Now that we have established what progesterone is and what its functions are, let’s talk about low progesterone levels & how they effect us.
Once a woman hits mid thirties to early fourties, progesterone starts to decrease causing a deficiency. This will be one of the first signs or perimenopause before a woman even realises she is in it. Our bodies are designed to have progesterone and oestrogen in total balance, once this is out of balance and progesterone is on the lower side then it results in an oestrogen dominance.
Another interesting fact is if you have a low thyroid function then low progesterone is very common cause of oestrogen dominance.
The symptoms of low progesterone are:
- Premenstrual Migraine
- PMS Symptoms
- Irregular periods
- Anxiety & Nervousness
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Mood Swings
- Weight gain
- Unstable blood sugar levels
- Night sweats
- Foggy thinking
The best way to check if your progesterone is low is to do a blood test on day 21, but please make sure your Doctor knows how to read a blood test result correctly and not rely on the labs “normal ranges”. This is exactly what happened to me & I was told that I had no imbalance with my hormones and all was fine. If doing a blood test specify that “free hormone levels” are to be checked.
I trusted my instinct and got an independent saliva test which apparently is more accurate than a blood test, as it checks the free hormone levels and this indeed confirmed that I was low in progesterone.
As a result of the outcome I sought treatment with IGP and on day 2-10 am on progesterone capsules to help with my anxiety & from day 10 – on set of period on Bio Identical Progesterone Cream. I have just recently taken this down to a 5% cream on days 14 – on set of period as a higher does of 6% was making me have a very long cycle some 40 odd days. Now this routine of 5% from day 14 has made me very regular with no spotting mid cycle & a 28 day cycle.
I hope this helps you!