Natural Fertility Specialist Hethir Rodriguez talks about all things related to progesterone cream use for fertility.
Progesterone is a key hormone in a woman’s cycle. After ovulation, progesterone production is triggered by Luteinizing Hormone (LH), which stimulates the corpus luteum (the remnant egg sac after ovulation) in the ovary to produce progesterone. One of the main actions of progesterone with regard to fertility is to help support a developing embryo. Yet, it does more!
Progesterone is a sex hormone that also helps the body:
- produce cervical mucus (it’s partially responsible for this)
- maintain the lining of the uterus
- help raise the basal body temperature (BBT) to help an embryo survive and grow at/after implantation
- prevent the immune system from rejecting the embryo
- use body fat for energy production during pregnancy
- maintain a healthy libido and energy levels
Signs/Symptoms of Progesterone deficiency:
|Luteal Phase Defect
PCOS or Endometriosis
blood clots and period cramping
low BBT when fertility charting
Diagnosis of having too much estrogen in the system, estrogen dominance, or a fertility health issue known to be caused by excess estrogen are likely to mean you may also be progesterone deficient. Testing is the #1 way to learn if you are progesterone deficient.
As a place to start, take this test: Are You Progesterone Deficient or Estrogen Dominant? This test is a means of seeing where you may fall in terms of progesterone deficiency and estrogen dominance. This isn’t intended to diagnose either! Its purpose is to help you know that either you may want to do a bit more research (keep reading after you take the test, there’s a complete guide for you), or talk to your healthcare provider about formal testing.
General Usage of Natural Progesterone Cream
First, educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of progesterone deficiency and how to support the body naturally after deficiency has been determined through testing. Then, if you learn you have low progesterone, visit our guide Progesterone Fertility Guide. It thoroughly shares ways of using natural progesterone cream, as well as herbs known to be supportive.
General suggested dosage: 40mg daily, divided into one 20mg application in the am and one 20mg application in the pm, during the two weeks before your period; begin application directly after ovulation, which is usually day 14 in the cycle (day 1 is the start of your period), and ending usage once menstruation begins. The best way to know exactly when to begin progesterone cream is to track ovulation.
Transdermal application (through the skin) has been found to be one of the most effective ways to use natural progesterone. Areas of application can include the face, neck, upper chest, breasts, inner arms, thighs and ankles, palms of hands, and soles of the feet (areas of the body where there is little fat and capillaries are many).
Click here to learn about Fertilica™ Natural Progesterone Cream…
Additional resources focused on naturally supporting progesterone levels:
Natural Progesterone Cream Use: 10 Things You Should Know
Progesterone Fertility Q&A
Video: Fertility Q&A – Low Progesterone, Miscarriage & Egg Health
Use of Progesterone Cream with an Irregular Menstrual Cycle Q&A
5 Ways to Naturally Boost Progesterone Levels
As always, if you have questions about using natural progesterone cream, reach out to us for support.