Progesterone imbalance is a disproportionate amount of the hormones progesterone and estrogen in the body. Optimal female health depends upon a careful balance of progesterone and estrogen. If the two fall out of balance – for example, in the event of a progesterone deficiency – uncomfortable side effects will almost invariably result.
The most common cause of progesterone imbalance is menopause, which marks the end of menstruation and fertility. Once ovulation ceases permanently, the ovaries begin to produce less progesterone, creating an imbalance of progesterone and estrogen in the body.
Progesterone imbalance may also be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. A balanced diet and regular exercise are important for maintaining health, particularly during menopause.
Among the first symptoms of imbalance usually noticed are irregular periods and fatigue. Other symptoms can appear either psychologically or physiologically.
Psychological symptoms frequently experienced include:
-Commonly-reported physiological problems include:
-Vaginal and urinary infections
-Heightened risk of endometrial cancer
-Night sweats and hot flashes