Struggling with hormonal weight gain around your middle? It’s a common problem with PCOS and menopause but it’s not caused by estrogen.
In women, estrogen is beneficial for weight loss. The abdominal weight gain of PCOS and menopause is more likely to be caused by insulin and testosterone.
Let’s take a closer look.
Ovarian hormones estrogen and progesterone are highly beneficial for health. That means that natural ovulatory menstrual cycles are beneficial for health, because ovulation is the only way to make ovarian hormones.
Does that surprise you? Men make testosterone every day, so you might think that women would do something similar, but we don’t. Instead, we make our hormones as a surge of estrogen leading up to ovulation and an even bigger surge of progesterone for the two weeks after ovulation.
Looking for clarity around bioidentical hormone replacement (HRT)?
Modern hormone therapy is very different from old medications such as Premarin and Provera.
Here’s everything you need to know.
To treat PCOS, you need to know what’s driving it. In other words, you need to know the different types of PCOS.
You could have insulin-resistant PCOS, post-pill PCOS (which is temporary), inflammatory PCOS, or the far less common adrenal PCOS.
Is progesterone good for mood? Progesterone calms the brain and promotes sleep. At the same time, progesterone seem to play a role in the mood symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
How can both things be true? The short answer is that progesterone is usually good for mood but can sometimes be bad.
Keep reading for the longer answer about progesterone and mood.
PCOS and endometriosis are two very different conditions but they’re also very common. That means it is possible to have both PCOS and endometriosis at the same time.
Learn about the symptoms of PCOS and endometriosis and what to do if you have both conditions.