Progesterone is a type of steroid hormone that plays an important role in reproductive function. It’s considered a woman’s reproductive hormone, as it’s produced in the ovaries after ovulation every month. It’s also found in men but in much smaller amounts.
Low progesterone levels can produce a variety of symptoms in women. In this article, we’ll discuss these symptoms and how to remedy them.
What Does Progesterone Do?
Progesterone’s primary role in the female body is to prepare the uterine lining, known as the endometrium, for a fertilized egg to implant and develop. If an egg doesn’t implant, the endometrium sheds during menstruation.
Additionally, progesterone is essential for breast development, breastfeeding, and, in men, sperm development. It also works with testosterone to support thyroid function.
What Are The Symptoms of Low Progesterone?
In people who aren’t pregnant, symptoms of low progesterone can include:
- Headaches or migraines
- Changes in mood, anxiety, and depression
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Difficulty sleeping
Additionally, with low progesterone, estrogen can take over, potentially causing:
- Weight gain
- Low sex drive
- Tender breasts
In pregnant individuals, low progesterone can cause:
- Tender breasts
- Low blood sugar levels
What to Do About Low Progesterone
Low progesterone can be effectively treated with bioidentical hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormones have an identical molecular structure to the hormones that your body naturally produces. They’re also synthesized from plant and animal sources, like other hormone products that are artificially manufactured.
Dr. Shemesh at Mind Body Spirit Care will provide a comprehensive laboratory exam to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms, and then provide an individualized treatment plan to suit your needs. This may include bioidentical hormone therapy with follow-up hormone panels to restore your hormonal balance, as well as lifestyle recommendations. Reach out to us to schedule a consultation and get started!