What is progesterone?

Progesterone is a steroid hormone that plays a vital role in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. Known as the "pregnancy hormone", progesterone helps prepare the body for conception and supports the development of the fetus during pregnancy.

Some key facts about progesterone:

Role in Menstrual Cycle

Progesterone is essential for a healthy, regular menstrual cycle. Low progesterone can lead to infertility, irregular periods, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

As women approach menopause, progesterone levels start to decline. This hormonal imbalance leads to many of the symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause like hot flashes, night sweats, and sleep disturbances.

Hormone replacement therapy with estrogen and progesterone may help relieve these symptoms. The experts at Balance Hormone Solutions can help determine if hormone therapy with bioidentical hormones is right for you.

Role in Pregnancy

Progesterone is absolutely vital for supporting pregnancy:

If progesterone levels are too low in early pregnancy, miscarriage risk is higher. That's why progesterone supplements are sometimes prescribed to help sustain high-risk pregnancies.

Understanding the role of important hormones like progesterone provides insight into the incredible feat of human reproduction. The reproductive endocrinologists at Balance Hormone Solutions stay up-to-date on the latest hormone research and treatments to best support patients. Reach out today to learn more!

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