Progesterone, The Infertility Hormone Q&A

Though it’s true that all of your body’s hormones are at play in fertility, progesterone deficiency occupies a top position as a leading cause of infertility.  Especially as women age past 35, progesterone levels naturally drop, resulting in fewer successful pregnancies.

Q: Why is progesterone is necessary for fertility?

A:  Because it is your warming hormone.  It raises your body temperature after you ovulate to warm and nourish the egg.  Just like when a chicken lays an egg, the chicken’s job is not done. It now has to sit on the egg and keep it warm so that it will hatch. Humans also need to warm our eggs, but we do it internally with progesterone!

Q: How can I tell if I’m progesterone deficient?

A: Common signs are feeling cold, especially in the hands and feet, bloating before your period, pms, mood swings, breast tenderness, and weight gain.

Q: How can I increase my progesterone? 

A: There are a number of ways, but one of the best ways is by getting acupuncture, and taking Chinese herbal formulas.

Q: Why is doing acupuncture and taking herbs better than taking progesterone as pills or creams?

A: Progesterone is called a “mother hormone” because your body can take it and use it to make other hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol.  So what this means is that if your body wants to prioritize making another hormone it will steal progesterone and turn it into something else!   You can take progesterone from a pill or a cream, but if your hormones are out of balance that progesterone can be rerouted, and that doesn’t improve your fertility.  Acupuncture and herbs encourage your body to make its own natural progesterone, balancing your hormones so you can more easily get pregnant, and sustain that pregnancy.

Q: Are there other ways to increase progesterone ?

Yes, absolutely.  There are a multitude of diet and lifestyle adjustments that can be made to promote progesterone balance.  These make a big difference in your fertility journey.  We customize a plan for each and every one of our clients to promote fertility, as well as overall health and balance.  So even before our clients get pregnant they notice that they aren’t getting the symptoms they are used to getting around their periods.  They feel more balanced, and energetic, because promoting fertility automatically means promoting health!