Progesterone as a neuroactive neurosteroid, with special reference to the effect of progesterone on myelination.

Authors: Baulieu E, Schumacher M.

Publication Year: 2000

Citation: Steroids 2000;65(10-11):605-12.

This paper reviews the effects of progesterone on the brain, with special focus on its role in the formation of the myelin sheath surrounding nerve fibers. Other roles of progesterone in the brain include activating GABA receptors, which induces a calming effect.