Hormonal balance and heavy bleedingSome symptoms of low progesterone can include PMS, fibrocystic tissue in breasts, endomentrial hyperplasia, hypothyroidism, bone loss, anovulatory cycles, hot flashes, irregular periods, foggy thinking, and vaginal atrophy.
Dr. Zava's wife is 45 years old and exhibited some of these symptoms. She had read Dr. Lee's book, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause". Dr. Zava read it as well and was astounded at how much sense it made. Dr. Zava began measuring her estrogen and progesterone levels daily (by saliva tests) for three months and graphed the results. Mrs. Zava journalized her symptoms daily with no information on the results of the tests. Dr. Zava mentioned that the cost would be too exorbitant for the average patient to have performed at the doctor's office for this length of time (perhaps in excess of $20,000) but he conducted these tests himself. An interesting and very revealing pattern became clear as Dr. Zava charted the saliva assays. The progesterone line on the graph appeared to be normal; however, there were four to five "spikes" on the estrogen line indicating dramatic increases in estrogen at given times of each month which showed the wide imbalance of the two hormones. These spikes directly correlated with the negative symptoms recorded. The estrogen/progesterone balance is key to leveling the hormones. Mrs. Zava used the natural progesterone, and as expected, the first month she experienced heavy bleeding and clotting (this was the shedding of the thick lining of the uterus from too much estrogen). Month two she experienced less negative symptoms. By month three, she reported that she had the most normal cycle she had experienced since her 20's.