Today’s post is a sponsored post by Dr. Wade Huey, a Houston based physician for Body LogicMD. Dr. Huey specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Please find his bio at the end of the post.
Progesterone is one of the hormones that tend to drop off earlier in a woman’s life. One of the most common symptoms I see with progesterone deficiency is insomnia, specifically waking up between the hours of 2 and 3 a.m.
Night sweats, mood swings, heavy, painful periods, anxiety, and weight gain are a few other symptoms which are common with progesterone deficiency.
Progesterone therapy can help perimenopausal women get a better night’s sleep, especially when the progesterone is administered orally. Progesterone can also help calm the mood and help alleviate depression and anxiety. Additionally, progesterone replacement can help balance estrogen production.
If you have too much estrogen and not enough progesterone, this can lead to a condition known as estrogen dominance. A common symptom of estrogen dominance in perimenopausal women is heavy and painful periods.
Progesterone replacement therapy can help regulate periods and make them less heavy and painful. The key is having a balance between the two. Estrogen dominance also leads to weight gain. So by balancing progesterone levels, women can improve their metabolism and maintain a healthier weight.
Like menopause, the only way to know for sure if the symptoms you’re experiencing are related to perimenopause, is to have your hormone levels tested and evaluated by a hormones specialist. Based on your test results, your doctor can then create a customized treatment plan to help you regain hormonal balance and start feeling like yourself again.
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Dr. Wade Huey is a Houston based doctor for BodyLogicMD and specializes in bioidentical hormone therapy. Dr. Huey is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. He is also an active member of the Fellowship for Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health & Science Center in San Antonio, Texas in 1983. He completed his Family Practice Residency at North Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas in 1986. His practice is located at 1001 West Loop South, Suite 803 Houston, TX 77027 (713) 481-5732