Synthetic progestins are molecularly different from natural progesterone and therefore do not metabolize to the same compounds as natural progesterone.  They do not show benefits for cognitive or anti-anxiety function.  In fact, they have not been found to have any of progesterone’s neuroprotective properties.  The progestin that has been the most extensively studied and which is commonly used in synthetic hormone replacement therapy, MPA (medroxyprogesterone acetate), has been found to have negative effects on the nervous system and even reduces the beneficial effects of estrogen.
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.
I have been unable to concieve for some years despite having sex when I ovulate and what not. I kept going on at my doctors who told me it was because of my diabetes why I could not concieve but to my knowledge it is people to suffer with the problem of hyperglycemia that have trouble conceiving not women who suffer with hypoglycaemia such as myself. Eventually after three years of going on at my doctors I got them to get my hormone levels checked. They did so but never checked my progesterone levels so I got on to my doctor and had it checked and it came back stating that my progesterone levels are really low. I am really worried about this because I do not know what this means or if there are any treatments to salvage what’s left of my ability to concieve. Could someone please tell me as it would be much appreciated. 

Low progesterone apparently played a large role in my early losses. I was put on progesterone cream with Ella (which seemed to be effective) but by this pregnancy, didn’t want to do the creams or pills thing, having moved farther into the crunchy realms. Along with making more diet changes, I also dosed myself with Progessence Plus Serum from Young Living Oils, a blend of oils that is meant to boost/balance progesterone. I don’t know if it “worked” but I’m still pregnant, so it didn’t… not… help. lol But going forward, I know I need to make greater changes if I want to have more children to make sure my hormones are exactly what they ought to be! Thanks for the awesomely informative article! 🙂
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) condition is marked by multiple growths of cysts in the ovaries, resulting in a hormonal imbalance and menstruation back flows. Less production of estrogen and progesterone necessary for ovulation results in lower egg quality and failure of eggs to mature. These failed to mature eggs become cysts and line the outer and inner ovaries. Also, PCOS beckons the high production of insulin resulting in a type II diabetes condition and increased production of androgen.
Helps with the common symptoms of menopause including hot flushes, mood swings, insomnia, night sweats, vaginal dryness and restlessness. Estrogen levels normally fall by 40-60% during menopause, but progesterone levels often fall to almost zero. Menopause is not an estrogen-deficiency disease. The symptoms experienced by menopausal women are actually the symptoms of estrogen dominance! The most effective and safe treatment of these menopause symptoms is to counteract the excess estrogens by using a natural progesterone cream.
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 -­ One of the female sex hormones and often referred to as the ³growing hormone² because of its role in the body. Estrogen is responsible for growing and maturing the uterine lining (lining that is shed during menstruation) and also matures the egg prior to ovulation. Estrogen is produced mostly by the ovaries but also in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands and in fat tissue. It is most abundant in the first half of the menstrual cycle (follicular phase). provides accurate and independent information on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Data sources include Micromedex® (updated Oct 1st, 2018), Cerner Multum™ (updated Oct 2nd, 2018), Wolters Kluwer™ (updated Oct 2nd, 2018) and others. To view content sources and attributions, please refer to our editorial policy.
Dear Dr. Julie, I feel I may be suffering from low progesterone. I have many symptoms and have had to take progesterone to maintain my last 4 pregnancies. I am 37 and probably won’t be having anymore children. On top of this I have hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. My question is could low progesterone cause flushing of the face certain days of the month? I notice it around ovulation and then again during my cycle where it comes fast out of nowhere. I am currently performing a saliva test this month but won’t have results until next month.
Green tea helps with estrogen metabolism, which is critical when dealing with estrogen dominance and lowered estrogen levels are associated with fewer incidences of cancer, especially breast cancer.  In one study, Japanese women who drank green tea daily had up to 40% urinary estrogen levels as compared to women who drank green tea only once per week.(4)
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During menopause, estrogen is no longer produced by the ovaries and is made in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands and in fat tissue. Estrogen is still produced in the body, but in lower amounts than younger cycling women. The most significant hormone change of menopause is the lack of progesterone, so a time of estrogen dominance and low progesterone.
Progesterone supplements are probably safe. No one has found evidence that they can cause harm. If your physician is advising you to use progesterone, be sure to discuss any concerns you may have and take both sides into account before making your decision. Similarly, if your physician is not offering to prescribe progesterone, be sure to consider the reasons behind that stance before making a decision about your future care.
According to the Natural Hormones website, high stress levels may cause lower progesterone, and vice versa. A Christian Broadcasting Network article suggests that stress reduces progesterone, interfering with a woman’s reproductive capacity, and is a leading cause of infertility and miscarriages. A woman’s body requires progesterone to conceive--progesterone prepares the uterine lining for the fertilized egg. Progesterone is also responsible for feeding and nourishing the uterus throughout pregnancy. Stress triggers a woman’s body to produce additional cortisol and adrenaline, effectively diminishing progesterone levels.
While natural progesterone most likely does not have negative consequences, you should not use self-treat. Self treating yourself with progesterone could delay your period. If you are trying to conceive, that means it will delay ovulation. Next, progesterone can build up in your tissues so even once you stop taking it, it may takes several months for your body to get rid of the access progesterone. Read below for possible side effects. Read here for one woman’s story on what she experienced with taking too much natural progesterone.
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.
Preventing bone loss (osteoporosis). Some research suggests that applying progesterone to the skin is not effective for increasing bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. Other research shows that applying progesterone to the skin for 2 years may be as effective for preventing bone loss as drinking isoflavone-containing soy milk. However, the combination of soy milk plus progesterone seems to result greater bone loss than either single treatment alone.
Are you aware of any link between insufficient glandular tissue/breast hypoplasia and low progesterone? I’m wondering if my primary lactation failure after the birth of my daughter 2.5 years ago may be linked to a more recent miscarriage and my current struggle to conceive. Additionally, early in my first pregnancy my hcg levels were very slow to rise, in hindsight I believe my doctor was monitoring me for a loss, which, thankfully, didn’t happen. As I’m now struggling to get pregnant again I’ve been doing lots of reading and am wondering if all these things may be connected, and if low progesterone may be part of the problem. I also suffer from most of the symptoms you mentioned. Additionally, i think my luteal phase may be too short, between 8-10 days. 
Hi! I HV been dealing with low progesterone levels for many years and it gives new challenges after every few months. I m dealing with infertility treatments for about ten years and still no success. However the main concern is I don’t get my periods unless I take progesterone so i take it in every cycle from day 16 to 25 and it was working OK. But now the scene is that from last few cycles my cycle prolonged to 9 days. Still I was not complaining but now in this cycle I got no blood only a few tiny drops and a few threads and thats all. Plz guide me what can I do to help it.

