Estrogen and progesterone are two sex hormones that play a huge role throughout a woman’s life. The biggest thing to be aware of is when—and how much—these hormones fluctuate, and what symptoms those fluctuations may bring up (think: sleep disturbances, metabolic changes, and hair loss).
This ebb and flow of estrogen and progesterone typically happens during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause (1). But it can also be caused by lifestyle factors and certain health conditions.
As a registered dietitian specializing in women’s health, I see the impact of imbalanced hormones quite frequently. And in this article, I’ll be sharing why having balanced hormones is so important, the steps you can take to achieve healthy hormones, and which estrogen and progesterone levels you should aim for.