The Right Way to Test Progesterone with Your Cycle

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The next time your doctor orders a progesterone test, stop a minute and ask: “When is the right day to do this test?”

If you have a longer cycle, you can expect to have almost no progesterone for the majority of the menstrual cycle–and that’s normal! You could even have no progesterone on day 21.

Here’s what need to know about progesterone testing.

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7 Superpowers of Progesterone

Superpowers of progesteroneProgesterone is a startlingly beneficial hormone, and almost all of us could do with more than we have.

Progesterone acts on your breasts and uterus, so it’s essential for healthy reproduction and periods. But did you know it also acts on your brain, immune system, and detoxification enzymes? Progesterone does a lot more for you than just fertility and easy periods. It soothes, nourishes, energizes, strengthens, and rescues your body in ways you never imagined.

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What Estrogen Does in Your 40s (and How Progesterone Can Help)

Estrogen rollercoaster of perimenopause Hot flashes, sleep problems, mood swings, and crazy heavy periods. Is this menopause already? And you’re only 42? No, menopause may still be a decade away. This is perimenopause, which is the two to ten years of hormonal change before periods stop.

Perimenopause can be a tricky time and causes more symptoms than menopause itself. Conventional medicine has surprisingly little to offer. Your doctor will say you’re too young for hormone replacement, so she will likely prescribe the pill or an antidepressant, or tell you just to ride it out.

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The Curious Link Between Estrogen, Mast Cells, and Histamine

Estrogen, mast cells, and histamine.Headaches. Anxiety. Insomnia. Brain fog. Hives. Nasal congestion. These are just a few of the symptoms of histamine intolerance or mast cell activation syndrome.

Histamine problems are more common in women, and are often worse at ovulation and just before the period. Why? Because that’s when estrogen is high compared to progesterone, and estrogen increases histamine.

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