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August 18, 2008 at 1:36 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Can Natural Progesterone Relieve The Symptoms Of PMS?


Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to the relief of premenstrual symptoms. Symptoms are based on an individual basis, and so are the treatments required to relieve those symptoms. However, natural progesterone has provided some women with relief from their premenstrual syndrome symptoms. However, one should exercise caution and discuss treatment options with a physician, as with all medications, certain side effects may occur.

Progesterone: What is it?

Progesterone is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands, the brain, the ovaries, and in the placenta during pregnancy. Progesterone is classified as a sex steroid hormone of the class of hormones known as progestogens. Progestogens are a specific class of hormones. Progesterone is the main naturally occurring progestogen produced by the body. Progesterone is synthesized by the body from derivatives of cholesterol.

Progesterone: How does it work?

Progesterone is utilized by cells through the presence of specific membrane bound progesterone receptors. Progesterone has a variety of responsibilities within the cell, particularly within the reproductive system. Progesterone is necessary for the regulation of the hormone estrogen. Progesterone is commonly referred to as a pregnancy hormone, as it has many responsibilities with the proper development of the fetus. Progesterone prepares the endometrium for implantation. Additionally, menstrual bleeding occurs due to the withdrawal of progesterone levels. If implantation does not occur, progesterone levels naturally drop causing menstruation. Progesterone has also been associated with several other responsibilities within the reproductive system including the facilitation of labor, inhibition of lactation during pregnancy, decreasing uterine smooth muscle contractility, and decreasing the natural immune response of the mother for pregnancy to occur.


The most commonly referred to progestogen is known as progestin. Progestins are synthesized progestogens that have been utilized since the early 1950's. Progestogens are commonly used in combination with estrogen for menopausal hormone therapy. It is also common for certain types of birth control to contain progestins. While being an effective form of birth control and therapy, it is also associated with many side effects.

Progesterone and Premenstrual Syndrome

There are associations between the presence of high amounts of progesterone within the body and certain symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Some of these symptoms include bloating, mood swings, and breast tenderness. Research continues in this area to determine exact connections.

Progesterone: Side Effects?

There are many side effects associated with the use of natural progesterone. Side effects are highly individualized.
  • Anxiety
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Irregular period
  • Irritability
  • Menstrual cramping
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
The fact remains that there are many ways to naturally decrease premenstrual symptoms, starting with a good look at your lifestyle and dietary habits. Natural methods are typically associated with fewer side effects. However, all treatment options should be discussed with your physician. The first step toward the alleviation of your premenstrual syndrome symptoms is education. Educate yourself as to all the ways that are available, and then make decisions about your treatment options with your physician.

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