Progesterone has long been known as a “female hormone,” since it plays a significant role in ovulation, fertility, and pregnancy. Nonetheless, today’s research has recognized that progesterone also plays a significant role in men’s health and well-being. In addition, it helps men in the bedroom. In some cases, our specialized physicians use progesterone treatment as an alternative to PDE5 inhibitors and help correct erectile dysfunction and other male-related health issues. All of this will be determined in detail by one of our physicians and based on your blood work results.
Men need progesterone too. Progesterone helps to counteract the effects of estrogen in the male body. Without it, it causes weight gain and gynecomastia, also known as “man boobs”. Not only is progesterone found in males, but men rely on the so-called “female hormone” to preserve their masculinity. The fact is, progesterone is a precursor to testosterone – the male sex hormone. It is important to discuss your progesterone levels after lab testing with one of our physicians.
5-Alpha-Reductase is an enzyme responsible for converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone or DHT. DHT is a potent hormone in males and is responsible, in part, for a healthy sex drive, muscle growth, and many other male functions. It also increases orgasm sensation satisfaction. However, too much DHT can negatively affect the prostate and lead to hair loss. Progesterone is a natural inhibitor of the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme, thus reducing DHT levels naturally.
Progesterone treatment plays a significant role in the quality of sleep by increasing the release and maintenance of healthy melatonin levels. Most patients report an improvement in REM sleep using the Oura ring to track their sleep cycles. We highly recommend the ring because it is extremely accurate in measuring sleep patterns, among many other things
Progesterone treatment is used when men have too much estrogen or fertility issues. In the case of infertility, progesterone replacement/optimization therapy helps to prevent estrogen buildup and increases testosterone production, leading to increased sperm production.
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