Why Progesterone Is Both Good and Bad for Mood (and How to Treat PMDD)

mood effects of progesteroneIs 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.

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The Role of Histamine and Mast Cells in PMS and PMDD

mast cells histamine PMDDHere’s something important about PMS or PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder): At least some of the time it’s caused or worsened by mast cell activation and histamine.

Histamine is an inflammatory compound as well as a neurotransmitter. That’s why histamine can cause both allergy-type symptoms such as hives and nasal congestion as well as mood symptoms such as anxiety. Histamine can also cause headaches, fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, and breast tenderness — all the typical symptoms of PMS.

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The PMS Solution: 3 Steps to Hormonal Resilience

premenstrual syndromePMS is my favorite thing to treat because it responds so well to natural treatment. I love to hear patients say: “I was surprised when my period just arrived. I didn’t even feel it coming.”

No irritability. No headache. No food cravings. It is possible.

The first step to easy periods is to value female hormones. Both estrogen and progesterone are powerful assets, and not something to be switched off with hormonal birth control.

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8 Ways Magnesium Rescues Hormones

magnesium rescues hormonesAs my patients can tell you, I prescribe magnesium for almost every hormonal condition including PCOS, thyroid, hair loss, PMS, migraines, and perimenopause.

Magnesium deficiency is common because our modern soils are depleted and because the body dumps magnesium during stress. So, if you’re under stress, you probably need magnesium.

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