Progesterone – winner of the most underrated hormone award.
All hormones work in harmony and create balance within our bodies. Progesterone is part of this symphony.
Progesterone is important for both men and women, with a very prominent role in women. It is heavily involved with women’s monthly cycles, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause.
After menopause, women’s bodies decrease production of progesterone. This can lead to hot flashes, fluctuations in mood, anxiety, and disruption of sleep. Additionally, progesterone contributes to bone density, memory, and is protective against breast cancer. When progesterone levels drop with menopause, this can significantly impact our health and quality of life.
It is falsely thought that if a woman has had a hysterectomy that progesterone is not needed. This is simply untrue. It is true that if you have a uterus and are taking estrogen, you must have progesterone on board. If you do not have a uterus, we still always recommend progesterone with any hormone regimen. Progesterone is recommended for all the benefits listed above and to balance your estrogen. When estrogen is taken without progesterone it can sometimes worsen menopausal symptoms.
Progesterone is safe to be taken orally as well as applied topically. We compound it in capsules, creams, torches, and suppositories. It is best taken before bed as it is very calming and helps improve sleep.
Please reach out to us if you have any more questions about progesterone, or any other hormones.
– Madison Stevens, PharmD.