I had what I called “spells” going through puberty, just a little offness and only I new it if I did not tell somebody. Did not have them again until perimenopause. Had them for a few years and then started with full blown nocturnal grand mal seizures. only at night around the time of my cycling. I no longer have periods, have not for many years, but the seizures are getting worse. I know these are hormone related. Any advice other than the above for balancing?

This is super tricky business now as the lack of ovulation is treated differently. With PCOS we need to decrease carbs, possibly decrease calories, focusing on improving insulin sensitivity to get the cycle back on track. With HA we need to focus on dialing back dieting and exercise (i.e. eating more and often exercising less) as well as minimize stress to get the period back on track.
I am 30 years old and trying to conceive my second child (my first is 20 months and was conceived very quickly). I’ve been monitoring my ovulation and have noticed I seem to have a short luteal phase and EWCM after when I think I’ve ovulated. I also haven’t had sore boobs at all during any of my post-pregnancy periods which I used to always get without fail. I am assuming that I have low progesterone which has possibly been knocked out by my first pregnancy? The doctors won’t entertain testing any of my hormones as they say my first child is evidence of my fertility.
The amygdala is the brain’s chief alert system. It responds to cues in the environment, quickly assessing whether they might represent threats, and triggering fear and anxiety if so—an early evolutionary defense mechanism. Other, more evolved parts of the brain, notably the frontal lobes, may later overrule the amygdala, but it is the first to respond.
Estrogen stimulates the production of clear and stretchy fertile mucus (a fluid secreted by the cervix). Progesterone dries cervical mucus up after ovulation. If progesterone levels are enough, you will have tackier, drier mucus throughout your luteal stage. If you see abundant cervical mucus in your luteal stage, it means that your progesterone levels have lowered. To get more detailed information on the amount of progesterone in your body, using progesterone test strips is advised.
I am so happy to have found this site. I have suffered from pcos and hypothyroidism since I was 12. I was diagnosed at 14 and been in a off and on relationship with different birth controls. I have one child and I had a miscarriage in late February which totally destroyed me, my mind my body and my spirit. I went to the doctor after wards and she kept trying to push bc of any form and then wanted to push fertility drugs when i am ready to conceive. Even though I had told her about me wanting to ” go natural” and that I want another baby next year. She did give me a ultra sound and my endometrium is toooooo thick but my thyroid is functioning normally. I had been researching bio identical progesterone and was desperate to try it ( i had already tried and failed everything else.) Instead of the progesterone I asked for, she shot me up with medroxyprogesterone a.k.a depo provera… so now.. aside from the regular pcos symptoms like abnormal body hair, cystic acne and 57 day cycles with 30+ days of extremely heavy bleeding, ( super+ tampon every 2-3 hours even during sleep) extreme mood swings, depression, weight gain, NO SEX DRIVE, my hair is falling out in whole curls, I have nooooooo energy, hot flashes and night sweats, spotting between periods.. cycles that are anywhere from 5- 60 days with no way of knowing what they will be, no patience, if im not mad as hell im crying and i really couldnt tell you why. Literally, everything on your above list of syptoms, I miss my hubbys affection but I dont want him to touch me.. I am a 26 year old hormonal monster who is going through the same menopause symptoms as my 50 year old mother and I am starting to hate myself. I did, however, find a natural doctor to hopefully help me and order test. If she wont help I am considering just prescribing it for myself since no one is listening… My hair falling out in whole curls is the last straw.I really feel helpless and hopeless and I am praying this will work. Do you think Bio identical progesterone is right for me?

Clinical research on the effects of weight gain and levels of progesterone have found that high levels increase weight. A study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior found subjects that were treated with progesterone alone to treat symptoms of menopause increased weight. Using a combination of both estrogen and progesterone didn’t result in any weight gain.15
I was wondering if anyone has had to take a pill form of progesterone instead of cream. I just found out that my progesterone level are very low (lower than 1) and my doctor would like me to take a pill form instead of cream. Does anyone know about the side effects and/or benefits of taking pill over cream? She has chosen a bio-identical pill but I’m a bit concerned.
I had two miscarriages in a row, no live pregnancies. I was wondering ,was progesterone the culprit behind my loss. I gained nearly 10 kg by 14 weeks, without much eating. Also I had many episodes of very low blood sugar. My cycle is always regular 26 to 28 days. My uterus and ovaries are normal. But, both times growth of fetus stopped at 6 weeks.  Whatz your opinion??

