Imbalances of progesterone levels can occur from multiple conditions such as menopause, pregnancy, adrenal hyperplasia, certain cancers and PMS. The symptoms of this imbalance are relatively small (tender breasts, changes in libido, mood swings, and irregular periods among them) but the toll they can take on our quality of life can be dramatic. Infertility, an increased risk of miscarriage and an increased risk for developing cancer are just a few of the side effects that can come to affect us without the appropriate treatment. However, when hormonal treatment can bring about some of the same symptoms and side effects, what can we do?
Increasing Progesterone Naturally
While hormone therapy was once the main treatment for hormonal imbalance, it has become increasingly common to treat it with natural methods instead. The side effects of hormonal therapy have a higher degree of risk than what many doctors would like to see their patients go through. The balance of hormones is a tricky business and too much or too little of either estrogen or progesterone can impact a woman’s life drastically. The leading concern in using hormonal therapy is the increased risk for cancer in the reproductive organs common to menopausal and post-menopausal patients who receive it. With that in mind more natural methods are now in use.
1. Schedule a Doctor’s Visit: Go see your doctor and see if your progesterone level is low enough to require treatment. If it is, see how low it is so that you can best determine progesterone level you are losing and the urgency with which you need to seek treatment.
2. Find Natural Supplements: Look for supplements that match what you require to properly regulate progesterone production. They are available in oral, intra-vaginal, injectible and intra-dermal forms. Oral supplements are generally only available through a prescription from your doctor. Please be sure to research each supplement before starting to take them to determine side effect and allergy issues.
3. Stay Tested: Be sure to keep seeing your doctor and get regular hormone testing. The balance needs to be maintained. High levels of progesterone can be just as risky as low ones.
4. Watch Your Diet: Only eat foods that don’t boost hormone production lest you or else you risk unbalancing your hormones otherwise.
5. Avoid These: Avoid blue cohosh, vitex, saw palmetto berry, lavender, tea tree oil, licorice, hops, rhodiola rose root, black cohosh, dong quai, red clover blossom and motherwort leaf as they all increase levels of estrogen further lowering progesterone.
6. Reduce Stress: Stress reduces progesterone production drastically, the less you have of it the better.
7. Exercise: 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.
8. Diet: Eating these foods can help improve your progesterone levels: Wild Yams, walnuts, whole grains, soy milk, red meat, chicken, shellfish, turkey, turmeric, thyme and oregano. Foods that are rich in vitamin B-6, zinc, and promote progesterone production like these can help.