Many families are a natural hormone away from starting a family, if only the FDA would get out of the way. Action Alert!
Nearly one in six couples experience difficulty conceiving, a challenge that leads many hopeful parents to turn to in vitro fertilization (IVF)—when the egg and the sperm are manually combined in a lab and then transferred to the uterus. This process is very expensive: average costs in the US are around $12,000, not including the medications that are needed. It is not uncommon for couples to need more than one treatment to conceive.
Beyond the financial commitment, there are also significant risks, including: ovarian cancer, birth defects, stress, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, nausea and vomiting, premature delivery and low birth weight, and multiple births. The medications that accompany IVF also have the following complications: headaches, mood swings, abdominal pain, hot flashes, and abdominal bloating.
For those couples for whom IVF is the best option, is it worth it? Absolutely. But what if there were a better way?
One such effective, cheaper, and natural path among other options is progesterone. Progesterone during pregnancy helps support the developing embryo. If a woman has low progesterone levels, she may be conceiving but not even know it because her progesterone levels aren’t high enough to sustain the embryo past a few days. For many women, then, using a natural progesterone cream can help them conceive and carry and avoid the expense and side effects of IVF and fertility medications.
Part of the IVF procedure involves three months of progesterone to get women through the first trimester! Why don’t doctors advise taking progesterone before trying IVF? We’ve seen this pattern often in conventional medicine. An invasive, expensive, and risky procedure is favored over a far simpler, far less invasive, and far less expensive natural alternative.
Progesterone can also help after pregnancy. Progesterone levels soar during pregnancy, but plummet right before birth. This radical change can cause some women to experience symptoms of depression that include severe irritability, poor sleep, agitation, and restlessness. Taking progesterone at this stage might help women avoid some of these symptoms.
So what is the FDA doing? It is trying to limit patient access to compounded bioidentical hormones, such as progesterone- which has been nominated to the agency’s Difficult to Compound list. One has to wonder why the FDA continues to show such fidelity to senseless rules that just happen to favor Big Pharma’s monopoly instead of allowing women to explore the best ways to help them conceive.
Look, we understand that these are complex issues, but they are not so complicated that patient and integrative doctor cannot sort them out.
Action Alert! Send a message to the FDA telling them to maintain patient access to bioidentical hormones like progesterone. Please send your message immediately.