How to know if you have low progesterone.
In a nutshell, progesterone is needed to make cortisol, this means that if you are constantly making cortisol, then you will have low progesterone levels. There are many other ways that you can end up with low progesterone levels, this is why it is important to know where you are at.
The problem with having low progesterone, is that the symptoms can be very vague. Many of the symptoms can easily fit under other diseases or conditions. This makes progesterone very easy to overlook when you are not feeling well.
I will give you 5 big indications that your progesterone might be low, but first let me list some other symptoms that might indicate an issue.
- ovarian cysts
- sugar cravings
- low basal body temperatures
- PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
- gallbladder problems
- cracked heels
Now, let me give you 10 symptoms are we see a lot in our clinic that are associated with low progesterone.
2. decreased metabolism
3. low sex drive
4. irregular menstruation
6. adult acne
7. belly fat
8. joint pain
9. weak nails
10. depression and/or anxiety
As you can see, low progesterone can present itself a lot of different ways. Again, any of these symptoms can mean something else. This is why a good assessment is vital. Our experience teaches us that simply treating low progesterone levels is not overly effective. It is important to understand why progesterone is low and deal with that as well.
There are many reasons why your progesterone levels might be low, but here are a few common ones we routinely see.
The first, and probably the most common reason is elevated cortisol levels. Stress does so much damage to our bodies. It makes raises our insulin levels, it affects our sleep, it weakens our immune system, it affects our brain and so many other body parts. Progesterone is another in a long line of hormones that are affected by too much cortisol.
Another common reason why progesterone levels can be low is exposure to estrogen-like chemicals (xenoestrogens). Xenoestrogens are found in everything from shampoos to perfumes. These estrogen-like chemicals can lead to estrogen dominance which leads to a messed up ratio of estrogen to progesterone. This is when HS-PRO is used.
Chronic poor sleep can also lead to low progesterone. It is amazing to see how much better patients sleep when their hormones are fixed.
There is another cause of low progesterone that is becoming more common…too much exercise. When you train too hard or too long, your body is stressed. Make no mistake, this is hard on your hormones. Studies have shown the effect of too much cardio on cortisol levels. Exercise is supposed to be beneficial, but for some, it is causing hormonal issues.
In our clinic, we have tremendous results with hormones by first identifying the reason for hormonal imbalances and then correcting the issue. Simply treating low progesterone in a female with elevated cortisol would not resolve the issue. In this case, a combination of a low carb/high fat diet with our BIO-PRO CREAM and ADRENAL FORMULA is recommended. Some have significant issues with their adrenal glands and that must be addressed first.