Progesterone is a female sex hormone. It’s produced mainly in the ovaries following ovulation each month. It’s a crucial part of the menstrual cycle and maintenance of pregnancy.
During Perimenopause and Menopause, or levels of production of our sex hormones decreases dramatically. For Perimenopausal women, Progesterone is the first hormone to decrease in the greatest proportion.
Without progesterone to complement it, estrogen may become the dominant hormone. This may cause symptoms including:
- Weight gain
- Decreased sex drive, mood swings, and depression
- PMS, irregular menstrual cycle, heavy bleeding
- Breast tenderness, fibrocystic breasts
- Gallbladder problems
- Fuzzy thinking
- Trouble sleeping
- Water retention