Personal summer

Estrogen or Progesterone Deficiency: That is the Question.


Personal summer

Are Your Symptoms From Estrogen or Progesterone Deficiency?

My assumption is that you know that Estrogen and Progesterone are (for the most part) female sex hormones.  Men also have these hormones to a lesser degree.

At menopause, our ovaries stop functioning.  Prior to menopause, most of our estrogen and progesterone are produced by the ovaries.

So what happens after menopause?

Estrogen continues to be produced, in much smaller amounts, in fatty tissue.  There are 3 types of estrogen but I’m not getting into that here.

Progesterone is still produced, in much smaller quantities, in the adrenal glands and nerve cells.

Any woman who has gone through menopause (or is going through menopause (perimenopause)) is familiar with the symptoms as shown in the graphic above.

Now, some women slide by with few if any symptoms except cessation of menstrual cycles. Good for them.  Most of us don’t have that experience.

What are the symptoms of Progesterone deficiency?

Actually, the graphic above sums it up but here it is in a list.

  • Hot flashes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Decreased libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Weight gain
  • Memory Lapses

So how do you know which to take?

I actually had progesterone recommended for me by my integrative medicine doc.

While I’ve lost 30 pounds, I’m sure my adipose is still sufficient to produce some estrogen.   🙂

Blood tests can detect levels.  However, a single lab draw doesn’t always give all of the information you need.

So now what?

What are the pros and cons of Progesterone and is it different than progestogen?

It’s all so confusing.

Stay tuned.  I will discuss the difference between progesterone and progestin and the ups and downs of using progesterone/progestins.

My results so far.

3 days on bioidentical progesterone.   Last night was the first night at a full dose.  I didn’t sleep as well.  I had some palpitations during the night but I do that with anxiety.  As soon as I decided to not go to my 50th class reunion due to lack of funds and the freeways all being shut down in various places between here and there making a 1.5-hour drive over 2 hours and maybe 3, the palpitations went away. My mood is good.  I obviously have enough energy to write a blog post and I went for my usual walk (with doggies).

So far, I’m liking it. At least I’m not having and adverse reactions.

See you soon meanwhile You Have A Choice. Choose Health.


Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Family Nurse Practitioner

Board Certified Nurse Health & Wellness Coach.


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