By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Progesterone is a female hormone the body produces after ovulation during the second half of the menstrual cycle. Progesterone prepares the endometrium in case there is a pregnancy. It also needs to be abundant in case the body wants to reject a pregnancy. If there is no pregnancy during a particular month the progesterone level will drop which causes the body to start menstruation.
When progesterone levels are low a woman may have an irregular cycle or infertility or a miscarriage. Some symptoms of low progesterone are abnormal uterine bleeding, heavy periods, missed periods, irregular periods or miscarriages.
Menopause occurs when you fully stop menstruating. If you have not had a period in one year, you may consider yourself in menopause. One of the most troubling symptoms during this phase is hot flashes and night sweats. These symptoms may start during the Pre-Menopause years but they tend to continue into menopause and for some women it takes a long time for them to stop.
There are some beneficial side effects of progesterone therapy. One beneficial side effect of progesterone support is that it can help improve sleep. Another helpful side effect is that is helps support healthy bone. It can also help support optimal blood flow through the blood vessels, decreases blood pressure, helps with breathing rates, weight loss, blocks DHT which can cause acne and hair loss for women and it can help prevent some female cancers.
A saliva hormone imbalance test shows the free or bio-available levels of hormones in your body.
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Medical disclaimer: A hormone imbalance test cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.