• Jeff Black

The Progesterone Steal

Updated: Feb 26, 2020

I wanted to talk about something known as the progesterone steal and how this can lead to estrogen dominance.


Being overweight (fat stores love creating estrogen), birth control, chronic stress, and environmental exposure to things such as xenoestrogens all can contribute to the progesterone steal.


How this happens is through a hormone pathway that starts with cholesterol and translates down to pregnenolone, which is a key hormone in the production of sex hormones such as DHEA, Progesterone, Androstenedione, Testosterone and Estrogen.


Things like reduction in HIIT based classes, lowering maximum exertion based workouts, meditation, restorative yoga, and more low-intensity steady-state cardio can help you manage your cortisol levels and the potential for sympathetic nervous system dominance which often arises from chronic stress results in progesterone becoming tanked. This scenario leads to estrogen dominant symptoms. If you are not on birth control you have more options to keep the balance, but for most women, lowering stress and preventing cortisol robbing from progesterone which is creating your estrogen dominant situation should be your focus.


Things like reduction in HIIT based classes, lowering maximum exertion based workouts, meditation, restorative yoga, and more low-intensity steady-state cardio can help you manage your cortisol levels and the potential for sympathetic nervous system dominance which often arises from chronic stress.

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