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Introducing Progesterone, the 'Feel-Good Hormone'

Progesterone is known by several aliases, including the "feel-good hormone" and the "happy hormone." So, when a hormone bears aliases like these, you know it really is important. But what exactly is progesterone, and what does it do?

Anxiety and Depression

Progesterone is synthesized in the central nervous system and is known to affect certain nerve functions that impact our mood and calmness. It also reduces feelings of anxiety and depression.

It is known to further enhance the already-stellar effect of gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate communication between brain cells. Progesterone's anti-anxiety effect is similar to the effect of benzodiazepine drugs – without the possibility of addiction!

When Progesterone Is Lost

For women, the absence of this feel-good hormone is especially bad. One can easily begin to feel overwhelmed and stressed. This condition can also lead to tension, palpitations, headaches, digestive issues and panic disorders in extreme cases.

Synthesis Reduces With Age

As vital as the hormone progesterone is to our emotional well-being, its production naturally decreases as we age. The hormone is primarily produced by the ovaries during ovulation and by the placenta during pregnancies. 

As women age and no longer ovulate, the production of progesterone then gets transferred to the adrenal glands, and over time, this extra burden depletes the gland. In cases like this, bioidentical progesterone therapy can help remedy the situation.

When the body is stressed, it synthesizes cortisol at the expense of other important hormones, including progesterone and its "feel-good" properties. The more stressed an individual is, the more suppressed that person's progesterone synthesis is. This condition further exacerbates anxiety symptoms along with other conditions.

Symptoms of Progesterone Deficiency

A deficiency in the production of the feel-good hormone would likely come with one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Carbohydrate/sugar cravings
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dry eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Loss of libido
  • Loss of memory
  • Migraines
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sweating
  • Weight gain

Treating Progesterone Deficiency

Advances in bioidentical hormone therapy have made it possible to get your body to utilize more of this "feel-good hormone." This has been made possible due to the sheer number of progesterone receptors distributed all over the body.

Even women who have undergone a hysterectomy, as well as those who are not yet experiencing menopause, can now get bioidentical progesterone.

If you need more information about bioidentical progesterone or other topics related to general bioidentical hormone therapy, feel free to contact us today at 442-227-0623.

 

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