I think you will agree with me when I tell you how difficult it is to find truthful and actionable information about biest progesterone cream, anti-aging, and stopping menopausal symptoms dead in their tracks.
The problem is that education on female hormones is limited at best. To compound the matter, doctors are NOT taught ANYTHING about these hormones in medical school nor how to treat them. Furthermore, pharmaceutical companies with aggressive marketing campaigns – pushing synthetic hormones, have done an excellent job confusing the situation about what is actually safe.
In our clinic I have assisted hundreds of women to work through hormonal balance issues, perimenopause, menopause, recovery from the removal of the thyroid, and hysterectomies, etc. We have helped turn once desperate and frustrated women into happy, loving, productive, sexually active, stress-free women and more.
In this post I am going to teach you why biest is preferred to other hormone replacement therapies, how it works, and how it may protect against breast cancer or strokes (to name a few) and also how to take it.
#1: Explanation of biest progesterone cream treatment
Biest is a form of treatment used in (BHRT) bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms and anti-aging treatment. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is commonly shortened and referred to as BHRT.
Bioidentical hormones simply mean that they are identical to the same hormones your body produces naturally.
They are typically given to women to relieve problems associated with hormone imbalances such as low estrogen.
Biest is used to treat low estrogen and menopause, thus the name “bi” (means two) and “est” (refers to estrogen).
Biest is the combination of estradiol (E2) and estriol (E3).
Estradiol is a much stronger form of estrogen than estriol and estriol is a very gentle form of estrogen.
Because Estriol is a more gentle form of estrogen, it has the ability to balance the strong effects of estradiol, which is why they are commonly used together in Biest treatment.
#2: Explanation of Estradiol Treatment
Biest can have benefits over traditional medications such as estradiol alone.
- Estradiol treatment by itself can cause some of the following symptoms:
- can further exacerbate fibrocystic breast disease
- cause weight gain in the stomach
- increase the risk for uterine cancers by increasing the endometrial proliferation/lining
- cause moodiness.
- None of which is something desired.
- Problems with estriol alone
Estriol treatment by itself is too weak for most women’s menopausal symptoms. That is why when treating with Biest, estriol can reduce the powerful effects of estradiol but still achieve successful menopausal relief and assist with anti-aging.
Biest treatment comes in many forms such as capsules, gels, creams, sublingual, troche, and suppositories.
Biest progesterone cream for instance, can also come in any ratio of estriol to estradiol that your physician feels is most necessary for your hormone treatment.
#3: The most common form of Biest progesterone treatment is 80/20
The most common form of Biest progesterone cream treatment is given in an 80:20 ratio. With this treatment estriol contains 80% of the dose and estradiol 20%. The flexibility of Biest for treatment allows for many individual options in treating menopause and anti-aging.
However, your doctor may choose to prescribe any number of combinations such 70:30 or 65:45, etc.
#4: Signs and symptoms of Estrogen deficiency
The following is short-list of common signs and symptoms of estrogen deficiency in which biest progesterone cream is used as treatment. You may experience one or more of these symptoms.
- Estrogen Deficiency Symptoms:
- Hot Flashes
- Shortness of Breath
- Night Sweats
- Sleep Disorders
- Vaginal Dryness
- Dry Skin
- Mood Swings
- Memory Loss
- Yeast Infections
- Vaginal Shrinkage
- Painful Intercourse
- Unable to Orgasm
- Lack of Menstruation
#5: The right dosage is important
Take a look at the chart when considering taking bioidentical hormones to make sure you understand safe dosages.
Bioidentical hormone dosage is critical to a successful secession of individual symptoms.
Common Compounded Bioidentical Hormones Dose Classifications
#6: Bioidentical hormones are a safer choice
Because synthetic hormones come with proven risk(s) it seems that many people have decided bioidentical hormones are totally fine to take.
Bioidentical hormones are crafted to be the exact molecular structure of the hormone(s) your body produces. Synthetic hormones, on the other hand are not.
Synthetic hormones are typically a bit different from the exact structure that your body makes because that way it can be patented by the manufacturer.
The pharmaceutical companies main motivation is profit over the health.
The purpose of this article is not necessarily to compare and contrast synthetic from Bioidentical HRT but to alert you as to how the body responds when bioidentical (and synthetic) hormones are taken.
Furthermore, it’s really to alert you of the downside consequences of taking ANY hormones.
