Progesterone metabolite allopregnanolone minimized stressProgesterone metabolite allopregnanolone, a steroid hormone released during the metabolism of progesterone (the female sex hormone) has the ability to reduce response of the brain to stress.

This finding was disclosed by scientists at Emory University School of Medicine, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and Atlanta’s Center for Behavioral Neuroscience.

Evidence was found by the scientists in context to the fact that response of brain to corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), a peptide hormone that plays an important role in the stress response in animals, was reduced by progesterone metabolite allopregnanolone.