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
As for taking progesterone during the first trimester – sometimes I think it’s better safe than sorry. (though your levels sound really good!) If you do choose to go on progesterone, you may want to ask for a bio-identical progesterone and stay away from the the other stuff. From what I’ve heard from other women, most of the time the cream is sufficient, but when women really do need the boost because of low progesterone, most docs tend to go with suppositories. They can also do another lab to make sure it’s rising sufficiently.
Hi there. My periods stopped 2 years ago. I’m 55, so post menopause. My mom had a stroke so i doubt my Doctor would consider giving me HRT. I look and feel hypothyroid (i’m told hypothyroidism and low progesterone after the menopause can go hand in hand). I’m doing everything right ‘diet wise’ and ‘supplement wise’ to give progesterone a helping hand. Also using Serenity progesterone cream am and pm. That’s stopped the flush’s and the feelings like i’m having a heart attack in the night. But my weight just won’t shift and i ‘still’ look like a hypothyroid person. Do you think i should go to the Doctor asking for a thyroid test or a hormone level test? I mean what comes first, sorting out your thyroid or sorting out your hormones? Thanks, Karoline
@Anna, Well, now I don’t feel so badly for being starving this week! (I’m in my luteal phase). This makes perfect sense – I’ve been craving fatty things like avacados, not sweets, which I attributed to my body trying to prepare itself for possible pregnancy. So low estrogen also leads to low progesterone? I have low estrogen, and have many of the symptoms above. I didn’t know the two went together. I’ve been afraid to try to do anything about low progesterone symptoms because everything for that seems to lower estrogen levels, which I don’t want. sigh. Like I posted below, I am confused about all of this.
I miscarried my first pregnancy in April 2013 at 8 weeks. I started charting in June, which indicates luteal phases of 9, 10, 11 and 13 days. I suspect low progesterone is part of the problem even though I am of healthy weight, active, eat well, etc. You mention getting testing done, but can you name the specific tests and the time during my cycle the testing should be done? Thanks!
Dr. Hotze: It’s tragic. When all they need is progesterone. Let me tell you. I have five daughters and those five daughters have had 18 children. I’ve got sons with children, too. So, we have 23 grandkids, but 18 of those were born to my daughters. After every one of the pregnancies, I made sure our daughters had progesterone after every one of the deliveries. I made sure they had progesterone in the room. I said, “Don’t even tell your OBGYN. They won’t understand. Take your progesterone.” They took it starting right then to make sure they had good levels of progesterone and most of my daughters, frankly were on natural thyroid as well, and had no real problems with the pregnancies and did very well.
Premature labor. Most research suggests that applying progesterone gel into the vagina, alone or along with therapy to delay labor (tocolytic therapy), reduces the risk of premature delivery in some women at high risk of premature birth. However, other research suggests that intravaginal progesterone gel does not decrease the frequency of premature birth in women with a history of premature birth.
When I was pregnant was the first time Ive ever felt emotionally stable.  It makes me wonder if I normally have a progesterone deficiency. I’m normally moody, reactive, anxious , depressed, overweight, crave sugar, have dry skin, brittle nails and thin hair. I lost 20 pounds while pregnant and didn’t have the same cravings I do when not pregnant.  My husband even said I’m much nicer when I’m pregnant! How do I know if I indeed have a hormone imbalance? I had my thyroid levels tested two years ago and they were normal. I’m about to start taking the mini-pill for birth control, could this help balance things out? 
I have stage 4 endometriosis diagnosed via laparoscopy.We have been ttc for 17 months and then took a break as my docter have put me on Visanne(dienogest).I started bleeding on 20 march and got a positive HCG test on 1 April and the next three days negative HCG test? My docter says the bleeding is from my body that is still “settling” from the Visanne. We have tried Vitex, OPK, BBT, Charting and everything to conceive with no luck.I have endometriosis on my ovary and pelvic wall lines.I don’t know if I ovulate.My doctor said my tubes are fine after my lap but never tested if they are blocked or not. 6 months after excision surgery i had an endometrioma back again.Any ideas on to conceiving?

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’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

I’m curious what you ladies would consider low progesterone? Do you go by symptoms or BBT levels, or numbers from the doctors? I know that a progesterone draw at 7 dpo should be at least 5 to show ovulation occured, and at least 10 to sustain pregnancy (some say 15). But what are your own thoughts? How would one decide they do have low progesterone? And what are they shooting for as “good” progesterone?

