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Do You Have Signs of Low Progesterone?

Progesterone is a vital female sex hormone that orchestrates key aspects of the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. It rises to prepare the uterine lining for potential embryo implantation and pregnancy.

Beyond reproduction, progesterone influences mood, basal body temperature, bone health, and breast development. Fluctuating levels throughout the menstrual cycle play a central role in reproductive health and are crucial for overall hormonal equilibrium and female wellness.

Progesterone is primarily produced in the ovaries by a specialised group of cells called the corpus luteum. The corpus luteum is formed in the ovary after ovulation occurs. Progesterone helps prepare the uterine lining for the potential implantation of a fertilized egg and supports early pregnancy. If fertilization doesn't occur, the corpus luteum will start to degenerate, progesterone levels drop and the uterine lining will break down, leading to menstruation.

Signs of low progesterone in females may include irregular menstrual cycles, mood swings, anxiety, low libido, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping. One of the most common signs you will notice is during the second half of your menstrual cycle, during your luteal phase. Most women low in progesterone experience low mood, increased anxiety, mood swings, emotional imbalances and very low energy in the lead-up to their period.

To naturally support healthy progesterone levels, a well-rounded approach is best.

  • A well-balanced diet rich in healthy fats and nutrients like zinc, magnesium, and vitamin B6

  • Limit caffeine and alcohol consumption

  • Regular movement with extra focus on low-intensity exercise

  • Reduce exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals

  • Herbal supplements like Vitex can help (under guidance from a practitioner)

If you're unsure if you're low in progesterone, and would like some testing done or guidance from a practitioner, please book in for a free discovery call to see the best approach for you.

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