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Progesterone: Balanced Hormones For Better Sleep

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Women are well aware of the effects that hormones like progesterone and estrogen can have on things like mood and appetite, but did you know that they play a key role in the amount and quality of sleep that you get? Insomnia, or restlessness, occurs much more commonly in women than in men. This is due to a wide range of reasons, including psychological, social, and physiological.

The team at the Happy Hormone Cottage is here to help women achieve healthy and balanced hormone levels as they navigate different cycles of life. What your body needs depends on a range of factors that can be assessed by our team of specialists. Don’t settle for feeling ‘okay’, take the first step towards balancing hormones and happier, healthier life!

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Progesterone and Other Key Hormones

Believe it or not, your body utilizes close to 50 different hormones, each one responsible for controlling a given biological function within the body. The two primary female hormones are estrogen and progesterone. 

Estrogen is the main female sex hormone. This is because it is responsible for controlling your monthly menstruation cycle. The majority of Estrogen in the body is produced in the Ovaries, while the adrenal glands and fat tissue contribute small amounts as well. There are three types of estrogen: Estradiol. Estriol and Estrone.

Progesterone could be considered estrogen’s cousin, is the hormone that helps maintain pregnancy. It is also produced in a woman’s Ovaries, Adrenal glands, and Placenta. Referred to as the “relaxing hormone,” increased levels of progesterone has a very mild sedative effect.

Depending on a woman’s age and stage of life, these two female hormones are constantly fluctuating up and down, impacting the quality and quantity of your sleep.

Progesterone During Menstruation

The life-long cycle of hormonal fluctuations experienced by women can have a direct impact on their sleep. It has actually been observed that the beginning of puberty is the first indication of sleep differences between boys and girls.

In the days leading up to a woman’s period, progesterone levels rise – as if preparing for a potential pregnancy. In the event that there is no pregnancy, progesterone dramatically decreases which causes the uterine lining to shed and start the menstrual cycle. 

Progesterone levels also take a dramatic dip right before your period, which is why some women find it very challenging to get quality sleep on “PMS” days. After PMS has subsided, progesterone rises again, allowing for better quality sleep.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that causes irregularly timed periods, higher levels of androgens, and abnormally low baseline levels of progesterone, which seriously impacts sleep difficulties. 

Progesterone During Menopause

As a woman nears menopause, fluctuating hormone levels will lead to a range of uncomfortable symptoms including hot flashes that can prevent deep sleep. In addition, menopause signals the start of lower levels of progesterone, making some women more irritable and unable able to relax.

Other sleep disorders also become more common with menopause—studies have found that women spend less time in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and when they wake up, they feel less rested. For women facing these challenges, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) may help them to sleep more soundly, among a host of other health and wellbeing benefits.

How Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Can Help

While high-quality sleep is important, achieving a balanced and healthy hormone profile offers so many incredible benefits to a woman’s wellbeing. As we mentioned in the beginning, hormones are the control system for many of the body’s internal systems, and having them in check can make a world of difference. 

Hormone Replacement Therapy identifies your deficiencies, locates the cause or source of the deficiency, and provides you with supplemented hormones to help restore a healthier, more natural balance.

How Does It Work?

We like to refer to it as a journey. We have outlined the steps, which you can read by clicking here. The first step is to schedule a consultation so that we can begin building a relationship and gain a better understanding of your health profile. At the Happy Hormone Cottage, part of our therapy involves bringing awareness to other aspects of your lifestyle that may be causing hormonal abnormalities, and helping you correct them!

What is the Result?

While every woman is different and has a unique starting and ending point, Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you achieve a better overall quality of life. Better quality sleep, better-regulated mood, reducing your menopausal symptoms, and easing the transition between cycles and stages of life.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Available in Centerville, Ohio

If you have questions or concerns about hormone replacement therapy, hormone imbalances, and the associated symptoms, reach out to the team at Happy Hormone Cottage today! Our team is happy to answer any and all questions you may have! 

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Written by Lyn Hogrefe