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The Ovulation Connection

Ovulation is the key moment in a woman's cycle: the follicle is mature, and the body is flush with hormones. At this point, PMS symptoms usually appear, particularly around the time that progesterone drops sharply.

Progesterone affects the body in several ways, including helping maintain feelings of well-being, relaxing muscles, and helping the body transform food into energy. So when progesterone levels drop one or two weeks before the period starts, headaches, crabbiness, and bloating kick in.

Progesterone, which can be considered the female equivalent of testosterone, has a great many functions in the body, including:

  • Regulating the thyroid gland

  • Raising the body’s core temperature

  • Acting as an anti-inflammatory and regulating immune response

  • Acting as an antidepressant

  • Helping the body use fat for energy

  • Affecting the body’s sodium-to-water balance

  • Reducing spasm and relaxing smooth muscle

  • Normalizing blood sugar levels

  • Increasing fertility

  • Helping the body absorb vitamins and minerals

  • Enhancing the libido

  • Promoting bone building

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