Topical progesterone products (preparations applied to the skin) marketed as cosmetics require no FDA approval prior to marketing. There is currently no limit on the amount of progesterone allowed in cosmetic products. In 1993 the FDA proposed a rule limiting progesterone-containing cosmetic products to a maximum level of 5 mg/oz with the product label instructing users not to exceed 2 oz per month. But this rule was never finalized.
You’ll also need to rest (you read that right).  Remember earlier how we said that running around without time to rest and reflect can lead to poor food choices?  Beyond poor food choices, it can lead to poor life choices!  So take some time each day to let your mind unwind.  You can read a book, journal, meditate, nap…whatever you like.  It’s great to occasionally take a retreat in a natural setting too. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep each night, as critical healing and rebuilding happens nightly.

Pro-gestation hormone, often shortened to progesterone, is an anti-inflammatory hormone produced before ovulation to enhance the possibility of becoming pregnant. It has a calming, soothing effect, raises serotonin levels in women's brain, which helps cope with depression and insomnia. And, of course, progesterone is vital for maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Unfortunately, though, a lot of women of postmenopausal age and kids suffer from a progesterone deficiency which may lead to many health problems, including infertility. What does low progesterone mean in a woman's life? How to deal with the signs of low progesterone?  What are the symptoms of low progesterone in women? In this article, you will find the answers to these and many more other questions. 

Helps with the common symptoms of menopause including hot flushes, mood swings, insomnia, night sweats, vaginal dryness and restlessness. Estrogen levels normally fall by 40-60% during menopause, but progesterone levels often fall to almost zero. Menopause is not an estrogen-deficiency disease. The symptoms experienced by menopausal women are actually the symptoms of estrogen dominance! The most effective and safe treatment of these menopause symptoms is to counteract the excess estrogens by using a natural progesterone cream.
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Your body will always choose survival over procreation. This means you will preferentially make cortisol over progesterone when exposed to chronic stress. Pregnenolone, which I like to think of as the “mama hormone” gives birth to both progesterone and cortisol, as well as other hormones. In times of stress, pregnenolone will be shunted to make cortisol at the expense of progesterone. This is what is known as the “pregnenolone steal.” In addition, cortisol blocks progesterone receptors, which means that you can not efficiently use the progesterone you are making.
Hi Kylee! I’m so sorry you’ve had to deal with these symptoms and aren’t having much luck with a diagnosis from your family doctor. It might be worth a second opinion if you are keen to get to the root cause of your symptoms and have your progesterone levels re-examined. In some areas, there are nurses who also provide hormone balancing and support. You might want to ask around. Please keep me posted with your progress.