Obesity leads to the reduction of SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) a protein that binds estrogen levels and keeps them out of circulation. When these levels go down, estrogen levels go up, become active, and thus stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells. Over one hundred studies have investigated the links between obesity and breast cancer. Taken as a whole, their findings strongly indicate that overweight or obese women have a 30 to 50% great risk of postmenopausal breast cancer than leaner women. It is known that women who continuously gain weight throughout life have a higher risk of breast cancer.

The cream is often not enough to substantially increase progesterone levels and a bioidentical pill or suppository is usually looked at then. The creams usually have applications that give you 10-30 mgs of progesterone, though it’s hard to tell how much is being absorbed. The pills/suppositories can range up to a couple hundred mgs, though I’d make sure to work on finding out the cause of the low progesterone as being on them long-term isn’t ideal. And some women do have side effects with the supplementation so it’s important to work with your doctor and take just what you need.
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.
You can become estrogen dominant if progesterone levels fall too low – yet you can also experience symptoms of low progesterone if estrogen levels become too high. Phytoestrogens in the diet, birth control pills, inflammation, and a sedentary lifestyle are a few of the many ways to cause unnaturally high estrogen levels. Check out this post on estrogen dominance for more.
I have many of these symptoms, I am currently on BHRT and take a topical estrogen and Rapid Dissolve Tab of Progesterone for 4 years now after a hysterectomy with one ovary removed… Throwing me into a downward spiral into Menopause. Yikes!! and I am still experiencing some symptoms of imbalance. I have mentioned this to my Physician and he always looks at my labs and tells me I am at a good range. I am getting frustrated with the continued symptoms, he is a highly trained bioidentical hormone doctor. Not sure what the answer is at this point. Not too many  bio doctors to trust in my area. 
I think my 20 year old daughter has this problem. We are having trouble getting a diagnosis and treatment. She has trouble with mood swings, sleeping too much, anxiety, and jitteriness. Medical doctors have been of little help and are referring her to a psychiatrist. She has had a blood test showing she is low on progesterone. Birth control pills were prescribed, which only made her symptoms worse. What kind of doctor can help her?
I’m so sorry about your previous miscarriages. Low progesterone is only one cause of a miscarriage – though I wish this were easier for me to answer. While I can’t offer you direct advice, I can tell you that when miscarriages are not understood, many doctors will opt to prescribe progesterone preventatively, in the hopes that it helps to maintain a pregnancy. Please let me know how things go. Warmly, Dr Julie
Low progesterone is often attributed to recurrent pregnancy loss, in part because testing on women who have experienced multiple miscarriages often shows an insufficient amount of progesterone. But Dr. Hjort says it’s a case of the chicken or the egg: “Did the low progesterone level cause the miscarriage or did the miscarriage cause the low progesterone level?” No one really knows. But this observation has led to developing a diagnosis called a luteal phase defect: “an inadequate amount of natural progesterone in the uterus to maintain the lining and sustain the pregnancy.”
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.
Wow there sure is some confusion out there. I had a complete thyroidectomy at 45 years old after nodules were found after my last pregnancy at 43 years. Since then I have lost over half my hair and my joints ache so bad I crawl around on my hands and knees for the first hour after I get out of bed. The doctor looks at me like I am insane and prescribes antidepressants or narcotics!! I want neither. I think its low progesterone as I am bloated, suffer insomnia due to the excruciating joint pain, irregular periods, dry skin, can’t concentrate or retain anything.. and my FSH comes back that my hormone levels show no sign of menopause. I don’t get it.. but I need the pain to stop and the energy level to deal with a seven year old! Help

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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!!
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) stimulates the ovaries to release an egg and start producing progesterone – a hormone that prepares the uterine environment to nurture a fertilized egg. LH can be found in a woman’s urine just before ovulation occurs. Over-the-counter tests that help predict ovulation measure this increase of LH via a urine sample. Urinary LH testing is commonly used to help time intercourse in order to improve pregnancy chances.
Estrogen dominance occurs whenever a woman produces too much estrogen relative to her progesterone levels. Estrogen dominance can occur during perimenopause or menopause, but is becoming more prevalent among women of childbearing age. Excess body fat, chronic stress, and a diet high in sugar and processed starchy carbs can contribute to blood sugar imbalance and hormone dysregulation. When progesterone is low due to estrogen dominance, you’ll likely experience other symptoms like fluid retention, breast tenderness, and irritability.
I am 4 weeks pregnant and was wondering if it is harmful to take Prometrium 400 mg/a day as extra insurance against a miscarriage? I haven’t had my progestrone levels tested, and my RE doesn’t think I need to be tested. For my last pregnancy, I took the same amount, but it was prescribed to me because I had an IUI. This time I got pregnant naturally. Thanks in advance for your advice!
I share similar feelings to someone above who mentioned that after reading your article she felt like ton must be psychic. I have all of the symptoms. I’ve never been consistent with doctors or health until recently when I realized that I shouldn’t be feeling as exhausted and foggy brained as I do. I’m 32 years old. Last month I experienxes a sudden onset of intense anxiety and depression and I quickly realized that I am experiencing these symptoms after years of not taking care of myself physically or emotionally.

