Progesterone is a human hormone that regulates sexual development. In women, progesterone works in concert with estrogen to regulate the menstrual cycle and is necessary for fertility and pregnancy. Women of child bearing age with low progesterone levels may need to increase their progesterone levels if they face infertility.
If you are looking for natural alternatives to progesterone creams and injections, here are some steps you can take to treat low progesterone naturally.
Talk to an herbalist about herbs that can treat low progesterone. Black cohosh, red raspberry and chasteberry have been used for centuries to treat a variety of female fertility issues, long before it was known that fertility is controlled by hormones. These herbs work by prompting our bodies to produce more.
Women with low progesterone often have low levels of vitamin C, E, B6, magnesium and zinc. Although the cause/effect nature of low progesterone and vitamin deficiency is unclear, there is some evidence that taking extra vitamin supplements can help.
Sometimes low progesterone is complicated by high levels of other hormones, particularly estrogen. If you have tested for elevated estrogen levels (estrogen dominance), avoid foods and herbs that are know to increase estrogen levels. An imbalance of high estrogen and low progesterone can contribute to infertility.
You can increase progesterone levels more quickly with creams, suppositories, and injections. If you want a natural source, try progesterone creams derived from Mexican yam. Mexican yam contains diosgenin which is converted to progesterone in the lab by a simple chemical reaction.
The major benefit of using natural sources of progesterone is that synthetic hormones may not exactly match the hormones produced in our bodies. Take supplements that encourage your body to produce more progesterone.