@Kelsey, Well, when you’re low in estrogen, you’re normally low in progesterone as well – which is why they probably have a lot of the same symptoms. And I tend to think you may be on to something with the adrenal issues since hormone production stems there. Weight should also be considered – if you don’t weigh enough, you may not have enough estrogen.
What happens is as a woman moves towards menopause, she’ll have multiple anovulatory cycles. Maybe not quit ovulating altogether and that’s when she gets these heavy, heavy periods. She gets fibroid developing in her womb. She ends up going to the OBGYN to help her and he’s always got an answer and it has to do with a scalpel or a knife. Hysterectomy is always his answer. But the reason we had that problem is because the hormones are declining and they’re imbalanced and the progesterone is deficient.
Since having my children, the youngest being 4 now, I find I feel strange. My thyroid is fine, but I am tired- I can’t seem to fall asleep. My breasts have deflated and my periods are getting increasingly painful, but as constant as the moon- so are my periods and always on the full moon- give or take a day. I am very healthy, not over weight- no cysts. I am wondering if the thyroid is connected more than we think to our other hormones? Can estrogen, progesterone and other hormones be low all at once? Everything I read seems to be ‘it’s one or the other’. What can I do to sleep better, feel better, look better?  Are there any affordable foods, teas, vitamins or natural products you can suggest?
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.
Although some studies indicate that higher progesterone levels can have the effect of lessening aggressiveness, anger could also be a sign of high progesterone. Gynecologist Dr. Sundström Poromaa says that anger, irritability, and mood changes are all symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). This occurs in the menstrual cycle when levels of progesterone are at their highest.16

In Figure 51-38, a comparison is made of  the “per woman” pregnancy rates between the NaProTECHNOLOGY approach and in vitro fertilization.  This study shows that a NaProTECHNOLOGY approach for women who have anovulatory infertility, polycystic ovarian disease, endometriosis, or tubal occlusion, all have statistically significantly higher pregnancy rates than patients with similar conditions treated with in vitro fertilization.
I saw my Dr. For an irregular and frequent cycle.  I am already vitamin D deficient and those symptoms seem to parallel low progestetone symptoms.  I am as uncomfortable as I was when I was pregnant and in my first trimester. Dull headache, tired, foggy etc.  So I will be treated for low progesterone with birth control…what are other treatments to address this hormone imbalance?

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Dawn, that is very interesting information! For the last 6 months my cycle has only been 21 days (it used to be 28 days), I have no idea if I am ovulating, and I spot for days before my period (brown), and sometimes randomly thru the month. I tried Progessence Plus this month, and my cycle was 29 days this time around, but I spotted more than usual, and got horrible cystic acne on my face (not sure if this is related to the Progessence Plus or not?)….and I still don’t know for sure if I ovulated. I think I will begin taking my temperature next month to see if I am ovulating. I have no idea what is going on with me, but clearly something is wrong. I am also hypothyroid, but I thought it was under control since I’m taking Armor Thyroid. (My doctor reduced my dose of Armor Thyroid this month, so not sure if that could play a roll in my cycle?) I am SO confused!!! I would love to hear any ideas anyone may have.
Hi! I had a miscarriage almost 3 years ago and have been struggling since. In the year after I had to be given medication to start my period twice that I can remember. Also I started having insane night sweats two weeks before my period. In the last six months I have started to gain weight rapidly despite diet changes and exercise. My reg dr had put me on antidepressants for all of these symptoms but I knew something still wasn’t right. I’m 27 and healthy so I don’t think my GP even thought to check my hormone levels. I recently saw a dr that practices more holistic medicine she checked and low and behold I have low progesterone!  I’m consulting with a bio pharmacy on Monday. Will this help with the weight gain? 
Infertility is a symptom of underlying disease.  The diseases that cause infertility have a “two-pronged” effect.  They not only hinder the functioning of fertility, but they also cause both short and long-term health problems.  The persistent unwillingness to address infertility problems from this point of view or perspective is one of the major flaws in the current approach to the treatment of infertility.
The most touted symptoms of low thyroid are foggy thinking, cold limbs, fatigue, hair loss, constipation and weight gain.  But I fight with hypothyroidism and I am skinny and tend more towards loose stool, and luckily still have all my hair! There are many manifestations of hypothyroidism, so it’s worth taking a deeper look if you suspect you may have hypothyroidism.  A great place to start looking is the website of Dr. Izabella Wentz, aka the Thyroid Pharmacist.
Progesterone is a member of a group of hormones known as progestogens or progestins (the exogenous or synthetic versions.)  These can be found in birth-control pills, in hormones given during menopause for replacement therapy, or in medications to correct abnormal bleeding problems during menses.  These hormones are also used to counteract PMS syndrome, infertility, and pregnancy loss.  Many women are aware of the effects of too little or too much estrogen, but have never looked up progesterone side-effects.
If a woman is stressed, her body “steals” the  pregnenolone and uses it for stress hormone production instead of progesterone production.This means that other female hormones also take a hit — accounting for why some women have low hormone levels across the board — but progesterone is one of the hardest hit.  If a woman has low progesterone in her labs, it’s a pretty good bet that her body is using her resources to produce cortisol rather than progesterone.

