Physiological Effects - Estrogen and Progesterone: Contrasting Effects

Excerpted From:

Balance Your Hormones and Your Life from Thirty to Fifty


Estrogen Effects

Creates proliferative endometrium

Breast cell stimulation (fibrocystic breasts*)

Increased body fat and weight gain*

Salt and fluid retention

Depression, anxiety, and headaches*

Cyclical migraines*

Poor sleep patterns*

Interferes with thyroid hormone function*

Impairs blood sugar control*

Increased risk of blood clots*

Little or no libido effect*

Loss of zinc and retention of copper*

Reduced oxygen levels in all cells*

Causes endometrial cancer*

Increased risk of breast cancer*

Increased risk of prostate cancer*

Restrains bone loss

Reduces vascular tone (dilates blood vessels)

Triggers autoimmune diseases*

Creates progesterone receptors

Relieves hot flashes***

Prevents vaginal dryness & mucosal atrophy***

Increases risk of gall bladder disease*

Improves memory***

Improves sleep disorders***

Improves health of urinary tract***

Relieves night sweats***

Progesterone Effects

Maintains secretory endometrium

Protects against breast fibrocysts

Helps use fat for energy

Natural diuretic

Natural anti-depressant & calms anxiety

Prevents cyclical migraines

Promotes normal sleep patterns

Facilitates thyroid hormone function

Helps normalize blood sugar levels

Normalizes blood clotting

Helps restores normal libido

Normalizes zinc and copper levels

Restores proper cell oxygen levels

Prevents endometrial cancer

Helps prevent breast cancer1

Decreased risk of prostate cancer

Stimulates new bone formation

Improves vascular tone

Prevents autoimmune diseases

Increases sensitivity of estrogen receptors

Necessary for survival of embryo

Precursor of corticosteroid biosynthesis

Prevents coronary artery spasm and

atherosclerotic plaque.

Sleepiness, depression**

Digestive problems**

* Indicates that these effects are caused by estrogen dominance, or an imbalance of estrogen caused by too little progesterone.

** Indicates that these effects are caused by an excess of progesterone.

*** Indicates that these effects are caused by a deficiency of estrogen.

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