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

Mood effects of progesterone.Progesterone is usually calming but can produce a paradoxical anxiety response in some women. It’s called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) or neurosteroid change sensitivity and affects about one in twenty women.

It happens because progesterone interacts with GABA receptors in the brain and normally has a calming effect. The same natural level of progesterone can have a stimulating effect in women with PMDD due to a problem with the GABA receptors.

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Roadmap to Progesterone

How to make more progesterone.Progesterone is beneficial because it lightens periods. It also reduces inflammation, regulates immune function, and supports healthy thyroid, brain, bones, and breasts.

Do you make enough progesterone? Are you sure? The only way to make progesterone is with ovulation and a healthy luteal phase.

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Why a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet Can Be Bad for Periods

A vegan or exclusively plant-based diet can make periods lighter and less painful but it can also cause irregular periods due to impaired ovulation and low progesterone.

The problem is not that phytoestrogens cause high estrogen. In fact, phytoestrogens have a generally anti-estrogen, period-lightening effect. The main problem with a vegan diet is that is can cause long-term depletion of important women’s health nutrients such as zinc, iodine, vitamin A, and taurine.

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Natural Treatment of Menstrual or Hormonal Migraines

menstrual migrainesMenstrual or hormonal migraines are caused by the drop from high to low estrogen. An underlying problem with mast cell activation and high histamine can also play a role.

Magnesium and natural progesterone are the top two natural treatment for migraine prevention. Other strategies include reducing histamine and maybe avoiding gluten. The pill is not a good solution because it can worsen migraines.

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