7 Very Useful Wild Yam Progesterone Cream Things To Know:
I know you will agree with me when I tell you that relying on the claims and labels of wild yam progesterone cream for your personal health can leave you feeling frustrated.
The problem is that claims made on labels of many healthcare products are misleading at best, along with the confusion about these products and what they can actually do. What’s also alarming is that many products that claim to have wild yam do not have the correct dosage nor the correct formulations to make them effective.
In our clinic we have helped hundreds of women work through hormonal balance issues, perimenopause, menopause, 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 all about wild yam progesterone cream, how to get relief from menopausal symptoms, how to use it and what to look out for.
#1: Wild Yams
Wild yams have been used as a natural source of progesterone for the relief of menopausal symptoms and many other female problems ranging from menstrual cramps to mood swings. Wild yam progesterone cream is made from either soybeans or the Mexican wild yam. Wild yams are not usually eaten as they are not the same as the sweet potatoes and yams that are commonly eaten in pies, or fries, or chips etc.
Wild yam history
In 1929 the existence of the corpus luteum hormone was established, and was proven to be necessary for successful pregnancy, and thus given the name progesterone (ie “Pro-gestation”)
It wasn’t until 1939 when a scientist learned how to create a natural form of progesterone that could safely be supplemented which was synthesized from the wild yam plant.
In the 1950’s it was discovered that only wild yams found in tropical regions with the latin name (Dioscorea) could be converted into a laboratory with the exact same molecule as human progesterone yielding – wild yam progesterone.
Not long after, the pharmaceutical industry realized that large profits could be made from creating their own version an inexpensively synthetic form of progesterone made from soybeans, one which they could patent.
Man-made hormones are far more profitable for commercial application because they can be patented.
These patented synthetic progesterones were created in pill and capsule forms that were more effective when taken orally. These same synthetic forms of progesterone, which are prescribed by traditional medical doctors, don’t provide the full spectrum of biological availability (meaning they don’t work as well), nor are they as safe.
They grew in popularity due to their ability to prevent pregnancy and their minimal protection of estrogen-induced risk of endometrial cancer.
It’s an alarming fact that corporations’ pursuit of profit over women’s health prevailed.
Pharmaceutical companies could now take perfectly good hormones, that our bodies know and love, and alter them creating synthetic compounds with similar results – but with toxic side effects.
Hormonal research in the last 2 decades have been entirely nonexistent. And the pharmaceutical companies that sell these products have been very successful in confusing doctors about the meaning of ‘progesterone’.
The typical doctor thinks that synthetic products are actually progesterone.
Since these synthetic progesterones called ‘progestins’ have a long list of undesirable and potentially dangerous side effects, doctors have been leery of prescribing natural progesterone.
Consequently, wild yam progesterone cream namely natural bioidentical progesterone has almost no side effects when supplied in the same doses the body makes naturally in a health woman with healthy function.
Diosgenin is what is extracted from wild yam plants. It is the chemical that makes progesterone, however there is a long process in a chemistry lab to convert wild yams (Diosgenin) into progesterone. There are many kinds of wild yam creams and vaginal applications. Oral wild yam concoctions have been used in herbal medicine mostly to treat gastrointestinal cramping.
It is unclear whether any active components of wild yam are absorbed through the skin. In any case, eating or applying wild yam extract or diosgenin will not result in increased progesterone levels in the body because the body cannot convert diosgenin into progesterone without being micronized first.
When a wild yam progesterone cream product mentions it is made from wild yams it is actually a pharmaceutical grade micronized progesterone or progesterone.
Originally the plant origin may have been the wild yam plant because it was micronized in a lab, however, it’s really less of an herbal product and more closely related to a compounded product from natural origins. The birth control pill which contains both estrogen and progestin is also from the same technology and science as the wild yam plant.
If a product claims to contain only wild yam extract or diosgenin yet says it causes progestin-like effects, then it is mislabeled and actually contains the drug form of progesterone or micronized progesterone.
#3: Where to find wild yam
Wild Yam Root is native to Eastern North America and commonly stretches from Texas to Southern Canada. It is typically cultivated in Autumn and dried for later use in dietary supplements and steroids.
