SPONSORED CONTENT Working with a qualified healthcare practitioner can help you determine if it’s time to start making adjustments to your hormone profile. Once hormone levels have been established, your practitioner can help guide you to protocols that can help you regain balance if needed. Supplemental progesterone creams offer a topical application of USP progesterone, often synthesized or manufactured from soy. When choosing which progesterone cream to use, look for those that provide at least 500 mg of progesterone per ounce. Grape seed extract, vitamin E, aloe vera and jojoba are also great additions to look for in a progesterone cream, as they help soothe and protect the skin. In addition to a progesterone cream, if you are seeking relief from the normal discomforts of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats and occasional sleeplessness, you may want to consider additional herbal supplements. For example, black cohosh or non-GMO soy may also help support women through the natural hormonal transition during menopause. Another great option is ginseng, which can help the body adapt to physical stress. This legendary tonifier was first written about in China’s Divine Husbandman's Classic of the Materia Medica in the second century A.D. Besides being one of the most highly regarded energy tonics of Chinese herbalism, ginseng is classified as an adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to a variety of physical and psychological stresses. So, as the menopausal transition approaches, fear not! There are various supplemental options to choose from to help ease the way for a smoother ride. Author: Julie Dennis Julie Dennis has been an educational lecturer and writer in the natural products industry for over 20 years. Having graduated from Dr. Michael Tierra’s East West School of Herbology in 1996, today Julie shares her herbal wisdom lecturing nationally, and as a contributor to major industry trade and organization publications, including the American Botanical Council’s Clinical Guide to Herbs.