The most common hormonal disorder amongst women of reproductive age is PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome.  In this condition, there is insulin resistance, high androgen production, and disordered function of the ovaries.  This often leads to missing or infrequent ovulation.  As you learned already, most of our progesterone is made after you ovulate, so you don't ovulate, then you won't make much progesterone, and you'll be in estrogen dominance.
I’m so sorry about your pregnancy losses, Nikks. Progesterone is an important hormone in pregnancy. It may be a factor but I wouldn’t know without seeing a blood test. It would be worth having some blood tests to rule out any deficiencies in hormones, nutrients, blood factors, etc. I recommend you see a naturopathic physician or get a referral to a recurrent loss clinic to get a thorough work up done. Best of luck and please keep me posted 🙂 Warmly, Dr Julie
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I have spotting for 3-5 days prior to day 1 of my cycle. I have been told by my RE that I have low progesterone, though I still don’t know why, and have been struggling with infertility for almost 3 years. As we gear up for our 3rd round of IVF, we’ve been ttc naturally. I had left over Crinone progesterone suppositories that I began 3 days after ovulation twice a day (last cycle). Unfortunately, I ran out after 4 days and thought I had more but didn’t. My menses started soon after I stopped and was about 3 days early. I’m trying to find a progesterone cream that could help me conceive. I’m confused though by the cream containing soy. I thought I’m suposed to avoid soy?
The progesterone cream I have used in the past is from Beeyoutiful. While all natural progesterone within the different brands creams shoudl be the same, the other ingredients in it can make a big difference. Watch out for creams and lotions that contain xeno-estrogens and make sure to check for parabens and pthalates. Beeyoutiful’s cream contains just coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil infused with organic wild yam root, organic comfrey root, and cayenne, 1000 mg USP progesterone, sweet orange essential oil, rosemary essential oil, candelilla wax, beeswax. From my limited experience with it, it goes on easily, absorbs quickly, and has no smell.
Glucophage and clomid. About a year and a half later I had my daughter and 4 years later without using any birth control in those years we now have a son! I have ALL the above symptoms! I’ve seen my dermatologist about my face breaking out with no luck. Somedays I wonder how my husband stands me, every time I talk to my OB she wants to put me on birth control pills and I refuse and she gives no other options. I’m in desperate need of advice! 
Progesterone is produced in a woman's body in quantities a thousand-fold greater than estrogens. Progesterone is a pivotal building block for the production of other hormones, including estrogens, glucocorticoids and corticosteroids. Without progesterone there would be no menstrual cycle or reproduction. Progesterone plays an essential role including keeping the stimulatory effects of estrogen under control.

Infertility. Intravaginal progesterone gel (Crinone 8%) is FDA-approved for use as a part of infertility treatment in women. Some research suggests that applying progesterone intravaginally and injecting it into the muscle may have similar effectiveness for increasing pregnancy rates as giving it by mouth. Also, research suggests that intravaginal progesterone seems to be as effective for pregnancy rates as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG).
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The most appropriate time to measure serum progesterone is mid luteal phase (either 7 days after ovulation, or 7 days prior to expected menses). This is when you’re most likely to catch the peak progesterone level. This day will vary according to a woman’s cycle length (for example, for a 28 day cycle, day 21 progesterone testing is appropriate; but for a 35 day cycle, progesterone would ideally be measured around day 28).

Hi there I suffer from embarrassing and painful re-occurring bacteria vaginosis. I was doing some research into natural alternatives and came across an article that describes acidosis and the ph of body along with low progesterone levels playing key factors. I then came across this and seem to fit almost every symptom mentioned. I was wondering what your thoughts were on this? I am 25 have a loving partner who I would love not only be intimate with (and not be burdened with the horrible symptoms of the bv) but would dearly love to have children also. Any help and advice you can give me would be a blessing. Thank you 
I had a miscarriage due to low progesterone. The second time I got pregnant I tested very low for progesterone and went on Prometrium but switched to the progesterone suppository until I was 13 weeks. My daughter is now 5 months old. I think the suppositories saved her life. I would strongely recommend switching if you are on the pill form because studies show that your body absorbs the suppository cream form much more readily than the oral pill. I would ask your Dr. to switch you to it as soon as you can. Good luck
Usually a cup of red clover tea helps when the hot flush comes on but they take time to go down and are very unsightly because they are patchy and look like I’ve been sunburnt or scalded with hot water. I don’t feel hot through my body, just on the skin itself which is hot to the touch and then only on my elbows, which sometimes migrates to the backs of my hands, and patchy uneven red on my face. It’s quite unusual, from what I can gather.
I had a question regarding Progesterone drops.  i am currently seeing a natural hollistic provider specifically  for infertility.  My periods are like clockwork, I am ovulating, but unfortunately had a miscarriage two months ago at 6 weeks.  The reason was unknown.  I am going to have my hormone levels checked, but wanted to ask you a question regarding the natural progesterone drops.  My friend gave me some to try for Pms symptoms.  Well, I had some cramping and brain fog on the 3rd day of my period so I decided to take 10 drops of progesterone mixed with my water.  After the fact I am now reading this can stop ovulation from happening?   Is this true?  I hope not, as I only used it the one day during my period.  We are TTC, and am worried I could have thrown things off.  I appreciate your response!!
I have all of these symptoms. However it isnt my hands or feet its my lips. 🙁  and the weight gain has been very rapid in my hips.  Once progesterone levels are regulated.. please tell me the weight comes off as rapidly as it came off.  I work out 5 days a week for 90 to 120 minutes.. split intervals of course.  1 day of yoga and one day of rest.  And i am so careful with what i eat.  The weight gain is making the mood swings worse because i hate myself for pushing to keep the weight off.. and it just seems to be coming back faster.
Many women have unknowingly been estrogen dominant for years, resigning themselves to tender breasts, heavy bleeding, painful cramps or PMS mood swings and depression as the monthly consequence of “the curse.” But behind this all-too-familiar symptom picture lurks the greater health impact of hormone imbalance. “For women with undetected estrogen dominance,” writes co-author Virginia Hopkins, in the popular John Lee books on menopause, “Being put on synthetic hormones when they reach menopause is like pouring gasoline on a fire in terms of breast cancer risk.”
Thanks for this info! I started having pink spotting after periods a year ago, age 47. Missed a couple completely and doctor did endo biopsy which was negative but after that I went into six or seven three week cycles with a day or two of very heavy bleeding. These have tapered off but now missed two months then started spotting sporadically. Doc suggested progesterone pills based on estrogen level over 500 with normal fsh. (Last year, haven’t been since this random spotting started three weeks ago)The spotting isn’t bad but it’s scary. Does that sound like progesterone is low? I’d rather weather this naturally if that’s all it is. Going for ultrasound next week to check on fibroid and will share info with doc then. Otherwise feel great…lots of other symptoms have eased, like migraines, palpitations, and breast pain. Thanks!

