Progesterone is a female sex hormone produced naturally in the ovaries and adrenal glands. Even though it's considered a female hormone, men produce small amounts too. As men and women age, progesterone levels decrease and may result in headaches, mood changes, and irregular cycles. When this occurs supplementing with a progesterone cream helps alleviate symptoms and has many health benefits.
During menopause levels of progesterone drop dramatically, leading to physical and emotional symptoms. The progesterone loss can also cause bone decay and the breakdown of skin firmness, elasticity, and strength. Progesterone cream may help women’s menopausal symptoms by:
One of the primary purposes of progesterone is menstrual cycle regulation. A typical women's cycle consists of 28 days. At the beginning of the women's cycle, she produces higher levels of estrogen, and when an egg is released from the ovaries (around day 14), the body produces more progesterone to form a structure called the corpus luteum.
If the egg is not fertilized, the corpus luteum breaks down, and the cycle begins all over again. If a hormonal imbalance occurs, a woman's menstrual cycle can become longer or shorter, resulting in inconsistent or painful periods.
Once the egg is released from the ovaries, progesterone not only creates the corpus luteum, it also helps prepare the uterus for implantation. The fertilized egg travels to the uterus and implants in the uterine wall. It stimulates the blood vessels in the womb and helps the endometrium to boost nutrients that nourish the embryo.
Progesterone than helps to support embryo development throughout pregnancy. If the body doesn't produce enough progesterone, the egg might not fully implant in the uterus or break apart before implantation can occur. Optimal levels of progesterone are a crucial element of fertility.
Once egg implantation has occurred, progesterone is still essential for a healthy pregnancy. Progesterone helps establish the placenta (a temporary organ that connects the fetus with the uterus walls). Once the placenta is established around 8-12 weeks, progesterone continues to be produced to support the developing fetus and strengthen the pelvic muscles to prepare for the labor.
As progesterone levels fall, men and women can become progesterone deficient and estrogen dominant. When this happens, dramatic changes in mood, feeling extremely anxious, or even experiencing panic attacks are common. But when you add progesterone back in with a cream, it can help relax you, reduce anxiety, and help you sleep longer and more in-depth.
If you’re experiencing painful symptoms related to a progesterone deficiency, then it’s worth exploring hormone therapy with natural progesterone cream. Look for a pharmaceutical grade cream, made in an FDA approved facility with no harmful additives like parabens and sulfates. You’ll be on your way to a happier and healthier life.
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