Progesterone is a hormone that is primarily produced by the ovaries in women and plays a vital role in many bodily functions. Some of the benefits of progesterone include:
- Regulating the menstrual cycle: Progesterone helps to regulate the menstrual cycle by thickening the lining of the uterus to prepare for a fertilized egg. If pregnancy does not occur, progesterone levels drop, causing the uterus lining to shed during menstruation.
- Supporting pregnancy: During pregnancy, progesterone levels increase significantly, helping to maintain the pregnancy by preventing contractions of the uterus and promoting the growth of blood vessels in the placenta.
- Reducing symptoms of menopause: Progesterone can help to reduce symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, by regulating estrogen levels and supporting the reproductive system.
- Improving bone health: Progesterone can help to improve bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, particularly in postmenopausal women.
- Supporting cardiovascular health: Progesterone can help to support cardiovascular health by regulating blood pressure and reducing inflammation in the body.
- Improving mood and sleep: Progesterone can help to improve mood and promote restful sleep by regulating the production of other hormones in the body, such as cortisol and melatonin.
I see many patients in their late 30’s and early 40’s that are beginning to feel symptoms of low progesterone and it is important to have blood levels checked. I do blood draws in my clinic and can bill insurance directly or you can pay reduced rate for out of pocket labs.
It is important to note that progesterone supplementation or replacement therapy should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider, as excessive or inappropriate use can have negative health consequences.