Your Progesterone Levels

What Causes Abnormal Progesterone Levels?

Abnormal progesterone levels can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose abnormal progesterone levels, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "abnormal progesterone levels" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Progesterone Excess
  • Low Progesterone

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
painful menstrual cramps
depression with fatigue
on normal dose oral progesterone
high sublingual progesterone use
angry/hostile disposition
pear-shaped body when overweight
sugar/sweet craving
pre/menstrual depression
reduced mental clarity
possibly jaundiced skin
elevated basophil count
taking high dose progesterone
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal progesterone levels:
Cause Probability Status
Progesterone Excess 95% Confirm
Low Progesterone 52% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
If your progesterone levels have been measured, what was the result?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Very low
→ Reduced (somewhat low)
→ Normal
→ High
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate low progesterone level, reduced progesterone level, normal progesterone level or high progesterone level, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
... and also rule out issues such as:
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