Progesterone cream is made bio-identical to the a hormone produced after a woman has ovulated. It is also know as the warm hormone and is what causes the rise in basal body temperature. One of the tests a doctor will run to determine if a woman has indeed ovulated is a cycle day 21 test to measure the level of progesterone. The understanding, of course, is that “normally” a woman is then 7 days post ovulation–this, of course isn’t the norm and each woman is unique and different in when she actually ovulates.
When you have low progesterone, it can be detected by a blood test after ovulation or by charting your fertility signs. If you chart (see my articles on Charting Basics to learn how to effectively chart), you can tell if you have low progesterone if your basal body temperature stays at or below the coverline. Another sign of low progesterone is if the luteal phase (the time from ovulation to menstruation) is less than 10 days. Checking your progesterone levels are best done by a home hormone test kit that uses saliva instead of blood. Visit Beyond Fertility Catalog to read more about these tests and about Happy PMS Cream or Cycle Balance Natural Progesterone Creams.
There are several things you can do to boost the progesterone level. One is to go to the doctor and get a prescription for progesterone suppositories and/or a prescription for a fertility drug like Clomid. (NOTE: Please read carefully what follows. We do NOT endorse the use of dangerous drugs such as Clomid or prescription progesterone. They are not the natural alternative and bring abut their own issues. Click to read about the dangers of Clomid). The other three are to take vitamin B6 and/or vitex- (See Female Hormone Balance) which helps to regulate hormone levels and/or to use progesterone cream. Progesterone creams can be purchased over the counter from our store – Cycle Pro Balance or Happy PMS Cream. Progesterone cream was once only marketed toward the menopausal woman, but it can have great benefits for the younger woman. The only difference is how often you use it.
Usually a good progesterone cream should be used after ovulation has been established – at 1 or 2 days post ovulation till either menstruation happens or in the tenth week of pregnancy. This is because if you have a low progesterone problem, then by the tenth week of pregnancy, the placenta has taken over the corpus luteum in the production of progesterone. Use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon twice a day–applied to the neck, chest, belly, thighs, inner arms, face and hands–changing locations at least every 3 days. This is because the progesterone cream tends to build up on the skin, causing it to be tough. I used it twice a day and changed locations each time. I didn’t put it on my face and hands because I wear make-up and I would rub the remainder into my hands each time I used it. I did notice at first that when I used it on my chest, I would have hot flashes there. It was just a reaction that didn’t harm me and eventually went away.
While some people are skeptical about progesterone cream actually helping, one thing I’m fairly certain of is that it can’t hurt. And it did indeed help me. With two chemical pregnancies, I wanted to be sure I was doing all I could to prevent them. I began using progesterone cream in September and my luteal phase went from 13 to 15 days that very month. Because my luteal cycle was short it took a little time to get it longer and stronger but 5 months later I conceived and carried. So, whether or not it truly works, I don’t know, but I’m a believer and have been helping others in this way ever since!
A word of caution–I do not personally recommend taking supplements with wild yam in it unless you know it has been properly processed. In my research on progesterone creams, I have found that the progesterone produced in wild yams does not get used by the body unless it is processed a certain way. Look for a cream with natural progesterone in it. If the wild yams have been converted to make a “natural progesterone” or a “progesterone USP” these are good.
We suggest Cycle Pro Balance Cream or Happy PMS Cream. Happy PMS Cream is the cream I used to conceive and Cycle Balance has been the cream I have used in times since. Both are wonderful and it depends only on your preference.
Whether or not you think progesterone cream is right for you, research it for yourself. Like I said before, opinions vary widely on this subject and I’m merely offering my experience and opinion. As always, it’s best to seek the advice of your doctor or practitioner before using or taking any new health product.Progesterone is a hormone produced after a woman has ovulated. It is also know as the warm hormone and is what causes the rise in basal body temperature. One of the tests a doctor will run to determine if a woman has indeed ovulated is a cycle day 21 test to measure the level of progesterone. The understanding, of course, is that “normally” a woman is then 7 days post ovulation–this, of course isn’t the norm and each woman is unique and different in when she actually ovulates.
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