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)

NATURE & AGE

  • 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 hello@drterryloong.com for more information.

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

Dr. Terry