If you think you have a hormonal imbalance, Progesterone might very well be the culprit. Visit Healthy Me Medical Therapies in Miami Shores, FL for a full medical check up and blood panel. It is here that Dr. Carlos Sanchez, board certified physician and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy expert can prescribe the proper treatment plan.
What Is Progesterone?
Progesterone is a female sex hormone. It’s produced mainly in the ovaries following ovulation each month. It’s a crucial part of the menstrual cycle and maintenance of pregnancy.
Progesterone helps to regulate your cycle. But its main job is to get your uterus ready for pregnancy. After you ovulate each month, progesterone helps thicken the lining of the uterus to prepare for a fertilized egg. If there is no fertilized egg, progesterone levels drop and menstruation begins. If a fertilized egg implants in the uterine wall, progesterone helps maintain the uterine lining throughout pregnancy.
Why Do We Need Progesterone?
Progesterone is a hormone in both men and women. It plays a greater role for women, though, as it’s related to menopause, pregnancy, and overall health. You may be interested in increasing your progesterone levels if you’re a woman looking to get pregnant. Low progesterone levels can cause:
- Infertility or miscarriages
- Uterine bleeding
- Irregular periods
- Low sex drive
- Weight gain
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Why Miami Progesterone Therapy Treatment?
If you are feeling lethargic or any of the symptoms of early onset menopause, it might be time for a check up on your hormone levels. At Healthy Me Medical Therapies in Miami Shores, Dr. Carlos Sanchez runs a board certified clinic in Anti-Aging. We will run a full physical examination and blood panel where we can measure hormone levels and begin to see what the body is telling us through its nutrient levels and biochemistry.
How does Progesterone Therapy work?
As mentioned, progesterone is a hormone released by the ovaries. Changing progesterone levels can contribute to abnormal menstrual periods and menopausal symptoms. Progesterone is also necessary for implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus and for maintaining pregnancy.
Lab-made progesterone is used to imitate the functions of the progesterone released by the ovaries. With bioidentical hormones, hormones are identical to those produced by the body thus yielding minimal side effects and great results.
The Role of Progesterone in Women
One of progesterone’s most important functions is to cause the endometrium to secrete special proteins during the second half of the menstrual cycle. Thus, preparing it to receive and nourish an implanted fertilized egg. If implantation does not occur, estrogen and progesterone levels drop, the endometrium breaks down and menstruation occurs.
What happens to Progesterone During Pregnancy?
If a pregnancy occurs, progesterone is produced in the placenta, and levels remain elevated throughout the pregnancy. The combination of high estrogen and progesterone levels suppress further ovulation during pregnancy. In addition, Progesterone encourages the growth of milk-producing glands in the breast.
What are high progesterone levels responsible for?
High progesterone levels are believed to be partly responsible for symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). These symptoms include but are not limited to breast tenderness, feeling bloated and mood swings. When you skip a period, it could be because of failure to ovulate and subsequent low progesterone levels.
Benefits of Taking Bioidentical Progesterone Therapy in Miami:
- protecting the endometrium (lining of the uterus)
- may prevent uterine cancer.
- maintaining HDL cholesterol levels (also known as the “good” cholesterol)
- reducing symptoms associated with menopause , like mood swings
What are the ways to naturally increase natural progesterone?
Maintain a healthy body weight.
Excess weight causes a woman’s body to produce more estrogen. This creates an imbalance in progesterone. While maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t necessarily mean that a woman will make more progesterone, it does mean her hormones will be more balanced.
Stress triggers the production of stress hormones and can cause the kidneys to convert hormones like progesterone to cortisol. Examples of steps to relieve stress include meditation, journaling, reading, listening to music, or participating in other relaxing and enjoyable activities.
Refrain from over-exercising
Physical activity can go a long way in reducing stress levels and maintaining a healthy weight. However, excessive exercise can have the opposite effect. It can cause the body to produce stress hormones instead of progesterone.
Frequently Asked Questions for Progesterone Therapy in Miami
Can Progesterone delay menstruation?
Progesterone can delay your period, so a pregnancy test must be performed. If pregnancy occurs, the medications will continue until around the 10th week of pregnancy. If the pregnancy test is negative, the medication is stopped, and a period will occur in 2–7 days.
Where does progesterone come from?
Progesterone is made by the ovaries, placenta (if pregnant), and adrenal gland. When you ovulate, the corpus luteum in your ovaries produces progesterone. The corpus luteum is the structure that once housed your egg, before the follicle holding the egg ruptured, releasing the egg on its journey to hopefully meet some sperm if you are trying to get pregnant.
How does progesterone affect sex drive and mood?
Progesterone can be a sexy-time party pooper. Study subjects reported feeling less amorous at times when their progesterone levels were higher. Researchers also found the drop in sex drive coincided with a surge in progesterone in the luteal phase-following ovulation-meaning less interest in sex at that time in your cycle makes sense from a reproductive standpoint.
Why do doctors prescribe progesterone during fertility treatments?
During an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle, medications are usually used to prevent you from releasing an egg early (premature ovulation). These medicines affect your progesterone levels. Therefore, your doctor may prescribe a progesterone supplement to make up for this decrease in your ovary’s ability to make progesterone. That way, an embryo can implant and grow inside your uterus (womb). Many scientific studies have looked at pregnancy rates in IVF cycles that used progesterone. These studies have shown that the rates are much higher compared to cycles where no progesterone was used.