How to Get Pregnant With Low Progesterone

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In the body, hormonal balance is key to making sure all body processes run as they are supposed to. In the female reproductive system, one of the key hormones is a hormone called Progesterone.

Progesterone is responsible for several different things that are key to a healthy pregnancy. If a woman does not have the right concentration of progesterone in her body, her chances of having a healthy pregnancy can be greatly diminished.

1. Symptoms of Low Progesterone

Many women who have low progesterone have no indication that their levels are low. There are many symptoms of low progesterone, and they cover a wide range of things.

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For example, symptoms of low progesterone include insomnia, mood swings, depression, headaches, anxiety, fatigue, lack of concentration, low sex drive, weight changes, irritability, appetite changes, frequent or irregular menstruation, PCOS, vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. These are just a few of the symptoms of low progesterone. As you can see, all of these symptoms can be indicative of other disorders as well, so it is sometimes confusing to pinpoint just what is causing the problem.

2. Getting Treated

If you think you have low progesterone, you can not treat it on your own. It must be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. Ask your doctor to check your progesterone levels to see how they stack up. Progesterone levels are checked using a simple blood test and results are usually available very quickly.

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Once you know if your progesterone levels are low, you will be able to decide on a treatment plan. Always consult a doctor about your progesterone levels. Never just assume that you have low progesterone and try to treat yourself without consulting a doctor. That can be extremely dangerous to do on your own and can end up causing even more problems for you in the end.

3. The Options

There are several different options for treating low progesterone levels. While getting pregnant with low progesterone levels is very hard, the good news is that it is a problem that is easily treated.

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Doctors can prescribe several different types of progesterone treatments. One of the most popular is a progesterone cream. This cream is like a lotion that is applied to the skin twice per day, to mimic the body’s natural progesterone cycle.

The cream is applied to parts of the body like the face, neck, upper arms, inner thighs, and chest, where there is good capillary blood flow. Other treatment options do exist, such as progesterone suppositories. It is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully when using progesterone cream, since it can be dangerous in too high dosages.

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.