In our first blog we talked about how hormone imbalance speeds up the aging process in women. Chronic stress, elevated cortisol, and estrogen dominance all contribute to the body storing excess fat and fluid without the proper level of progesterone to oppose it.
Contrary to estrogen, progesterone levels begin to decline as much as 75% in women between the ages of 35 and 50, leaving skin looking dull and lacking luster. Ever notice how pregnant women appear to have that special glow? That’s because of the elevated levels of progesterone!
But low progesterone levels also contribute to PMS, weight gain, decreased sex drive, mood swings, hot flashes, depression, an irregular menstrual cycle, heavy bleeding, breast tenderness, fibrocystic breasts, infertility, increased risk and incidence of miscarriage, polycystic ovary syndrome, fibroids, endometriosis, gallbladder problems and thyroid dysfunction.
Increasing intake of vitamins B and C, eating more foods with zinc and controlling stress levels are a few of the things that can be done to help maintain progesterone levels. Natural, plant-based hormone balancing creams have also been shown to help increase progesterone levels in women.
Healthline.com put out a fantastic article on the effects of progesterone and digs a little deeper into what you can do to raise your progesterone levels. You can check out their article below.
Low Progesterone: Complications, Causes, And More