Progesterone deficiency

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Do these complaints sound familiar?

  • Concentration difficulties
  • Fatigue, listlessness
  • Anxiety, depressive moods
  • Water retention
  • Weight gain
  • Sensitive breasts (pain, swelling)
  • Cysts, myomas
  • Painful menstruation

These symptoms are often associated with a progesterone deficiency or an oestrogen deficiency.

Verisana measures your oestrogen and progesterone levels in order to determine whether your levels are within the reference range and the ratio between them.

Progesterone is produced by the ovaries shortly after ovulation in order to prepare the uterus for a possible pregnancy and to protect the mucous lining of the uterus. Together with oestrogen, the most important of the female sex hormones, progesterone regulates the menstrual cycle.

The interaction between oestrogen and progesterone

Oestrogen and progesterone take part in a synchronised interaction, with both hormones having balancing and supplementary effects on one another. The oestrogen level determines how much progesterone we need. If the ratio between oestrogen and progesterone is imbalanced so that the oestrogen levels are much higher in comparison to the progesterone levels, then this is known as an oestrogen dominance. However, the ideal ratio of the hormones to each other depends on the respective phase of the cycle.

An oestrogen dominance can occur if the production of oestrogen increases or the production of progesterone decreases. The causes for this are diverse: Cycles without ovulation, the beginning of the menopause, intake of medication, malfunction of the ovaries, etc.

The positive effect of progesterone

A progesterone deficiency involves a number of unpleasant complaints for the women affected because progesterone has many positive, health-enhancing characteristics. Studies show that progesterone is a natural antidepressant, has a calming effect, and can help counteract fears. Additionally, it has a positive influence on the distribution of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) that, when lacking, can cause depression. Accordingly, a low progesterone level is often accompanied by depressive moods, fatigue, listlessness and anxiety attacks. Progesterone also has a natural dehydrating effect and counteracts breast tenderness, it strengthens the immune system, protects our bones, and reduces cravings for sweets.

As a healthy balance between oestrogen and progesterone is important for female well-being, when suffering from a progesterone deficiency, it is essential to determine not only the absolute values but also the ratio between oestrogen and progesterone. Under medical supervision, an imbalance can be treated with herbal medicines or bio-identical progesterone creams or capsules.

How Verisana can help

If you are suffering from one or more of the symptoms stated above, we recommend a Verisana saliva test on the 19th , 20th or 21st day of your cycle (in the case of a 28 day cycle), to determine the progesterone and oestrogen values.* The sample needed can be easily obtained by yourself at home. The evaluation report is then sent in the post along with:

  • Your hormone values in graphical form – making it quickly possible to determine whether your progesterone and oestrogen values are within the reference range and how the values are connected with one another.
  • An easy to understand explanation regarding the functions of the tested hormones.
  • A summary of the complaints that can come from a deficiency or excess.

*for the oestrogen determination oestradiol is measured; oestradiol is a hormone belonging to the oestrogen family.

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