Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today is from Allison in Daytona Beach. Can synthetic progesterone cause anxiety?
Today more than ever, we are realizing the importance of natural substances. Women taking hormone replacement supplements want to know the difference between natural and synthetic. The truth is that virtually all progesterone is made in a laboratory and is the synthesized version of natural progesterone.
Progestin and progesterone are the same hormone. Known as bio identical progesterone, progestin is made from soya intermediates. The synthetic progestin, medroxyprogesterone, known as Provera, resembles the chemical structure of progesterone as it’s produced naturally in the human body.
Many women experience signs of an allergic reaction such as difficulty in breathing, headache, chest pain, depression, mood changes, dizziness and anxiety. Studies confirm that anxiety can start during periods of hormonal change such as with the start of birth control.
The most common use of synthetic progesterone is for hormonal contraception, but it also has other pharmaceutical applications. Progestin therapy affects all organ systems in the body as well as the brain and the immune system, as well as the cardiovascular system.
Can synthetic progesterone cause anxiety? Synthetic progesterone is not identical to your body’s hormones and has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, blood clots, depression and anxiety. Available in tablet form, cream, jelly and capsule, women who wish to increase their progesterone levels need to talk to a health care professional, someone who specializes in hormones.
You should also do research and understand the difference between natural progesterone and combination estrogen and progestin. Take estrogen and progestin combinations only as prescribed by your doctor and always try to take the medication at the same time each day to reduce the possibility of anxiety and to allow it to work better.
Remember, too, that all forms of anxiety can be reduced and many times they can be reduced or cured with some kind of psychological treatment.