Women's International Pharmacy E-Newsletter February 2012

A Lifetime of Progesterone

Publicaiton: A Lifetime of ProgesteroneProgesterone is an essential element of a long and healthy life. The body's need for progesterone spans an entire lifetime, from being essential for conception to offering disease prevention and other significant health benefits throughout all life stages.

In women, progesterone is secreted in the second half of the menstrual cycle (after ovulation) by the ovaries and, in much greater quantity, by the placenta during pregnancy. In both sexes, progesterone is also synthesized from cholesterol in the cortex of the adrenal gland, where is is a necessary precursor for the production of other hormones including testosterone, and it is also produced by cells in the nervous system.

Progesterone's effects on a women's body are far-reaching and affect her entire lifetime. The role of progesterone spans all life stages, from the most basic prenatal needs, to menarche in puberty, during pregnancy and postpartum in the reproductive years, and throughout the transitional years of menopause.

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Hormones & Traumatic Brain Injury
Written by Carol Petersen, RPH, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an area that has received little clinical attention—until now. 

The staggering number of soldiers returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with head injuries caused by improvised explosive devices prompted medical researchers and practitioners to review the literature for anything that would help these veterans recover.  A 2010 update to a literature review in Future Neurology notes that there are literally hundreds of studies regarding the “neuroprotective” effects of progesterone and its metabolites, with most of these studies being published in the last few years.  In particular, two clinical trials demonstrated the effectiveness of using progesterone to successfully treat patients with moderate-to-severe head injury, resulting in sparing the lives of about 50% of those treated.  This revelation provided a ray of hope for both practitioners and veterans.

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February is American Heart Month:

Melatonin and the Heart
Written by Kathy Lynch, Pharm.D - Women's International Pharmacy

Melatonin is becoming more widely accepted by the scientific community as a beneficial hormone for heart health. It appears that melatonin decreases inflammation and positively
affects blood pressure and cholesterol. Melatonin has also been identified as a powerful antioxidant.

Not only have low melatonin levels been observed at various stages of coronary heart disease, but the role melatonin plays in normal heart function is well established. Human coronary arteries have melatonin receptors on them, though their exact function has yet to be fully determined.

Melatonin is currently being studied to see if oral doses can protect against damage done when blood returns to a heart previously deprived of blood flow, for example, after a heart attack. Because melatonin has low toxicity and has been proven safe in varying strengths, both oral and intravenous, scientists are interested in studying melatonin for the treatment of heart disease. 

For additional information on hormones and their relationship to heart health, please see our publication: Matters of the Heart.


Dominguez-Rodriguez A, Abreu-Gonzalez P. "Myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury: Possible role of melatonin."   World J Cardiol. 2010 August 26; 2(8): 233-236

Online Health Library

We are proud to make available online, our popular "Connections" newsletters. These informational newsletters cover a wide range of hormone related health topics including:

  • Compounded Bioidentical Hormones
  • Breast Health Awareness
  • Male Hormones
  • Menopause
  • PMS
  • Progesterone
  • Skin
  • Thyroid Imbalances
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D
  • And more! 

We currently have over 25 topics available and are adding more on a regular basis. Check out the full list here.

If there is a particular topic you would like us to feature, please let us know by emailing us at info@womensinternational.com. As always we appreciate your feedback!



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In This Issue
Lifetime of Progesterone
Hormones & Traumatic Brain Injury
Melatonin and the Heart
Online Health Library

Coming Events:

We will be at the following conferences:

Integrative Healthcare Symposium
February 10-11, 2012
New York, NY


Women's Health 2012 20th Annual Congress
March 16-18, 2012
Washington, DC

Please visit our website for our full conference schedule.




Mortar and Pestle

Low Vision
Awareness Month

Provided by

Kathy Lynch, Pharm.D - Women's International Pharmacy

Cataracts, an age-related clouding of the eye, afflicts nearly 20.5 million Americans. Surgery is the primary mode of treatment.

Robert Rowen, MD, author of Second Opinion Newsletter, has developed an alternative cataract eye drop formula containing glutathione, vitamin C and DMSO. All three ingredients are powerful antioxidants. In addition, gluathione rids the eye of toxins, and DMSO dissolves cloudy deposits and efficiently carries gluathione and vitamin C to the lens of the eye.

Dr. Rowen writes that he has prescribed this formula for hundreds of his patients and estimates that 40% of those that followed up with him reported some improvement.

Women's International Pharmacy now compounds Dr. Rowen's cataract eye drops.

See our website for pharmacist contact information regarding this compound.


Miracles of Medicine: Avoid Cataract Surgery With These Natural Eye Drops

Second Opinion Newsletter

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