Progesterone’s most important role in the woman’s body is to balance her hormone levels, by opposing estrogen. Progesterone prevents PMS and menopause symptoms while boosting female libido. Some of the main effects of progesterone vs. estrogen are listed below.
Comparison of effects indicates a perfect balance between progesterone and estrogen. Natural progesterone is essential to counteract the negative effects of estrogen.
Prior to ovulation, the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle, progesterone levels are higher than estrogen levels. After ovulation, the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, estrogen levels are higher than progesterone levels and continue to climb until hitting the estrogen spike-which sets off menses. After menses estrogen levels pummel and progesterone levels are again higher than estrogen levels. This is the expected or normal rhythm of the female menstrual cycle.
Progesterone deficiency can occur during the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle when estrogen levels are elevated over and above normal, and/or when progesterone levels are lower than normal during this phase of the cycle.
Diet is often a major factor in women suffering progesterone deficiency. A diet high in fatty foods and sugar starves the body of the vitamins and minerals necessary for the ovaries to produce needed progesterone. Lack of exercise and chronic stress have been proven to cause women to produce less than the desired or necessary levels of progesterone.
Low progesterone levels in women result in estrogen dominance, PMS, early perimenopause onset, low libido, excessively heavy bleeding during a period, weight-gain, migraine-like headaches, primary dysmenorrhea or cramps, increases the risk of endometrial cancer.
The condition where a woman has deficient, normal, or excessive estrogen but little or no progesterone to balance its effects in her body. Even a woman with low estrogen levels can suffer from estrogen dominance if she doesn?t have proper levels of progesterone. The causes of estrogen dominance are many and varied.
Progesterone deficiency and estrogen dominance is epidemic among women in industrialized countries.
Perimenopause is neither natural nor inevitable; it has been created by changing lifestyles and the environment. Excess estrogen has led to estrogen dominance; causing hormonal imbalance in women at an ever-earlier age and to a significantly greater degree then has ever been known.
Prior to menopause when estrogen and progesterone levels begin to drop, menstrual cycles become irregular. Doctors now refer to this transitional period as perimenopause. The scientific and empirical evidence leaves no doubt that estrogen dominance induces and speeds the onset of perimenopause. During this transitional period women are subjected to a bewildering number of physical and emotional symptoms, some of which are PMS-like in nature, others more typical of the post-menopausal woman.
PMS can be estrogen dominant or perimenopausal. It all depends on ovulation and menstruation. The symptoms usually subside after menses but each time you enter a cycle of ovulation, the intensity of the symptoms increase as they return. That is the case with classic PMS.