Progesterone Cream and Luteal Phase
on Feb 21, 2014
by Dr. Christine Lee, MD
The luteal phase of a woman's cycle is the third phase of the cycle. It is the time between ovulation and the start of a woman's period. It is a very important time in the cycle and can affect fertility very dramatically. If the luteal phase is not long enough, the uterus does not have time to develop a strong uterine lining
The luteal phase of a woman’s cycle is the third phase of the cycle. It is the time between ovulation and the start of a woman’s period. It is a very important time in the cycle and can affect fertility very dramatically. If the luteal phase is not long enough, the uterus does not have time to develop a strong uterine lining. Therefore, if pregnancy does occur with a short luteal phase, the embryo will not be able to implant properly and the pregnancy will most likely result in miscarriage. Most experts agree that a luteal phase that is shorter than 12 days is too short. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Progesterone is a female sex hormone that occurs naturally in the body. It is produced by the ovaries during the second half of a woman’s cycle. If you do not have enough progesterone in your body, in can indicate that your luteal phase is too short, or also that you are not ovulating properly. This can make it very hard to conceive. Having the proper amount of progesterone in your system after ovulation is very important to pregnancy. If your progesterone levels are low, your doctor might prescribe a progesterone cream for you to take.
Progesterone cream is a very common treatment for women who need to lengthen their luteal phase. You can buy natural progesterone cream over the counter or online, or your doctor might prescribe some for you. You rub the cream on much like a lotion, and it is absorbed into the skin. The progesterone is then slowly released into the blood. The best way is to use progesterone cream twice a day, since this most closely resembles the body’s own natural progesterone cycle. The best places to use progesterone cream are on places of the body that have natural capillary blood flow such as the upper chest, the neck, the face, the hands, the breasts, the inner arms, and the palms of the feet. You should be careful not to use too much progesterone cream, as that can cause problems as well. The optimal dosage is two 20mg applications per day.
Progesterone cream is not right for everyone. Sometimes, progesterone cream is not recommended, or for people with certain conditions, progesterone cream may be used with extra caution. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, tell your doctor. Some of the other reasons that you might need to tell your doctor before you start using progesterone cream include having a heart condition, having high blood pressure, having epilepsy, suffer from migranes or asthma, or suffer from vaginal bleeding other than your monthly period. Women with diabetes, cancer or depression should also talk to their doctor before using progesterone cream. Progesterone cream can be very helpful for some women,but make sure you talk to your doctor first.
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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).