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One mysterious effect in the progesterone intolerant women is bladder problems.  Some women have either a great increase in urinary tract infections or a feeling like they are having an infection as soon as they try taking a "normal" progesterone dose.  If bladder symptoms start and stop with starting and stopping progesterone, they may be related.
So, anyway, progesterone is very, very important. Let me tell you what else progesterone’s important for. It’s very important for fertility as well. So, if a woman doesn’t make enough progesterone, if the placenta doesn’t make enough progesterone to promote the gestation, then women can have problems with infertility. In combination with low thyroid, low thyroid and low progesterone are very common causes of or caused by low levels of progesterone. So, progesterone deficiencies can cause infertility. They can cause premenstrual symptoms.
PCOS - (poly cystic ovary syndrome) is becoming an increasing problem worldwide and is one of the most common signs of infertility.  Anovulation takes place often which leads to problems conceiving and carrying a child.  Like endometriosis, oxidative stress is the major cause.  Anti-oxidants are essential, particularly vitamin D3, both these have successfully reversed PCOS in a number of women.
This post is brilliant! And, unfortunately, it’s a topic that is little discussed, especially in terms of overtraining. I experienced the symptoms of low progesterone when strength training three times a week vigorously. My diet was in order, life wasn’t too stressful, but the workouts were generating a huge metabolic/hormonal response. Because I was limiting exercise to three hours a week and supporting my training well calorically and nutritionally, I thought I was in the clear, but unfortunately, even that was too much. I got so frustrated I stopped altogether (and actually loosened up on my nutrition) and my system got back to normal almost immediately.
A loading does is useful for women who have had many months or years of anovulatory (no ovulation) cycles, which can create extreme progesterone deficiency. Each cycle that passes without ovulation can increase estrogen dominance as progesterone stores are depleted. Very thin women who have little body fat can become estrogen dominant very easily as there is no fat to store extra progesterone. Excessively thin women lack both estrogen and progesterone. In either of these situations Dr. John Lee recommends a higher dose of progesterone the first one to two months of progesterone cream use. This helps to replenish the progesterone stored in the fat of the body. After 2-3 months the dose can be lowered to the usual ‘regular’ dosage.
Natural progesterone, which is used during fertility treatment, poses no threat to a mother and child. It is important to note that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not differentiate between natural progesterone and synthetic progesterone (progestins) in its warnings. Progestins are mostly used to suppress ovulation and are found in birth control pills. They are only used in preparation for fertility treatment. In older studies synthetic progestins have been linked to a slightly increased risk of certain birth defects if used during pregnancy. The FDA has conducted a thorough review of relevant published studies and has found there is no increase in birth defects resulting from exposure to any progesterone in early pregnancy.

What you have experienced is quite common. The root problem remains unattended while symptoms are patched. You felt better for a while and then starting getting worse. No need to give up. The body has tremendous healing power if you do it right. Find someone who knows what they are doing holistically is key because your body has weakened and swings from one approach to another can be very stressful. If you need more help, call my office.
Women using an oral progesterone may notice a sedative effect, and doctors usually recommend that the oral form is taken at bedtime (actually, it is often a welcome “side effect” that helps counteract the sleeplessness of perimenopause!)  Basically, there is a large quantity of metabolites produced in the liver after oral progesterone is absorbed by the intestines.  These metabolites have known sedative and hypnotic effects.
Abnormal Cervical Mucus is a condition wherein the mucus lining the cervix and the uterus is not quite as it should be; the change in mucus consistency throughout the ovulation process is engineered mainly to aid in sperm journey and egg fertilization. Alteration in mucus consistency, with which the normal is thin and watery, becomes an obstruction for the sperm to reach the egg to ensure conception. With the low production of estrogen, the mucus becomes thick for sperm to pass or swim through. Specific reproductive glands are responsible for the secretion of proper mucus to line the cervix, and repeated infections and presence of sexually transmitted diseases are the common culprits of abnormal cervical mucus production.
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?

