For a woman, the hormone progesterone has an important role, namely as a regulator of the menstrual cycle or during pregnancy. However, these hormones will be able to disturb if you have given birth. Well, for that, you need to identify some problems that may arrise due to reduced hormone.
In regulating the menstrual cycle, progesterone in combination with other hormones that is estrogen. The hormone estrogen dominates the hormonal composition at the beginning of the cycle because they support the egg maturation.
After that progesterone will take over until the measure reaches the peak when the egg is ready to be fertilized, and tended to be stable until just before menstruation. If fertilization does not occur, levels will drop suddenly and was followed by the uterine wall absolutely.
However, if fertilization occurs, progesterone levels will be maintained for approximately 39-40 weeks to provide comfortable conditions for the developing fetus. Levels back down after the baby is born, but sometimes its production will be disrupted for several weeks after wards.
The following symptoms that arise due to disruption of production of the hormone progesterone after delivery.
During pregnancy, progesterone levels are always maintained because the body continuously produces this hormone through the placenta. After delivery, the placenta stops producing so that progesterone levels suddenly drop.
According to research conducted Na Pro Technology, reduced progesterone levels associated with the occurrence of depression after childbirth (postpartum depression). Sometimes depression is characterized by symptoms of anxiety, and always sad and cry easily this can take up to 6 months.
2. Fluid accumulation
Retention or fluid buildup often occurs after childbirth, as a result of reduced levels of progesterone. Usually this condition is characterized by swapping (edema) especially in the legs and hands.
This occurs because the normal cycle, progesterone also acts as a diuretic or laxative liquid. By progesterone, excess certain contained in some tissues of the body are excreted in the urine.
3. Irregular menstruation
In a normal cycle, menstruation occurs when progesterone levels suddenly drop as a signal to the uterus wall to whole. Lack of progesterone causes the lining of the uterus had not decomposed in time, due to hormonal changes in the composition does not happen dramatically.
Disturbances in the menstrual cycle is a common complaint experienced by mothers after childbirth. In addition to progesterone hormone levels to normal yet, the production of mother's milk (milk) is also often blamed as the trigger.