Progesterone is known as the calming female hormone. Both progesterone metabolites indicate progesterone levels
If progesterone is low the causes can be stress and high relative estrogen
Signs and Symptoms:
- Menstrual irregularities – long cycles, irregular cycles, short luteal phase (if the time from ovulation to your period is less than 10 days)
- Menstrual cramping
- Spotting mid cycle or before your full period flow begins
- Acne, brittle nails, dry cracked skin (heels)
- Depression, anxiety, mood swings
- Low libido, fatigue, foggy thinking
- Slow metabolism, weight gain midsection, sugar cravings, slows down ability to burn fat
- Migraines, headaches, also joint pain and allergy symptoms
- Tender breasts
A slow temperature rise at ovulation.
Temperatures falling multiple days before the onset of menstruation.
Spotting multiple days before the onset of menstruation.
A short luteal phase (it’s ideal if your luteal phase is 12-16 days, but 10 might not be a problem).
Fertile type cervical fluid during most of your luteal phase.
High progesterone levels usually occur when there is a drastic drop in estrogen production, causing progesterone dominance. High progesterone levels can also be the result of minimal exercise and an imbalanced diet
Symptoms of progesterone dominance:
- Muscle Fatigue
- Mood Swings
- Yeast Infections
- Vaginal Dryness
- Loss Of Libido
- Anxiety & Depression
- Oily Skin
- Weight Gain
- Urinary Tract Infections