As a woman, you have many different hormones to consider, which can affect your fertility and various other physical health issues. One of the hormones to be aware of is progesterone. Let’s chat about this hormone and how you can balance it properly.
First of all, you might not really understand what progesterone is or what role it plays in your body. Progesterone is a type of hormone that helps with many functions in your body, including helping with pregnancy and aiding in fertility. Progesterone is among the main hormones women need to keep balanced… alongside estrogen, estradiol, and others.
Why You Need Progesterone
The reason doctors are concerned about progesterone levels is because of how much it impacts your body. Not just your gynecological health, but also parts of your body and mind as well. Your mental and physical health both do best when you have adequate amounts of progesterone in your body. Here are some of the primary benefits of having the right amounts of progesterone in your body:
Maintaining the lining of the uterus
Working as a diuretic
Working alongside other sex hormones
Helping to reduce severity of PMS symptoms
Building strong bones
Burning fat for energy
Helping with thyroid health
Maintaining proper blood clotting
There are also other benefits, including helping you to become pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy, and even playing a role in the severity of mental health issues like depression.
How to Improve Progesterone Levels
If you feel that you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance, you are not alone. Many women deal with this problem every day. Luckily, there are some different ways you can balance your hormone levels, including progesterone, without medications. These often include changing your lifestyle to be healthier, from eating a healthy diet to making sur you exercise regularly. You also want to cut back on unhealthy habits like drinking and smoking, but try to add in some healthy fats to your diet.
Your doctor can also provide a progesterone supplement if you are not able to improve the hormone levels on your own. It is important that you maintain good levels, especially if you are of childbearing age and become pregnant. Your doctor can perform simple tests to determine how much progesterone you are producing on your own, and what the level needs to be at.
Ingredients like BPA, parabens, fragrances, and phthalates are known to be xenoestrogens that alter female reproductive development, fertility, and can cause early onset of menopause along with altering your metabolism and mood. It’s incredibly important to remove any products in your home or that you’re using on your skin if they include any of these ingredients. It’s a bit counterproductive to detox if you’re pouring more toxins in at the same time. Use the EWG Skin Deep Database to check your products and swap out anything over a 2 on their toxicity scale. I love my Beautycounter products and trust them as they are the cleanest and most high performing on the market. To find what you need, send me a message or take the skincare quiz here.
One of the ways I improve progesterone levels is to utilize essential oils. I like to apply 2 to 3 drops of Frankincense on the bottoms of my feet (or use a roller) morning and night. I use Geranium oil in my topical sauna oil, which goes on daily… or you can use 3 drops each of Marjoram, Geranium, Oregano and Thyme in a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil and apply over the liver with a castor oil pack to help improve low progesterone levels.
Here are my top oils for improving progesterone levels:
For more support and to detox and balance your hormones, you can enroll in my 3 Day Hormone Detox for $19. I am available for email support as you need.
Here’s to your health!