Many women aren’t even aware of one of the most important hormones in their body. Sometimes trying to do research online can make you can feel even more confused, since there is so much conflicting information out there.
Based on 40 years of research and 21 years of clinical experience working with women all over the earth, here is our chief clinicians’ simple insight on progesterone:
Progesterone is the master female hormone that is produced mostly by the ovaries and in a smaller amount by the adrenal glands. Since it’s the master hormone, it is the hormone necessary for the production of many other hormones, two of the really significant ones are, estrogen and testosterone. Testosterone is one of main hormones responsible for sex drive in both men and women!
Progesterone is also the pro-ges-tational hormone necessary for a successful conception and full-term pregnancy. British gynecologist, Dr Katharina Dalton, summarized in her extensive 1968 research that the babies of mothers who had supplemented with natural progesterone during their pregnancies tended to have improved mental and physical attributes than those of mothers who did not. She also showed that pre-pregnancy toxaemia was not present in these mothers, whereas 50% of the control group did experience toxemia. Her research confirmed the beneficial effect of natural progesterone supplementation before, during and after pregnancy. More of her findings can be read here.
The role of progesterone in the rebuilding of bone material has been shown to be a most important influence in healthy bone density.
If you are a woman under the age of 50 and have not had a hysterectomy, and your progesterone levels drop anytime during the 2 weeks before your period begins, you will experience some of the 150+ symptoms of PMS.
The role of progesterone does not stop here, as it has been shown to benefit women in menopause. Progesterone is, therefore, a vital component for a smooth transition into menopause.