• Progesterone

     

    progesterone_dhea_estrogenWhat is progesterone?

    Progesterone is produced mainly by the ovaries and by the adrenal glands. Progesterone serves as a precursor not only to DHEA, testosterone and estrogen, but also to cortisol (the stress hormone).

    What does progesterone do?

    Progesterone is the hormone that most directly balances estrogen. Progesterone and estrogen are the main reproductive hormones responsible for the menstrual cycle. Progesterone helps prepare the woman’s body for conception and pregnancy and regulates the menstrual cycle, it is a vital hormone in a woman’s body. It also plays a role in sexual desire. Progesterone is a “feel good” hormone and has a calming, relaxing effect on the brain, it improves mood and insomnia. Progesterone may protect against uterine and breast cancer. Natural progesterone exists in small quantities in men, but it does not serve an essential function.

    Symptoms of progesterone hormone imbalance

    • Low sex drive
    • PMS
    • Uterine fibroids
    • Urinary tract infections and incontinence
    • Depression with anxiety or agitation
    • Osteoporosis
    • Endometriosis
    • Fibrocystic breasts
    • Fatigue
    • Hair loss and facial hair growth
    • Headaches, dizziness and foggy thinking
    • Allergy symptoms (asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion)
    • Weight gain, water retention and bloating
    • Wrinkled appearance

    Benefits of progesterone hormone balancing

    • Stimulates osteoblasts for bone strength
    • Has a beneficial influence on the cardiovascular system and cholesterol
    • Increases metabolic rate
    • Restores libido and cell oxygen levels
    • Progesterone uses fat for energy and normalizes blood sugar, influencing insulin/glucose metabolism
    • Regulates the body’s immune response
    • Anti-inflammatory actions
    • Aids thyroid hormone activity, functions as a natural diuretic and normalizes zinc/copper levels
    • Determines whether an abundance or scarcity of other hormones exists. As a regulator, it cascades into estrogen, testosterone, DHEA and cortisol (lower progesterone levels can result in more intense PMS or menopausal discomforts)
    • Generates feelings of well-being (lower progesterone levels can increase anxiety and irritability)
    • Regulates changes during menses and is vital for maintaining pregnancy and protecting uterus lining. Along with preparing the uterus for fertilized egg implantation, progesterone alerts the uterus to shed its lining when pregnancy doesn’t occur.

    Menopause and progesterone

    Progesterone and estrogen balance each other out in the female body. Progesterone is necessary to negate the effects of estrogen and vice versa. This means that a lack of natural progesterone or an excess of it wreaks havoc on the body. Menopause and stress causes this imbalance leading to the unpleasant symptoms.

    Low progesterone levels

    In menopause, several hormones are thrown off balance. Often in perimenopause, there is too little natural progesterone in a woman’s body; it can result in symptoms such as anxiety, breast tenderness, headaches, sleeplessness, weight gain (caused by improper levels of progesterone which prevent your thyroid from functioning properly) and more.

    One cause of progesterone imbalance is estrogen dominance by outside factors such as environmental hormones found in the foods you eat. Other causes of diminished progesterone include insulin resistance, chronic stress, poor nutrition, and insufficient exercise.

    Chronic stress is also a big contributor to progesterone levels. When your body is stressed, it produces higher levels of the hormone cortisol which manages the stress in your body. Because progesterone is the precursor to cortisol, when cortisol levels increase, progesterone levels decrease. So, too much stress in a woman’s life can lead to a progesterone deficiency, causing the estrogen dominance symptoms mentioned above.

    High progesterone levels

    Too much natural progesterone is also an issue, causing breast tenderness, depression, fatigue, low sex drive, vaginal dryness, and more. Causes include low estrogen levels which are found in menopause.

    Progesterone hormone balancing is easy

    At Rejuvenate Doctor progesterone hormone imbalance is detected by medical testing. Medical testing evaluates all major hormones (sex hormones, adrenal hormones and thyroid hormones) to determine which are out of optimal range. All hormones in the body work in synergy, if only a few hormones are replaced, the imbalance of other hormones may actually worsen. Rejuvenate Doctor integrates bio-identical hormone replacement therapy with proper fitness and nutrition for patients suffering from hormone imbalances. As your hormones, nutrition, fitness and lifestyle improve you will start to feel like your old self again with improved energy levels, increased sexual desire and an overall zest for life!

     

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