Progesterone's main role is to balance estrogen

It is secreted by the ovary and comes from its association with pregnancy (pro-gestational hormone, or “promoting birth” hormone)

Progesterone is usually the first hormone to decrease with menopause, since it comes with ovulation. Synthetic Progesterone is called Progestin.

Signs of low progesterone:

  1. Anxiety/depression
  2. PMS
  3. Fibrocystic breasts
  4. Poor sleep
  5. Premenstrual headaches
  6. Postpartum Depression

Benefits of progesterone:

  1. Neuroactive steroid (helps brain health)
  2. Protects from uterine cancer and breast cancer
  3. Improves libido
  4. Reduces bloating
  5. Improves sleep and mood
  6. Increases HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol)
  7. Supports GABA
  8. “Nature’s GABA” (enhances function of GABA)
  9. Reduces fibrocystic breast disease
  10. Helps libido and mood
  11. Helps alleviate PMS symptoms
  12. Has sedative effects
  13. Decreases anxiety
  14. Reduces seizure activity

Best if taken vaginally or orally for women, creams/gels for men

Avoid progestins (e.g. Provera aka medroxyprogesterone acetate) – dozens of adverse effects: lowers HDL, weight gain, insulin resistance, insomnia, birth defects, decreases blood flow to the heart, causes edema