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Progesterone: To Prevent Estrogen Dominance Over 50

The human body functions best when it is balanced in every area. When one area is out of balance the entire body is effected. Women’s hormones are delicate and can be thrown off balance by almost anything, including stress, illness, vitamin deficiencies and overload of negative outside factors.

One such hormone is Progesterone- secreted primarily by the ovaries in females. Smaller amounts are produced by the adrenal glands, the brain and glial cells.

Progesterone and estrogen  are the two primary female hormones and work in close synergy. The synthesis and secretion of estrogens is stimulated by follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which is, in turn, controlled by the hypothalamic gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). Progesterone production, on the other hand is stimulated by luteinizing hormone (LH), which is also stimulated by GnRH.  The key is knowing when estrogen becomes the dominant hormone and progesterone is deficient. There are very few women that are deficient in estrogen. Most are deficient in progesterone.

Estrogen causes breast stimulation – progesterone protects. Estrogen increases body fat – progesterone uses fat for energy. Estrogen causes fluid retention – progesterone is a natural diuretic. Estrogen increases blood clotting – progesterone normalizes it. Estrogen decreases sex drive – progesterone restores it. Estrogen increases risks of breast cancer – progesterone helps prevents it.

Usually, between 42 and 52 years of age, the follicles become less responsive to FSH and LH. They begin to secrete less estrogen. Ovulation and menstruation become irregular and finally cease. This cessation is called menopause. More than 50% of women over 35 years of age have symptoms of high estrogen overload. During menopause estrogen decreases by 40-60% whereas progesterone decreases by 90%. As a result of the change in hormonal levels women can suffer a variety of symptoms associated with menopause. For example, symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, weight gain, anxiety, mood swings and sore joints.

Problems related to or affected by excess estrogen and deficient progesterone in women are:

Looking at the picture,  progesterone calls for attention  to restore a healthy estrogen-progesterone balance.

The question that is left to be answered is- How to boost Progesterone- naturally? 

Note: This information is equally important for teenage girls and women in their 30’s to prevent the pitfall.

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