Progesterone is important to every woman’s health and fertility. That is because progesterone is a precursor of other hormones, including estrogen, testosterone and cortisol. And just as is the case with every other chemical in the body, women can suffer from an imbalance from time to time that can be caused by a number of factors. The problem comes in recognizing when an imbalance occurs since progesterone can mimic other conditions such as low iron, hypothyroidism, low vitamin D, cortisol imbalance. Signs of low progesterone include:
- Irregular Cycles: Are your cycles irregular? Is your luteal phase (the time from ovulation to your period) less than ten 10 days? If you have this or other menstrual irregularities, then you may have a progesterone deficiency.
- Infertility: As we stated at the beginning of this post, progesterone is a hormone that is critical in achieving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Difficulties such as problems conceiving or miscarriages may be a sign that you should ask your physician about your progesterone levels.
- Energy and Sex Drive Issues: Low libido, lack of energy and focus, especially in women in their 30s and 40s, should never be ignored. Your doctor may find that after testing that you have low levels of the hormone.
- Slow metabolism, weight gain: A drop in progesterone levels can interfere with the body’s ability to burn fat.
- Skin issues: Adult onset acne, brittle nails, dry cracked skin may be signs that you are suffering from low progesterone.
- Emotional Issues: Progesterone is critical in helping us to stabilize our moods. Thus, if you are experiencing emotional issues such as depression, moods swings and anxiety you may be suffering from a drop in your progesterone levels.
- Migraines, headaches: This one can be particularly difficult to diagnose since headaches and migraines can be caused by many things. However, if you suffer from migraines and headaches in combination with some of the other symptoms listed here you should definitely consider asking your physician to check your progesterone levels.
If you exhibit any of the above symptoms of progesterone deficiency and fear you may be suffering from an imbalance, you should talk to your physician. Our progesterone cream can easily be applied to the skin in controlled dosages which gives it an advantage over taking the hormone in oral form. We also have acidophilus which is a “friendly” bacterium that naturally occurs in the intestines and vagina. It aids the body’s digestive system.