Striking a Balance

Hormones are all about balance. Their role is as messenger to turn on or off a cell’s activity. When it comes to progesterone, its effects are far reaching. Progesterone can affect a woman on physical, behavioural and emotional levels. Progesterone is produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands. Its release can be decreased when stress isn’t in check.

Here are a few cues that your progesterone may be low:

PMS

A woman’s month should be smooth, barely a difference between menstrual flow and the other days. Some women have a debilitating time leading up to their period with the experience of mood changes of depression or irritability. If these moods are linked to your menses, have your progesterone levels checked.

Infertility

Progesterone’s role in achieving pregnancy is in preparing the lining of the uterus for implantation of an embryo. Progesterone is not just necessary for conception, but also maintaining a pregnancy in the first trimester. If you are having any difficulty with conception or have suffered a miscarriage, a simple test can see if progesterone is playing a part.

Irregular Menses

When the period is not predictable, progesterone deficiency can be the answer. This includes long cycles, midcycle bleeding, heavy bleeding, skipped periods, period cramping.

Weight gain around the midriff

Looking for the answer to a fit looking body can be tricky. Keeping active and eating right is always at the core of a lean body. Consider hormones and their role in the tire belly if you are not achieving results with calorie reduction and boot camps.

Sleep disturbance in Menopause

Many women in menopause are pleasantly surprised that when their hormones are balanced their sleep returns. Oral micronized progesterone has a wonderful effect of increasing GABA receptors, upregulating the calming effect from the neurotransmitter, GABA. Prior to reaching for a sleep aid, consider looking at your progesterone levels to bring back those zzzzz’s.

Mood swings, depression

The postpartum period, with the significant drop in progesterone, is a common time to have depression occur. Tie this newborn period with sleep deprivation & figuring out parenthood, postpartum depression can be quite debilitating yet successfully treated with progesterone.

Talk with your naturopathic doctor to see if hormone testing and progesterone would benefit you.