How are these different from bio-identical progesterone products?
There is a lot of confusion about just what the difference IS between bio-identical progesterone creams, “wild yam” products and prescription drugs. To further confuse issues, doctors often call prescription hormone products progesterone when they are, in fact synthetic progesterone or “progestins." What works? What is safe? How much do we need? Why do we need it anyway? Isn't menopause a normal life transition like puberty? How is it that it is now an “ailment to be treated" in our modern world?
Bio-identical progesterone is further altered by adding a chemical molecule that reates a “drug” that can be patented. These added “chemical molecules” come with many complications based on reports from my clientele. And some dangerous side-effects as well.
A third version of “wild yam” is a true herbal formula. Wild yam infused in an oil, which is then blended into a cream or salve for topical application. Hormone free, this product is often the choice of women who have had cancer, fibroids or endomytriosis which have been directly connected to environmental or xeno-estrogens.
Topical application is more effective for progesterone or wild yam products because passage through the liver tends to decrease the effectiveness and potency because the potent alkaloid, diosgenin, is destroyed as it passes through the liver.. Herbal products do not convert directly into progesterone, but seem to assist the body with progesterone production. MoonMaid makes a wild yam cream, ProMeno and a salve, Vital “V.”Why two wild yam products? ProMeno Women’s Wild Yam Cream is applied to the skin, anywhere on the body for absortion into the bloodstream. Vital “V” Wild Yam Salve is “stickier” and designed for use directly in the vaginal area. MoonMaid also makes a wild yam cream for men, ProAndro Men’s Wild Yam Cream that contains prostate tonic herbs sarsaparilla, nettle root and saw palmetto with the added benefit of wild yam.