How Do I Boost Progesterone Naturally?

Livestrong.com

February 2011

Overview

Progesterone is a hormone made naturally by the body that plays a role in the menstrual cycle and helps maintain a pregnancy. If you have low progesterone levels, your doctor may recommend medication to help raise the amount of progesterone in your body. Though synthetic progesterone may be given, there are some natural ways to help increase progesterone. Before using supplements for this purpose, consult with your health care provider or gynecologist to see if these are safe and appropriate in your situation.

Step 1

Take chasteberry supplements. According to an article in the September 2005 issue of the journal “American Family Physician,” women with a luteal phase defect, when they do not produce enough progesterone, showed an increase in progesterone levels when they took chasteberry supplements for five months. The dose can vary, but is typically 4 g daily of chasteberry extract standardized to 6 percent agnuside, reports “American Family Physician.” Ask your gynecologist before using this supplement.

Step 2

Consume 150 international units of vitamin E. Taking this dose of vitamin E can help raise progesterone levels, according to Dr. David Williams of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Use caution, as higher levels of the vitamin, around 300 to 600 IU, can decrease progesterone levels.

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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.