Progesterone and Oestrogen are principally made in the ovaries of menstruating women, smaller amounts are made in the adrenal glands of both sexes and in the testes for males. Progesterone is dominant during pregnancy and otherwise regulates the menstrual cycle. It also acts as a calming hormone and helps to mediate inflammation.
Progesterone plays a critical role in the human body. Progesterone in the hormone corticoid cascade is clear. It is the “Grandmother” of all hormones, leading in one direction to the corticosteroids and the other to the sex hormones, Testosterone and Oestrogens (E1, E2, E3). Imbalances of this hormone may lead to other hormones being deficient or in excess.
Why is Progesterone So Important?
- Precursor to other hormones
- Maintains a secretory endometrium
- Is a natural diuretic
- Helps use fat for energy
- Natural anti-depressant
- Protects against fibrocystic breast disease
- Help thyroid hormone action
- Normalises blood clotting
- Restores libido
- Restores cell oxygen levels
- Helps normalise blood sugar levels
- May protect against endometrial and breast cancers
- Stimulated osteoblast mediated bone formation
- Necessary for the survival of the embryo and foetus throughout gestation.
What are the Common Symptoms of Progesterone Deficiency?
- Mood swings
- Sweet cravings
- Weight gain
- Premenstrual breast tenderness
- Hot flushes
- Fluid retention
- Loss of libido
- Gut issues
- Foggy thinking
- Foggy memory
- Heavy menstrual cycles
What Does The Progesterone Test Involve?
Progesterone is measured via a non-invasive sample which is a convenient home salivary collection that evaluates progesterone levels. With this test you are required to collect 1x saliva sample as soon as you wake up on day 21 if applicable.
What Can I do with the test results?
Upon receiving your results, you may consult with a team member from Lab Tests Direct who can provide suggestions for a treatment plan and possible progesterone therapy.