Why Progesterone is Important
Not having an adequate level of progesterone in the body is a problematic circumstance for many women. Why? Because a number of problems can result from low progesterone levels including irregular menstrual cycles, miscarriage and increased cancer risk from unchecked oestrogen.
We know that progesterone is a hormone created within a woman’s ovaries which helps to prepare the womb each month for acceptance of a fertilized egg, and attachment of a fetus. But do you know that the body has many more uses for progesterone and low progesterone levels can cause many effects.
It is extremely important to a woman’s overall health during her entire lifetime (not just during her reproductive years) that her body produces and maintains normal levels of progesterone. The most important reason for this is so that it properly counterbalances the effects of oestrogen.
What Can Cause Low Levels of Progesterone
Progesterone levels can be adversely affected by a number of environmental factors including stress, prescription hormones, and hormones used in commercially produced and processed dairy products and meats.
Signs of Reduced Levels of Progesterone
Now that we know that it’s important for your body to maintain normal progesterone levels, we are faced with the following question: What are some signs that your body may have low levels of progesterone? Here are some clues:
Decreased/Low sex drive
Excessive bleeding during menstruation
Many of these symptoms don’t seem particularly alarming when considered separately, and therein lies the danger. Because they may appear harmless, oftentimes signs of low progesterone are not specifically noticed or interpreted as reasons for concern.
However, when you have noticed these symptoms occurring simultaneously, they should certainly be a signal that something in the body is not normal. This is then reason for a higher level of concern, and should warrant further investigation.