The most common symptoms of low progesterone (estrogen dominance) are anxiety, insomnia and a bit of weight gain even when diet has not changed. When a woman goes to her doctor and states she is tired, they typically take a look at the thyroid but fail to consider a low progesterone level as what is keeping her from sleeping at night.
Many women are given a bit of estrogen at menopause to help with symptoms — but this rarely helps and they don’t tend to stay on it for long. Some doctors still believe that once the uterus is removed, there is no need for progesterone in the body. This could not be further from the truth.
Estrogen excess predisposes us to fibrocystic breasts, weight gain, hot flashes and mood swings. Combine that with a normal to high testosterone level, and type II diabetes is soon to be knocking at your door. Many breast cancers are estrogen-dominant situations, and a healthy progesterone level may have run interference (along with a healthy vitamin-D3 level).
Women who typically have a harder time with menopause are overweight. Fat cells hold estrogen — so anyone who is overweight is already estrogen-dominant. Artificial sweeteners, food preservatives and an unhealthy diet that is overabundant in breads and sugar is a surefire way to sign up for a difficult transition through menopause.
So what should you do if you are suffering from symptoms of peri-menopause/menopause? I would avoid synthetic hormones at all costs. These pharmaceutically engineered hormones do not match your own, leaving you predisposed to heart disease, stroke, blood clots and some cancers.
If you choose bio-identical (matches your molecules) hormones, be certain they are compounded by a very reputable compounding pharmacy with plenty of experience. Pine Pharmacy of Williamsville is by far one of the best I have ever worked with and they even ship to patients across the country. By using low-dose hormones you will also be saving those bones from the dreaded osteoporosis.