A Major Hormonal Crisis – The Progesterone Steal

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Progesterone is a very unique hormone.  In a woman, it is produced mainly in the ovary and the adrenal gland.  Progesterone orchestrates different pathways in the adrenal glands that helps to regulate the balance blood pressure, fluid levels, cortisol, (stress hormone) testosterone, and estrogen.  Keeping our progesterone in balance is of key importance for many, many important pathways throughout our body.

As a woman starts out with a pregnancy, some of these women struggle to keep the right balance of progesterone in her body.  Progesterone is considered a woman’s “pregnancy hormone” as it’s number one function is to maintain the pregnancy.  How does progesterone do this?

After a woman ovulates each month, progesterone helps prepare the lining of the uterus to receive the fertilized egg. If there is no fertilized egg, progesterone levels  will then drop and menstruation begins. If a fertilized egg implants in the uterine wall, progesterone helps maintain the uterine lining throughout pregnancy.  Keeping the progesterone levels at adequate levels is imperative in maintaining a successful pregnancy.


Watch this video and become familiar with the 7 signs your progesterone may be low…..



Production of progesterone:

The first step in all steroid hormone synthesis is the transport of cholesterol into the mitochondria and its conversion to pregnenolone, which is then how the body makes  all of the sex and adrenal hormones including DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, aldosterone, and cortisol.  There are many people with an over abundance of stress, which causes a pregenolone steal. If this happens, there is a dramatic drop in the production of the sex hormones in order for the body to produce the cortisol to get the body away from the lion.  Reducing stress will provide for better for hormonal balance, avoiding the pregnenolone steal. Making adequate pregnenolone is crucial for proper hormonal balance


Circadian Rhythm:

A large portion of our body’s daily function follow  a 24 hour cycle.  For example, our stress hormone cortisol peaks in the early morning and decreases gradually as we end our day. Melatonin, our sleep hormone, follows the opposite pattern. When hormones follow this trend of a 24 hour cycle, they follow a circadian rhythm. There are normal environmental cues such as light and eating that help set our circadian rhythms.


Circadian rhythms also set a tight control over the dynamics of the little organelles in our cells called mitochondria. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of each one of our cells, making more than 90% of the cell energy called ATP.

Cholesterol transport AND pregnenolone production are under circadian control.  The better the stress is balanced, and the better one sleeps at night, these circadian patterns will ensure that we stay in balance.

At American Wellness & Rehab Clinic, we put a high priority and emphasis on tracking and monitoring ones lifestyle habits including stress and sleep quality.  We educate and coach our clients to achieve the highest balanced circadian rhythm, allowing their own body to correct hormone imbalance that could be causing an entire slew of health problems including the pregnenolone steal.  Come see us today and let us help you regain your hormone balance

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