In the early 2000’s a study was conducted by the Women’s Health Initiative which showed that taking (synthetic) estrogen specifically for menopause may lead to an increased risk of heart disease, breast cancer, strokes and blood clots.
Up until that point 30-40% of women who were post-menopausal were using hormone replacement therapy (HTR). Doctors were actively prescribing estrogen at this time and the women who received these treatments for HRT were experiencing relief, however they were being put at risk for heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, and blood clots.
This caused a massive shift among physicians and MANY women were taken off HRT.
Because of this study many physicians are not willing to entertain the idea of prescribing HRT for this reason.
However, the problem with the study was that synthetic hormones were tested and not bio-identical ones. Most notable the hormones tested were Prempro, Premarin and progestin (pharmaceutical variants of actual hormones that females produce naturally).
Even though these synthetic hormones are not identical as the ones that your body produces (bio-identical hormones) they were lumped into the same category and seen as the same as far as their risks to the body.
The problem again with this study is that the negative side effects were primarily because there were synthetic and not bio-identical.
Furthermore, more recent studies have shown that the use of bio-identical hormones do not show an increased risk of negative side effects such as cancer, stroke, etc.
The logic behind taking biest is that you are using the same hormones that your body produces naturally to remove the symptoms of menopause without experiencing the increased risk of heart attacks, breast cancer, etc.
No supplemental hormones are perfect so always consult your physician before using any hormone therapy.
#7: How and what to say to your doctor
Speaking to your doctor could be a daunting task specifically if he or she is of an old school of thought and has not been properly trained in functional medicine, natural hormone therapy or one of the specialties I mentioned earlier.
Regardless, here are a few steps to give you an edge when confronting your doctor about your health as it relates to menopause and using BHRT bioidentical hormone replacement.
Put together a complete list of your current symptom(s).
Take that list with you when you go your doctor or healthcare professional.
Ask them about your options and therapies, based on your symptoms.
Talk about testing options and cost.
#8: Women who go through menopause should take bioidentical hormones
It’s a personal choice to take bioidentical hormones. No one can force you nor should they. Doing your own research and arming yourself with knowledge is always a good thing.
But it’s been shown that supplementing with bioidentical hormones to be a good idea if you want to stay alive for twice as long as your body intended.
Without estrogen, your brain doesn’t work as well.
You may have noticed brain fog, that can eventually lead to Alzheimer’s, if not treated properly.
Bones can become brittle and prone to breaks unless you take a nasty bone-building drug like Fosamax or Boniva.
Keeping your hormone levels optimal will protect your brain, your bones, and help you so you won’t get depression – so there is no need to take Prozac.
And you won’t need to take painkillers because you won’t have the joint pain that’s associated with aging.
Smart doctors can agree to eliminate all these drugs and add back natural biologically identical hormones.
Using an estrogen cream every day and progesterone cream two weeks a month could be an acceptable alternative to prescription drugs and painkillers.
#9: What to say to doctors who criticize you for wanting information on bioidentical hormones?
When a doctor criticizes you for wanting to take care of your body naturally with bioidentical hormones or starts to criticize you for hyping bioidentical hormones as safer than conventional synthetic hormones, ask them to show you evidence that they have researched this thoroughly.
Most doctors have not studied female hormones in depth. It wasn’t until that last 20 years that it was discovered that women could benefit from supplemental progesterone.
This is a relatively new science in the medical community and most physicians have no idea what is going on. After-all in their minds since it wasn’t taught in medical school then it has no relevance in the real world.
This is just not the case.
Most of the research, that is skewed towards pharmaceutical companies agenda, is what has been taught to mainstream medical doctors and is just not accurate.
There are over 40 studies showing that bioidentical hormones are safe, including a Danish study of 700,000 women comparing bioidentical to synthetic hormone use. European women have been using bioidenticals for over 50 years.
Bioidentical hormones have been proven safe. They’re approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
It’s very frustrating when doctors don’t pay attention to these studies, but so many of them have been bought and/misled by pharmaceutical companies, not to mention there’s huge money in menopause treatment.
A not so unrelated topic is that doctors even get bonuses for prescribing chemotherapy drugs which have a 3% chance of success. This just shows you that sometimes patient care is not necessarily the main focus for some medical practices.
#10: Using biest progesterone cream the correct way
Used the right way, supplementing with biest progesterone cream or bioidentical hormones, could be somewhat safer than conventional hormone therapy.