Bioidentical. When we say bioidentical what we mean is that it is identical to the molecule that your ovaries made. It’s the same identical molecule, so your body thinks it’s the same. It’s really an antiaging hormone, if you think about it, because we age. You lose your hormones. If you want to have a better life as you mature and you age so you feel young, you want to make sure you replenish your hormones. This goes not only for females, but males as well.

Hi, I am 29yrs old struggling to conceive for d past 3yrs. My doctor did some test and found my progesterone level is low which is why I have an irregular period. Though she(doctor) place me on progesterone injection and drugs but am still not satisfy because after the injections, I had my period once and it never came back in preceding months. Pls what did I do?
I’m sure you guessed I would say this – but I suggest a thorough work-up from a naturopathic physician. These lab values are only one part of the story. There are many herbal and supplemental therapies that can support you and assist in getting your hormones back on track. Further, your ND will assess your adrenal function, antioxidant status, etc. Warmly, Dr Julie
My question is about the provera test: since I responded, that means that I have adequate estrogen, right? So why am I not ovulating? Could I have a problem with progesterone production? I’m currently 5’4, about 110 lbs, exercising lightly about five times a week (playing squash, walking, yoga, and very short runs about once or twice a week) and eating 2000+ calories per day. I don’t have any of the classic symptoms of PCOS or estrogen dominance. I do have a fair amount of stress at school, but I do my best to manage it.
@Bethany, I was told with each of my pregnancies (all five– I’ve only had one live birth so far) that my progesterone levels were low, usually right before I miscarried. With my third pregnancy and first live birth in fact, I was told that I was miscarrying because my levels were so low, but that they would put me on prog cream “just in case.” It wound up working for us that time, but the pills I was put on with my next pregnancy didn’t help at all.
There are many culprits that can increase oestrogen and cortisol, and reduce progesterone and thyroid production: stress, environmental chemicals, cleaning products, lack of sleep, sugar, refined foods, and oestrogen in meat and dairy all play their hand. Supporting healthy progesterone levels is an important step towards balanced weight and overall hormone health.
 I am 42 years old. I have always had regular uncomplicated periods. But in the last 2 years I have started having migraines, spotting two or three days before my actual period starts. Extreme mood swings, anything from severe heavy bleeding with clots to barely spotting.  It can range from two days to last month was 10 days! Hot flashes, sweats, insomnia, foggy thinking and forgetfulness.  My GP doesn’t want to check hormone levels doesn’t think that is it. Oh and also started with ezema on hands and continuously split as well as heels on my feet. Any help would be more than appreciated! 

