To better understand why there is a need to be concerned about progesterone deficiency, let us begin to understand the importance of the said hormone first. So what exactly is the function of progesterone? Progesterone plays a major role in a woman’s reproductive functions. This hormone prepares your body in the process of conceiving a child.
Anyways, it’s worth investigating for any of you who have not considered progesterone deficiency (a.k.a. estrogen dominance) as contributing to your problems. There is a really good book out there by a Dr. John Lee called “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Premenopause”. Good luck and best wishes for health.
The human body uses organic compounds called hormones to regulate many of the chemical activities of the body. The hormones catalyze the chemical reactions and changes needed for the proper functioning of our bodies. Hormones are produced in small chemical factories dotted throughout our body called glands. Each gland is devoted to producing a specific hormone, or a range of them, and each hormone is designed for a specific purpose.
Progesterone is an important female hormone. It is produced by the ovaries and it is responsible for many changes that take place in the body. It causes changes in the uterus during the fag end of the menstrual cycle by ensuring that the uterus is prepared to receive the fertilized egg. It also helps to maintain the uterus when pregnancy occurs.
Having thyroid symptoms is related to hormone levels and hormone imbalance. Three related hormones for a woman are estrogen, thyroid hormone and progesterone. Understanding the interplay between these three hormones helps one better understand how to approach treating thyroid symptoms.
One of the theories about the cause of fibromyalgia is that it may be hormonal in nature, either a progesterone deficiency or estrogen dominance – simply put, hormonal imbalance – which greatly affects women, especially during their late adolescent periods, leading towards the menopausal stage.
High levels of estrogen in a woman’s body usually result from exposure to certain environmental pollutants and from the consumption of certain food products that contain high levels of estrogen or other substances that can mimic the effects of estrogen such as soy products. Signs of estrogen dominance include a decreased sex drive, increased issues with blood clotting, problems with fertility, and allergy-like symptoms.
Progesterone’s primary functions include: acting as a precursor to estrogen and testosterone; it maintains uterine lining and aids in gestation; protects against fibrocystic breasts, endometrial and breast cancer; acts as a natural diuretic, helps use fat for energy; can be a natural antidepressant; aids thyroid hormone action; normalizes blood clotting; restores sex drive; normalizes blood sugar, zinc and copper levels; restores proper cell oxygen levels, has a thermogenic effect; builds bone and helps to protects against osteoporosis.
Menstruation affects women both physically and mentally so it is important that any treatment addresses both of these issues, not just the physical symptoms as many PMS medications attempt to focus on. PMS sufferers often show signs of estrogen dominance. This is where there is not enough progesterone being produced in the body.