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Progesterone

The word “Progesterone comes from pro which means “for” and gest which means “gestation” reflecting its major role in woman’s ability to conceive and sustain a pregnancy. As well, it acts as a hormone harmonizer by balancing estrogen. Unlike estrogen, however, the body never overproduces progesterone. The natural decrease of progesterone in a woman’s body leaves a woman vulnerable to estrogen dominance and health problems such as endometriosis, fibroids, polyps, irregular periods, heavy bleeding, and out-of-control cycles which are related to the loss of hormonal balance.

 

Some of Progesterone’s Many Roles

  • Precursor of other sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone) and cortisone
  • Maintains lining of uterus
  • Promotes the survival of the embryo and fetus throughout gestation
  • Protects against fibrocystic breasts
  • Natural diuretic
  • Promotes fat burning for energy
  • Acts as a natural antidepressant
  • Aids thyroid hormone action
  • May help maintain sex drive
  • Helps keep blood sugar levels normal
  • Normalizes zinc and copper levels
  • Promotes proper cell oxygen levels
  • Protects against endometrial cancer
  • Helps protect against breast cancer
  • Promotes bone building and protects against osteoporosis
  • Normalizes blood clotting

 
Amenorrhea-no period at all; there is no ovulation; the ovaries are producing only a bare minimum of progesterone
Oligomenorrhea-the period comes infrequently, perhaps every few months; this is the result of minimum progesterone production
Heavy and frequent periods-this could be tissue buildup in the uterus because of prolonged progesterone deficiency
Spotting a few days before the period-the progesterone level is dropping rapidly and prematurely during the monthly cyclePMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)-most PMS symptoms, whether

  • Cystic beasts
  • Painful breasts
  • Breasts with lumps
  • Acts as a natural antidepressant Most cases of endometriosis and fibroids
  • Anxiety, irritability and nervousness
  • Water retention
  • Common Signs of Progesterone Excess

    Signs of excess progesterone only occurs when too much progesterone is taken and are
    temporary. A woman’s body can react in 3 ways within a half hour of taking excess
    progesterone:

    1-Mild Reaction (lasts up to 2 hours)
    • Drowiness
    • Slight dizziness
    • A sense of physical instability
    2- Severe Reaction (can last up to 8 hours)
    • A feeling of being drunk or spinning
    • Heaviness in the extremities
    3- Paradoxical Response (the opposite of what is normally expected)
    • You feel antsy, anxious, can’t sleep, and retain water
    • You experience hot flashes or depression
    • Your appetite increases and you start gaining weight

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