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Increased sex drive
It may surprise many to find out that low levels of progesterone are connected with increased sex drive. This increase in libido is connected with your monthly menstrual cycle.
A study published by the University of California Santa Barbra found that estrogen and progesterone are the main hormones that influence sex drive in women. The study found that when progesterone levels were higher, sex drive was lower. The researchers found that in the days prior to ovulation, progesterone was at its lowest and libido was higher.
However, after ovulation, as progesterone levels increased, sex drive decreased. The researchers concluded that higher levels of progesterone “appear to act as an inhibitory signal for sexual motivation.”
Irregularities in your menstrual cycle caused by hormonal imbalances in progesterone levels can cause fibrocystic breasts.
The symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease are lumpy breasts which are caused by benign cysts (non-cancerous lumps) in the breast that can sometimes be painful.
The shape and size of the lumps can change during the monthly cycle.
Research into treating the painful and uncomfortable symptoms
of fibrocystic breast disease found that increasing progesterone levels using a topical gel helped to lower the number and size of the cysts.
How to Test for Low Progesterone
If you have noticed one of more of the signs of low progesterone, it is important to check your levels of this hormone in your body.
A doctor can perform a simple blood test to find out if you have a progesterone deficiency. This is usually done 21 days after the start of your menstrual cycle.
How to Increase Progesterone Levels
There are many ways to combat low progesterone levels naturally. It’s important that your hormones are in balance to make sure that you have a healthy reproductive system. This means making sure that levels of estrogen are not too high in your body.
Some ways to increase low progesterone levels include taking vitamin supplements to boost the body’s production of the hormone, eating certain foods that stimulate progesterone secretion, and avoiding stress and anxiety. You will be able to find detailed information about this subject in my article on how to increase progesterone levels naturally.