If the woman does not become pregnant, the corpus luteum breaks down, lowering the progesterone levels in the body. This change sparks menstruation. If the body does conceive, progesterone continues to stimulate the body to provide the blood vessels in the endometrium that will feed the growing fetus. The hormone also prepares the limit of the uterus further so it can accept the fertilized egg.
The female hormones estrogen and progesterone work together to prepare a woman's body to conceive a child each month. As an egg ripens in one of the ovaries, the lining of the uterus begins to proliferate under the influence of rising hormone levels, according to Dr. Lauralee Sherwood in her book, "Human Anatomy." Once an egg is ovulated, if fertilized, it will implant in the uterine lining. Progesterone from the corpus luteum, a part of the ovary, then maintains the uterine lining until the placenta forms.
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!
Hi Dr. Durnan, im 49 years old. My naturopath doctor asked me to go to laboratory and check estrone and progesterone level. They checked estradiol instead estrone and progesterone. Estradiol level is 183 and progesterone is 1.3. What that means? Should I ask lab to do test again since they check wrong type of estrogen? Does it matter?  I have all the symptoms above!
 I am 42 years old. I have always had regular uncomplicated periods. But in the last 2 years I have started having migraines, spotting two or three days before my actual period starts. Extreme mood swings, anything from severe heavy bleeding with clots to barely spotting.  It can range from two days to last month was 10 days! Hot flashes, sweats, insomnia, foggy thinking and forgetfulness.  My GP doesn’t want to check hormone levels doesn’t think that is it. Oh and also started with ezema on hands and continuously split as well as heels on my feet. Any help would be more than appreciated! 
Hello, ive had pcos for 10+years now. Me and hubby were trying for 5 years to have a baby and after being told we had a very slim chance we no longer tried. I found out last friday i was pregnant so we were really happy. Tuesday i was rushed to hospital and was told thursday its likely i had a miscarriage. I was told today my progesterone level was 10 which is the likely cause of my miscarriage. Should my doctor have picked up on this? 
Bioidentical progesterone: This is usually prescribed as a cream, although in cases of fertility vaginal suppositories are also an option. The benefit of bioidentical progesterone is that it is structurally identical to the progesterone your own body produces, and we can dose it precisely to optimal physiological levels. In cases of hormone imbalance such as endometriosis and perimenopause, this is often the most effective treatment.
I have low progesterone issues as well. I use Progessence Plus fromYoung Living. It’s a natural progesterone that doesn’t require cycling and has no recorded negative side effects. It is very effective. I was prescribed a progesterone supplement by my Dr but wasn’t too keen on taking that for the rest of my life to control my spotting (which was sometimes more than 10 days a month). And from what I understand, synthetic hormones like this aren’t so great for us anyway and aren’t fixing the underlying problem.
I am not sure what to do anymore, I have suffered with heavy periods and several miscarriages all of my adult life. I have also have had several myomectomies, all fibroids were benign, I am 45 and I have two children. I feel that after having my last child at 35, my hormones just turned on me. I started gaining weight and I was tired all the time, I was told by my doctor for years that diet and exercise was the cure. I was even put on phentermine and still gained weight, I suffered with depression, given medication for that. This yo-yo went on for years, I know working as a night nurse my body clock was always trying to keep up. Last year I started hormone treatment, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and PCOS, I was put on bioidentical hormones, including thyroid medication. I was taking 60 mcg of thyroid along with 30 mg of testosterone, 200 mg of progesterone capsules, metformin 1000mg, spironolactone 100mg. I was feeling like a brand new person! As you mentioned above, it was short lived, the doctor wanted me to stop my anti-depressant medication completely, which is easier said then done, she also suggested I try a copper IUD. This type of therapy is not only expensive, but the medication is not covered by insurance because it is not approved by the FDA, I did not mind at first because I felt I had found my cure for my constant fatigue and weight gain. Well almost a year later I have gained 20 more pounds and no answer for my weight gain, I went back to my primary doc, who changed me to regular Synthroid and to eat ONLY meat and veggies along with walking two miles a day or more. I have all but given up, I know everyone reacts differently to medications, but those who suffer are ignored and left to not only to remain miserable, but to figure it out alone.
This was posted a while ago but I was just curious. How serious can low progesterone be? A few years ago I was trying to get pregnant and after almost a year and tons of research I decided I should see my GYN since I had irregular/infrequent periods. She tested my hormone levels and told me low progesterone was the reason I was having issues getting pregnant or even having a period. She gave me clomid (sp?) to make me ovulate and I did become pregnant that month I took it and had a beautiful little girl. My concern… she acted like it was nothing, helped me get pregnant, and that was that. I have maybe 4 periods a year and I’ve been that way since my first when I was 12. After my baby I had regular periods for a few months then back to my normal irregular periods. Is there something that causes progesterone to be low? Should I be taking birth control to make my cycle normal?
In some severe cases, the PMS or premenstrual syndromes can even cause advanced stages of disorders. The low levels of Progesterone have an effect on the neurotransmitters in your brain and thus can result in mood swings and depression. Though mood swings are general symptoms during menstruation, a high intensity of these occurrences can indicate low Progesterone levels.
I really think I have estrogen dominance. Over the last 2 years, I had battles with diabetes, hair loss, weight gain, fibroids, heavy periods and bleeding for 6 weeks +, endometriosis, skin rashes…. etc. Pretty much everything on that list. My doctor put my on microgestin FE birth control and gave me estridol, which of course, did nothing because she was loading me up with even more estrogen. I ended up having surgery to remove all the endometriosis and a large endometrioma that was attached to my ovary. They removed both tubes and my left ovary. I also had an endometrial ablation, which was wonderful because I know longer have periods. But now, I suffer from hot flashes and night sweats way more than I did before. All through the night and in the day. My insomnia became worse and cannot sleep through the night at all. Sex was always painful and it got a little better after, but now it’s painful again. My doctor said blood work isn’t going to really tell her anything. I really want to her to evaluate the idea that I could be suffering from estrogen dominance. Ughh. It’s so frustrating and annoying. I just don’t know what to do. Any suggestions? I’m very tempted to pick up the bio-indentical progesterone cream and give it a shot.
I was actually diagnosed as infertile due to a lack of ovulation…. which I decided on my own was wrong. I’m an herbalist, so I’ve spent the past 7 years intensively studying the herbs used for hormonal balance both because I so desperately wanted to have children… and I think ultimately I was meant to share my journey. At any rate, what I found out on my own once away from the doctors was that I had a progesterone deficiency… I suspect this is a hormonal imbalance that can start in the womb, so it might be interesting to take a look at your mom and grandma if you still can. A big tip off for me, besides the short luteal phase was the brown discharge that occurred in my monthly flow. Ironically, I always thought that was normal because my mother had always had it as well. It’s a big sign that your progesterone is not sufficient to fully flush your uterine lining the month before and your womb is just constantly trying to get rid of left over blood each succeeding month. My mom also had a number of miscarriages and I was the only pregnancy to go full term. What’s great about this little symptom is that as I achieved balance, I could very clearly see a different cycle- one that was red from end to end. After a couple years working with the herbs (and a whole foods diet of course) I had my first child… and then I got pregnant by surprise about 18months afterwards! I believe I can see some symptoms of my chronic low levels returning- though my cycle remains red… so I’m going to have to start back into my routine.
It has been suggested that hormonal tests should be done via testing saliva, as opposed to blood which most doctors test. A saliva hormonal test can be done at home and then sent to a lab for analysis. After your saliva is analyzed, hormonal levels can be ascertained, helping to deduct whether you have an imbalance, be it too low or too high progesterone levels.

