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Progesterone and Fertility

by Giuliana
(Milano, Italy)

How does progesterone affect fertility and what can I do to make sure my progesterone levels are normal using natural medicines? Is progesterone cream a good way to address low progesterone?

Also, I have read about Vitex Agnus Castus to increase progesterone levels, can you please tell me more?
Thanks, Giuliana.

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May 03, 2010
Vitex or Progesterone for Fertility
by: Maria Gioia Atzori

Progesterone is the hormone for fertility and pregnancy. During the second half of the mentrual cycle and during pregnancy, progesterone is in charge. Both natural progesterone cream and Vitex Agnus Castus are wonderful natural methods to balance the production of progesterone versus estrogen. Women who suffer from low progesterone levels are most likely estrogen dominant, which means that the estrogen to progesterone is not in balance. Estrogen dominance is an epidemic condition in western society because of xenoestrogen that mimic the action of natural estrogen. Read more on this topic in my article on Xenoestrogen and Fertility.

Natural Progesterone Cream

Low progesterone can be detected by a blood test after ovulation or by charting fertility. If your luteal phase is less than 10 days, you may be suffering from luteal phase defect related to low progesterone levels. Women who have this problem are usually prescribed Clomid, but natural progesterone cream is also available that may help in preparing the uterine wall for implantation of the fertilized egg.
Natural progesterone cream can be used to help in cases of PMS, ovarian cysts, and preventing threatened abortions.
It is important to use a Natural Progesterone Cream made with only natural sources and non synthetic ones.

Vitex Agnus Castus

Vitex is made by using the berry of a plant that grows in areas from the Mediterranean to Western Asia and is used in herbal medicine to restore balance in the female reproductive system. It helps relieve symptoms of hormonal imbalance related to mood swings, water retention, weight gain, short luteal phase, infertility, PMS, excessive estrogen secretion over progesterone, PCOS, recurrent miscarriages, and irregular cycles. Vitex is also very effective in treating hyperprolactemia and corpus luteum insufficiency. Many herbal fertility product contain Vitex for all the above reasons. Learm more about this herbal remedy for fertility.

Vitex and progesterone cream cannot be taken at the same time because they work on the body in different ways. Vitex stimulates the pituitary gland to increase secretion of luteinizing hormone and stimulating the formation of the corpus luteum and progesterone levels.
Progesterone cream simply supplies the body with the natural hormone.

Maria Gioia Atzori,
BSc Hons, MS, DSHomMed Hons, DWH Hom

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