All You Need to Know to Balance Your Progesterone

hormones-main_Full Menopause, Not Necessarily What You Think

When we think of menopause we usually think of an elderly woman going through a process that takes years to occur. The reality is actually much different; it only takes about 12 months without a period to be considered menopausal. About 5-15 years before the age of 52 when menopause generally occurs, most women have already begun to stop ovulating even though menstruation continues regularly. In that time the body begins to produce less progesterone; this point in life is called peri-menopause.

The symptoms that are typically associated with menopause are actually the body’s reaction to an excess of estrogen. These changes increase the risk of developing uterine, breast and ovarian cancers.

Low Progesterone in Younger Women

The occurrence of fibroids and ovarian cysts are typically associated with progesterone depletion. In women below the age of peri-menopause, estrogen dominance and the presence of fibroids and ovarian cysts are linked to disorders such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and endometriosis. Both of these conditions can cause infertility and increased risk of early miscarriage. Because progesterone is so important in maintaining the health and well-being of women, treatment becomes necessary to ensure stability.

Improving Progesterone Balance

So how can you improve these levels? The reality is that hormone therapy is only a small part of the process; the rest is up to you.

1. Exercise: Exercise is essential to maintaining good overall health and as it turns out in maintaining or increasing hormone levels when they are imbalanced. Get up and stay active to get your body to follow suit.

2. Eat Right: Eating more of foods that boost progesterone levels in the body can go a long way toward increasing progesterone levels. Foods such as walnuts, cherries, chicken, red meat, wild yams, soy milk, whole grains and herbs such as turmeric, oregano and thyme are all good progesterone boosters.

3. Get Your Vitamins: Zinc, magnesium and vitamins such as Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin C, are generally found to be lower in women who have low progesterone. Getting more of these vitamins in your diet and vitamin intake can help boost your levels.

4. Reduce Stress: The less stress there is in your life the less fluctuation your hormones will go through in your daily life. Lowering the damage that can occur from excess levels of cortisol and estrogen.

5. Stop Smoking: No seriously! Smoking has been shown to bring on premature menopause and increase infertility in younger women. The more you smoke and longer the higher risk there is to bring on these side effects.

6. Consider Hormone Therapy: Whether you use all natural methods or synthetics it’s important that you begin some sort of therapy to help balance your hormone levels, without it there’s a strong chance that the effects of hormonal imbalance will increase.

7. Try Natural Supplements: Chasteberry is one of several supplements you can get that may boost progesterone levels.

8. See Your Doctor: Seeing your doctor and getting your hormonal levels tested regularly are important to maintain desired levels as well as check up on the effectiveness of what you’re doing.


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10 comments to All You Need to Know to Balance Your Progesterone

  • tl

    hi i was wondering what to do. i have pcos and my progestrogen level was 0.8 i am only 23 and was wondering what would be the best way to regulate my hormones?

  • ecomamacita

    So why would a women who suffers from a low amount of progestrogen eat chicken, red meat and soy?! Those are huge contributors to INCREASING estrogen…kind of counter productive. Too bad the American medical scene has such bad information…and such little emphasis on healthy, nutritional diets that can actually help women – instead of making their condition worse.

  • Future RD

    Any of the foods listed are good healthy sources as long as they are organic. Many foods that are non-organic are harvested or manufactured using chemicals and preservatives that can increase estrogen levels. That’s my take on the situation. Also, wild yams are hard to find in your everyday grocery store. You may be able to find some version of it at a Whole Foods market…?

  • Keisha

    Hello, my name is Denise. I have had two misscarriages over that past two years. My doctor stated that it could be due to progestrone deficiency. After doing a basal body chart for a month, she stated that it may be a luteal phase defect, which is caused by progestrone deficiency. I was prescribed Xanax from my primary care physician due to stress and depression for the misscarriages. My question is, can Xanax (antidepressant medicine) have an effect on my progestrone levels? The reason I am asking is because I know that stress can cause progestrone deficiency, which I have had alot of over the past few years. Just wanted to know would Xanax (antidepressant) be somewhat of a cure/ help to my progestrone deficiency?

  • Sarah


    Xanax will NOT help your progesterone deficiency. In fact, I cannot believe that your doctor prescribed it to you. It is highly ADDICTIVE and many people suffer withdrawal. Secondly, 90% of people end up suffering from rebound anxiety, insomnia, and agitation once the sedation wears off. It is a horrible drug to give to anyone, let alone someone trying to get pregnant. I personally, would find a new doctor. I know people who had their lives destroyed due to Xanax.

    As for balancing your progesterone, I would look into a Naturopathic Doctor or someone who can help you balance your hormones naturally, since you are trying to get pregnant.

  • Rose

    Hello, my name is Rose. My IVF cycle is success today but my progesterone level is only 13. Will it be risky for misscarriage. How to increase my progesterone level? Thank.

  • Shoba


    I’m 25yrs. I got married 2 yrs back.Since then we are trying for a baby. We have a health check up. It was found that I’m having less progesterone level(2.7). My doc prescribed clomid for me. Can anyone tell me whether it is of a serious concern or it is a general thing.

  • tina

    i am 41 year old . my FSH level is 91% my doctor sujjested that it should be less than 10% i dont know what to do . i whant to be pregnent what should i do for that?

  • Aggie

    Hello! My doctor told me I have low progesterone and that he want to do a biopsy on my ovaries to determine what’s wrong.I don’t want to go through with the surgery,there should be a better option,please help.can’t I get a supplement over the counter?

  • NP

    Soy milk??? You’re not serious, are you? Soy is perhaps the most estrogenic (bad) food you can consume. Better step out of the Sixties, darlin’. The goal here is to raise progesterone levels while LOWERING estradiol levels.