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Do these complaints sound familiar?
- Concentration difficulties
- Fatigue, listlessness
- Anxiety, depressive moods
- Water retention
- Weight gain
- Sensitive breasts (pain, swelling)
- Cysts, myomas
- Painful menstruation
These symptoms are often brought into connection with a progesterone deficiency or an estrogen deficiency.
Verisana measures your estrogen and progesterone levels in order to determine whether your levels are within the reference range and the ratio between them.
Progesterone is produced by the ovaries shortly after the ovulation, in order to prepare the uterus for a possible pregnancy and to protect the mucous lining of the uterus. Together with estrogen, the most important of the female sex hormones, progesterone regulates the menstrual cycle.
The interaction between estrogen and progesterone
Estrogen and progesterone take part in a synchronized interaction, due to both hormones having balancing and supplementary effects on each other. The estrogen level determines how much progesterone we need. If the ratio between estrogen and progesterone is imbalanced, so that in comparison to progesterone, the estrogens have a much higher amount, this is known as an estrogen dominance – however the ideal ratio of the hormones to each other depends on the respective cycle phase.
An estrogen dominance can occur if the production of estrogen increases or the production of progesterone decreases. The causes for this are diverse: Cycles without ovulation, the beginning of the menopause, intake of medication, malfunction of the ovaries, etc.
The positive effect of progesterone
A progesterone deficiency involves a number of unpleasant complaints for the women affected, as progesterone has many positive, health-enhancing characteristics: Studies show that progesterone is a natural antidepressant, has a calming effect and counteracts fears. Additionally, it has a positive influence on the distribution of serotonin and dopamine, which are both neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) that also play a role by depression. Accordingly, a low progesterone level is often accompanied by depressive moods, fatigue, listlessness and anxiety attacks. Furthermore, progesterone also has a natural dehydrating effect and counteracts breast tenderness, its strengthens the immune system, protects the bones and reduces cravings for sweets.
As a healthy balance between estrogen and progesterone is important for the female well-being, when suffering from a progesterone deficiency, it is essential to determine not only the absolute values but also the ratio between estrogen and progesterone. Under medical supervision, an imbalance can be treated with herbal medicines or bioidentical progesterone creams or capsules.
How Verisana can help
If your are suffering from one or more of the symptoms stated above, we recommend the determination of your progesterone and estrogen values on the 19th, 20th or 21st day of your cycle (in case of a 28 day cycle), using a saliva test from Verisana*. The required sample can be easily collected by yourself, in the comfort of your own home. You will then receive your results in the post along with:
- Your hormone values in graphical form – making it quickly possible to determine whether your progesterone and estrogen values are within the reference range and how the values are connected with one another.
- An easy to understand explanation regarding the functions of the tested hormones.
- A summary of the complaints that can come from a deficiency or excess.
*for the determination of estrogen, the estradiol is measured.