Progesterone is a very important hormone that plays a big role in women’s health. It is being discharged intensively after ovulating in the so called luteic phase of the menstrual cycle. A high level of progesterone in this phase is normal and it stimulates secret activities inside the uterus as well as its vascularization. In this phase progesterone prepares the uterus so that it can accept a fertilized egg cell. A high level of progesterone has a resounding negative effect on the brain as it reduces the amount of hormones FSH and LH being discharged. These hormones have a task of reducing the production of estrogen and progesterone so that, in case fertilization didn’t happen, the normal menstrual cycle can continue. As a hormone, progesterone also effects on growth and development of breasts and during pregnancy it reduces the amount of fake and unnecessary contractions.
What is the cause of high progesterone?
There are two main reasons for high progesterone – ovulation and pregnancy. During these phases levels of progesterone are naturally increased. In the menopause period, women often experience significant fluctuations of female sexual hormones and aside that there are several different conditions that can also have an effect onto higher levels of progesterone, such as:
Uterus cancer – In some shapes and forms of the cancer levels of progesterone are increased.
Inflammation of the adrenal gland – Irregular function of the adrenal gland can have a devastating effect on the natural production of female sexual hormones, creating an imbalance where progesterone dominate.
Ovary cysts – During ovulation follicles may burst, which leads towards release of the egg cell. The so called “yellow body” represents an irregular follicle and it begins to create a large amount of estrogen and progesterone in order to prepare the body for an upcoming pregnancy. In some cases the opening on the follicle may become blocked, which causes the yellow body to accumulate, creating a cyst. These cysts usually disperse on their own after a couple of weeks but they do carry a potential to do some damage in terms of hormonal imbalance.
Symptoms of high progesterone
Symptoms of progesterone are as follows:
- Mood disorders and irregular sleep
- Breast sensitivity
- Vaginal dryness
- Lack of sexual desire (libido)
There are several options to consider when treating high progesterone levels, which actually works when the levels are below normal as well. This is best to be done by a drastic lifestyle change and using natural and non-invasive means to regulate hormonal levels, as well as going under a typical hormonal therapy. Our advice is to go through natural causes first, as these are much safer, without posing any additional risks towards further imbalances in your hormonal levels. By changing your lifestyle you will also get your emotional stress under control as well as your diet to maintain a healthy balance of hormones.