Menopause is not an estrogen deficiency disease, and adding estrogen to the body of a menopausal woman is asking for problems, according to Dr. John R. Lee, the leading authority on the use of natural progesterone to balance hormones and popular author of What YourDoctor May Not Tell You About Menopause.
Dr. Lee explains in his book, what happens when a woman has an imbalance of hormones characterized by excess estrogen and not enough progesterone. The author informs that estrogen levels only drop 0 to 60 percent at menopause but progesterone levels may drop to near zero in some women resulting to hormonal imbalance, which he termed as “estrogen dominance.” In other words, it is not an estrogen excess per se that causes estrogen dominance but too much estrogen relative to not enough progesterone.
According to Dr. Lee , estrogen is not the hormone most women need to be taking for menopausal symptoms as this will do most women more harm than good, making them feel great for a few months and then dropping them into a kind of permanent postmenopausal PMS. Dr. Lee also talks about the benefits of supplementing the body with natural progesterone in the form of a cream. Because progesterone is fat soluble, it is easily absorbed through the skin. The cream can be rubbed anywhere on the body, but areas where the skin is thin, such as the palms, inner arms, sides of the torso, and upper inner thighs, are probably best.