Maintaining a balance between progesterone and estrogen levels is very important for women to avoid symptoms of PMS, menstrual irregularities and more long-term consequences, such as increased risks of certain cancers. Unfortunately, many women suffer from too low progesterone levels and too high estrogen levels. Given the possible side effects of hormone-replacement therapy, natural ways to increase progesterone can be more beneficial for overall health. Certain herbs, natural creams and diminishing exposure to chemicals that mimic estrogen can help with balancing these hormones.
Several herbs are known to naturally increase progesterone levels. One in particular, chasteberry, stimulates the pituitary gland to produce a hormone that signals the ovaries to make more progesterone, according to Whole Health Chicago: The Center for Integrative Medicine. Not only can this herb help those trying to become pregnant, but it can also help with symptoms of PMS and other menstrual irregularities.
Natural Progesterone Cream
When used correctly, natural progesterone cream, as compared to synthetic hormone-replacement therapy, seems to have a positive effect on leveling progesterone without side effects. Dr. Loretta Lanphier, a naturopathic doctor who heads Oasis Advanced Wellness, notes, "Natural progesterone has the same molecular structure as the progesterone produced by the body," and helps with the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Even though this supplement is derived from natural sources, have your hormone levels checked yearly, as progesterone is fat-soluble, and will be stored in the tissues.
Reduce Exposure to False Estrogens
Unfortunately, modern society is full of xenohormones, also known as "false estrogens," that mimic real estrogen in the body and inhibit normal progesterone levels. According to fertility specialist Hethir Rodriguez, avoid as much as possible such xenohormone-producers as solvents and adhesives found in nail polish and paint, non-organic meats, plastic, car exhaust, pesticides, herbicides and emulsifiers found in soaps and cosmetics.