Progesterone for Women

Progesterone is a hormone made directly from pregnenolone. All the other steroid hormones are made from progesterone. Its primary function is to keep the uterine lining from building up.

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Other functions of Progesterone:

  • Acts as a diuretic. Breast swelling often indicates an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone
  • Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system resulting in calmness
  • Prepares uterus for implantation of fertilized egg
  • Balances estrogen

Hormone replacement therapy wi balance progesterone for you.

When deficient the following can occur:

  • Macromastia or uncomfortable enlargement of breasts
  • Often enlarged, overdeveloped uterus
  • PMS with breast pain, heavy menstrual flow, painful periods
  • Breast cysts (fibrocystic breast disease)
  • Ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids
  • Muscle and nervous tension
  • Irritability, aggressiveness, anxiety, anger, outbursts of panic or rage
  • Increased sensitivity to pain and increased expression of pain
  • Insomnia with excessive nervous tension and anxiety
  • Swollen belly and bloating
  • Endometriosis caused complaints- deep pain during intercourse

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Factors decreasing progesterone production or action:

  • Intense prolonged physical activity, including sex and long distance running
  • Intense emotional stress
  • Eating sugar and excess fiber
  • Estrogen
  • Cortisol and other glucocorticoids (prednisone) at high doses
  • Birth control pills
  • Excess thyroid
  • Melatonin at high dose (over 10mg/day)