Progesterone—at healthy levels—is an important steroid hormone found in the human body. It’s produced in women’s ovaries during active menstruation cycles, but also can be found in the adrenal glands and made in the placenta. Progesterone is useful in helping regulate the levels of estrogen in the body, lowering the chance of endometriosis. Less well-known roles of progesterone include regulating the immune response, slowing the digestive process, reducing anxiety, and building and maintaining bone. Many people have low levels of progesterone, especially women who have reached menopause, and so progesterone supplements are readily available. However, when the progesterone levels are too high, there is a whole different story. This article will explore how to lower progesterone levels naturally.
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Your body will naturally lower progesterone levels on its own as you reach menopause. Although some women maintain levels of progesterone by the adrenal glands taking over production at menopause, most women’s progesterone levels drop close to zero at menopause. If you are about to experience menopause, your body can lower your levels of progesterone on its own.
If you miss an ovulation cycle, meaning you don’t ovulate one month, your levels of progesterone will be lower. This is because right after ovulation, the level of progesterone is increased by the body. (This means that some forms of birth control may lower the progesterone level without you doing something additionally.) The body lowers the level of progesterone itself during the preovulatory phase of the menstrual cycle.
There are certain parts of the body involved in the production and synthesis of progesterone. Progesterone is produced in the ovaries from pregnenolone. So, if your ovaries are removed due to cancer, for example, your levels of progesterone will naturally decrease.
Make sure you actually have levels of progesterone that are too high. Don’t just assume. Visit your doctor and get tests to check for progesterone levels. Serum tests are generally recommended over saliva tests for assessing accurate progesterone levels.
Find out what is making your progesterone level too high. High progesterone levels may be a result of endogenous factors, such as adrenal hyperplasia. Getting this condition under control will lower progesterone levels. An exogenous factor would be high levels of progesterone due to progesterone replacement therapy. The doses could be lowered or stopped to naturally reduce the level of progesterone.
If your high level of progesterone is not due to an exogenous or endogenous cause, this means that your base level of progesterone is too high. Discuss with your doctor how to handle this. Your doctor may suggests prescription remedies that are not natural, so make sure to let your doctor know you would like natural remedies. (A holistic doctor might be your best bet.)
Consider the possibility that emotional factors are contributing to your low levels of progesterone. Bioenergy balancing theorizes that unresolved emotions held in the body can alter the body’s ability to balance hormone levels appropriately. In this case, psychotherapy or some other type of counseling may help to naturally lower the level of progesterone in the body.
- To find natural remedies for lowering your progesterone, you may wish to visit holistic or alternative medicine doctors, who know more about natural sources and know how you can find such remedies.