If pregnancy occurs, the production of progesterone from the corpus luteum continues for about 7 weeks (it is then produced by the placenta for the duration of the pregnancy). If pregnancy did not occur, the period begins approximately 14 days after ovulation. When fertilization does not occur the corpus luteum disintegrates, which causes the level of progesterone to fall and the endometrial tissue starts to break-down and shed as menstruation.
Natural Hormones suggests that synthetic progestins can lower progesterone levels. According to the Project Aware website, synthetic hormones such as progestin and medroxyprogesterone can lower the amount of progesterone circulating in a woman’s blood. The development of birth control pills coincides with the development of synthetic progestins. Most birth control pills contain a synthetic progestin. According to Natural Hormones, synthetic progestins can occupy and block progesterone receptors in a woman’s body, which may cause progesterone deficiency. Progestins have some progesterone-like effects and may be up to 100 times more potent than natural progesterone. The Women Living Naturally website suggests that oral contraceptives and conventional hormone replacement therapy may contain synthetic estrogens and progestins that lower progesterone levels and contribute to estrogen dominance.
I am confused as to why I cannot seem to naturally heal myself…I eat only whole food. This includes plenty of healthy fats from grass-fed beef tallow, dairy, and bone broths, soy-free pastured eggs, organically grown vegetables (fresh from the farmer’s market), and meats from grass-finished beef and lamb. I eat fatty fish at least once a week and also avoid vegetable oils (and other polyunsaturated fats). I do not consume any sugar and probably only eat about 20% of calories from carbohydrates. Could this be the issue and is supplementation with a progesterone cream the only hope? If so, is using cream a temporary treatment until progesterone levels are regulated or is this a life-long treatment?
Vaginal suppositories – the version most easily absorbed, doctors can write a prescription for bio-identical suppositories which are like easily disolved pills you insert in your vagina every night. The downfall is that they can be messy, and sometimes you have to visit a specialized compounding pharmacy, but if other versions aren’t working for you it’s worth it to try them.
Why? It is actually an evolutionary adaptation. The female body needs to protect itself against becoming pregnant at a time of famine, war, or other kind of life-threatening strife. The way it does so is by shutting down hormone production whenever stress appears to be too strong or chronic. Stress indicates that it may not be a “safe” enough environment to be pregnant.
I have suffered from horrible, debilitating fatigue for over 3 1/2 years. Just recently I was thinking that possibly I have a hormone imbalance. I have a lot of brain fog, am very much irritable/don’t have much patience, very dry skin/nails are only slightly brittle, and a non-existant libido. I was never able to nurse/had chronically low supply and the only reason I am mentioning this is because it is so very rare for this to happen. And my hair dresser can’t even properly do my hair anymore because it acts so strangely- she said there has to be something hormonally wrong going on (and she has done my hair from a very young age). I do technically have hypothyroidism although I have been treated with synthetic and NDTs. The worst my TSH was though was only 4.76 (when I was unmedicated) so I doubt that it could cause it. Anyways, thanks for posting. I hope that some how I will be able to get to the bottom of all of this. I can handle almost anything besides the horrible fatigue/exhaustion.
Nikki didn’t know if her DHEA levels had changed, but I suspect that they had. DHEA levels improve as a result of balanced cortisol due to improved adrenal function, we believe. That would create a more natural hormone balance on Nikki’s body as she was running heavily on cortisol due to the emotional stress from the death of her newborn, the miscarriages, as well as her ongoing concerns.
Dr. Hjort notes that when progesterone seems to work, it’s possible that the patient was going to sustain the pregnancy anyway. Because there is solid research on both sides of the debate, she believes there is something science hasn’t figured out yet, and progesterone just happens to help with whatever underlying condition(s) there may be. It could well be that the progesterone truly solves the problem; but the science isn’t yet certain of what that “problem” is.

