PROGESTERONE AND FERTILITY

The presence of ovulation will increase progesterone production. However it can happen that even if we ovulate, we might not be producing enough progesterone to support a pregnancy or having a long enough luteal phase (which in terms of pregnancy, is better).

Low progesterone can look like:

  1. Heavy, long periods.
  2. Moodiness.
  3. Short luteal phase <10 days.
  4. Painful periods.
  5. Sleeping badly.
  6. Spotting in between periods.

Progesterone is vital to carry a pregnancy.

Stress management can do wonders in this case! Progesterone can be tested by blood or urine and in order to do it accurately, it must be tested 5-7 days AFTER ovulation. You must know when you ovulate more or less to make the testing exact! This is why tracking your cycle is extremely important.

For a healthy ovulation, you need healthy ovarian follicles and healthy CL (corpus luteum) – remember it takes 3-4 months to optimise the golden egg that will be fertilised and become an embryo, a baby. A healthy corpus luteum will produce progesterone for about 2 weeks during the luteal phase (or very beginning of your pregnancy when you still are not aware of being pregnant).

To naturally boost progesterone production:

  • Prioritise gut health by adding fermented foods to your diet (probiotics) and prebiotics like onion, garlic and flaxseed.
  • Add antioxidants to your diet as they boost ovarian follicle health.
  • Add a stress management plan to your every day routine. Baths, an evening walk, sunbathing or just meditation.
  • Get tested to see if you’re deficient in anything.
  • Add beets, cabbage, avocado and occasional walnuts in kefir yoghurts to your diet.

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