HERE ARE THE TOP 7 SYMPTOMS OF PROGESTERONE DEFICIENCY:
1. Menstrual irregularities – long cycles, irregular cycles, short luteal phase (if the time from ovulation to your period is less than 10 days), a diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome, menstrual cramping, spotting mid cycle or before your full period flow begins.
2. Infertility – progesterone is one of the primary hormones involved in achieving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy. It prepares the lining of the uterus for an embryo to implant. If you are having difficulty conceiving or have suffered from a miscarriage, it is worth having your progesterone levels checked as they may be low. Since fertility concerns can cause so much heartache, save yourself some trouble and just get checked.
3. Acne, brittle nails, dry cracked skin – If you are suffering from adult onset acne, if your nails are cracking, splitting, peeling, or the skin of your heels and hands are cracking, you might be low in progesterone.
4. Depression, anxiety, mood swings – as we age, many women attribute a shift in estrogen for their mood symptoms. But actually after age 30, most of us experience a drop in progesterone and one of the first signs of this lowered level is a shift in mood. Progesterone is responsible for stabilizing our mood so if you are experiencing uncomfortable shift in mood lately, please check your levels.
5. Low libido, fatigue, foggy thinking – most often women come in to our clinic complaining of these symptoms post-partum but many women in their 30s and 40s, regardless of their child-bearing status, will start to experience an energy, sex drive, and mental shift with a drop in progesterone. Less than keen on sex? Feel like having an afternoon nap? Can’t remember names or words as well as you once did? Please ask your doctor to test your progesterone in your next check-up.
6. Slow metabolism, weight gain around the midsection, sugar cravings – with the rise in diabetes all over North America, most people blame sugar and insulin for their metabolic dysfunctions. But as we age and progesterone drops, it sure can slow down our ability to burn fat.
7. Migraines, headaches, also joint pain and allergy symptoms – pain and allergy syndromes seem least likely to be caused by hormones but time and time again, I see hormones at the root of these frustrating conditions. I recommend considering food allergies, overall inflammation, and checking in on your female hormone balance if you suffer from any of these conditions.
I want to hear from you – are you dealing with any of the above symptoms? Have you had your progesterone levels checked.
There is so much relief that can come from seeing your ND for proper diagnosis and treatment of hormone imbalances and we can always learn from each other. Please share your experience in the reply area below.
You don’t have to suffer any longer! Call our office today and we can get you on the right track to maintaining a healthy level in your progesterone!
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