So how would you know if you are low in progesterone?

You may present with some of these not necessarily all of the ‘fun’ things listed below:

  • PMS

  • Irregular periods

  • Heavy periods

  • Spotting before period

  • Sore boobs

  • Anxiety

  • Acne

  • Depression

  • Irritable

  • Headaches

  • Low sex drive (“computer says no”)

  • Anxiety

  • Sleep issues and quality of sleep

  • Weight gain

  • Fluid retention

  • Difficulty conceiving

  • Luteal phase shorter than 10 days (starts the day after ovulation and continues up until the day before your next period)

  • Recurrent miscarriage (if you are trying to conceive)

What can I do if my progesterone is low?

It is rather complex as there are different factors that influence whether or not you have healthy progesterone levels.

A good place to start would be to consider taking: Zinc, Vitamin B6 (just a tip: if you are planning on taking B6 on it’s own just make sure that you also take a B complex so that you don’t through all the other delicate balance of B’s out of whack!) and Magnesium because they are indicated in healthy hormone balance. Plus they are required to help make your girly hormones and if there is not enough of those nutrients around…what is a girl to do (*sigh*).

Another goodie from the herbal realm is Chaste tree A.K.A Vitex agnus-castus this is a good one to assist with low progesterone levels and can be very useful for those pesky unwelcomed PMS symptoms. Don’t take this one if you are trying to conceive; you will need to take for at least 3 cycles to correct low progesterone. So you can take it in the preconception period (prior to conception) when you are preparing your body to be ‘baby ready’. 

 

Other suggestions (this is a few of so many things):

  • FIND WAYS TO MANAGE THAT 6 LETTER WORD (STRESS) Pregnenolone the precursor hormone used to make progesterone is stolen to make cortisol (your adapting to stress hormone) because your survival is more important than producing girly hormones (the body doesn’t know the difference between a life and death situation and non-urgent but stressful event).

  • PRO PRO PROTEIN

    Protein with every meal is super important to help produce your girly hormones and it will also manage your blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar levels are stable this is another positive step towards hormone balance (thumbs up!).

  • AVOID TOXIC IMPOSTERS

    Xeno-oestrogens (foreign oestrogens come in pretending to be oestrogen and make a mess of your hormones…..NOOOO!!) So avoid using things like cling wrap (use bees wax wraps or chlorine free, bleach free baking paper), drinking out of plastic water bottles (use stainless steel or glass water bottles instead) and use natural personal care items (shampoo, deodorant, cosmetics etc.).

  • CLEAN EATING

    As much as possible eat organic foods; non-organic are riddled with chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other nasty ‘cides’) which also like to pretend to be oestrogen as well (cheeky little thangs) . If you have too much oestrogen this means your progesterone will drop or relative to oestrogen there is not enough progesterone.

  • GOOD FATS (SAY WHAT?)

    Fats are given such a bad wrap….and sure there are some fats that are bad!! BUT we do need to be eating healthy saturated fatty goodness for a source of cholesterol. Because cholesterol is a building block for our hormones!! If we don’t eat enough cholesterol….the body will struggle to produce hormones and actually raise our cholesterol in an attempt to make hormones. So it’s time to start eating some organic butter or organic coconut oil about 1 teaspoon’s worth daily. 

As always I would recommend getting your hormone levels checked, just to make sure that you are in fact progesterone deficient. Or perhaps there is something else happening. Hormones are such a delicate and intricate system and there can be a lot of influencing factors taking place.

So the hormones that you get checked through your GP via blood test are the ‘bound’ hormones in the body. Whereas if you get a salivary test done which is NOT commonly done by your GP it is known as a functional pathology test. The salivary test measures your ‘free’ (woo hoo freedom!) hormones that are available for your body to use (A naturopath can refer you to get this one done in the comfort of your abode).

It can be interesting to get both the blood test and the salivary test done. The salivary test is an out of pocket test so unfortunately you will have to pay for that one. But it is a really great and valuable testing method to gather information as to what your progesterone levels are doing AND your other hormones as well.

Both the above tests need to be done on day 21 PROVIDED that you are ovulating on or around day 14. If you cycles are irregular, the chances are you are not ovulating on that day. So you are best to work out when you might be ovulating and then do your test 7 days before your next period.

 

If feel like you were nodding your head a few times when you read through the symptoms of low progesterone and you would like help balancing your hormones, I would love to help you. Please reach out contact me or book now