Many women suffering from menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and sleeplessness are now opting to take bioidentical hormones.
These products, which could be either prescription drugs, topical creams or supplements are chemically identical to the estrogen and progesterone made by a woman’s ovaries.
This means that they’re safer than mainstream pharmaceuticals in which the hormones are derived from a horse’s urine or synthesized in a lab.
Some European studies suggest this may be true, but the evidence is not all-together definitive.
Biest is usually formulated (compounded) in either a cream or a gel.
Taking biest topically (through the skin) is usually better than oral medication since it bypasses the liver and is thus safer on your internal organs. This phenomenon is call ‘first pass’.
#11: Oral medications are NOT superior to topicals
When you take a medication by mouth it must go through the intestinal tract where it is absorbed and then processed by the liver.
The liver then breaks down a very large percentage (as high as 90% on certain medications) into smaller pieces to help your body get rid of it.
This may lead to a concentration of the hormone in the liver which may increase inflammation, etc.
After it is broken down it is the sent to the heart where a portion of the original hormone is finally absorbed into your cells and tissues.
At this point the hormone is finally absorbed into the bloodstream where if you had used a topical it would have already gone into your tissues promptly.
The best place to put transdermal (topical) biest progesterone cream is on the soft parts of the skin where there is less fat, like the skin under the arms below the biceps, and behind the knees and calves.
Other areas include the thighs, vaginal area, peri-anal area and neck.
If you are using other hormones such as testosterone and progesterone make sure that you do not apply more than one hormone to the same spot on your body at a time.
Progesterone specifically should be alternated to a different spot each time. A good sample application routine could look like:
Left bicep, right bicep, then left calf area, then right calf area then repeat the process.
Biest bioidentical progesterone is identical to the hormones your body has been automatically producing for years. Therefore, it would be uncommon to respond negatively to these hormones (they are natural hormones after-all).
#12: Biest progesterone cream symptoms
If you are experiencing symptoms, this does not mean beist is the culprit. Using the incorrect dosage, usually too little can cause similar symptoms. Try increasing the dosage slightly. Always consult your medical provider when attempting to change your dosage.
When you experience symptoms such as the following below, it might mean you are not using enough biest, these symptoms include:
Low dose symptoms
- Persistent hot flashes
- Persistent weight gain
- Persistent mood issues or depression
- Persistent vaginal dryness or decreased libido
- Persistent night sweats or insomnia
However, using TOO MUCH could also cause symptoms and you may be experiencing side effects of overdosing.
If this is the case, you may need to lower your dose.
High dose symptoms
- Excessive dosing symptoms may resemble the following:
- Breast tenderness
- Menstrual bleeding
- Abdominal cramping
- Water retention and bloating
- Nipple tenderness
- Breast fullness or enlargement (with or without tenderness)
- Pelvic cramps (with or without bleeding)
- Continued hot flashes at very high does (hot flashes may subside and then persist if dosing is extremely high)
- If you are using biest and you experience any of the side effects listed above, try reducing your dose (or stopping for 2-3 days). This should be adequate to make you feel normal again.
Always discuss any confusion about your dose with your doctor.
#13: Why most doctors are hesitant to prescribe biest progesterone cream or bio-identical hormones
Biest requires a prescription from your doctor. However, most traditional doctors, like family practice, may not be familiar with using biest or bio-identical hormones.
Hormone replacement is just not taught in medical school. In order for a physician to be knowledgeable they usually either have to take further classes or courses or research and learn on their own.
These same doctors however don’t have a problem handing out prescriptions to steroids, insulin or birth control but they do seem to have a problem when it comes to bio-identical hormones.
The mindset and theory behind bio-identical hormone therapy is a complete 180 degrees from standard medical practice than traditional physicians use.
Mostly it is because they were not educated on the subject.
Smart and reasonable medical practitioners when confronted with the facts and are able to see for themselves how effective these treatments can be should be willing to prescribe bio-identical hormone therapy like biest bioidentical progesterone.
Good fields of study to look for when shopping for a medical provider are specializations in integrative medicine, anti-aging medicine and functional medicine to name a few.
Biest can be used to treat low estrogen in a combination of two types of estrogen, estradiol and estriol which, can be effective in treating menopause. They work much more effectively when used in conjunction. Always do you research and consult your doctor before starting any hormone replacement therapy.