Finishing off my “Low Progesterone causing Hormonal acne” mini-series, in this blog, I’m focusing on boosting progesterone. Look at the previous blog on:

Progesterone is a skin & mood calming hormone. It also helps with sleep. It is only released on ovulation.

Healthy ovulation depends on:

  • The communication between your brain and ovaries
  • The number of eggs in your ovaries.
  • Sufficient nutrients and “building blocks” to produce progesterone.
  • Enough energy in your mitochondria (powerhouse) to produce progesterone.
To boost progesterone, follow these steps:


Investigate & address possible causes of irregular periods/ anovalutory cycles

    • Stress?
    • Inflammation?
    • Hypothyroid?
    • High prolactin?
    • Over-exercise?
    • Underweight?
    • Poor diet?
    • PCOS?
    • Gut issues?
    • Perimenopause?
    • Primary ovarian insufficiency?

Regulate menstrual cycle & optimise ovulation

  • Manage stress.
  • Reduce inflammation.
  • Optimise gut health.
  • Optimise detoxification.
  • Optimise sugar balance.
  • Increase intake of antioxidants.
  • Ensure adequate amount of healthy dietary fats (hormones are made from cholesterol)
  • Ensure plenty of foods high in vitamin B6, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin C to make progesterone.

Where indicated, supplement can support production.

    • Magnesium – 150mg – 300mg / night
    • Vitamin C – 1000mg/ day
    • Vitamin B6 – 30-50mg/ day
    • Zinc – 25-75mg/day. Ensure you balance with copper.
    • Vitex agnus Castus (Chaste tree berry)


  • Eventually with age, there will be less eggs in the ovaries, resulting in irregular periods or sporadic ovulation. Hormone levels fluctuate and this is commonly known as
  • When there is no more eggs in the ovaries, women stop having periods and after 12 months of no periods, menopause is diagnosed.
  • In this situation, hormone replacement with body-identical or bio-identical may be required after careful assessment and risk profiling.

Given it can seem a big topic and so many elements to focus on but if you build on the fundamentals:
🔸 Eat Well
🔸 Rest Well
🔸 Love Well
…..The battle is half won.

If you need extra help, work with a practitioner who specialises in hormonal health to further fine-tune and fill any gaps that require extra support.
If I can support you in your journey to balance and optimise your hormones, please email my team at for more information.

Until the next blog, here’s to your best self.

Dr. Terry