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.
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The level of estrogens, estrogen look-alikes and xenoestrogens rises in men's (and women's) bodies as the years go by. Progesterone opposes and balances excess estrogen (and xenoestrogens). It is progesterone that inhibits the harmful effects of too much estrogen (unopposed estrogen) more than anything else. So as estrogen levels rise in older men, there is no parallel rise in progesterone to balance this. A slight hormonal imbalance becomes a major imbalance - fast.

During the first half of your cycle estrogen stimulates the lining of the uterus to grow, but that leaves the job only half finished. In the second half of your cycle after you ovulate, your progesterone levels shoot up and help the uterine lining to mature. Progesterone stimulates the uterine lining to secrete important nutrients that are necessary to support the life of a growing embryo.
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).
Donielle, your thoughts on estrogen dominance playing a part in early ovulation post birth definitely line up for me as well. I’ve ebf on demand all my babies and after my first I told my MW at 3wks postpartum that I felt like i was ovulating, she said, “most likely not, it was just my hormones trying to balance out again.” Two weeks later I started my period and my cycles were regular @ 25 days until i conceived again!!! AH! Then I was tandem nursing and pumping for a preemie and my cycles still returned early, 10 wks pp.!! Until i conceived when my baby was 5mo. After our 3rd though my body has been really wacked out and my normal, every 25 day, ovulated on day 14 w period 11 days later is out the window! Anyways, I say all that to say…. ALL this makes SO much since now and I’m shocked my MW never even mentioned progesterone as a possible issue! I’ve also had some thyroid numbers that didn’t line up and so I just thought that was the issue and have been trying to naturally address those issues but its been challenging since ive gotten but hypo and hyper numbers/ results. Ah! I’m just looking for some straight answers and feel like i’ve finally found them! *sigh of relief* So now, along w our whole foods diet and what not, ive been on vitex (although i just read in a comment that is not good to take if you’re dealing w bad pms symptoms…. wanting to eat my family alive 2-3 days a month is prob a pretty serious pms symptom, lol…. I’ll have to check into that more and reaccess it), and have also done progesterone cream (ordered some good bio-idenical oil from that should be here tomorrow) for the past two months post ovulation. I’m praying the next baby sticks and should know something in about 4 days. :-O Although, i’m a bit nervous (ok, a lot nervous) after loosing two babies in 60 days and the last was just at the end of June. Just fyi, i was actually trying not to get preg this month bc i didn’t feel ready to deal w another loss but “lucky” me, I ovulated twice this month. Ack! I was very careful…Very, as in abstinent, until after the 1st ovulation. (noted by temp shift) Then a bit of fun and a second ovulation occurred that night. Eek!! Last time i conceived durning a double ovulation, i conceived twins (miscarried one though 🙁 ). Anyways, now that you have my life story… sorry, i got a bit carried away…. oops. Thanks for all the insight you post/ share w the rest of us! Blessings!!
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PCOS - (poly cystic ovary syndrome) is becoming an increasing problem worldwide and is one of the most common signs of infertility.  Anovulation takes place often which leads to problems conceiving and carrying a child.  Like endometriosis, oxidative stress is the major cause.  Anti-oxidants are essential, particularly vitamin D3, both these have successfully reversed PCOS in a number of women.
Perimenopause is the ten year period before menopause during which your ovarian function is declining.  For some women, they are still getting a period pretty regularly and feeling pretty good.  For others, this ten year period can be tumultuous.  After learning about stress and nutrition above, I’m sure you could guess these things could play in to a rockier perimenopause.
Women commonly take progesterone to help restart menstrual periods that unexpectedly stopped, treat abnormal uterine bleeding associated with hormonal imbalance, and treat severe symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Progesterone is also used in combination with the hormone estrogen to "oppose estrogen" as part of hormone replacement therapy. If estrogen is given without progesterone, estrogen increases the risk of uterine cancer.

