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Here at Proov, we love progesterone. So much so that we created the first FDA-cleared at-home test for PdG, a progesterone metabolite that’s found in urine.
Why are we such big fans, and why is progesterone such an important hormone for women? Read on, and we’ll tell you all about it!
Keep reading to learn why progesterone is such an important hormone for women!
Progesterone is one of the four key reproductive hormones for women. The first half of the cycle, the follicular phase, is dominated by the activity of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), estrogen, and luteinizing hormone (LH), but in the second half – the luteal phase – progesterone is in charge.
Progesterone begins to rise right after ovulation, remains elevated through days 7-10 after ovulation, and then drops again, causing the uterine lining to shed and your period to begin. Following the LH surge and ovulation, progesterone is made by the corpus luteum (what the “leftover” follicle turns into after releasing an egg).
Progesterone isn’t just a reproductive hormone – it plays an important role in neural function, helps regulate other hormones, impacts mental health, and maintains bone density.
Good progesterone levels are important for more than just reproductive health, and progesterone works throughout the body! While progesterone has a tremendous number of physical benefits, here are just a few.
Mental and emotional benefits
Of course, sufficient progesterone levels are key to getting and staying pregnant! Progesterone from the corpus luteum maintains the uterine lining during the implantation window, allowing a fertilized egg to implant and begin developing as an embryo. If progesterone levels are too low, the uterine lining won’t hold during the entire implantation window.
If a pregnancy occurs, the corpus luteum will continue to produce progesterone until the placenta eventually takes over, and progesterone levels will stay high throughout the duration of the pregnancy to prevent contractions! Finally, progesterone will drop as estrogen and oxytocin take over to stimulate labor.
Now that we’ve hopefully convinced you that progesterone is important to both reproductive and overall health, you might be wondering how you can best support your progesterone production and reap the benefits of healthy progesterone levels. A few suggestions to get started:
Healthy hormones are key to getting pregnant, regulating mood and mental health, and staying healthy overall, and progesterone is no different! That’s why we love it here at Proov, and we hope you will too!