Managing Progesterone Levels in Menopause
Naturally declining oestrogen levels trigger the onset of menopause symptoms in a large number of women, but are you aware of the role that the hormone progesterone can play as well?
There are steps that you can take to rebalance your hormones during menopause, which could help you to get a hold on your symptoms. Let’s take a look at these together.
What Role Does Progesterone Play?
Progesterone and oestrogen are both female sex hormones, with progesterone playing a bigger role in controlling the monthly menstrual cycle. Natural biological changes during menopause can leave your body lacking in progesterone, causing your periods to stop, sending your moods all over the place, bringing on hot flushes, and affecting your skin and hair.
This is because progesterone usually helps to regulate moods and influence the body’s core temperature, keeping you calm and comfortable. A lack of progesterone in menopause can subsequently send your normal functions haywire, leaving you feeling a long way from your old self.
Progesterone can be found in some menopause treatments to help with rebalancing the hormone’s levels in your body, but not every woman will need this.
Your GP can test your progesterone levels in menopause to see if you need extra support, but even women who are in menopause following a hysterectomy may still produce the hormone via their adrenal glands, and some progesterone is likely to be consumed via a balanced diet, so progesterone-based supplements are not always necessary.
What’s more, there are ways to try to naturally increase your progesterone levels in menopause.
How to Increase Progesterone Naturally in Menopause
Increased stress can have a significant impact on progesterone levels, so try to keep calm and make time for relaxing activities wherever you can.
If you want to increase progesterone naturally in menopause, it’s also important to assess your diet. Cholesterol plays a key role in the production of progesterone, with your body making pregnenolone from any cholesterol you consume, before naturally turning this into progesterone. This process is responsible for the production of oestrogen too, so think about how you can increase your intake of good cholesterol; olive oil, nuts, whole grains and fatty fish are all good sources.
Consuming more zinc, magnesium, fibre and vitamins C, E and B6 could also help your body to naturally produce more progesterone, which could have a knock-on effect on your menopause symptoms too. Shellfish is an excellent natural source of zinc, while bananas contain both magnesium and fibre, and you’ll find vitamin C in many citrus fruits.
You can incorporate more vitamin B6 into your diet by eating more fish, poultry and eggs, and you’ll also find it in some menopause supplements, such as Femarelle® Recharge, due to the impact it can have on metabolism and psychological function.
Taking in vitamin B6 as part of these food supplements could therefore potentially have an impact on your body’s progesterone levels, while their other key ingredient, DT56a, could help to rebalance the declining oestrogen in your body.
How to Rebalance Your Body’s Oestrogen Levels
If you’ve found a way to naturally get your body’s progesterone levels under control, or you’ve been tested by your GP and don’t need to do anything differently where this hormone is concerned, you may need to turn your efforts to rebalancing your oestrogen levels instead.
The DT56a found in Femarelle® menopause supplements is a natural plant oestrogen derived from soy, and it could mimic the effects of oestrogen in your body.
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