t take hormones. Do you think bioidentical progesterone is safe for someone who has had a blood clot?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Low progesterone levels are associated with PMS symptoms. I have successfully treated many women with PMS symptoms with bioidentical, natural progesterone.

NuvaRing is a contraceptive vaginal ring that contains estrogen and progestin. Progestin is a very dangerous drug that needs to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, most birth control pills and conventional hormone replacement therapy contain progestins such as Provera.

Studies have consistently shown progestin use is associated with significantly increased rates of cancer, heart disease, and blood clots.

There is no reason to use progestins for any condition when there are bioidentical, natural versions of progesterone widely available.

I feel all progestins should be pulled from the market, NuvaRing included. Unlike progestins, research on bioidentical hormones has been clear: Natural progesterone has never been shown to increase the risk of blood clots (or heart disease and cancer).

I have never seen a patient develop a blood clot from the use of natural progesterone.

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