Are You Progesterone Deficient? One Woman’s Story…

Holy Hormones Journal: Jane with Ayda – introduced me to her blog and to the fertility trackers that she promotes.

Ayda is a fertility tracker that helps you have a healthy pregnancy.
Only worn at night, Ayda listens to your body while you sleep to precisely
determine your fertile days and how you ovulate.

I saw her blog post on progesterone deficiency and let her know I would share it with my followers. She also has other good articles on progesterone on her blog. Unfortunately, many if not most women and men are progesterone deficient. My fav endocrinologist, Dr. Margarita Ochoa-Maya  once told me in a radio interview that hormone testing is relatively new and that labs and doctors should be more concerned about hormone ratios than hormone levels. Just like everything else in our life (which is really all about ratios) the reproductive hormones as well as all hormones and the micronutrients in our body – especially minerals need to be in balance with each other for optimum functioning.

All of us have been over-exposed to xenoestrogens (synthetic estrogen mimickers) via plastic, shampoos, household cleaners, sunscreen, glyphosate in Monsanto’s roundup, synthetic birth control (especially Depo Provera and the Mirena IUD which suppress progesterone production in lieu of the synthetic progestin) and that spans over generations of use – as most of these xenoestrogens have been found in the umbilical cord, – sunscreen, laundry dryer sheets, makeup – need I say more? BPA is the main culprit and there is now way to avoid the toxic plastics in our environment.

Jane’s post if compelling, and informative. I encourage you all to read about her experience and her research. And look into natural progesterone. If you want more information please visit Dr. Michael Platt’s site. He developed a custom progesterone cream – with 50% more progesterone that store bought brands – because our needs for this crucial hormone have increased since the pioneering Dr. John Lee’s research on progesterone years ago.

05.01.16 Signs-of-Low-Progesterone

by Jane
April 27, 2016

10 Signs of Low Progesterone Levels

  1. You are between the ages of 35 and 50.
  2. You are having difficulty getting or staying pregnant.
  3. You are experiencing spotting or abdominal pain during pregnancy.
  4. You have short menstrual cycles or a short luteal phase.
  5. Your basal body temperatures rise slowly after ovulation.
  6. Hypothyroidism: You have low core body temperatures.
  7. You experience spotting in between periods.
  8. You experience bad PMS symptoms before menstruation.
  9. You have a low sex drive/libido.
  10. You have abnormally low cholesterol levels & are underweight.

I was so thankful that the two week wait was nearly up!

All I wanted to know if I was pregnant or not. I hadn’t had such a good feeling about our chances since we first started trying nearly 8 months ago. The suspense was killing me!

I had been optimistic before but this time was different. I used to be optimistic every cycle but as the months passed without that elusive positive pregnancy test, I made the decision (for my own sanity) not to let myself get my hopes up. I didn’t want to have to deal with the disappointment. However, this month was different…

Two months ago, after officially trying to conceive for about 6 months my doctor informed me that I was displaying some of the signs of low progesterone. He decided to run a test and sure enough, after a quick saliva test that I found out I had low progesterone levels – 4.8 ng/mL to be exact. At first I was in a state of panic.

In that moment the only thoughts running through my mine were. Am I infertile? Will I ever be able to have kids? All I could think of was the worst possible scenario. Would I die alone with my cats!

After that moment of madness, I composed myself and my doctor told me that low progesterone could have a big impact on my chances of getting pregnant but it was manageable if you took the right steps.

Before I knew it though, my doctor had decided that my time was up. He scribbled the name of a progesterone cream that I should use on a piece of paper, gave me a leaflet on low progesterone and sent me on my way.  I had so many more questions!

When I got home I immediately started Googling. But the more I found out about the symptoms of low progesterone the more my life started making sense. I read stories by women who had posted their stories online and the more I read the more it felt like they were talking about me.

I had always suffered from bad cramps and irritability in the lead up to my period but the symptoms were getting worse as I got older. It was later that I found out that this had a name – Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS. For a couple days every month I was a different me – both emotionally and physically. I felt like I had no control over my body. My husband (then boyfriend) and friends even had a running joke where we had name for my alter ego…we used to call her EJ for Evil Jen, because I was so unlike my “normal” self. After reading the stories of other women like me online who had low progesterone those days leading up to my period made sense now. One of the major causes of PMS is a progesterone deficiency just before your periods. But here’s the kicker…

My progesterone levels had been getting lower and lower over the past few years, which were causing my PMS symptoms to get worse. And it had never even occurred to me that my hormones could be causing my PMS symptoms.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.