Progesterone is a key hormone for women’s health, having a great influence on your mood, sleep, period flow, bloating, weight and more. It is also important as the hormone that balances out our estrogen levels. Low progesterone can be associated with PMS, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, early miscarriage, PCOS, heavy periods and perimenopause. It is also associated with the development of breast cancer because of its role in counterbalancing estrogen.
Signs of low progesterone can include:
- Spotting before your period
- Very heavy menstrual flow
- Premenstrual syndrome, especially poor sleep and anxiety
- Difficulty getting pregnant
- Early miscarriage (before 7 weeks)
- Perimenopause symptoms such as mood swings, difficulty sleeping, heavy periods & irregular cycles
What causes low progesterone?
Progesterone is a hormone that naturally declines with age, beginning somewhere in the 30’s and usually being more significant by age 38. This is why we see a much higher rate of estrogen-dominant conditions such as uterine fibroids, breast cysts, heavy menstrual flow and breast cancer through the 40’s.