Progesterone is known as the calming female hormone. Both progesterone metabolites indicate progesterone levels

α -Pregnanediol

β -Pregnanediol

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
  • PCOS
  • Infertility
  • 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
  • Drowsiness
  • Mood Swings
  • Bloating
  • Dizziness
  • Yeast Infections
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Loss Of Libido
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Oily Skin
  • Acne
  • Weight Gain
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Incontinence