Q: How does progesterone typically affect the female body?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Progesterone is one of the body’s major hormones, helping to regulate and stimulate various functions. In women, it plays an important part in maintaining pregnancy. This hormone is produced by the adrenal glands, the ovaries or the placenta during pregnancy. It also prepares a woman’s body for pregnancy and conception, as well as regulates her menstrual cycle.
Q: What are the effect of a decreased level of progesterone?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Decreased progesterone is often believed to be responsible in part for PMS symptoms such as mood swings and breast tenderness. Be aware that many of these symptoms can coincide with symptoms of other issues, however.