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What is Progesterone?

image-5It is common to think about the hormone progesterone as something only found in women. Progesterone is important to males too who actually need it to maintain their masculinity as it counter balances the effects of estrogen in men. Progesterone precedes testosterone and will typically decline in conjunction with the increased production of estrogen during andropause. As the estrogen level increases and progesterone level declines it is possible to have cross over and have more estrogen than progesterone even though the estrogen levels are so low to begin with. This phenomenon is called Estrogen Dominance. This is possible even with low estrogen levels. One of the main causes for this is hormone mimicking chemicals found in products on the market today such as xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens. Other causes of estrogen dominance include alcoholism, chronic stress, obesity, and poorly functioning glands.

Symptoms of low progesterone in males:

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Hair Loss
  • Depression
  • Breast enlargement or Gynecomastia
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Loss
  • Decline in bone strength
  • Infertility
  • Erectile Dysfunction

As progesterone levels drop in men their health risks increase for arthritis, osteoporosis, prostatism and prostate cancer.

When you contact Hormone Therapeutics, we not only test your Total Testosterone level that everyone else is but your other hormones to get a larger picture of how your entire body is functioning. This could include both total and free testosterone, both estrogens, progesterone, DHEA, cortisol, your PSA and thyroid hormones. All of your organs, glands and hormones inter-operate in a complex symbiotic system and without all of them functioning properly you will not feel right. That is why we do not feel on top of our game during andropause and the reason Hormone Therapeutics can help you feel right again.

Hormone Therapeutics has a number of options to help get your progesterone levels under control. Click below to contact us today!

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