Checking progesterone levels is a reliable way to determine whether a woman has ovulated. In most labs, a level above 2.5 ng/mL indicates that ovulation has taken place.Beyond that, the uses of progesterone levels are “iffy” at best. There is little medical data to support the notion that “low” progesterone levels are associated with infertility or miscarriage. However, progesterone supplementation is an easy and inexpensive therapy which is thought to be completely safe. So most infertility specialists will “err on the side of caution”. This means that even though it is likely that most women who are told they have low progesterone levels probably don’t have a problem, the risks of treatment are negligible so why not?The problem comes from doctors not explaining this philosophy to patients and instead let them believe that they have this serious medical problem which will keep them from having a baby without treatment.Now you can rest assured.
Although it has been suggested that saliva hormonal testing is perhaps better than blood hormonal testing, it would be wise to work with your doctor so they can explain your results and offer you guidance on further courses of action. This is true even if they choose to administer a blood hormonal test. They will also carry out other hormonal tests which can help you to ascertain vital information about your personal hormonal profile.
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@Marika, Most women I have talked with, when using the cream past their normal luteal phase, if they have ovulated and are not pregnant, it won’t delay menses more than a couple of days. Because once you’ve ovulated it can’t hold off menses for to long. So just go out at least 14 days from ovulation – if you’re tracking basal body temps you should be able to see when you ovulated.

Physicians who do not prescribe progesterone supplements may feel hesitant to prescribe any drug without a clear indication that it works—and they have a good historical ground to stand on. In the 1950s through the 1970s, physicians prescribed a drug called DES to pregnant women with the idea that it would prevent miscarriage—the drug later turned out to cause numerous reproductive abnormalities in children.


Hello. I am in my mid-twenties and have now had two consecutive miscarriages. I started my period very young, at age 10. I have a missed period once or twice a year,  but the length of my cycle varies every single month. I’ve had cycles at 26 days up to 35 days. I’ve always had very thin hair and nails and my weight has fluctuated greatly. I’ve gained and lost 15-20 pounds at least 5 times since the age of 18. I also got acne once I got to college and had to take accutane. I’ve also struggled with overwhelming anxiety and bouts of depression for 10+ years. My husband and I have been struggling with pregnancy issues for over a year now with two miscarriages. We want to get pregnant again, but are afraid to try until we figure out if something is wrong with me. Any advice would be appreciated!


Stress triggers the body to put the adrenal glands on overdrive to increase output of the anti-stress hormone cortisol. This is what happens in the early stages of adrenal fatigue. Cortisol, unfortunately, competes for progesterone receptors. The higher the level of stress experienced, the more cortisol the adrenals produce. This means that those receptor sites may be occupied by cortisol rather than progesterone. This leads to reduced progesterone availability to cells. Also, progesterone is a precursor to the synthesis of cortisol. In times of stress, progesterone may be shunted to make more cortisol, resulting in less progesterone being available to the cell as well. Multiple mechanisms therefore can result in lower than normal levels of free progesterone during stress, while estrogen dominance symptoms rise. This may be reflected in laboratory test showing lower than normal progesterone levels in absolute terms, or a low progesterone to estrogen ratio. Physicians not alert to this lowered progesterone level in times of stress may prescribe progesterone in their best intention to increase the progesterone level.

