It is a misconception to think that low progesterone is happening on its own and that there is a magical supplement out there that is going to fix it. There are often a lot of different factors at play when it comes to why this is happening and what we can do about it.
Supplements and medication can be useful at addressing the symptom, but what they aren’t doing is looking at the root cause of the issue. Here are some useful insights to help you identify your “root cause” if you believe low progesterone is something you suffer with.
What’s your birth control history? It can take several months “post pill” for our cycles to normalise. There is a study that compares the pre and post ovulation phases of women that are TTC, post pill and those women who have never been on the pill. This study found it took 9-12 cycles before the post pill control groups periods began to normalise.
Are you post pregnancy/miscarriage/abortion? Your first 2-3 cycles post-partum can again take your cyclical hormones to normalise.
Stressed? This doesn’t have to be a major stress in your life. It can be something as simple as travel or a change in exercise routine. The body thrives on habit and routine, so for us to venture outside this “norm” it creates a level of stress on the body, whether we perceive it as the typical stressor we’re used to.
“BUT WHY WOULD STRESS DISRUPT MY CYCLE?” We are all familiar with the stress hormone, cortisol. But what you may not be aware of is that our bodies make cortisol from progesterone! Cortisol is literally stealing from your progesterone reserves to help you deal with internal stress!
A significant stressor in the luteal phase could be signposted in your mestrual cycle by “low progesterone” signs and symptoms – Short luteal phase or pre-menstrual spotting.
But it doesn’t have to be an acute stress. It can also be a chronic stressor, like food sensitivities (gut issues), auto-immune issues, allergies, an underlying infection,
Thyroid – Issues that hasn’t yet been addressed.