progesterone deficiency

Progesterone Deficiency – What Are The Symptoms?

Progesterone deficiency is all too common in women.

The vast majority of women who suffer from hormone imbalance specifically are suffering with progesterone deficiency.

Do you wonder if you also suffer from progesterone deficiency?

Check out this list of signs and symptoms from the book Natural Hormone Balance for Women – Look Younger, Feel Stronger, and Live Life with Exuberance by Uzzi Reiss, MD/OB-GYN:

  • Amenorrhea – no period at all. There is no ovulation. The ovaries are producing only a bare minimum of progesterone. Frequently, patients tell me, “I just want to have a period.’
  • Oligomenorrhea – the period comes infrequently, perhaps every few months. This is also a result of minimum progesterone production. “Is such a small flow healthy?” patients want to know.
  • Heavy and frequent periods. This situation could be related to tissue buildup in the uterus because of prolonged progesterone deficiency. “I get frightened when I see the large clots,” patients often say.
  • Spotting a few days before the period. Here, the progesterone level is dropping rapidly and prematurely during the monthly cycle. Patients will tell me they “don’t like to use pads for so long.”
  • PMS. Most PMS symptoms, whether physical or emotional, are progesterone-related. Initially, they may occur for a few days before the period. The more severe the deficiency, the longer they last. They may persist from the time of ovulation until the onset of the period. Many a patient has told me that “for a few days out of the month, I don’t like the person I become.”
  • Cystic breasts. “The cysts in my breasts scare me.”
  • Painful breasts. “When my husband hugs me I have a lot of pain.”
  • Breasts with lumps. “When I feel the lumps my heart stops.”
  • Most cases of endometriosis, adenomyosis, and fibroids. “I will take anything to get rid of this.”
  • Anxiety, irritability, and nervousness. Difficulty sleeping and relaxing. “I have become a nervous wreck.”
  • Water retention. “I can’t fit into my shoes.”

What’s the best way to test my progesterone levels?

The best way to test your progesterone is with a blood test.

Blood testing is still considered the Gold Standard even though you may hear others talking about urine testing and saliva testing…these tests have little research behind them.

Still have questions about your progesterone levels?

Hormones can be very confusing. Finding the root causes of your hormonal problems requires thorough investigation from a doctor trained in Functional Medicine.


Dr. Carri Drzyzga, DC, ND – The Functional Medicine Doc

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