A female’s fertility, menstruation, and everyday life are largely affected by their body’s hormones. One of the most important hormones in the female body is progesterone. Understanding what progesterone is, what it does, and signs of hormonal imbalances can help you make informed decisions about your body and reproductive health.

What is progesterone?

According to the Hormone Health Network, progesterone is one of the progestogen steroid hormones secreted in the corpus luteum; a temporary endocrine gland produced during the second half of the menstrual cycle. Progesterone prepares the body for potential pregnancy by thickening the uterus walls and prohibiting contractions that would cause the body to reject an egg.

What are the signs of low progesterone?

Progesterone is especially important during your childbearing years. If you have chronically low progesterone levels, you may experience difficulties getting pregnant or staying pregnant.

Symptoms of low progesterone in women who aren’t pregnant include:

  • Headaches

  • Mood swings, including anxiety and depression

  • Low libido

  • Hot flashes

  • Irregular menstrual cycles

  • Low fertility

Even women who are pregnant may still suffer from low progesterone. Typical symptoms in pregnant woman include:

  • Constant tenderness in the chest

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Low blood sugar

  • Uterine bleeding

  • Vaginal dryness

Is treatment available for women who suffer from low progesterone?

If you are struggling to conceive a child, or are experiencing any other symptoms which may lead you to believe you are suffering from low progesterone, the first thing you should do is talk to a doctor. If you are in need of treatment, your doctor may recommend hormone therapy.

Female hormone replacement therapy, such as Bioidentical Hormonal Therapy from NuWave Medical, is designed to naturally replenish your body’s hormone levels; allowing you to feel good and function at your best. If you live in New York City or Long Island, call NuWave Medical, PLLC to schedule a consultation at (631) 343-7144.