Do You Suffer From Fatigue, Weight Gain, Mood Swings, Anxiety and Depression? If So, It Might Be Your Hormones!

January 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Health Blog, Healthy Lifestyle

One of the areas of health that I specialise in is Naturopathic Endocrinology (hormonal system balance) and I am amazed by the number of men and women that try to function each day with significantly dysfunctional hormonal systems. Often people are suffering from excessive levels of one hormone in conjunction with deficiencies of other hormones – causing their whole physical, mental and emotional health to be affected. 

One of the most common hormonal imbalances that I see in women is progesterone deficiency. This hormonal imbalance is extremely widespread and yet, due to the importance of progesterone balance within the body, sub-optimal progesterone levels can cause all sorts of serious health problems. Progesterone balances the effects of oestrogen and affects every cell of our body and therefore can have a huge affect on our whole health!

Progesterone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands in women and the testicles and adrenal glands in men and it acts as a precursor for other hormones. This vital hormone restores proper cell oxygen levels, protects against fibrocystic breast disease, endometrial cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer, normalises blood clotting and blood sugar levels, is a natural anti-depressant, normalises zinc and copper levels, facilitates thyroid function, stimulates cells (osteoblasts) for bone building (to help prevent osteoporosis), improves energy, helps in the treatment of endometriosis & Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and is essential for pregnancy and the survival of the foetus.

The following list includes some of the signs and symptoms of progesterone deficiency. If you have a few of these signs, it may be an indication that you are suffering from a progesterone deficiency. If so, testing your hormone levels through saliva analysis would be  recommended.


Signs and Symptoms of progesterone deficiency in Women:





Low sex drive

Irregular periods                                                       

Possibly heavy periods

Fibrocystic breasts

Hot flushes

Night sweats                                               

Low bone density

Depression; Anxiety

Mood swings                                                                         

Unbalanced blood sugar levels                            

Abnormal blood clotting

Headaches associated with the period           

Infertility; Early miscarriage

Irritability; Aggression             

Endometrial cancer

Breast cancer

Sore or swollen breasts (esp. prior to period)                

Weight gain in women, specifically in lower half of body

Swollen hands, feet & general fluid retention

Short luteal phase (sometimes) e.g. period occurs less than 11 days after ovulation

Signs and  Symptoms of progesterone deficiency in Men:




Low sex drive                                                                  

Low bone density

Depression; Anxiety

 Unbalanced blood sugar levels

Abnormal blood clotting                            

Aggression; Irritability

Prostate cancer                                                                                

Oestrogen excess

And other signs and symptoms

Achieving Optimum Progesterone Balance

As you can see, having optimal progesterone levels can be incredibly important for your mental and physical health. Finding out what your progesterone (and other hormone) levels are may be the first step in achieving optimum health and vitality.

As discussed in my book “Are Your Hormones Driving You Mad?”  ( ), I use and recommend saliva tests for hormone testing as they have many advantages over blood testing for hormone status. Saliva tests are simple, painless and non-invasive and they indicate the non-protein bound ‘free’ fraction of hormones rather than the bound hormone levels which are measured in blood tests.

If low progesterone levels are identified in your saliva test, specific safe and effective herbal medicine therapies* can be taken to help the body achieve normal hormonal balance. This may have a huge impact on your whole health. Balance your hormones – Change your life!

*’Practitioner-strength’ herbal medicines that can safely and effectively increase your hormone levels can only be prescribed by qualified naturopathic health practitioners. Please consult our clinic for advice on natural medicines for hormonal balance and for hormone saliva testing.

Yours in Health,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sar Rooney BHSc., ND., DC., DASc., GDSc. (Hons), MATMS.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Naturopathic Physician & Health Scientist                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sara can be contacted at the Strathalbyn Wellbeing Centre Ph: 85362933 or through the clinic website:

Does reading the signs and symptoms of progesterone deficiency help you to realise the impact this vital hormone has on your health? Tell us below what you think about this important hormonal imbalance and how it might affect you.


One Response to “Do You Suffer From Fatigue, Weight Gain, Mood Swings, Anxiety and Depression? If So, It Might Be Your Hormones!”
  1. Tierra says:

    Okay. Im 17 and i have anxiety attacks and im tired all the time but cant sleep. I have mood swings and the lower part of my stomach is bloated. What could it be?

    Hi Tierra. I would advise you to consult a Naturopathic Physician or doctor that specalizes in mental health, hormonal balance and digestive problems. They may refer you for a number of tests to identify the underlying cause of your problems so that you can be treated appropriately.

    I wish you all the best.

    Warm regards
    Sar Rooney BHSc., ND., DC., DASc., GDSc. (Hons), MATMS, MNHAA, MHATO
    Naturopathic Physician, Research Scientist, Medical Herbalist, Counsellor,
    & Leading Professional Educator in the Naturopathic Health Field

    Sar has advanced qualifications in the naturopathic health field and is an accomplished lecturer and practitioner with over 20 years of clinical experience.

    Specializing in Women’s Health | Natural Hormonal Balance | Thyroid Disorders | Digestive Health | Balanced Mental Health | Autoimmune Disease | Optimal Wellness & Disease Prevention with a Clinical Focus on Identifying & Resolving the Underlying Causes of Symptoms and Disease.

    Earth Medicine TM
    PO Box 543 Strathalbyn, SA 5255 (Australia)
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    Science-Based Naturopathic Health Care to help you achieve optimal wellness, calm and contented mental health, hormonal balance and disease prevention with personalised, professional naturopathic health care, specialized clinical pathology testing and high-quality naturopathic medicines.

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