Hi, i was diagnosed with depression and sent to a physchologist back in feb this year. I was always tired, moody, irrational, low to no libido, stressed, heavy periods,  pain in my lower abdomen, crying easily and a lot, unable to concentrate, no motivation to get stuff done. After a number of therapy sessions I was given the all clear in May. It was determined that my depression was a result of relationship issues. I’m 33years old have a 2year old son and work full time. Shortly after being diagnosed my fiancé   ended our relationship. In June I moved out with my son. I’m still getting all of the symptoms above now and my moodiness and irrational thoughts occur more during my period. I think my relationship problems were because of my symptoms above and I’m looking for reasons why I’m still having these issues when I’m no longer with my ex. I was reading the above symptoms and in my head going… Yep yep yep… Thinking I should get my hormone levels checked… What can I do to help if I do have low progesterone though?? 
There is another change that is occurring too, especially as you get close to menopause: the main type of estrogen you use is changing form estradiol to estrone, and this a big switch for your body.  You have different receptors for estradiol versus for estrone, so there can be some ‘wobbles,’ such as memory lapses or hot flashes as you go through this process.  You can also have what feels like constant PMS, and that’s no good! Be sure to read our ‘what to do to support progesterone’ section at the end of this article.
Making healthy lifestyle changes can be an alternative to women who can not take hormone replacement therapy or who choose not to do so. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables along with low fat meat and dairy choices can help with the symptoms caused from low progesterone levels. Along with eating healthy a woman should consider taking supplements especially with adequate amounts of calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, and omega 3 fatty acids. Regular exercise can help to promote healthy hormone levels. Most doctors recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Before starting an exercise program a woman should consult with a physician especially if there are other health concerns that should be considered beforehand such as lung or heart problems.
There are other health conditions that can cause the same type of symptoms that are indicative of menopausal symptoms. A doctor will want to rule out other possible causes before making a sound diagnosis. Thyroid problems can cause symptoms that mimic the same as ones associated with symptoms of low progesterone. An underactive thyroid can cause a decrease in hormone levels and an overactive thyroid can cause an increase in hormone levels. Other types of illnesses that can affect hormone levels include adrenal gland disorders or diseases. Women going through hormonal changes can be helped tremendously through active fellowship with other Christians, joining a prayer group, and meditating on God's word. "My son, attend to My words; incline thine ear unto My sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh" (Proverbs 4: 20-22).

hi, doc Julie D. Early last year i had my tubes blown open with dye from a Infer, Doc. I’m still having problems conceiving. As i read this passage here, I’m thinking that this may be my problem. I have regular periods. I’ve been receiving my period since it started. I’m now 30. I will ask my new doc to check on my hormone levels. I haven’t been to the doc this year because it gets depressing and heart-achey ya know.  It make me sad so in order to not feel this way I just don’t think about it.

Hi Amy, post partum time is always tricky as having a new born and then toddler does wear on the adrenals. I would use the foods in the article to try and boost your progesterone naturally. Progesterone is the hormone responsible for holding the pregnancy so if you are not conceiving it could be for other reasons. Give your body time to recover and try not to get too stressed out about it because stress contributes to fertility issues. Please let us know if you have more questions.