- Progesterone is known as our calming, mood, sleep, libido and bone-enhancing hormone. What a lot of women & men don’t realize is Progesterone functions as a precursor in our body to produce Testosterone while also acting as a balance to estrogen.
- Progesterone is the precursor of the mineralocorticoid aldosterone, and after conversion to 17α-hydroxyprogesterone, of cortisol and androstenedione. Androstenedione can be converted to testosterone, estrone, and estradiol, highlighting the critical role of progesterone in testosterone synthesis.
- Progesterone and its neurosteroid active metabolite allopregnanolone appear to be importantly involved in libido in females.
- Dr. Diana Fleischman, of the University of Portsmouth, and colleagues looked for a relationship between progesterone and sexual attitudes in 92 women. Their research, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that women who had higher levels of progesterone scored higher on a questionnaire measuring homoerotic motivation. They also found that men who had high levels of progesterone were more likely to have higher homoerotic motivation scores after affiliative priming compared to men with low levels of progesterone.
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