I have been having pregnancy complications (again) and just read information regarding a possible link to progesterone deficiency. I called my provider to find out what my progesterone levels were, and learned they had never been tested! I had even been seeing a specialist for these problems, which five minutes of internet research showed me are common with progesterone deficiency! I left a message immediately requesting my levels be tested.

Clinical research on the effects of weight gain and levels of progesterone have found that high levels increase weight. A study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior found subjects that were treated with progesterone alone to treat symptoms of menopause increased weight. Using a combination of both estrogen and progesterone didn’t result in any weight gain.15
The following can result in hormonal imbalances: Glandular problems like thyroid, pituitary and hypothalamus glands problems. These glands are the primary glands that are responsible in creation and production of reproductive hormones. They can be affected by birth-control pills intake, stress and diseases like hypothyroidism. Once problems are encountered in either of these glands, an imbalance will prevent complete ovulation process to take place, thus the difficulty in conception.
If you have problems conceiving, there are many possible causes for your infertility. Low progesterone levels have different symptoms, but, many times, they are common to those of other medical conditions. Some of the symptoms of low progesterone are appetite changes, depression, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, weight changes, fatigue, irregular menstruation, headaches, low sex drive, painful intercourse, vaginal dryness, polycystic ovarian syndrome, lack of concentration and insomnia. Most of the times, women do not suspect low progesterone levels until they encounter infertility issues. Testing remains the most accurate way of diagnosing low progesterone levels.
A loading does is useful for women who have had many months or years of anovulatory (no ovulation) cycles, which can create extreme progesterone deficiency. Each cycle that passes without ovulation can increase estrogen dominance as progesterone stores are depleted. Very thin women who have little body fat can become estrogen dominant very easily as there is no fat to store extra progesterone. Excessively thin women lack both estrogen and progesterone. In either of these situations Dr. John Lee recommends a higher dose of progesterone the first one to two months of progesterone cream use. This helps to replenish the progesterone stored in the fat of the body. After 2-3 months the dose can be lowered to the usual ‘regular’ dosage.
Pro-gestation hormone, often shortened to progesterone, is an anti-inflammatory hormone produced before ovulation to enhance the possibility of becoming pregnant. It has a calming, soothing effect, raises serotonin levels in women's brain, which helps cope with depression and insomnia. And, of course, progesterone is vital for maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Unfortunately, though, a lot of women of postmenopausal age and kids suffer from a progesterone deficiency which may lead to many health problems, including infertility. What does low progesterone mean in a woman's life? How to deal with the signs of low progesterone?  What are the symptoms of low progesterone in women? In this article, you will find the answers to these and many more other questions. 

Usually a cup of red clover tea helps when the hot flush comes on but they take time to go down and are very unsightly because they are patchy and look like I’ve been sunburnt or scalded with hot water. I don’t feel hot through my body, just on the skin itself which is hot to the touch and then only on my elbows, which sometimes migrates to the backs of my hands, and patchy uneven red on my face. It’s quite unusual, from what I can gather.

A: Over-the-counter (OTC) progesterone creams, usually sold as natural products or supplements, are not evaluated by FDA; therefore, they have not been approved for safe and effective treatment of medical conditions. Always read and follow the complete directions and warnings on OTC products and discuss their use with your health care provider before using them. You may also find helpful information at: //www.everydayhealth.com/alternative-health/articles.aspx.
Postmenopausal women and children tend to have the lowest progesterone level and often have a progesterone deficiency. Adult males have a similar progesterone level to that in women during the follicular phase of their menstrual cycle. When a woman ovulates, the level of progesterone in her blood more than doubles. During pregnancy, her progesterone level goes up by one to two hundred times.
Xenoestrogens tend to accumulate in body fat such as breast tissue, and play a dangerous role in the initiation and progression of breast cancer. They mimic the actions of estrogens by barging in and knocking naturally occurring estrogens right off the receptor sites of the cell. They are directly toxic to our DNA and are widely acknowledged to be contributing to the rising rate of breast cancer in western countries. After the 1976 banning of organochlorine pesticide use in Israel, breast cancer rates have come down.

Luteinizing Hormone (LH) stimulates the ovaries to release an egg and start producing progesterone – a hormone that prepares the uterine environment to nurture a fertilized egg. LH can be found in a woman’s urine just before ovulation occurs. Over-the-counter tests that help predict ovulation measure this increase of LH via a urine sample. Urinary LH testing is commonly used to help time intercourse in order to improve pregnancy chances.
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Dr. Hotze: That’s because during pregnancy the ovaries are turned off. Why? Because the baby’s placenta is making all the hormones. Interestingly enough the hormone that promotes gestation, progesterone, is the primary hormone that is made in the womb. So, in the last trimester a woman makes very high levels of progesterone. That’s why women, oftentimes as they move towards delivery, they’ll all of a sudden get a burst of energy. They get this, they feel like they’re going to clean everything up and they have this glow of pregnancy. That’s caused by the progesterone.
Thanks for your comments Dr.Lam. Ufortunately there is not possible to have doctors consultations about hormon issues in holistc way. I am living in Sweden and tried to talk to my doctor about hormons… I get energy crash in beggining of menopause and tried to menage it with progesteron (some intervals) and stress management, like life style changes, vitamins, minerals, nutritions, exercizes , etc. but I feel after 2 years (now I am 53) that energy still very low, and I feel dizzyness, brain fog, decrease memory and I get joints pain in arms mostly (menopausal arthritis?). My blod test is ok according my doctor(including RE factor, cortisol, B12,D, Hb etc.)

During the menstrual cycle, when an egg is released from the ovary at ovulation (approximately day 14), the remnants of the ovarian follicle that enclosed the developing egg form a structure called the corpus luteum. This releases progesterone and, to a lesser extent, oestradiol. The progesterone prepares the body for pregnancy in the event that the released egg is fertilised. If the egg is not fertilised, the corpus luteum breaks down, the production of progesterone falls and a new menstrual cycle begins.

Levels of this important hormone peak in the second half of a woman’s cycle after ovulation (the reason for progesterone’s name, which literally means “promoting gestation”). If you enjoy natural hormone balance, then estrogen and progesterone work a little like yin and yang in your body. But hormonal imbalance in women is such a common modern world problem, that many women are getting by on the minimal amount of progesterone. And because of this, they are struggling emotionally and physically.