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4 Things Everyone needs to know about Progesterone

Dr. Steve Zielinski, Pharm.D.
Posted by Dr. Steve Zielinski, Pharm.D. on August 1, 2019 8:39

 

If I had to pick my favorite hormone it would have to be progesterone. It is useful for so many things. We will quickly cover:

  1. What is progesterone?
  2. What are the benefits of progesterone?
  3. What are symptoms of low progesterone?
  4. How you can boost your progesterone?

1. What is Progesterone? 

According to wikipedia, "Progesterone is an endogenous steroid and progesterone sex hormone involved in the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and embryo-genesis of humans and other species. It belongs to a group of steroid hormones called the progestogens, and is the major progestogen in the body."

2. What are the symptoms of low progesterone?

Symptoms of low progesterone could include:

  • abnormal or menstrual pain
  • miscarriage
  • infertility
  • spotting or cramping during pregnancy

3. What are the benefits of progesterone?

Beyond fixing these 4 symptoms progesterone can be beneficial for the following:

  •  possible protective effect against endometrial cancer
  • reduced side effects in comparison with synthetic progesterone
  • decreased peri-menopausal symptoms

 

4. How to boost your progesterone without medications

Reduce stress

Excessive stress can raise the body's stress hormones, which can also affect the ovaries and sex hormones. This is why a person may miss a period when they are experiencing high levels of stress.

Finding a way to manage stress is important. Meditating, exercising, and keeping a diary can all be very useful, but what works can vary from person to person.

Herbs & supplements

People claim that some herbs and supplements can help raise progesterone levels. These include:

Remember that the FDA do not test herbs and supplements in the same way as prescription medications. Also, not much evidence is available supporting their use for these purposes.

Choose a good quality and reputable brand if trying herbal supplements.

Getting regular sleep

Not getting enough sleep can raise stress hormone levels and cause other hormonal imbalances.

Adults should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, but many people get far less than that.

Prioritizing sleep and focusing on good sleep hygiene is essential for everyone, but especially for those people dealing with hormonal imbalances.

Maintaining a healthy weight

Individuals who are overweight tend to produce higher levels of estrogen, which can cause a progesterone imbalance.

Maintaining a healthy weight will not necessarily raise progesterone levels, but it can help to keep estrogen levels within the normal range, and the two hormones in balance.

If you ever find that you need more support than what this post can provide. Contact us as we can help make recommendations to your doctor, help you lower your weight,  find ways to reduce stress, and more importantly help you get more from your day rather than just more stress. So just click below for a free 15 minute consultation.

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Topics: Hormone Replacement Therapy

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