Progesterone and Estrogen

Men and women both have all the same hormones; it is the amounts of each hormone that differentiate the two sexes.  Estrogen, progesterone, androgens, and cortisol are all steroid hormones made in the body from cholesterol, vitamins, and minerals.  In women, hormones are mainly produced in the ovaries, the brain, and the adrenal glands.  In men, hormones are mainly produced in the testes, brain, and the adrenal glands.

The main role that progesterone plays in the body is during the second half of menstruation, it is the dominant hormone during pregnancy, as well as being a precursor to make other hormones.  Another crucial role that progesterone plays is to keep the balance of estrogen in the body.  It is important for women that their estrogen levels and progesterone levels are balanced because unbalance hormones, either way, can lead to symptoms and health issues shown below.

Estrogens                                                               Progesterone

Deficiency

Excess

 

Deficiency

Excess

Hot Flashes

Mood swings

Mood swings

Drowsiness

Night Sweats

Breast tenderness

Breast tenderness

Breast Swelling

Vaginal Dryness

Water retention

Water retention

Nausea

Foggy Thinking

Foggy thinking

Foggy thinking

Depression

Memory lapses

Irritability

Irritability

Foggy thinking

Incontinence

Anxiety

Anxiety

Oily skin

Tearfulness

Fibrocystic breasts

Fibrocystic breasts

Increased acne

Depression

Weight gain- hips

Weight gain- hips

Excess facial hair

Disturbed sleep

Bleeding changes

Bleeding changes

Heart palpitations

Headaches

Headaches

Bone loss

Uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids

Cold body temperature

Cold body temperature

Fatigue

Fatigue

Chart Provided by “You’ve Hit Menopause: Now What?” p. 76-77

If you are experiencing these symptoms, testing through saliva can be done to show the amounts of hormones in your body.  Once these numbers are discovered, bioidentical hormones can be administered via cream or patches in order to put your body back in balance.  Contact ChooseLife2Live for more information on these services.

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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