By Rose Wellness Center | 03/31/2021

6 Signs Of Low Progesterone

6 Signs Of Low Progesterone

Progesterone levels wax and wane throughout a woman’s monthly cycle. Typically, progesterone levels increase following ovulation to help sustain the uterine lining for pregnancy. Many women experience low progesterone levels sometime during their lives. Let’s take a look at the top symptoms associated with low progesterone levels.

Changes in Your Mood, Including Depression and Anxiety

Progesterone helps create neurotransmitters, especially Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) . GABA blocks certain brain signals by reducing neuron activity and nerve transmission, thus producing a calming effect. When your progesterone levels are low, you may experience irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. These changes in your mood can worsen right before your cycle, causing the mood swings associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

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Hot Flashes are defined as the sudden feeling of warmth in your body, particularly in the upper portion, including your chest, neck, and face. When you experience a hot flash, your skin may become red and flushed, and you may experience excess sweating. If your hot flashes decrease your body heat, you may experience a chilling sensation following a hot flash. Hot flashes are typically caused by a sudden change in hormone levels. When your progesterone levels are low, your estrogen level may rise quickly, creating a hot flash.

Infertility

If you have low progesterone, you may have trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant. There are many causes of miscarriages and infertility. If you are having fertility issues, consider having your progesterone levels checked. Progesterone is needed to thicken the endometrial lining and prepare the uterus for pregnancy. If progesterone levels are low, the lining will not thicken properly and pregnancy cannot be maintained.

Irregular Menstrual PeriodIrregular Menstrual Periods

At the beginning of your menstrual cycle (during your period), your progesterone cycle will be low. The levels will increase throughout the cycle, preparing the womb for pregnancy. If the egg is not fertilized, progesterone levels will fall and cause your period to start at the end of your cycle. Typically, a menstrual cycle is approximately 28 days long. If your cycle is too long, too short, or irregular, you may have low progesterone levels.

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18% of American women suffer from migraine headaches. Although low progesterone levels are not the only reason women suffer from migraines, low progesterone can play a role in the severity and frequency of headaches. Women suffering from low progesterone levels often experience migraine headaches before and during their menstrual cycle. When a woman has low progesterone levels, the body experiences a relative estrogen excess. Increased estrogen causes water retention and vasodilation, both of which can cause headaches.

Weight Gain

Low progesterone levels can cause weight gain. Women must ensure their hormones are balanced for effective weight loss. Even if you eat healthily and exercise, you may be unable to lose weight or may experience weight gain if you have low progesterone levels. When your progesterone levels decline, your ability to burn fat reduces and your metabolism slows down.

Causes of Low Progesterone Levels

Progesterone deficiencies can occur for a variety of reasons. The top three reasons for low progesterone levels in women in American include-

Environmental Estrogens

Environmental estrogen, also known as xenoestrogens, are chemicals found in our foods and environment that mimic naturally occurring estrogen. Xenoestrogens are found in plastics, animal products, and synthetic hormones. These xenoestrogens confuse the body and cause it to think a woman’s estrogen levels are too high and progesterone levels are too low.

Excess Exercisemood discorders

Exercise is great for the body; however, too much of a good thing can negatively impact your hormone levels. For optimal hormone health, you should seek to get approximately 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly. Getting too much exercise or exercising too hard can cause low progesterone levels.

Stress

Stress is defined as the feeling of physical or emotional tension. Stress is the body’s innate reaction to a demand or challenge. Stress, particularly chronic stress, can negatively impact your body, including your hormones. When you are stressed, the body produces the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol limits progesterone activity and blocks progesterone receptors, resulting in low testosterone levels as well.

Increase Progesterone Levels Naturally

Menopause treatment

If you are experiencing low progesterone levels, here are some options to boost your progesterone levels-

  • Eating foods rich in Zinc like shellfish
  • Taking a B complex supplement
  • Consuming vitamin C rich foods like bell peppers and citrus fruits
  • Decreasing stress levels through stress relief techniques
  • Getting between seven and nine hours of sleep each night
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Getting 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days
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