Low progesterone is the primary cause of miscarriages and other hormonal fertility problems. The second half of your cycle after ovulation (Luteal phase) is characterised by increased Basal Body Temperature (BBT) and progesterone production. See diagram and explanation below.
Here are some symptoms of low progesterone levels
- Low Basal Body Temperature (BBT)
- Spotting before periods
- Sugar cravings
- Irregular periods
- Ovarian cysts or PCOS
- Water retention
- Irregular periods
- Breast tenderness and bloatedness before period
- Regular Miscarriage
During the Luteal phase the corpus luteum (the burst follicle which releasedthe egg during ovulation) is producing progesterone. Progesterone is needed for preparing the endometrium (the inside lining of the uterus/womb) for implantation for when the egg becomes fertilised. If there is not enough progesterone being produced to sustain implantation pregnancy will not occur.
Even though you can ovulate and the egg can be fertilised, the endometrium is not prepared for implantation due to the lack of progesterone. Furthermore even if implantation takes place, there is not enough progesterone produced to sustain pregnancy and miscarriage can occur.
Here are 7 Ways to increase progesterone naturally
1. For optimal progesterone production the body requires adequate intake of B vitamins, in particular vitamin B6, and Magnesium (Mg). Eat plenty of organic dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, black strap molasses, seeds, nuts and beans. They are all good sources of B vitamins and magnesium.
2. Eat good quality organic protein. Hormones like progesterone are made up of protein so you want to make sure you are getting plenty in your diet. Try eating organic red meat, chicken, shellfish and turkey.
3. Avoid dairy and non-organically grown meat and eggs. Non organic animal meat and products are the highest source of hormones in the human diet.
4. Chart your cycles, to see if your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is elevated. Progesterone is heat sensitive and if your BBT is elevated for your luteal phase it will help your progesterone level to be elevated too. A warm bath or foot bath is always a nice way to raise the temperature of your body. Also, by using a hot water bottle when going to bed can help increase the BBT and make your uterus a more favourable environment for implantation to occur.
5. Avoid blue cohosh, saw palmetto berry, lavender, tea tree oil, liquorice, hops, rhodiola rose root, black cohosh, dong quai, red clover blossom and motherwort leaf as they all increase levels of oestrogen further lowering progesterone.
6. Stress reduces progesterone production drastically, the less you have of it the better.
7. Improving your overall health does wonders for the regulation of all your body’s hormones and secretions at the same time as helping you feel better about yourself.
Eat foods which can help improve your progesterone levels like: Wild Yams, walnuts, egg yolk, whole grains, red meat, chicken, shellfish, turkey, turmeric, thyme and oregano. These foods which are rich in B vitamins, magnesium and zinc can promote progesterone production complemented with the addition of exercise; increasing your BBT; and starting to distress, will have a drastic impact on your progesterone levels.
If you have low progesterone, increase your progesterone and increase your chance of a healthy pregnancy. I hope you like this article – Please forward it on to people you think might find it useful.
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