Weight Gain, Hot Flashes and Depression All Tied to Low Progesterone


By Suzy Cohen, RPh on 04/06/2010

Dear Pharmacist,

I bought a home test kit (saliva test) which measures my hormones. Everything came back normal except my progesterone which was extremely low. Could low progesterone explain my symptoms of weight gain, hot flashes and depression?

–T.P. Dallas, Texas

Answer: Yes, absolutely and there’s an over-the-counter (OTC) fix. The symptoms that could plague a person with low progesterone (also termed estrogen dominance) include weight gain, depression, fatigue, irritability, incontinence, insomnia, heart disease, infertility and osteoporosis. The picture of ‘low progesterone’ is not pretty! Unfortunately, millions of people walk around with imbalanced hormones for many years and never get diagnosed or treated properly. I know, I know, shocking isn’t it?!

It is because we live in a pill-popping society that wants the drugs advertised on TV, not one that understands the power of bio-identical hormone replacement, key word “bio-identical.” The medical establishment is also to blame. If you tell your doctor that you are tearful and tired, you may have bought yourself a lifetime of anti-depressants. A man with heart disease or erectile dysfunction is rarely given testosterone replacement, rather he is prescribed sex pills and given a stent. So sad, because correcting hormone imbalances is the key to losing weight, improving heart function, preventing diabetes and enhancing mood.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.