I break out on my chin at all times of the month. Before my cycle, after my cycle, mid cycle. When one goes away another comes. They are always huge and painful and deep under the skin. I take estroblock pro, and do coffee enemas to clean my liver. Nothing is helping. Please help. Ive had acne almost 20 years. Was on BC and spiro for 9-with flawless skin. Developed fibrocystic breasts because of the meds and took myself off everything except the vitamins mentioned above. I also use progesterone cream but the only way my skin clears is if i use it starting on day 6 (when my period ends) to the day before my cycle starts. If i use it on days 14-26(I have a extremely regular, 26 day cycle) I still break out. Im not overweight, I have gorgeous thick waist length hair. I’m 31 years old. Covered in an acne beard and scars at thispoint. Please help.
A lot of these symptoms listed and many ongoing complaints are signs of hypothyroidism, specifically Hashimoto’s. I urge anyone who has ongoing hair loss, weight gain, and some other 300+ symptoms (Google 300 symptoms of hypothyroid) to have their TPO and TgAB antibodies checked.  Even if your doctor has checked the TSH and says “you’re  fine”.  The antibodies will show up way before the TSH numbers do, and yet a person will still be symptomatic. There are also dietary changes that can help ease symptoms.  There are so many overlapping symptoms for so many conditions, just wanted to throw this info out there in hopes it is helpful to someone.  I wish I had this info 5 years ago. It would’ve been a game changer for me.  Happy trails and happy hunting!!!
What we know is that it can take anywhere from 4-12 months to bring progesterone levels back up in women with very low progesterone levels. In general we suggest its use, while following a holistic natural fertility program, for a minimum of three months, up to 6 months while paying attention to how the body is responding/shifting before making a change to said program. It would also be a good idea to have progesterone levels monitored during this time to know how levels are shifting and if you might need to adjust the dose, or if you can wean off of progesterone cream. Each woman will be different, so the length of safe use for you will likely be different from the length of safe use for me or another.
My husband and i live in australia, i am 31 & he is 33 and we are both a healthy BMI and we have a 3 year old daughter that was conceived naturally and had a natural birth. We have since been TTC for 2 years with only a “successful pregnancy” ending in early miscarriage at around 6-7 weeks. my cycle has slowly increased from around 23/24 days to now a 26/27 day cycle. i have completed a day 21 progesterone test twice, the results were 17 & 24 which i wonder if that is high enough to sustain a pregnancy, my day 2 FSH was 7.2 & my E2 was 138. this month my HyCoSy came back showing a healthy uterus, clear tubes & good ovaries with 6 eggs maturing in one ovary & 8 eggs maturing in the other at cycle day 8 and my AMH was 9, my husband semen analysis was good, so to date it seems to be unexplained fertility but from my zig zag looking bbt charting it looks like something is out! for quite some time i have been feeling extremely light headed like i could pass out, and foggy in the back of my head and finding it hard to concentrate, fatigued, low libido, recently started having allergies to flowers when i never have in my life, also having night sweats and being far more emotional than i usually am yet every time i see a doctor about this they do blood tests and give no answers and say if nothing comes up they can only assume its panic attacks.. but i had been wondering if its by hormones causing me all this grief and after reading your article it seems to have possibly shed some light! 
One of the first steps in protecting the health of our breasts and preventing breast cancer, is to recognize its hormonal risk factors and begin to reduce them. According to the experts, almost all risk factors associated with breast cancer are directly or indirectly linked to an excess of estrogen, or estrogen that is not sufficiently balanced with progesterone, as is the body’s accustomed way. Also known as estrogen dominance, the condition was defined by John R. Lee, M.D., as an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone in which estrogen levels can become too high relative to inadequate progesterone levels. Dr. Lee also emphasized that estrogen can become dominant whether levels are within normal range, high, or even low, if progesterone levels are even lower, relatively speaking. This is a common condition during perimenopause when hormone levels are fluctuating, and at menopause when ovarian hormone production ceases altogether. A growing number of experts believe that correcting this fundamental imbalance is at the heart of preventing and treating breast cancer.
I have had 2 miscarriages already and I am now 15 weeks pregnant with twins. I was taking Progesterone 200mg every night my mouth until just last week when they tested my progesterone again and found that my body was doing well on it's own. This is the farthest I have been able to make it in all 3 of my pregnacies and with twins no less so I am very optamistic :)
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.
I am 41 and seem to have all the symptoms of low progesterone. I have had 5 miscarriages which now sound like they could have been because of low progesterone, which nobody was able to tell me after all the bloodwork under the sun! I gave up the idea of another child and I was sterilised about a year ago because i didnt want to take any chemical forms of birth control due to my mother’s breast cancer (which she subsequently died from) was the kind of cancer which feeds on estrogen. So i have this 7 day spotting before a period which the gynae said she could give me pills for but I’m terrified of taking chemicals because i dont want to get or encourage the same kind of cancer…what can i do? (Live in Sunny South Africa so Vit D levels are high!)
Hi Camille, PMS is very challenging no matter what age. PMS is estrogen dominance issues and boosting progesterone is very helpful for this. You might also consider Magdalena’s Herbs for Balance program that will go into this issue much more in depth. Think about liver health and metabolizing estrogen better. See this article about the topic. Hope that helps.