Progesterone’s responsibilities in the female body are many and varied, from preventing cervical infection to influencing brain function.
Progesterone is a steroidal hormone, which means that it is transported around the body via fat cells sending chemical signals to different organs and cells. A lack of progesterone, or an excess thereof (called progesterone dominance) can have serious consequences for the female body.
What Is Progesterone Dominance?
Progesterone dominance, as the name suggests, is a surplus of progesterone. It can also indicate an estrogen deficiency.
Progesterone dominance can result in various unpleasant symptoms, such as hot flashes.
Causes of Progesterone Dominance
There are different causes of progesterone dominance, and during the reproductive years progesterone dominance can occur easily.
A hormonal imbalance, including a surplus of progesterone, can be caused by poor health, particularly by an unhealthy diet and a lack of exercise.
Progesterone dominance is also often caused by ovarian slowdown during menopause. As estrogen production drops, progesterone dominance is sometimes inevitable.
Progesterone Dominance Symptoms
There are various symptoms that can result from progesterone dominance. Several are listed below:
- Mood swings and depression
- Weight gain
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal and urinary infections
- Lower libido