Are You Experiencing Low Progesterone Symptoms?

Low progesterone symptoms are extremely common among women today. A hormone released by the corpus luteum in the ovary, progesterone plays important roles in the menstrual cycle and in maintaining the early stages of pregnancy. Symptoms of low progesterone can range from mild to severe. Understanding the warning signs of low progesterone is the first step in recognizing and reversing this hormonal imbalance. 

Signs and Symptoms of Low Progesterone

Symptoms of low progesterone present in various ways. You may have low progesterone if you experience any of these symptoms periodically or regularly:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Breasts that are often sore
  • Spotting between periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Depression, anxiety or mood swings
  • Low libido
  • Low blood sugar
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats 
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding 

Even if you feel that your symptoms of low progesterone are not debilitating or negatively affecting your quality of life, it is still important to improve your hormonal balance to preserve your health, since low progesterone can lead to infertility, miscarriage or other complications from excess estrogen.

The Relationship Between Progesterone and Estrogen

Estrogen is a hormone that, in females, helps to develop and maintain both the reproductive system and female characteristics. Estrogen is the only hormone that can replicate itself, meaning that estrogen will make more estrogen when unopposed by progesterone. Without enough progesterone, women will become estrogen dominant, which can cause heavy or painful periods, headaches, low libido, fatigue, breast tenderness and other symptoms. Estrogen dominance can also lead to serious health issues such as endometriosis, breast cancer, uterine fibroids and hormonal weight gain. 

Reasons for Experiencing Low Progesterone

The leading cause of low progesterone in women is stress. When the body is in a constant state of stress, the parasympathetic nervous system that controls hormone production is unable to relax. Instead, our natural “fight or flight” stress response causes the body to shift into survival mode rather than produce hormones. Hormones can balance when we can relax and allow our parasympathetic nervous system to function normally. Eating an unhealthy diet or living an unhealthy lifestyle also causes the body stress, which can contribute to low progesterone. 

How We Test for Low Progesterone 

At Coyle Institute, our approach to treating low progesterone always begins with saliva testing, which sets us apart from many other practices. Understanding your precise hormone levels is essential in prescribing a personalized treatment plan. By analyzing hormone levels in saliva instead of blood, we can more accurately assess hormone levels and offer a more pleasant testing experience. Saliva tests allow for the analysis of bioavailable hormones that are in glandular tissue and are useful to your body. On the other hand, blood tests only look at inactive hormones that are bound in the blood as part of the body’s natural excretion process. 

How We Treat Low Progesterone

For nearly twenty years, Coyle Institute has offered high-quality bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to address the specific hormone needs of individual patients. Based on your saliva test results, low progesterone can be addressed with compounded BHRT creams, compounded oral troches or vaginal/rectal suppositories containing the exact level of progesterone you need. BHRT creams, which are easily absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream are most commonly prescribed by Coyle Institute. After a compounding pharmacy makes your custom medication containing the exact level of progesterone you need, the cream will be applied to certain areas of the skin in prescribed doses. As the ingredients of the cream pass through the skin, they will deliver hormones into the bloodstream. 

You don’t have to live with the uncomfortable side effects of low progesterone. Call us today at 850.637.8258 for an appointment to assess your unique health situation and improve your hormone health.