Progesterone is often associated with menopause in women. What is exactly the connection between the hormone progesterone and menopause? Find the answer here.
What is progesterone?
Progesterone is a steroid hormone made by the corpus luteum of the ovary at ovulation, and in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands. Progesterone is manufactured in the body from the steroid hormone pregnenolone, and is a precursor to most of the other steroid hormones, including cortisol, androstenedione, the estrogens and testosterone.
In a normally cycling female, the corpus luteum produces 20 to 30 mg of progesterone daily during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.
Low progesterone levels and menopause.
Low progesterone levels in the body leads to uncontrolled estrogen which leads to hormonal imbalance that is often cited as the cause of menopause. The production of less estrogen starts in an individual’s 30’s and progresses on with increased age periods.
This lack of progesterone and consequent hormonal imbalance is what causes menopausal symptoms and other health issues for menopausal women and even men in their 30s and 40s.
When there are missed ovulations and periods, natural progesterone is not produced. The periods during which there is no ovulation or reduced ovulation is during peri-menopause and menopause.
Potential problems with progesterone production.
Women who have low levels of progesterone will have abnormal menstrual cycles or may struggle to conceive because the progesterone does not trigger the proper environment for a conceived egg to grow.
Women who have low progesterone levels and who do succeed in getting pregnant are at higher risk for miscarriage or pre-term delivery, because the hormone helps maintain the pregnancy.
Signs of low progesterone include:
- Abnormal uterine bleeding.
- Irregular or missed periods.
- Spotting and abdominal pain during pregnancy.
- Frequent miscarriages.
In addition, low progesterone levels can cause too-high levels of estrogen, which can decrease sex drive, contribute to weight gain, or cause gallbladder problems.
How to treat the symptoms of low progesterone and menopause?
We recommend post-menopausal women to use Proferia. It is a convenient and easy-to-apply cream that aids in relief from some of the most common symptoms of the menopause, including hot flushes, night sweats and low libido by helping to balance the body’s hormone levels.
The blend of natural ingredients in Proferia helps to contribute towards normal hormonal balance. Apply Proferia once daily or as directed by your healthcare provider. Apply to areas where your skin is thin, such as the neck, breasts, inside the arms, etc. The amount needed will vary from individual to individual and dependent on the symptoms experienced.
For best results it is recommended to apply Proferia as directed above for a period of 21 consecutive days during the month. Stop using Proferia for one week in order for the body to become re-sensitized to the progesterone. Alternate the area of application to maximize absorption.
Some notes when using Proferia:
- It is advisable to start using the cream in greater rather than smaller amounts to find the correct quantity for you.
- If your progesterone levels are very low, use greater quantities in the first month (i.e. ½ teaspoon twice a day) and reduce to ordinary dosages thereafter.
- The amount needed may vary from individual to individual.
- If the symptoms re-occur, then lessen the amount of cream.
- Have a break from the cream as directed in order for the body to become re-sensitized to it.
- Post-menopausal women seldom may find that their periods start again after using the cream, this is temporary.