Endometriosis 101

The use of natural progesterone can be a successful and non-invasive way to combat endometriosis. However, the use of progesterone must be tied with the removal of the xeno and phytoestrogens in your environment and diet or you will only be met with frustration. If you are curious about how progesterone works please click here or go to the "Treatment" tab on the right side bar for more information.

Below are listed the most common reasons for failure in progesterone use and how to avoid them if you choose to use a natural progesterone product

The most common reason progesterone use would not be successful is the estrogen in the environment and diet has not been sufficiently changed. In a few of these cases the endometriosis actually got worse. This happens because the woman's body has become accustomed to the estrogen intake and is slightly numbed to it. The progesterone re-sensitizes her body to the estrogen the symptoms become worse. It is very important to carefully change your estrogen intake while taking progesterone.

Further down this page is a list of things to consider while trying to remove the estrogen from your environment. If you would like to view it now you may click here

The second most common issue is an inability to absorb the progesterone through the skin. If you suspect this after taking progesterone for two months or more it is easily tested. You can order a progesterone saliva test kit from ZRT Laboratories for about $30 at:

ZRT Laboratories
1815 NW 169th Pl. Ste 3090
Beaverton, OR 97006
(503) 466-2445

Or you can order online from them at www.salivatest.com

If the progesterone is being absorbed well, after 2 months your saliva levels should be at least 500-1000. If you are not absorbing it well then your saliva levels will be less than 100. If you are pre menopausal, make sure to take into account your period which will effect your progesterone level.

If you are not absorbing the progesterone well through the skin, you may take 100-400 mg/day of progesterone sublingually (under the tongue), or in a pill which would be a prescription drug and must be prescribed by a doctor. You may also want to consider taking Maca which is a Peruvian herb that has been used for centuries and seems to have a progesterone effect. If you would like to order something like this we suggest Maca from www.Wholeworldbotanicals.com because they use organic Maca without preservatives.

The third most common is the progesterone cream or oil is not formulated well. The use of things like mineral oil can block your skin from absorbing it, as well the dose of progesterone may be incorrect or the manufacture may be using herbs or preservatives that are actually estrogenic. Any one of these issues may hinder your body's ability to use the progesterone correctly.

This is a short list of things to keep in mind when trying to remove the
estrogen in you environment.

Avoid Synthetic Chemicals - Healthy Living in a Toxic World by Cynthia Fincher PhD. is a good place to start.

Use glass or ceramics whenever possible to store food and water. Heat up your food using a glass or ceramic bowl covered with dish. When plastic (including things like saran wrap) is heated, it diffuses very rapidly into food and has been found to be highly estrogenic.

Soap and laundry detergent:
Most laundry detergents and soaps use preservatives and chemicals that are estrogenic and do not fully wash out of clothes. Use a simple detergent with less chemicals; Nature Clean is a good choice for both laundry detergent and dish washing detergent. Conti Castile Soap is a safe choice for shampoo and a body soap.

You can purchase Nature Clean at:

You can purchase Simple Soap at:

Green Co. 1-800-809-0610


Bug Spray:
Use natural pest control not pesticides which contain chemicals.

Weed Killer:
Use a cup of salt mixed with gallon of vinegar instead of a chemical based agent.

Buy "Organic" produce, produce grown without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizer or hormones.

Birth Control:
Birth control pills contain a synthetic estrogen and a synthetic progestin to force the body to cycle normally even though conception may have occurred and different hormones levels are supposed to occur. Many times it takes one year or more for a woman's period to become normal again after stopping birth control pills. This is because the synthetic estrogens and the progestin in the birth control pills are oil soluble and difficult for the body to get rid of. Use Condoms without spermicide for Birth control instead of Birth Control Pills. Use Natural Progesterone instead of HRT.

In general, the hormones taken orally are first pass metabolized by the liver 80%-90%. However, when these hormones are applied to the skin, the hormones are directly absorbed by the body. Thus, any skin dose is 10 times that of an oral dose. The vast majority of skin lotions and creams use the parabens as a preservative. Avoid them at all costs. Instead apply a vegetable oil right after a shower to hydrate the skin and lock in the moisture.


Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring estrogens that can make the symptoms of endometriosis worse. Below is a list of things to avoid.

Avoid Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, and Beer.

Avoid Sunflower Seeds, Red Clover Tea, Chamomile Tea, Alfalfa Sprouts, Queen Anne's lace (wild carrot), Pomegranate, Fennel, Licorice, Red Clover, Yucca, Hops (Beer) and Motherwort.

Avoid Phytoestrogens that block and interfere with the action of Natural Progesterone; Bloodroot, Ocotillo, Mandrake, Oregano, Damiana, Pennyroyal, Verbena, Nutmeg, Turmeric, Yucca, Thyme, Calamus rt., Red Clover, Goldenseal, Licorice, Mistletoe, Cumin, Fennel, Chamomile, Cloves.