Being overweight is another reason for infertility.  The adrenal glands make a hormone called androstenedione which can be converted by fat cells into estrone (oestrone) which is one of the estrogens.  This causes estrogen levels to increase causing an imbalance.  Progesterone will counteract the excess.  Even low body fat is a concern.  Woman must keep their body fat above 20% of their total weight otherwise menstruation stops.

A: Progesterone is available in several different forms including pills to be taken by mouth, tablets to be inserted into the vagina, and as an injectable medicine. Progesterone also has many uses for female health and regulation of ovulation and menstruation. The most common side effects of progesterone are bloating, breast tenderness, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, heartburn, acne, increased hair growth, vaginal itching or dryness, irritability, muscle pain, nausea, stomach pain or cramping, and vomiting. In addition, some progesterone products contain peanut oil; these products should not be taken by people who are allergic to peanuts. Progesterone may affect blood sugar levels and should be used cautiously in patients with diabetes. Progesterone may increase the risk of developing blood clots. Patients need to notify their healthcare practitioner if they will be having surgery or be confined to a bed or chair for a long period of time (such as a long plane flight). Progesterone should only be used during pregnancy if directed by a physician. If a patient is pregnant or breastfeeding, they should consult with her doctor or healthcare practitioner to discuss any potential risks to the baby. For more information, see //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/progesterone. Michelle McDermott, PharmD


I’m confused about when to stop using the cream, when using it for fertility reasons. I understand that it’s best to start it after you have ovulated, and then I’ve read to stop using it on the last day of your cycle and once you’ve confirmed that you’re not pregnant. But from what I understand if you’re using it you won’t get your period, so then how do you know when your last day is to stop taking it? Do you just go by when you think the last day would be, based on your previous cycles? Thank you.
But if ALL of your hormones are low, that’s a different story entirely. I for one would have you start researching adrenal fatigue since you mentioned a very stressful event. The adrenals are incredibly important to hormone production and if you work with a DO or natural health practitioner, they can order specific adrenal tests to look at function. (other docs may do the same, but sometimes don’t) I would also have a full thyroid panel done to rule out issues, just make sure they include a test for antibodies as well.
So, those can be solved, a progesterone deficiency can be solved early in a woman’s life as soon as she begins to have these symptoms, premenstrual symptoms of mood swings, fluid retention, headaches, and breast tenderness, that she gets premenstrually and these heavier periods. As soon as that happens, start taking progesterone day 15 through 28 to balance out the estrogen. That can be a godsend for a woman.
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.
Fortunately, there are many treatments for progesterone disorders, the most common being progesterone creams, gels, vaginal suppositories or shots. The treatment is applied right after ovulation, so that progesterone levels rise to normal and facilitate the preparation of the uterine lining for pregnancy. Women with progesterone disorders undergo treatment until they get pregnant and for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, although there are cases when progesterone treatment is continued for the whole duration of pregnancy.
Here’s why: each month when an egg is released causing you to ovulate, it leaves behind a crater on the surface of your ovaries. This is called a corpus luteum and it’s like a little pop-up factory where most of your progesterone is made. When you ovulate, your body produces around 25mg of progesterone daily all through the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle.
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