Ever since my cycle started again 10 months after having my baby I’ve had 3-5 days of spotting before each period, depression that fluctuates during the month (day 1-2 of cycle I’m happy as a lark, day 3, my dark cloud of depression sets in again…ups and downs from there), hair loss, dry skin, weight gain, headaches,  and I can’t think straight 99% of the time. Oh, and I don’t have to worry about birth control cause I don’t seem to get pregnant easily.
Hormones such as progesterone, produced by the corpus luteum, the leftover "shell" of the follicle that contained the ovulated egg, play a crucial role in maintaining a pregnancy. One sign of inadequate progesterone levels is a short luteal phase, or luteal phase defect, after ovulation. Clomiphene citrate, a fertility drug commercially sold as Clomid, can help decrease luteal phase defect and raise progesterone levels in some cases.
For women experiencing effects of high progesterone due to a normal menstrual cycle, there's little that can be done to alleviate discomfort aside from waiting for the high progesterone phase to pass, which it will in approximately a week. Pregnant women, or those on hormone supplementation, though, are subject to high progesterone for long periods of time. Murkoff and Mazel note that almost everyone begins to adjust to high progesterone after a few months, meaning that symptoms gradually subside with time.
I have been on progesterone cream for a little over year – I am also on supplements for adrenal fatigue from emotional stress and I had irregular, very long cycles, and sometimes no period at all – just spotting when I was supposed to have a period. I also experienced lots of hair loss, fatigue, and pms that lasted for 2 weeks. Progesterone cream has helped my cycle become more regular, my pms greatly improve, and the hair loss stopped. But the one thing left is the weight loss. My cycle is just now becoming 28 to 30 days and I still have some pms so does that mean my hormones still have some balancing left to do?

Hoping someone may be able to give me some much needed advice! I came of of Yasmin in January after being on it for 5 years. I have had a hx of endo and hormonal related acne which the Yasmin helped ‘fix’ completely. Since coming off Yasmin I had what seemed like normal cycles (albeit every 35 days) until May. Now I am experiencing Amenorrhea and have had an acne break out on my face and part of my back. My Dr tested my hormone levels and said my progesterone is basically nil. I have also been feeling a bit of anxiety/depression at times. I don’t really want to go back on the ocp, as when hubby and I decide for kids i’ll have to come off of it and will no doubt experience all these things again but am worried about taking a progesterone pill. I have been taking vitex for the past 3 weeks and haven’t noticed any changes…and advice would be appreciated!!
Prolactin is the hormone that triggers lactation, but can rise in non-lactating women as well. This is a problem because high levels prolactin can interfere with progesterone production and inhibit ovulation. High prolactin can be the result of a poor diet, stressful lifestyle or something more serious so you definitely want to get this checked out. 

Vitex (Chaste Tree Berry) is one of the most powerful herbs for women’s fertility and menstrual health. There are numerous studies and testimonials of Vitex and its effects on the body. One of the reasons Vitex is so effective and popular is because of its ability to balance hormones while not containing hormones itself. Vitex supports hormonal balance in the body by having an effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis (hormonal feedback loop), correcting the problem at the source.
A little heads up though. Most doctors are so set in their understanding of the 28 day model of a woman’s menstrual cycle that explaining this to them will be like banging your head on a wall over and over again. No matter how many times you try to explain it, or even if you bring in your charts and show your doctor, you’ll be told to come in on day 21 of your cycle.
Many women are familiar with progesterone as a hormone that is essential for fertility and for sustaining a pregnancy.  In fact, the name itself means “promoting gestation.”  Once a woman’s reproductive life begins to wane and she enters perimenopause, progesterone production in the ovaries starts to decline.  By the time she reaches menopause, circulating progesterone levels are so low, they are similar to those normally seen in men.

Donielle believes women can learn how to heal their bodies & balance their hormones through natural methods. An advocate for natural health, she has a passion for nourishing/real food nutrition and natural living. Her personal background includes both infertility and miscarriage and she started Natural Fertility and Wellness in 2008 in order to share all of the information she found helpful in her journey to heal from PCOS and overcome infertility.
I recently did am ultrasound which stated that I have a cyst on my right ovary. The doctor is suggesting that it could be pcos but not confirmed just yet. I was pregnant in 2016 but lost the baby in Jan 2017. I have been trying to conceive from since then with no luck. The doctor was saying that pcos can also be the reason for not conceiving . She has said that we would try some hormone treatment. My next appointment is the 26th Feb. Are there any suggestions that you can give that I can bring up in the docs appointment? Great article btw…
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