Why test for Progesterone Deficiency?

Why test for Progesterone Deficiency?

The effects of progesterone deficiency can be easily helped, that’s why it’s so important to check if it’s the reason behind your symptoms. If, like 1000's of women, you suffer from a more serious condition linked to progesterone deficiency then it's vital that you check your progesterone levels and do something about them. Progesterone replacement therapy is widely available in many different forms so we’re sure you’ll be able to find one suitable for you. Taking a quick self-assessment test is the first step to finding out what your symptoms mean. You need to do this before you decide on a treatment option.

Progesterone therapy can greatly help alleviate some of the symptoms of these conditions:

Why progesterone therapy is good for Menopause?

When menopause happens the ovaries stop producing progesterone. Progesterone is made after you ovulate so if no ovulation takes place no natural progesterone is produced. Your body still produces some Estrogen though so a hormonal imbalance happens. Without progesterone to calm it, Estrogen can cause havoc on your body.

Your body doesn't suddenly reach menopause. It happens gradually over a few years, even as many as 10 years! During these years your periods start slowing down and become irregular. This means that your progesterone levels become irregular. Some women find that the years leading up to menopause cause them more trouble than when they finally do go through menopause as the body can’t adjust to the irregular changes. Using a progesterone therapy during this time can help control your symptoms of menopause as it gives your body a guaranteed amount of progesterone to work with. Before you can start progesterone therapy you need to test for low progesterone so you can work out the best dosage for you.

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Why progesterone therapy is good for Endometriosis?

Progesterone helps to maintain the uterine/womb lining. Endometriosis is when the tissues from the uterus start growing outside the uterus. A bad case of Endometriosis can reach as far as the bowls and can result in surgery and even infertility. It’s very painful. There are different kinds of treatments available to help manage it.

Endometriosis can be a result of high Estrogen levels that help develop overactive uterine tissue which then migrates outside the uterus. In this case even if you have normal progesterone levels it is not enough to stop the spread of tissue. The condition can also be caused if you simply do not have enough natural progesterone to maintain the uterine lining from containing the tissue. In this case, using progesterone therapy, like the use of a progesterone cream, is one kind of treatment. Testing your progesterone levels and estrogen levels can help you understand why Endometriosis is happening to you.

Why progesterone therapy is good for PCOS?

If you have PCOS your ovaries fail to ovulate and the egg that should have been released doesn't. Instead, it stays inside the follicles of the ovaries and no progesterone is produced. On top of this, the brain then sends a message back to ovaries to stimulate more follicles and it c=become a cycle. For this reason women with PCOS have very irregular periods and suffer bad side effects relating to low progesterone as well as other hormones like testosterone. Testosterone is also produced by the ovaries so without a proper menstrual cycle testosterone cannot be produced either. PCOS sufferers have many side effects due to low testosterone and low progesterone levels. Weight gain, acne, body hair growth and facial hair growth become a big problem alongside the usual progesterone deficiency side effects.

Why progesterone therapy is good for fertility and avoiding miscarriage?

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A fetus needs progesterone to grow successfully. After the first trimester the placenta starts producing progesterone but before that the fetus depends solely on the progesterone naturally produced by the ovaries. Progesterone keeps the uterine lining strong so it can hold the pregnancy. If not enough progesterone is produced in the first trimester it can result in miscarriage as the lining will break down. If you are finding it hard to conceive, low progesterone levels could be the reason as well. Not enough progesterone levels supporting the uterine lining can cause menstrual irregularity but it can also impact how the uterus receives the egg and sperm. Testing progesterone levels can tell you if this might be the cause of pregnancy failure.

Progesterone therapy can also cure certain ailments though; obviously this depends on the individual situation. Symptoms like anxiety and depression, irregular or heavy menstrual bleeding, PMS, vaginal dryness, hot flashes or night sweats can all be pretty much cured by using progesterone therapy, if you have been tested and have proved that you have low progesterone levels.