There’s just something about progesterone that I love.
Maybe because it suits my Saturn-ruled Capricorn personality that likes structure and restraint and time to think and slow things down.
That’s kind of how I perceive progesterone.
Oestrogen is like the naughty cousin, running amok in the first half of our cycle in particular. Oestrogen wants to build and grow and speed up and fluctuate!! Oh how it loves to fluctuate. It’s the tempestuous, fickle feminine who’s moody and broody and passionate and feisty.
Progesterone, on the other hand, is the voice of reason. It likes to regulate, to calm, to balance and to temper oestrogen’s wild nature.
As oestrogen rises in the first half of our cycle, so too does copper.
Copper is an essential element required for red blood cell formation, healthy nerve cell production and a happy immune system. It’s needed to make collagen for skin, bones and connective tissue. It also helps to reduce free radical damage to cells and DNA. Unless it doesn’t. Too much unbound copper can cause all manner of mental and emotional disruption, especially anxiety. Anyone who knows about pyrroles will understand this all too well.
As progesterone kicks in after ovulation in the second half of the cycle, it not only opposes oestrogen’s proliferative effects, but also helps to reduce the increased copper load generated in the first half of the cycle.
In addition, it’s the progesterone hit that also increases our stores of magnesium (which calms and relaxes us), zinc (aiding healthy cellular development and immunity) and B6 (imperative for cycle pain and PMS, mood balance and melatonin production ensuring restful sleep).
All this adds to progesterone’s calming effects so we don’t suffer from crazy mood swings, period pain and debilitating effects so many women experience during their periods.
So if you ARE experiencing a crummy or crazy cycle, then we can absolutely do something about it.
By increasing your ability to detoxify oestrogen, supporting your system with progestogenic herbs and nutrients and monitoring and balancing your levels of zinc and copper, PMS and period pain can be reduced significantly.
Kate is a qualified naturopath who is passionate about helping women heal from hormonal havoc and inspiring women to know their own power, worth and wisdom.
Kate offers one-on-one Skype consults for irregular cycles, PMS and period pain, endometriosis, PCOS, peri-menopause, mood swings, fatigue and mental and emotional stress.
Simply drop me an email to see how I can help you!