I have been seeing an RE and she kind of blew off my question about progesterone. I have been trying to get pregnant for almost three years with no luck. I occasionally experience late cycle spotting, so I thought progesterone could be an issue. I have used creams with no luck. My luteal phase is 13 days, so that is not an issue. I ovulated on day 17 and was thinking of going to get my levels checked 7dpo. Do I need to have them checked again after that to see if they have dropped? Also, a friend has recommended progessence oil. Do you have any info on that product? If my progesterone levels are low I wasn’t sure if an otc cream or progessence would be enough to raise them. I exercise moderately and eat a healthy diet. I’m just struggling because I don’t want to do IUI or IVF so I don’t think the RE wants to help me out much. I’m 37 years old and feel like I’m running out of time. Not sure where to turn.
Wow. I read this and thought you must be psychic! Ha. I am 30 years old and have EVERY symptom. For two years I was told to quit eating carbs (like I was sitting around eating loaves of bread smothered in rice). I kept explaining I do not eat a lot of carbs. I hate bread! I kept gaining weight, I felt crazy on birth control medications to regulate my menses, I simply want to sleep, and my libido was so low my husband thought I wasn’t attracted to him anymore. Finally, after two years, someone did a hormone panel. I have less than one progesterone and no testosterone! I am curious how all of this works, hence how I researched and found this site. Is there an alternative treatment to birth control pills that contain progesterone? I am fixing to start that treatment and I do not react well to medications typically. I am somewhat leery… Thank you for this article!
Some remedies, however, can be done. Women with progesterone deficiency should eat more food that contains zinc, selenium, magnesium, and different herbal medicines, take vitamin supplements, especially vitamins B and C and have a lot of rest to be able to deal with factors that cause stress and reduce progesterone levels. Maintaining a proper hygiene in the intimate zone is also important. Menstrual cups will provide leak-free protection so that you could feel confident in any situation. Besides, gynecologists don't recommend using perfumed gels or soaps since they can disrupt your natural vaginal flora. So, you can use a naturally-scented Castile soap to maintain pH balance of your intimate area.
So, what’s the normal level of progesterone in women? For those who don’t plan pregnancy, the levels of progesterone usually vary within the range of 0.2-1 ng/ml before they start ovulating and 5 ng/ml and higher after the ovulation period. During the luteal phase, progesterone levels tend to rise more and may reach 200 ng/ml if pregnancy occurs. Maintaining the high amount of progesterone in blood during pregnancy is important up to the term when a baby is born. Women with low progesterone levels during pregnancy are often prescribed progesterone supplements to prevent a miscarriage. If you aren’t pregnant but progesterone has risen significantly, it’s critical to go consult your doctor. For men, children, and women of postmenopausal age, the normal progesterone level is low and shouldn’t be higher than that of women during a premenstrual phase.
I have always been very healthy and have gotten pregnant very easily. The year I turned 30 I had my first miscarriage, followed by 3 more within 2 years. All of the miscarried babies measured between 8-12 weeks. After the miscarriages I experienced stress, anxiety, depression, headaches and dizziness over the year. This was followed by the classic symptoms of low progesterone–in fact, my doctor thought my symptoms were much like menopause. My hormones were tested 2 weeks apart and both showed very low progesterone. My questions now are twofold: 1) What is the cause of my low progesterone? And 2) Is it important to keep my progesterone up? My doctors have seemed to only want to do something if I feel like I need it. I have acne, low libido, foggy thinking, joint pain, and no menstrual cycle, all moderately. I hesitate to do hormone therapy because I do not want to experience the depression/anxiety again. Any thoughts?
Hormonal balance is vital to a healthy, cancer-free mind and body, but can be disrupted in many ways. Hormone fluctuations occur naturally, such as in puberty, menopause and perimenopause. Hormone imbalance may also be caused by toxins or an unbalanced lifestyle. Understanding the causes of hormone imbalance empowers us to prevent them, and at the same time, feel better, think better, and better prevent breast cancer.
I have read that it can take from 3-6 months to clear from your body. There is some conflicting information about the best place to apply the cream. Sometimes it can build up in the fat in your skin. I haven’t tried it yet, still doing research, but putting it on the mucosal tissues outside of your vagina is supposed to be a better place to let it enter your bloodstream in a natural way. Thanks for your comment about the anxiety, this is the kind of stuff I’m reading about to see if it is a good choice for me.
Dr. Hotze: They can’t patent it. Can’t make any money on it. The other thing that can cause migraines, by the way, is food allergies. Common foods: wheat, corn, egg, milk, yeast, and soybean are the big six, but any food can cause food allergies. One of the food allergies, very commonly, is migraine headaches. So, if progesterone doesn’t solve the problem or magnesium, it may be a food allergy on that.
These fight or flight hormones have enormous impacts and lead to chronic symptoms of hormone imbalance. This happens because your body thinks you’re in an unsafe environment and drops progesterone levels to ensure the lining of your uterus is not-conception friendly. This makes sense, given that your brain signals are saying your life is under threat. As a result, you may develop Luteal Phase Insufficiency.