Progesterone is a precursor to the hormones testosterone and estrogen. Falling progesterone levels can also cause these hormones to diminish, which can have detrimental effect on health. The levels of progesterone are relatively low prior to ovulation, and they usually spike when the ovaries release an egg. Elevated levels of progesterone remain for several days and either continues to remain elevated if pregnancy occurs, or drop during menstrual cycle.
Progesterone levels may fall because of several medical conditions such as the following:
In women who are not pregnant, falling progesterone levels can lead to the following signs and symptoms:
On the other hand, pregnant women with low progesterone levels may experience the following signs and symptoms:
In men, signs and symptoms of low progesterone include:
Progesterone levels can also spike at dangerous levels causing detrimental effects on health. This condition can lead to:
In order to diagnose progesterone imbalance, a qualified hormone replacement therapy doctor will order a blood test. The results can help determine the cause of infertility, help monitor pregnancy health, help diagnose abnormal uterine bleeding, and correct any medical condition related to low or high progesterone levels.
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