I’ve written about the symptoms of low progesterone before, but high progesterone symptoms can be just as debilitating, both for women and for men. However, for the purposes of this article, I’m going to focus on high progesterone symptoms for women.
Now, while I can give you a list of symptoms (and I will), I want to speak a bit about one of the difficulties of diagnosing hormone issues — namely, that the symptoms of a particular hormone being high or low often look very similar to the symptoms of another hormone being high or low.
So while you might be experiencing high progesterone symptoms, you might also be experiencing high testosterone or estrogen symptoms and not know it.
So, while I’m going to give you a list of symptoms, I just want you to keep this in mind: The only way to be absolutely certain about the cause of your symptoms is to see a medical provider who specializes in hormone replacement therapy.
The reason this is so important is that hormone replacement therapy is a subtle science, and even with tests that show very clearly what your hormone levels are, it can still be hard to pinpoint the precise hormone causing the problem.
And this leads into another issue…
Hormones Don’t Act Alone
They act in concert, and many hormones are transformed from one type into another in various parts of your body.
They’re also different for everyone. While some baselines have been established for different hormones, everyone is unique, and what’s “high” for you may not be so for the next person.
Generally, hormone replacement therapy is not a simple matter of increasing a single hormone in your body and calling it a day. Instead, we try to find a balance of hormones that’s unique to your body, one that reduces your symptoms and lets you feel like yourself again.
Now that you have a clearer understanding of your hormones and how they work in your body, we can dive into the symptoms.
8 High Progesterone Symptoms
This is not a complete list, and you’re going to want to speak to your medical provider about any symptoms you might be experiencing.
The fact is, many of these symptoms can be indicative of other illnesses or disorders, so it’s important to have someone examine you who can get the entire picture.
- Low libido
- Mood swings
- Sudden weight gain
- UTIs (urinary tract infections)
- Muscle weakness
As you can see, high progesterone symptoms run the gamut. They also look very similar to some of the symptoms of low testosterone and low estrogen.
The only way to know for sure if your progesterone levels are higher than they should be is to get your hormones checked.
This can often be done with a few simple tests. You’ll also want to explain your symptoms to your medical provider as best you can, just to ensure they have the clearest picture possible of what’s going on with you and your body.
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Augie Galindo, PA-C