Progesterone is a hormone produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands. There are progesterone receptors in the brain, breasts, blood vessels, and vagina. Over time, levels of this essential hormone decline with menopause. Progesterone is so important that it is necessary for many stages of a woman’s life. This includes the premenopausal, peri-menopausal, and postmenopausal stages. During this time, its job is to maintain optimal cognitive and physical function.
One of the most troubling symptoms of menopause is often insomnia, which can be rapidly and dramatically treated with progesterone therapy. If progesterone is replaced when it declines it can significantly improve, if not eliminate, symptoms of PMS and menopause. Additionally, women who have had hysterectomies often benefit from being on progesterone therapy because it not only protects the uterus but also prevents symptoms of estrogen dominance. This includes bloating, headaches, and fluid retention. Progesterone can help you benefit from most of these diseases including diabetes, depression, obesity, mitochondrial dysfunction, metabolic diseases, cell senescence, heart disease, and neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
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