Latin progesterone means “for pregnancy.” This hormone in women is secreted by the adrenal glands, brain tissue and cells of the corpus luteum in the ovaries, and male tissue of the testes. Previously, progesterone was exclusively referred to as sex hormone. But modern research has discovered that it affects not only the reproductive system, but also the neurotransmitter system of the brain, the functioning of the immune system, and the metabolism of carbohydrates. A number of other functions in the body depend on progesterone. Since this hormone has a great responsibility, it is important that its indicators are normal. In this article I will give information about indicators of the progesterone norm in women and tell what to do if its level is lowered.
Progesterone and its non-sexual effects
Progesterone is able to increase the level of the hormone glucogone, respectively, an increase in blood sugar. It makes cells less sensitive to insulin. This may be the basis for insulin resistance, weight gain, which is especially noticeable in the abdomen. Continue reading
Any pathology or dysfunction in the body is reflected in a change in the composition of the blood. That is why a blood test is one of the first patient examinations. One of the analyzes is the biological measurement of ESR.
ESR is an indicator of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate. The specific gravity of red blood cells is higher than that of plasma. If capillary or venous blood is mixed with anti-clotting drugs, after a while a maroon clot forms at the bottom of the tube.
Red blood cells have a high ability to clump, and the resulting complexes settle faster. Pathological processes in the body can affect “stickiness”, and a blood test shows deviations from the ESR norm.
ESR analysis algorithm
The reliability of the results of a biological study depends on how prepared the patient was for the procedure. Continue reading
Thrush (vaginal candidiasis) at least once faced most women. This fungal disease can cause genital discomfort. However, this infection does not always require treatment. What is “thrush”, how to determine its symptoms and whether treatment is needed – we understand the article.
Thrush and its symptoms
Vaginal candidiasis is a fungal disease that causes opportunistic flora. Its causative agent is a fungus of the genus Candida. It has many varieties, but most often in women it is Candida albicans.
Thrush is expressed by symptoms such as:
pruritus and genital itching;
discharge of different consistency is liquid, curdled, mainly white; Continue reading