Signs and Symptoms of High Progesterone

When progesterone levels surge, what results is a plethora of symptoms most typically accredited to mid-life changes. However, these symptoms can occur at any age.

Women may not immediately recognize that the underlying cause is the presence of high progesterone levels as symptoms can be varied and subtle. For women taking prescription progesterone products, these symptoms may be exhibited due to a buildup of progesterone stored within the fat.

Symptoms of High Progesterone Levels

Physical Conditions

  • Vaginal infections
  • Weight gain
  • Water retention
  • Bloating, indigestion, and upset stomach
  • Hot flashes
  • Changes in appetite

  • Acne and oily skin
  • Cramping
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Breast tenderness
  • Decreased libido
  • Increased PMS symptoms

Mental Conditions

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia or drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings

Depending upon the length of time symptoms prevail, more side effects may evolve. Less common physical conditions include allergies; allergic reactions; diarrhea; constipation; irregular periods; nausea; vomiting; hair loss; hirsutism; and blurred vision.

Signs of High Progesterone Levels

In addition to the most widely experienced symptoms outlined above, there are a number of signs that one might not normally equate with high progesterone levels.

These medical signs - paralleled with aforementioned symptoms – are measurable criteria that are usually assessed and observed by a physician. They help formally diagnose a hormonal imbalance with unhealthy fluctuations of progesterone levels.

Physical Conditions

  • Vaginal infection (Positive microscopy results showing bacterial or fungal growth)
  • Water retention (Pitting oedema as confirmed by doctor)
  • Hair loss (Diagnosed by doctor through widening part, or male-patterned baldness)
  • High levels of progesterone shown by blood tests

In all cases, women should be proactive with maintaining hormonal balance before a prolonged, unhealthy variation leads to the onset of more serious conditions.

Continue reading to learn more about progesterone tests.

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