How To Treat and Prevent Low Progesterone Deficiency Naturally: Creams, Supplements and Side Effects

Hormone imbalance is a problem that is affecting a large number of North American women. Estrogen dominance causing progesterone deficiency is responsible for the imbalance. There are some remedies available including natural progesterone cream and hormone replacement therapy.

Symptoms of hormone inbalance include migraine headaches, depression, fatigue, loss of sex drive, fibrocystic breasts, PMS, mood swings, heavy bleeding during menses, hot flashes, hair loss, irregular menstrual cycles, vaginal dryness, thinning hair, slow thyroid, fluid retention and difficulty with concentration. There are four factors that contribute to hormone inbalance which are hormone replacement, stress, diet and the environment.

In July 2002, a story was published about hormone replacement therapy in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Studies had found that traditional hormone replacement therapy increased the number of cases of stroke, heart attack, blood clots and breast cancer during the first year of therapy. The FDA gave a ruling stating it was unethical to continue the study because of the serious risks of side effects women were being exposed too.

How Estrogen and Progesterone Work in a Women's Body

During the first half of a woman's monthly cycle, estrogen is the dominant hormone. It is responsible for the growth of the cells in the uterus lining which enables the implanting of a fertilized egg. In the second half of the cycle progesterone is the hormone released when a woman ovulates. Its purpose is to sustain the newly fertilized egg implanted in the lining of the uterus. Other important functions of progesterone are to protect against endometrial and breast cancer, act as a anti-depressant, protect against fibrocystic breasts, restore sex drive, act as a natural diuretic, normalize thyroid function, stabilize blood sugar, build new bone and restore normal vascular tone.

A study was conducted at John Hopkins University in 1996 and it was concluded that women who are low in natural progesterone have an 80% higher risk of developing breast cancer and ten times the risk of other types of malignant cancer.

The Four Main Causes of Progesterone Deficiency

Medical prescriptions - Birth control pills contain a large amount of prescription hormones. Progestin, which is used in hormone replacement therapy, is not the same as natural progesterone. These prescriptions only add to the problem by increasing the amount of estrogen in the body.

Stress - Studies have been conducted that have revealed that by the age of 34, half of all woman in America have no progersterone. The fast paced, stressful, lifestyle of the American woman robs the body of its natural progesterone. Stress also has been found to effect a woman's ability to ovulate, limiting or halting the production of progesterone.

Diet - Some of the most consumed foods in America are a huge factor in the increase of estrogen in women. Animals from which we get chicken, beef and pork are fed estrogen to make them grow and be transported to the market more quickly. A diet of refined starches, sugars and processed foods also contribute to hormone imbalance.

Environment - False estrogens are found in many personal care products such as most soaps, skin care and hair cair products, mineral oil(baby oil), pestisides and detergents. These false estrogens have a negative impact on estrogen receptors in the body and cause hormone imbalance.

Best Methods of Protection against Progesterone Deficiency

The first step is to correct estrogen dominance by using a USP grade (Unites States Pharmaceudical - tests performed by quality assurance) natural progesterone cream. The product should be in an airtight container(to prevent oxidation) such as a pump style container and be formulated in a botanical base.

Whenever possible buy organic meat. Avoid skin products that contain mineral oil and petroleum based products. Instead of eating refined sugars, starches and foods loaded with petrochemical, eat raw fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Progesterone deficiency is the cause of many unpleasant side effects and leads to serious and life threatening health conditions. Hormone replacement therapy and certain prescription medications only add to the problem of estrogen dominants. Making simple changes in the diet, avoiding harmful personal and home care products and adding a natural progesterone cream will alleviate unpleasant symptoms and prevent against serious health conditions.

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Lynn Byrne 8 years ago

Good post Steve. I will certainly be looking at labels and further reducing my intake of meat. These are things that I just wasn't aware of and thinking about.


Jasmine 6 years ago

I eat a lot of shrimp, does that play a role on my progesterone being low?


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan

Great information. I was blessed to find the right connections when after the birth of my last child my hormones got way out of wack - I was a mess. Through the Mayo Clinic I learned about natural progesterone and they monitored and prescribed it .. I got back to normal very soon afterwards!


Lilly 6 years ago

Hi. Thanks for sharing this very informative hub about Progesterone. I hope to read more of your hubs soon.


Lilly 6 years ago

Being informed with the best methods for protection against progesterone deficiency through your hub is helpful. Thanks for sharing.


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Ms Dee 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Just a confirmation that what protocol this decribes is what has helped me. Good that you've gotten this message out! :)


Layne 5 years ago

What studies were conducted on stress and progesterone? Can you specify? Thanks!


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stevemark122000 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Layne, there have been a number of studies conducted. Here is one found in Scientific Daily.

"A University of Michigan study has identified a likely reason: feeling emotionally close to a friend increases levels of the hormone progesterone, helping to boost well-being and reduce anxiety and stress.

"This study establishes progesterone as a likely part of the neuroendocrine basis of social bonding in humans," said U-M researcher Stephanie Brown, lead author of an article reporting the study findings, published in the current (June 2009) issue of the peer-reviewed journal Hormones and Behavior."


Squirrel 5 years ago

I am wondering about something.. I had my periods on the 5th of Feb. And since the 19th of Feb I started having at first a little bit of light brown spotting.. But the nest day (today) it turned into darker brown.. I am really scared.. It doesn't smell.. And I am still virgin and don't take pills or anything. Could it be because a progesterone deficiency?


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Pamela Sarzana 5 years ago from northern Indiana

Good article Steve, The refined sugars really get me out of whack, so to speak.


Helen 5 years ago

I have been struggling with irregular periods and anovulatory cycles for over 18 months now, after suffering many of the symptoms described above. Last year I began to see a gynaecologist, and it was clear from Day 21 Progesterone tests that I don't ovulate regularly - often my cycles can be over 100 days in length. Nothing more has ever been said to me about my progesterone levels, and I have taken Clomid and Provera as my husband and I are hoping to start a family but they have not had an effect. I will be taking this article with me when I next see my doctor and asking if it is possible that a progesterone deficiency is my problem. Thank you for producing an informative article - I finally feel like I might have an answer to my problems!


M.I.K Chy 3 years ago

My wife is suffering from low Progesterone hormone. Which is very lower level 0.8 where normal range 18-37. Now she is under treatment and taking injection. I want to know is it possible to conceive baby or is she can become pregnant ? How much possibilities of getting pregnant ? Is this problem recoverable or not after treatment? Please let me know I am very upset... :(

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