Progesterone deficiency plays an integral part in a woman’s life and a deficiency in this hormone can affect your general health and wellbeing. Natural Progesterone is produced by a woman’s ovaries during her monthly cycle. This deficiency in a woman’s body is significant for many reasons.
For us to fully understand the significance of progesterone we firstly need to understand the balance between estrogen and progesterone. Progesterone balances and controls estrogen and its performance as a hormone. In simplified terms estrogen encourages cell growth and natural progesterone maintains that growth at a healthy level.
•It is not exclusively a female hormone
•It is the precursor to the two sex hormones estrogen and testosterone
•It is not a sex hormone and it has no role in the secondary sexual characteristics which develop at puberty •It is secreted primarily by the ovaries in females and the testes in men
If you have a progesterone deficiency in your body your estrogen is not balanced and therefore is not being controlled. It is unbalanced estrogen which causes symptoms of hormone imbalance.
During your early 30s both men and women begin to produce less progesterone – this action speeds up in your 40s. It is this progesterone deficiency that causes several of the perimenopause and menopause symptoms and produces a number of health issues for both men and women.
Symptoms of Low Progesterone What can Natural Progesterone be used for?
Natural progesterone can be used to support the following women’s health issues:-
- Bloating and water retention
- Facial Hair Growth
- Brain Fog
- Fibrocystic Breasts
- Hair Loss
- Hot flashes/flushes
- Natural diuretic
- Night sweats
- Normalizes blood clotting
- Normalizes blood sugar levels
- Restores sex drive
- Thyroid imbalance
- Uses fat for energy
- Vaginal dryness
Natural progesterone is also important for the survival and development of the embryo. It is the primary precursor for adrenal corticosteroids (estriol, estrone and estradiol) and testosterone produced by testes in males.
Progesterone is a natural anti-depressant, therefore, when we hear of new mothers diagnosed with postpartum depression, this is due to the fact that during the third trimester of a pregnancy, the placenta produces 300-400mg of natural progesterone per day, which in effect causes a “shock to the system” a “progesterone deficiency” when the baby is born.
Recently natural progesterone has seen a rise in popularity. This is an alternative for women who want to involve themselves in restoring their hormone imbalances without the use of prescription synthetic hormones,HRT Hormone Therapy Treatment patented synthetic progesterone (progestin).
According to Dr John Lee, an internationally renowned expert in natural hormones and women’s health and author of the book entitled “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause”, women are having symptoms because of hormone imbalance caused by too much estrogen and a deficiency of progesterone and describes the easiest and most effective form to use is natural progesterone cream.
If you decide to try a natural progesterone cream always ensure that you follow the usage instructions carefully.
Blood Test to Evaluate Hormonal Imbalance
By asking for a simple blood test at your local G.P. Practice you can gain results of your hormonal balance. This test will evaluate the hormonal balance in both peri and post menopausal women
The test looks at : -
Three estrogens – Checks the balance of the three estrogens. Estriol (made by the placenta during pregnancy). Estradiol (sex hormone). Estrone (secreted by the ovary).
Progesterone – This hormone fluctuates during the menstrual cycle, influencing fertility and PMS, and after menopause it adjusts the effects of estrogens (see list above for the uses of natural progesterone)
Two androgens – Both testosterone and DHEA affect sexual function, body composition and cognition.
Alternatively you could test with a Salivary Hormone Analysis which are available on line or through a Complimentary Health Practitioner.
Additionally, this test is used to assess certain women’s health conditions, including fibrocystic breast disease, sexual dysfunction, breast cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, dementia, PMS, perimenopause, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and dysmenorrhea (painful cramps).
Natural progesterone is not produced by the body when there are missed ovulations or after menopause. Therefore a source of natural progesterone either taken as a supplement or used as a cream is a solution to a woman’s general health and wellbeing.
Dr John R Lee, author, “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause.”