Nature has the perfect intelligence. When it created something, it created another to counter-balance it. The natural law of harmony is present in everything – including our womanly hormones.
Estrogen is the hormone that makes our lovely feminine figures and enables us to produce eggs. Progesterone, on the other hand, prepares the uterus to receive and nurture the fertilized egg.
As shown in the graph below, progesterone is produced immediately after a woman ovulates. The level peaks about one week before the next expected menstruation, and falls if no fertilization takes place.
If there is a fertilized egg, the body continues to produce a large amount of progesterone in order to support the development of the fetus during pregnancy.
In addition to its role in a woman’s ability to conceive and sustain the pregnancy, progesterone also acts as a great harmonizer to balance the estrogen level. Together estrogen and progesterone maintain the regularity and harmony of our menstrual cycles.
Common Signs of Progesterone Deficiency
Hormone imbalances such as estrogen dominance/deficiency and progesterone deficiency are important causes of many menstrual disharmonies.
Today many women experience “estrogen dominance” – excessive secretion or retention of estrogen in the body due to diet, emotional or lifestyle factors. This can cause a relative deficiency of progesterone level, which may manifest as the following symptoms:
1. The first step to balancing and optimizing your hormones is to understand how estrogen affects you. I encourage you to track your menstrual cycles for at least two consecutive months, find out if and when you ovulate, and chart out how your symptoms change during a given cycle. If you haven’t done so yet, begin today by signing up for our Free Period and Ovulation Tracker.
2. For further reading, I recommend Natural Hormone Balance for Women by Dr. Uzzi Reiss, MD. It contains good information, and it's easy to read for a non-medical person. Many of our community members also like Dr. John Lee's Hormone Balance Made Simple: The Essential How-to Guide to Symptoms, Dosage, Timing, and More.
3. If you're looking for a supplement that helps balance your hormones and reduce estrogen dominance, I recommend Nature's Way Dim-Plus Capsules.
DIM-plus contains diindolylmethane, a phytonutrient found in cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. It supports the activity of enzymes that improve estrogen metabolism.
The product has received good reviews from women. Check out what they say about Dim-Plus.
4. If you suspect you may have estrogen or progesterone deficiency, especially during perimenopause or menopause, you may consider trying Smoky Mountain's Natural Bioidentical Estrogen/Estriol Cream, or Emerita Pro-gest Cream. These two brands are the best sellers in Women's Health on Amazon.
5. If you're struggling with symptoms of hormone imbalance, it's important to identify and address the root causes of the imbalance. And the root causes often involve nutrition, lifestyle, as well as mental and emotional habits. The good news is that this is within our control and we can certainly do something about it.
So don't let the pain of hormone imbalance weigh you down, let it become the catalyst for you to create some positive changes in your health - and in your life!
Our 12-week Harmony Program is designed to help you to understand and correct the underlying causes of imbalance in your system and help you to restore its natural balance and harmony. Find out how our Harmony Program can help you.
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