Progesterone and Lifespan – What You Need to Know

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Medically Reviewed
May 23, 2023

Hey there! Let’s talk about progesterone levels and how it affects your health and lifespan.

Progesterone is a hormone that your ovaries, placenta, and adrenal glands produce, and it plays a vital role in your reproductive system as a woman. Not only does it help prepare your uterus for pregnancy, but it also maintains a healthy pregnancy.  

However, did you know that progesterone levels can impact more than just your reproductive health?  

This blog post explores the relationship between progesterone levels and your overall well-being. 

What Does Progesterone Do?

Throughout your menstrual cycle, your progesterone levels go up and down, peaking during the luteal phase after ovulation. When your progesterone levels are low, it can lead to various health issues, such as:  

  1. Infertility: Progesterone is crucial for getting your uterus ready for pregnancy. Low progesterone levels can make conceiving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy challenging. 
  2. Irregular periods: Progesterone helps regulate your menstrual cycle. If your progesterone levels are low, it can cause irregular or missed periods.  
  3. Mood changes: Progesterone is often called the “feel-good hormone” because it helps reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. When progesterone levels drop, it can result in mood swings, anxiety, and even depression.  
  4. Bone loss: Progesterone also plays a role in maintaining healthy bone density. Low progesterone levels can lead to bone loss and increase the risk of osteoporosis 
  5. Weight gain: Progesterone helps regulate your metabolism. When progesterone levels are low, it can contribute to weight gain and make it harder for you to lose weight.  

On top of these health problems, low progesterone levels can even affect your lifespan. A study published in the Journal of Women’s Health discovered that women with low progesterone levels had a higher mortality risk due to cardiovascular disease.  

Benefits of Progesterone

Now, let’s discuss what you can do to maintain healthy progesterone levels and promote your overall well-being and longevity.

Here are a few tips:  

  • Eat a healthy diet: Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can help regulate your hormone levels and support your overall health.  
  • Exercise regularly: Regular exercise is not only great for your overall health but also helps regulate hormone levels 
  • Manage stress: Chronic stress can mess with your hormone levels. Finding healthy ways to manage stress, such as meditation or yoga, is essential. These activities can help maintain healthy hormone levels and support your overall well-being.  
  • Consider hormone therapy: If you’re experiencing symptoms of low progesterone, bioidentical hormone therapy may be an option to explore with a hormone replacement specialist. They can guide you in deciding if it’s the right choice for you.  

Your progesterone levels have a significant impact on your overall health and lifespan. Maintaining healthy progesterone levels through a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and potentially bio-identical hormone therapy can promote your overall well-being and increase your chances of living a long and healthy life.   

Don’t hesitate to contact Nava Health for guidance if you have concerns about your progesterone levels.

We are bioidentical hormone replacement experts and take an integrative approach to health management. We are here to help you live life at YOUR 100% at every age.

So, schedule a consultation with a Nava practitioner today.  

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A Medical Director, and one of the first physicians to join the Nava Health & Vitality Center, Dr. Douglas Lord has made significant contributions to our Center and its founding principles. Dr. Lord has helped develop and implement the Nava Method™—Nava’s proprietary approach to total body wellness. He has also been instrumental in liaising with other expert practitioners to successfully implement Nava’s range of therapies, treatments, and products.