Do you ever feel like your hormones are imbalanced? If you’re over the age of 35, you could have low progesterone levels. According to Healthline.com, Progesterone is a female sex hormone that is produced mainly in the ovaries. This hormone helps regulate your cycle and also helps get the uterus ready for pregnancy. Making sure that progesterone levels are normal is important because problems can occur if other hormones become dominate.
Symptoms of Low Progesterone
The right hormone balance is important for a healthy body. Symptoms of low progesterone for women who are not pregnant include migraines or headaches, mood swings or changes including anxiety and/or depression, and an irregular cycle. If low progesterone levels continue and estrogen becomes the dominant hormone, it can also cause weight gain and/or bloating, fibroids, increased PMS, irritability, decreased sex drive, and sleeplessness. Our provider Sarah Robertson, MSN, FNP-C has been working with hormones for over 10 years. She says symptoms of PMS can actually increase as the progesterone levels “start to take a nose dive at 35 years old.” However, the good news is that these symptoms can actually improve with the right herbs or a simple hormone adjustment.
Balancing Your Hormones May Improve Relationships
Sarah Robertson also notes that “A lot of times we don’t pay attention to the hormone side of things, and we think that we need to just go through menopause the way it is.” However, hormone imbalance and the accompanying symptoms not only affect us but can also affect the lives of our family members. She states “hormone balance can be a real integral part of someone just feeling better and having a healthy marriage. Our partners and family have to go through the PMS and hormone changes with us, and it can be damaging to relationships.” Taking steps towards balancing your hormones might help ease symptoms such as depression and anxiety and can even help improve relationships.
If you think that your hormones might be imbalanced or if you suffer from some symptoms listed above, it might be a good idea to check your progesterone levels. With the right help from a provider, balancing your hormones can really be a simple adjustment. At Complete Care Health Centers, we have specialists who can help you make the necessary changes to a healthier and happier you. Call our Medford Clinic at 541-773-9772 today to get your progesterone levels checked.