Progesterone Hormone for Men
Progesterone is typically known as a hormone that deals heavily with women’s menstrual cycles and plays a large role in conception and pregnancy. However, progesterone in men actually has several important functions that help men’s bodies develop while preventing negative effects from excessive amounts of estrogen.
Progesterone has two major effects in men: it promotes testosterone production in your body, and also acts as a counter to estrogen. It may even prevent many of the harmful effects that estrogen can have on the body.
Progesterone and Testosterone
Progesterone is an important hormone itself, providing many of the same benefits as testosterone. Its effects are so similar that it can be counted as somewhat of a secondary male sex hormone, acting as a sort of pseudo-testosterone. Just like testosterone, the levels of progesterone in your body increase alongside sexual activity, and cycles in your body that reduce your testosterone levels also reduce your progesterone levels.
Additionally, progesterone is the most powerful hormone that prevents production of an enzyme that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a potential cause of conditions such as male pattern baldness and prostate cancer. Also, by preventing the conversion to begin with, progesterone helps your body retain its testosterone levels, helping to prevent loss of testosterone.
Progesterone and Estrogen in Men
The benefits of progesterone do not deal solely with testosterone, though. Progesterone also acts to inhibit many of the negative effects that estrogen can have on the male body. Estrogen comes in many different forms, and the weaker forms are much safer to have in your body than the most powerful kinds – progesterone can regulate the way your cells metabolize, which may even prevent your body from converting the weaker forms of estrogen into the more dangerous kinds.
Progesterone works with testosterone to prevent estrogen dominance, a condition that commonly occurs as men age and testosterone levels naturally decrease. Some of the symptoms of estrogen dominance include, but are not limited to:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Excessive fat, especially in the abdomen
- Gynecomastia – the development of breasts in men
- Hair loss
- Heart disease and chest pain
- Increased urination frequency
- Prostate enlarging or inflammation
- Reduced libido
Progesterone treatments can be very beneficial in overcoming a large number of hormonal problems, such as low testosterone and estrogen dominance. There are many other potential benefits from progesterone therapy, such as:
- Encourages body to use fat for energy, increasing ease of weight loss
- Helps alleviate some skin problems such as acne and psoriasis
- Helps normalize blood sugar levels
- Helps prevent erectile dysfunction
- Helps prevent prostate and breast cancer
- Improves brain function, has antidepressant properties
- Improved sleep patterns
- Increased muscle mass
- Increased libido
- Normalized thyroid hormone function
- Promotes new bone formation
- Reduces muscular aches and pains
The first step of getting hormone replacement therapy is always being tested for it – the many symptoms of hormonal imbalance may actually be caused by something else, so ensuring that hormones are the problem should always be done first if a hormone imbalance is suspected.
If you suspect that you might have a hormonal imbalance, contact us today to get started on the path of getting your body back under control. Progesterone treatments are powerful, but may be suggested if you have problems with testosterone, estrogen, or progesterone itself.