iHerb Customer Reviews
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Posted by Reviewer2822737 on Feb 16, 2013
This lotion does not absorb into the skin well at all. I prefer Emeritas.
oups.... toujours mieux s'informer avant de succomber!
Posted by Astaxanthine on Dec 27, 2014
Extrait de la Healthlibrary In reality, there is no progesterone, DHEA, or any other hormone in wild yam, nor does wild yam contain any substances that have progesterone-like or estrogen-like effects.2 To explain this widespread misunderstanding, we have to go back a number of years. When progesterone was first discovered, it was very expensive to produce. The first methods involved direct extraction of progesterone from cow ovaries, a process that required 50,000 cows to yield 20 mg of purified hormone! 3 Other hormones like estrogen and DHEA were also difficult to manufacture. Although doctors wanted to experiment with prescribing these treatments as medicine until a simpler production method could be developed, it simply was not feasible. The race to discover a more economical source of hormones was won by a scientist/businessman named Russell Marker. In the 1940s, he perfected a method of synthesizing progesterone from a constituent of wild yam called diosgenin. This process involves several chemical transformations carried out in the laboratory. Marker focused his attention on two species of yam found in Mexico, Dioscorea macrostachya and Dioscorea barabasco, the latter of which is richer in diosgenin, while the former is much easier to harvest in the wild. He formed a manufacturing company in Mexico that produced progesterone and DHEA from these raw materials. Unfortunately, corporate competition and difficult labor conditions eventually forced him to close his plant. But Marker's method of synthesizing progesterone continued to be used, bringing the price down drastically and helping to pave the way for the modern birth control pill. Progesterone continued to be manufactured from wild yam for decades, until a cheaper source of raw material was found in cultivated soybeans. But neither soybeans nor wild yam contain progesterone. They only contain chemicals that chemists can use as a starting point to manufacture progesterone. However, just because chemists can make progesterone out of diosgenin does not mean that the body can do the same. Actually, it is very unlikely because the steps used by chemists to carry out this conversion do not even remotely resemble natural processes. Thus, any product that claims to contain "natural progesterone from wild yam" is misleading. Studies involving cells in a test tube have found that wild yam does not act like estrogen or progesterone.2 Furthermore, in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 23 women with symptoms of menopause, use of wild yam did not reduce hot flashes nor raise levels of progesterone or estrogen in the body.4 On the other hand, a study involving 50 menopausal women found that the yam species Diascorea alata (12 mg sachet twice daily for 12 months) was more effective at relieving menopausal symptoms than placebo.5 The researchers did not explain how this type of yam could produce such an effect. An interesting point is that some wild yam products do contain progesterone. Are we contradicting ourselves? Not at all. Manufacturers add synthetic progesterone to these creams. There may be a value to taking progesterone in cream form, but the wild yam part of the product seems to be misleading.
I'd give this 0 stars if I could
Posted by Reviewer3113083 on Apr 20, 2010
Normally I like Now products, but this cream was terrible. It's very thin and watery so it never absorbed into my body, just saw on top of my skin. Even putting it on was a pain since it takes forever to rub in (although, this is probably because it never really rubs in). It's not very reassuring when you put it on at night and then feel it wash right off you the next morning in the shower. I'm really confused/flabbergasted by all the good reviews.
Might be effective...if I could just get past the smell!
Posted by Reviewer1849864 on Mar 15, 2011
Honestly, I think I avoid using this product because it smells absolutely horrible. I think I may go back to my former natural progesterone cream. It was double the price, but at least I used it regularly!
Posted by Reviewer2140527 on Apr 18, 2013
I had used other brands in the past and decided to give this one a try...the pump seemed convenient and easy to use. I didn't like the ingredients' smell, to me this product stinks, but I kept to it for the sake of the treatment. Too bad I did. My PMS symptoms were back with a vengeance!. I changed to emerita and now I'm sympton free again!
Posted by 4755071733559809219 on Oct 20, 2013
I was not able to use because of the naturally occurring testosterone in it. That makes my hair break and fall out. Other than that, it is a great product.
Posted by Reviewer2070836 on Sep 13, 2015
Two points: Look up recent findings. Since introduction of RU486 it has been found that Progesterone grows fibroids. 2- THIS product is plain lousy due to to ingreg used period. The estrogen is unacceptable.
Doesn't work for me
Posted by MariCh on Apr 17, 2014
Most Now brand products, I love. Not this one.
Posted by Carolanne on Sep 02, 2014
I tried using this brand after finishing another brand and all I got was 'hot', which defeated the purpose of buying this product. I immediately went back to the other company's progesterone and this one is still sitting on my dresser. When I remember, I rub it on just to use it up and not completely waste my money.
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