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What to Know About Progesterone

Updated: Jul 14, 2022

You have many different hormones to consider, which can affect your fertility and various other physical health issues. One of the hormones to be aware of is progesterone. Progesterone is produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands.

About Progesterone

Progesterone is a type of hormone that helps with many functions in your body, including helping when you are pregnant, and also aiding in your fertility. Progesterone is among the main hormones women need to keep balanced, alongside estrogen, estradiol, and many others. Progesterone is your calming hormone and sometimes we need to boost that up in a transition.

Progesterone also works to balance the effects of estrogen. Progesterone drops before estrogen and perimenopause. In some women this happens a good 10 years before estrogen so women can often have many signs of low progesterone and not even realize they are entering this phase of life. Think of estrogen as the builders of the uterus and progesterone as the cleaners. There is a delicate balance between progesterone and estrogen; both have antagonistic and complementary effects to keep the body in balance. They are on opposite ends of a teeter-totter and many times the estrogen likes to be high in the sky.

Signs of Progesterone Deficiency

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • Irregular periods

  • Low energy

  • Insomnia

  • Weight gain

  • Fatigue

  • Anxiety

Why You Need Progesterone

The reason doctors are concerned about progesterone levels is because of how much it impacts your body. Not just your gynecological health, but also parts of your body and mind as well. Your mental and physical health both do best when you have adequate amounts of progesterone in your body.

Here are some of the primary benefits of having the right amounts of progesterone in your body:

- Maintaining the lining of the uterus

- Working as a diuretic

- Working alongside other sex hormones

- Helping to reduce severity of your PMS symptoms

- Building strong bones

- Burning fat for energy

- Helping with your thyroid health

- Maintaining proper blood clotting

How to Improve Progesterone Levels

If you feel that you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance, you are not alone. Many people deal with this problem every day. Luckily, there are some different ways you can balance your hormone levels, including progesterone, without medications. These often include changing your lifestyle to be healthier, from eating a healthy diet to making sure you exercise regularly. You also want to cut back on refined sugar and try to add some healthy fats to your diet.

Hormones are all about balance, and we need estrogen and progesterone to be in balance with each other to feel our best. It is important that you maintain good levels, especially if you are of childbearing age and become pregnant.

There are also many supplements that combine these phytonutrients for optimal hormone balance.

Simple tests determine how much progesterone you are producing on your own, and what the level needs to be at. Since hormones are always changing a single blood test may not also show you the full pictures. That is why I use the Dutch Test from Precision Analytical. With this test, you collect four or five dried urine samples over a 24-hour period. This test also measures your hormone metabolites to ensure you are clearing them down the correct pathways. When we see this we can pinpoint your exact need to achieve ultimate hormone balance.

You may be a good candidate to take a hormone test to get your hormones back on track. Hormone levels are all about balance and once we get the balance between them, people feel amazingly better.

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