#4: Wild yam health claims
Wild yam root has lots of diosgenin the chemical that mimics estrogen that can be converted into progesterone. Wild yam root is used to treat menstrual symptoms as well as menopausal concerns, etc. This is likely due to the fact that its used to make progesterone which has pain-reducing properties.
Common symptoms wild yam root has treated
- Hot Flashes
- Vaginal Dryness
Furthermore, wild yam root has not only been able to treat menopausal symptoms, but also contains beta carotene, an antioxidant used to maintain healthy levels of cholesterol. Not only that but it also has been shown to lower triglycerides. Let’s not forget the health benefits to aid in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis as well as to treat colic.
#5: Wild yam side effects
Wild yam root is generally considered safe and has many health benefits however with any herb or plant there can be some side effects that you should be aware of. When taking and estrogen producing herb, while pregnant, you should take doses in moderation.
Additionally, those with protein S deficiency should avoid using Wild Yam Root because some doctors believe it promotes the formation of blood clots in those individuals.
Wild yam and progesterone creams are available without a prescription and are marketed for relieving premenopausal symptoms. They are sold as over the counter cosmetics.
Although wild yam cream is marketed as a source of natural progesterone, it does not contain progesterone, and the body cannot convert it into progesterone.
What you most likely need or want, instead of wild yam progesterone cream is micronized progesterone cream, from wild yam, compounded in a lab to get the best bio-available progesterone.
#6: Products you can find wild yam in
While not found naturally in any foods, wild yam root is used in many widely accepted supplements and products such as:
- Skin creams
- Doctor prescribed steroids
- Topical ointments
- Herbal teas
#7: Concerns about progesterone cream use
Without checking how much progesterone cream is in your system you will not know if you are getting too much or not enough progesterone. Consider taking a whole-blood progesterone test from a licensed medical professional.
Because many women use ‘natural’ progesterone creams to manage or correct progesterone levels this does not mean they are all safe. Research is mixed about whether the cream is absorbed into the body. Micronized bioidentical progesterone cream compounded by a licensed pharmacist, that knows what they are doing, may perhaps be the best most absorbable source of progesterone cream.
As with all medical treatments there can be risks. Progesterone cream has been linked to headaches and dangerous blood clots. For this reason, many hormones require a prescription and may not be safe for women with certain health risks.
If it is not absorbing well, and / or if you are taking estrogen (and have an intact uterus), you may also need to have enough progesterone to prevent the estrogen from causing uterine (endometrial) cancer. Using a poorly absorbed progesterone cream while taking estrogen does not protect you from uterine cancer.
Consider looking into micronized bioidentical progesterone cream made from wild yam versus wild yam progesterone cream. Always consult your medical professional before taking any medical advice or before starting a new regiment including progesterone cream.
Natural Progesterone and Progestins (or progestagens) are a class of compounds that includes progesterone, a hormone produced by the ovaries. “Natural” progesterone is made or extracted from soybeans or, most commonly from an inedible wild Mexican yam (Diascorea uillosa).
There are synthetic forms of pregestins (synthetic progesterones) that are widely available and are used for birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy programs. Many of these were in the form of injectables, however now there are many oral capsules available.
These synthetics have been known to cause breast tenderness, bloating, and irritability, just to name a few. However, bioidentical natural progesterone is considered to have much fewer side effects, if any, than synthetic progestins and can come in easy to use creams, and capsules.
Natural progesterone was included in the PEPI study, which found that it was equally effective in protecting the endornetrium (uterine lining) and less likely to interfere with estrogen’s improvement of HDL cholesterol levels (the good kind) than a synthetic progestogen (PEPI writing group 1995).
Natural progesterone is considered to have more benefits and less side-effects than synthetic progestins which can cause depression, bloating and other symptoms in women. People that support natural progesterone claim that only synthetic forms cause these symptoms while the natural forms alleviates them.
If you are considering using sublingual or topical progesterone to aid in hormonal changes please remember that even though progesterone precursors are made from plants or extracted from them natural progesterone has not been shown to be risk free long term.