The low progesterone infertility correlation is overlooked quite often when women are attempting to conceive and aren't having any luck.
If you haven't read any of Dr. John Lee's books on Hormone Balance or Menopause, I encourage you to do so.
You can order Dr. Lee's books online, but I suspect you will find them at your local library.
He speaks a lot clearer and plainer about low progesterone infertility than some doctors I've read, but I'll give you his comments in my own words.
Basically, progesterone is absolutely necessary for pregnancy!
The way the regular menstrual cycle works is this. When you start the bleeding of your cycle, it is the hormone estrogen that is dominant in your system and the lining of the uterus sheds and begins building up a fresh lining to prepare for conception.
The estrogen levels remain high until ovulation around 10-12 days into the cycle. When you ovulate, the follicle carrying the egg bursts and enters the fallopian tube.
What's left of the follicle, becomes something called thecorpus luteum and it produces progesterone to combine with the estrogen and "protect" the fertilized egg in the event that it attaches itself to the lining of the uterus and pregnancy occurs. At this time progesterone is the dominant hormone.
If no egg has implanted itself in the uterus after another 10-12 days, both hormone levels drop and the lining is shed once again. The cycle starts all over again.
If a fertilized egg is implanted, the production of the progesterone increases. As time passes, the placenta begins producing very high levels of progesterone to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
Dr. Lee stated, "I believe that estrogen dominance from progesterone deficiency has caused a near epidemic of infertility among women in their mid thirties."
Because we have been exposed to an overabundance of estrogen in our daily lives, our body has responded by overproducing follicles early on so that we have fewer and fewer to work with as we age.
To increase your chances of conceiving, the use of natural progesterone cream can be used to your advantage.
If you think you may be pregnant, DON'T STOP using the progesterone. The drop in the progesterone level will signal to the body to shed the uterus lining and the pregnancy will be lost.
Continue using progesterone at least until the 3rd month of the pregnancy. By then, the placenta will have taken over in progesterone production and you can safely taper off the use of the cream.
Even after pregnancy, it is a good idea to continue to use natural progesterone cream for the rest of your life. I'm truly amazed by the many health benefits we receive by keeping our progesterone levels up and avoiding the dreaded "estrogen dominance."
Dr. Lee recommends two natural progesterone creams to be of the highest quality for dealing with low progesterone infertility. I use one of them calledRenewed Balance. It's the absolute best one I've found, and I've been using natural progesterone for almost 10 years.
Don't let low progesterone infertility problems keep you from being a mom. Using natural progesterone cream to improve your progesterone levels is inexpensive and so very easy. The added benefits are that it is completely pain free, has no negative side effects, and will provide you with other health benefits regardless!
If you follow Dr. Lee's recommendations and are blessed with a baby of your own, I hope you will come back and share your story here. We'd love to see a photo of your new little treasure, too!
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