Symptoms like fatigue or just not feeling like yourself might be the first sign that you are suffering from low progesterone, but we make sure to thoroughly assess your health and potential causes of those symptoms. We'll check your progesterone levels by taking a blood sample and doing a serum progesterone test to see if you need progesterone replacement therapy.
Once we have determined that you are low in progesterone, we will assess your health and discuss the best treatment for you. If we prescribe progesterone replacement therapy, we will provide it in the form of bioidentical progesterone that we administer through injections. Bioidenticals are a type of natural hormone replacement. Once we begin hormone replacement therapy, also known as HRT, we will continue to monitor your hormone levels to make sure you are receiving the right amount of progesterone and make adjustments if necessary.
Progesterone has a number of functions in a woman's body, but in hormone replacement therapy, it is important as an accompaniment to estrogen replacement therapy for women who have a uterus. Progesterone replacement therapy also helps balance other hormones after menopause. It can help strengthen bones, reducing the likelihood of osteoporosis. When you undergo bioidentical progesterone replacement therapy with natural progesterone, it affects you in the same way that progesterone produced by your own body does.
HRT is most commonly prescribed to women who have gone through menopause since progesterone levels drop to almost zero. However, hormonal imbalances can affect women at other times in their lives. In the decade or more leading up to menopause, which is called perimenopause, women's hormones may also be out of balance. Progesterone can help regulate heavy or irregular periods during perimenopause as well as symptoms of PMS. At HerKare, we will design a treatment plan for you that could include hormone replacement therapy at any stage of your life.
Low progesterone symptoms are similar to those related to other types of hormonal imbalances as well as other conditions. They include depression, moodiness, an irregular period, urinary tract infections and painful sex as a result of vaginal dryness. The variability of these symptoms is why it is important that we confirm a progesterone imbalance with a blood test so we can start you on the right treatment.