What Causes High Progesterone in Women?

hormone 2 What does Progesterone Do?

Progesterone is a hormone that helps regulate several different functions in a woman’s body, chief among them her reproductive capability. When it is working at normal levels, progesterone helps regulate menstrual cycles, blood clotting, immunity, building up muscles and bones, produces collagen, regulates nerve function and thyroid function.

What Causes High Levels of Progesterone?

Multiple Pregnancies: When a woman is carrying more than one child, her progesterone levels will typically tend to increase. As progesterone is necessary to help the body take care of a baby it only makes sense that the body would increase production during a multiple pregnancy.

Uterine Cancer: In some forms of uterine cancer, progesterone levels are higher than normal. It could be a result of an estrogen-progesterone treatment in a woman who still has an intact uterus.

Menopause: The onset of menopause at about age 52 produces an aberration in progesterone production, making

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the levels fluctuate between too high and too low. These fluctuations in progesterone levels cause the irregular periods and hot flashes that are typically associated with menopause. This is the point at which doctors tend to recommend hormone therapy, which helps to increase levels of Progesterone hormone in women.

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome: Fluctuations in a woman’s emotional and mental stability a few weeks before

their menstrual cycle begins can be caused by fluctuations in progesterone levels.

Adrenal Hyperplasia: This disorder is described as a deficient or excessive level of sex hormones being

produced, which brings on high levels of progesterone production. This is caused due to abnormal functioning of the adrenal gland which causes the side-effect of pre-menstrual syndrome.

Mood Swings: Sudden tears, irritability, emotional changes, sadness, these are all symptoms of high Progesterone levels usually during menopause.

Breast Sensitivity: High levels of progesterone hormone can cause your breasts to become ultra sensitive and hurt when pressure is put on them.

Restless Sleep: Even though you may be sleeping more than normal, you feel tired when you wake up.

Bloating: Menstrual bloat is brought on by high levels of progesterone.

Vaginal Dryness: By counteracting the lubricating effects of estrogen high levels of progesterone can dry your vagina and make sex uncomfortable.

Lack of Libido: Your interest in sex is decreased and you may become depressed.

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If more than one or two if these symptoms seems familiar and occur at the same time you need to get a test for hormonal imbalances. High Progesterone levels were once treated with hormone therapy. Now they are generally treated with changes in diet as well as a few lifestyle changes. Certain foods such as soy, cherries, apples, and yams can help promote your body’s production of estrogen to bring things into proper balance. Exercise and stress management also help; hormone imbalances can be brought on my lack of exercise and excessive levels of stress in your life. Some herbs can also help you to produce more estrogen and bring your hormones into balance or nourish you glands to bring about the same effect. If you’d like to explore these options it is best to ask your doctor’s advice and follow the safe dose guidelines he/she gives you for their use.

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4 comments to What Causes High Progesterone in Women?

  • Peace

    I am in my early 30s, TRYING TO GET PREGNANT. My doctor said my progesterone level is 39.7, too high that is about the rate of a woman in manopause and my FSH is o.1 too low. Please help what can i do? is there possibility of correcting and balancing this condition for me to be able to produce quality egg for my IVF cYCLE??? PLEASE HElp!

  • Rachel

    Hi I suggest that you look at the balance of minerals in your body. Also I could suggest that you take a coloidal mineral supplement. Or a cheaper option would be to grow and eat plenty of mung bean and other sprouts. Also give up coffee if you are a coffee drinker. Give up sugar. As you need to balance your endocrine system and drinking coffee and eating sugar put extra burden on this system. Also you could see a health food shop or google herbs for correcting hormone imbalance.

    Minerals help to balance the entire endocrine system which is currently out of balance in you at present.

    I hope this is of some help to you and hope that you research topics mentioned.

    All the best Rachel

  • Tim

    I know this post is a bit later than the others, but one thing in particular to be aware of is that progesterone levels fluctuate throughout the month and levels are higher in the luteal phase ( the 14 days after ovulation) than they are earlier on in the month. So basically it needs to be read in the context of when it was taken. A higher level later in the month is more “normal” or to be more expected than one earlier in the cycle.

  • joy

    i am just 30years old, few days ago, i am married n ve been trying 2 get pregnant, i ran a test n all my hormone were normal except my progesteron, i was treated with vitamine E envol, pls what drugs can i use again?