I was introduced to Cycle Balance Cream (formerly Pro Cycle Balance Natural Progesterone Cream) in 2008. Because of the 1000 mg of micronized natural progesterone per jar, it was right in line with Dr. Lee’s recommendation for the right amount of natural progesterone per oz. Just 1/4 teaspoon helps to balance the endocrine system, and that was enough for me to know until I tried it myself. It went in so nicely without any greasy feeling.
The progesterone contained in Cycle Balance Cream exactly resembles the progesterone our bodies manufacture. The common terms are bioidentical, bio-availability, or bio-available. Because of this, it works very well and is absorbed through the skin. Cycle Balance Cream has NO parabens or other toxic ingredients in it.
Suggested Applications: About 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) equal 20 mg of micronized natural progesterone.
The most important factor that sets this natural progesterone cream apart from all the others is that it is cold-processed. All of the other progesterone creams are in a base of oils that have been heated, which means they are less than ideal for drawing the USP natural progesterone cream into the body. Cold-pressed base absorbs very quickly into the skin, leaving no greasy residue. When you have to use progesterone cream 2 or 3 times per day, as in pregnancy or during menopause, you can even more so appreciate the texture of this cream. It is more like a high-end facial cream in its consistency. Most women who try Cycle Balance Cream and Cycle Balance Plus do not return to their former progesterone cream for this reason.
Active Ingredient: 1000 mg Micronized Natural Progesterone (the amount most recommended per application by Dr. Lee)
Ingredients List: Purified water, Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) seed oil, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera gel extract), Sepigel 305 (polyacrylamide, C13-14 isoparaffin, laureth-7 – used in shampoo and facial products as a thickener), Cannabis sativa (Hemp) seed oil, Oenothera biennis (Evening primrose) oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil, Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) oil, Progesterone USP, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic acid.
FOR ALL: For best results, apply to the skin with the least amount of hair. Choose skin areas that are close to blood flow. Some examples are the upper chest, neck, inner arms, and inner thigh areas. Rotate application areas often so it doesn’t become desensitized.
PRE and PERI-MENOPAUSE: Apply about 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) cream for 14 days, beginning on the 12th day after the period starts. Repeat monthly. Do not go off progesterone cream if you believe you are pregnant. Miscarriages due to low progesterone are the most common occurrences.
POST-MENOPAUSE: Apply about 1/4 teaspoon (1.2 ml) daily for 21 consecutive days in the month. Repeat monthly. Some women like to use it all month long. It is not recommended because it does not give the body time to rest. We have no evidence that it cannot be used all month, otherwise. Please check with your natural-inclined physician for help in deciding.
MIGRAINES: Apply 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon to the temples and back of the neck every 3 to 4 hours until symptoms subside. Using natural progesterone cream according to the suggestions above have been known to help women with hormonal / cyclical migraines.
MEN NEED PROGESTERONE TOO; some times: The male equivalent of menopause is called Andropause. Men can use a cream that has herbs that are more gender-specific such as in Andropause Cream, Cycle Balance Oil ( with 5 mg progesterone USP per squirt ( 31.5mg per 1/4 tsp ) and no female-specific herbs ) or apply about 1/8 teaspoon (0.6 ml) daily with about a 5-day break each month until symptoms subside. Many men use CBC for prostate enlargement, xeno-testosterone issues, ED, and other ailments.
WARNING: Consult a healthcare professional prior to use if you have a history of prostate, breast cancer, or any other hormone-dependent cancer.