Natural Hormone Support with Progessence Plus[social_warfare]
Let me tell you a little story about my love affair with Progessence Plus (Pro+). I really wish I knew about this natural progesterone essential oil blend when I was trying to conceive. I truly believe I might have been able to get pregnant naturally without pharmaceutical intervention had I known what I know now. TMI post ahead but I’m going to share with you a little of my story and how I’ve been using this amazing oil to help support my hormone health postpartum.
When I went off birth control in May of 2013 I thought for sure I’d be pregnant in no time. But I wasn’t prepared for my hormones to go crazy and my cycles to become irregular. I had no idea at the time that I had been masking the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) for years. I was desperate to get pregnant so as soon as we started trying to conceive I had started tracking and charting my menstrual cycles and noticed that they just got more and more irregular as the months went on. I was also using Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs) to help identify when the optimal time for conception was but realized that I never got a “true” positive. Concerned about my symptoms I went to my (former) OBGYN who didn’t seem concerned.
In October of 2013 we were super excited to see double pink lines on a home pregnancy test! But in just 72 short hours our dreams were crushed when I started bleeding. Trying not to panic I went to my OBGYN to see what could be done to help stop the bleeding and was devastated to know that we were losing the baby. Early miscarriages are super common within the first 12 weeks and what they call “chemical pregnancies” (where you get a + on a home pregnancy test but you lose the baby before it can be detected on an ultrasound) are even more common. My OBGYN had the worst bedside manner and proceeded to tell me I hadn’t even been pregnant. The lack of compassion astounded me so I immediately fired her and sought out a new doctor. After researching the best female OBGYN’s in the area and finally settling on the doctor that had delivered my best friend’s 2nd daughter I had to wait months until I could finally be seen. In the meantime, my body quit ovulating altogether and I went over 93 days without a menstrual cycle. When I finally got in to see my new doctor she recognized that something was wrong and immediately started running bloodwork and gave me an ultrasound. It was then that I learned that I had PCOS. My hormonal markers were all technically “within normal limits” but I had multiple cysts on my ovaries and several other symptoms, including hormonal acne, hair loss, weight gain that I struggled to lose even when dieting, anovulation (when the ovaries do not release an oocyte during a menstrual cycle and therefor ovulation does not occur) and irregular menstrual cycles. She prescribed Provera to jump start my menstruation followed by Clomid to induce ovulation. We were blessed and this pharmaceutical cocktail resulted in my little Lily Bean on the first try. We learned we were pregnant in April of 2014 and she graced us with her (much anticipated) presence on January 12, 2015!
Fast forward 10 months postpartum and my periods returned with the same irregularity as when I was trying to conceive, only this time not only were there 60-90 days in between my menstrual cycles but they were lasting 16-17 days, the majority of which were heavy bleeding. I refused to go back on hormonal birth control but after several months of this I knew I had to do something. By this time I had continued on my adventures in living a more natural lifestyle and had fallen in love with Young Living essential oils. I started researching more about Progessence Plus, an essential oil blend of Copaiba, Sacred Frankincense, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Peppermint, and Clove with Vitamin E oil and natural progesterone from Wild Yam extract. I had read testimonials of other women with PCOS finding positive results using this oil so I added it to my February 2016 Essential Rewards order and I have been using it ever since! Progessence Plus has helped me support my hormone health and as a result my cycles have shortened to an average of 30 days with 5-6 day periods that are light to moderate bleeding with maybe one heavy day. My cycles are now almost as regular as they were for the years I was on hormonal birth control! In addition, I’ve found that my skin has cleared up and I only very occasionally experience breakouts, my hair loss has decreased substantially and I also credit Pro+ with assisting my weight loss journey as part of a healthy lifestyle, including clean eating and exercise. I have consistently used Pro+ for the last year and have accidentally allowed myself to run out twice. Both times I have sworn I will NEVER be without this essential oil blend ever again!!! Most recently I ran out for about a week and a half, during the worst possible time imaginable. I noticed that I was way more sensitive and emotional than I usually am, struggled more with my body image, self-sabotaged my clean eating efforts through binge eating, had less energy for my morning workouts and had the worst acne breakout I’ve had in probably a year!!! You can see how excited I was to get my new bottle when my Essential Rewards order came in!!!
In addition, Progessence Plus has been recognized time and again in oil user groups for helping support hormone health in perimenopausal and menopausal women. I don’t have any experience with this (yet) but I highly recommend you search for some of the amazing testimonials out there! If you are like me and a natural skeptic and want to research this essential oil blend yourself, you should check out this FAQ by Dr. Dan Purser, an MD who specializes in uniting natural and modern medicine.
Do you use Pro+? I’d love to hear your experiences and testimonials! Comment below to share your story!
Want more information on how to use essential oils to help support your hormones (plus spice up your love life)? Check out my online Facebook event Sensual Essentials on Thursday, February 9 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. CST!
Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. I am an aromatherapy student but I am not a medical doctor. Products and techniques mentioned here are to help support your specific areas of concern and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.