Low Progesterone Levels

Anytime your hormones are imbalanced, they affect other hormones within the body.  Progesterone receptors are located throughout the body.   All body tissue needs exposure to progesterone for optimum health.  Unfortunately, progesterone and cortisol fight for the same receptor sights, so for women who are under a large amount of continuous stress, this can lead to low progesterone levels.  There are many issues and symptoms that can arise from decreased progesterone levels, but low progesterone usually leads to estrogen dominance, decreased   cortisol, or both.  Symptoms that are created from these two imbalances include:

 Estrogen Dominance

Decreased Cortisol

Mood swings

Fatigue

Breast tenderness

Low blood sugar

Water retention

Allergies

Foggy thinking

Cold body temperatures

Irritability

Allergies

Anxiety

Increased infections

Fibrocystic breasts

Achy Muscles

Weight gain- hips

Decreased exercise tolerance

Bleeding changes

Neck stiffness

Headaches

Morning sluggishness

Uterine fibroids

Low sex drive

Cold body temperature

Felling of inability to cope

Fatigue

“Burned” out feeling

Chart Provided by “You’ve Hit Menopause: Now What?” p. 76, 81

Whether one has estrogen dominance or decreased cortisol, women experiencing these symptoms have difficulty with their menstrual cycles due to these imbalances.  With estrogen dominance, symptoms relating to PMS usually increase and become more severe.  When someone has decreased cortisol levels, menstruations become irregular and may even stop, this can even lead to fertility issues or infertility.

These symptoms and this imbalance can be corrected through the use of bioidenticle hormones and supplements.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Becca Walters and set up an appointment.

References:

Gillson, George, MD PhD. Tracy Marsden BScPharm. “You’ve Hit Menopause: Now What? 3 Simple Steps to Restoring Hormone Balance.” 2nd Ed. Canada. 2004.

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