Periandropause – Perimenopause for Men

Andropause

Nowadays, it is also becoming more well-known that men go through their own version of menopause—for them, the midlife change is known as andropause. In andropause, men experience many of the same symptoms women in menopause feel: fatigue, depression, irritability, anxiety, loss of memory or concentration, loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and more. And just like women, men can also go through their own version of perimenopause known as periandropause. Periandropause can occur when a man’s hormone levels start to decline.

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Progesterone: Helping Carry Pregnancy to Term

Progesterone | Pregnancy

Often, if a woman is able to conceive, but has trouble carrying to term, it’s because of progesterone production. Progesterone is the main female reproductive system hormone and it plays a vital role in fetal development during pregnancy. It prepares the inner lining of the uterus for pregnancy by signaling for its walls to thicken in preparation for accepting a fertilized egg. Progesterone also keeps the uterus’ muscles from contracting so that it doesn’t reject the egg, and the production of this crucial hormone also prevents ovulation.

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Progesterone: Keeping Postpartum Depression at Bay

Progesterone after birth hormone

Louise was 34 and pregnant with her second child when she came to visit me for relief from worsening depression. She had experienced mild postpartum depression (PPD) following her first delivery three years prior, but had taken no medication for the condition at that time. At 30 weeks, I started her on a bioidentical progesterone cream. Within two weeks, her depression had subsided and after delivery, she experienced zero postpartum depression.

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Thyroid: A Small Hormone with Big Impact

Thyroid

Slowing down in later years is part of the aging process. But sometimes there’s another culprit behind the decline people feel—hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormone to keep your body operating at optimum levels. When your thyroid hormone levels are low, your metabolism slows, which can lead to a host of other conditions.

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