Women in pre menopause usually have a low progesterone level.
Progesterone is one of the most important hormones in a woman's body. Among other things, it regulates her estrogen levels, helps make her body fertile, and balances her mood.
Progesterone and Your Life
During the second half of your menstruation cycle, your body creates more progesterone to get ready for pregnancy. If you don't become pregnant, your level falls and your body gets a signal to shed its uterine lining.
Progesterone is produced in the ovaries, and if you are not ovulating, you are not producing much progesterone.
Meanwhile, your estrogen levels remain the same. When your level of progesterone is too low, there is nothing to balance your estrogen levels, and you experience symptoms of too much estrogen.
Do I Have a Low Level?
Since all women are different, there is a large window for what is considered a normal level of progesterone. A normal level could be between 2 - 17 ng/ml. It just depends on your body. Your doctor can help you find the right level for you.
See your doctor 7-10 days before your period starts, and she can give you a saliva, blood, or urine test to check your hormone levels.
Natural Relief: Raise Your Progesterone
You have a few choices when it comes to boosting your level of progesterone. You can use synthetic progesterone, plant based progesterone, or bioidentical progesterone.
Chasteberry is a natural herb that you can get over the counter. It will naturally increase your level of progesterone.
Many women have also found wild yam to be helpful in their quest to raise their level of progesterone and stop their pre menopause symptoms.
Wild yam cream is another great way to boost your level.
For more information on bio-identical hormones, see this page.
Certain creams that you use in menopause can also help to raise your progesterone level. You can get these over the counter or with a prescription from your doctor.
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