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How to Use Progesterone Cream for Fertility

on Aug 01, 2012

by Prabha Sahgal, MD

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How to Use Progesterone Cream for Fertility

Progesterone is essential to women’s fertility as at proper levels, this hormone allows the successful implantation of the egg, to ensure a successful pregnancy to be accepted by the body.

The proper level of progesterone is essential to women’s fertility. The hormone progesterone supports pregnancy because, after ovulation, its level rises, and during the implantation of the egg, this hormone allows the pregnancy to be accepted by the body. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Progesterone helps implantation

If the level of progesterone is low, fertility either decreases or, if the eggs are fertilized, it is possible for the woman’s body to reject the implantation. The right amount of natural progesterone definitely increases the chances to conceive, especially when coupled with the right estrogen level, in order to create the appropriate hormonal balance for the purpose of accepting the implantation.

Progesterone prevents miscarriage

In addition to helping the implantation process, progesterone also promotes the survival of the fertilized egg. Actually, the primary cause of a miscarriage is lower than normal progesterone levels. If necessary, progesterone supplementation as progesterone cream, gel or capsules, after the ovulation has already occurred, should be taken into account. However, if you are trying to become pregnant, progesterone supplements should not be taken prior to ovulation, because they inhibit the process of ovulation; after ovulation, additional progesterone is not only safe, but it actually helps to enhance fertility, and it can be used on a regular basis until a pregnancy has been achieved. Do not stop the progesterone supplementation suddenly, as it could lead to miscarriage.

Natural sources of progesterone

Natural sources of progesterone are extracted from various herbs, fruit and spices, such as chaste berry (Vitex), spirulina, walnut, wild yam, Siberian ginseng, turmeric, thyme, oregano. They aid the female body to increase its progesterone levels in a natural, safe and effective way. Alternative treatments with progesterone, such as herbal and homeopathic remedies, have no side effects and, moreover, they promote improved fertility and prepare your body for the miracle of motherhood. In this way, the proper level of progesterone stimulates the attachment and development of the fertilized eggs onto the uterine walls. If getting pregnant turns out a success, you should continue taking the right amount of progesterone up until your third trimester, when the placenta releases enough progesterone and, therefore, supplementation will not be needed anymore. As with any fertility supplement or herbal remedy, you should always consult your healthcare provider prior to use.

Timing of progesterone supplementation

In case you have not achieved a pregnancy yet, you should stop taking the progesterone supplementation on the last day of your period, in order to reinstate the normal process of ovulation. After ovulation, continue to take extra progesterone in order to induce a high fertility level and to stimulate the proper function of the inner lining of the uterus, the endometrium, which nourishes the fertilized egg and, eventually, the embryo. Progesterone cream is the key treatment, especially in the case of women who have experienced difficulties in keeping a pregnancy, or those experiencing infertility issues, such as the absence of ovulation altogether. This natural hormone plays a key part in the acceptance of implantation, so optimize your efforts aimed at getting pregnant with natural progesterone supplementation.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • ijemosi

    can a person that has fibroid and is trying to get pregnant use progesterone cream? if yes which one do you recommend. gina

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Progesterone cream is considered a form of alternative therapy for uterine fibroids and theoretically should help relieve heavy bleeding or pain associated with fibroids. Since progesterone cream is considered a form of alternative therapy, these products must be used with caution. It would be best to talk to your doctor before using this form of treatment to improve your fertility and symptoms of fibroids. Your doctor can give insight about your current condition and what best options for fertility would best suit your personal care.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3E6OWKJGUPW2WGVLSERHISFJFE Samora

    hi

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  • lilhope

    I am 44.  I was diagnosed with PSOS, but had a children at 34 and 37.  I was prescribed metformin for my psos to help with fertility.  I had early miscarriages at 33 and 35.    I was prescribed prescription progesterone for my pregnancy at 34, and stopped at 3 months of pregnancy, and contunued on to a successful delivery.  I had no fertility treatments what so ever for my pregnancy at age 37, and had a healthy baby girl.  after my children, my periods remained between 31 and 35 days, but never past that like when I was younger.  In the past 6 months, my cycles became 28 32 days long. My husband and I thought this was a good fertility sign and decided to try one more time.  My BBT Chart looks really good this month, with a triphasic temp pattern.  I did try using NPC for the first time ever this month, on day 17 of my cycle, ovulating on day 15 or 16.  I am on day 33 or 17 dpo of my cycle and had a hpt, which showed negative.  Was condidering stoping the NPC, but concerned if I have a late sticker.  Should I have a blood pregnancy test before I stop taking NPC or could I rest assured I am not pregnant based on the hpt and stop to enduce my cycle.  Some research says I need to stop to have a period, and other says I should wait til I bleed.  My temps are still high.  Please advise.  Thank you for your help.
    LK

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  • selina

    i am 29 and have missed my period for 6months. what should i do to resolve this issue because i am not pregnant.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Missed or irregular periods must be looked at in terms of what is normal for you. Causes of missed or irregular periods include: excessive weight loss or gain, eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia, increased exercise, emotional stress or illness, medicines such as birth control methods and hormonal issues. You may want to undergo physical and reproductive examinations.

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  • BAMdone

    After two chemical pregnancies my doctor had me tested for progesterone levels. On day 20, I tested at a 6. My doctor was on vacation and has been really unresponsive, but another doctor at the clinic told me that it proved that I ovulated and that a day-20 test does not determine low progesterone- only whether or not you ovulated. I am frustrated and confused and started taking natural progesterone cream (the previous doctor had prescribed me medical progesterone suppositories that I could not afford the prescription on). My only question is, what day should I stop using the cream if I do not get a positive pregnancy test? I know many people do not get a positive until after their period is due, but I am also under the impression that I will not have a period if I continue the cream, so when do I stop it?

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  • Jean

    I have been on Progesterone for just under two weeks, I am at day 28 in my cycle and hpt are showing negative for pregnancy although I am having some pregnant symptoms. What do I do now?

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Given that you have been showing pregnancy symptoms, there is a good possibility for you to be pregnant. I suggest that you take a home pregnancy test 14 days after the first day that you have missed your period for a reliable result. Best of Luck!

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  • Alesha Perez

    I was told that I have endometriosis hyperplasia. I am overweight, and I was wondering if the only reason I have this is because of me being overweight, and maybe me not ovulating? I am so sick of all this. If this is the reason I can fix that. I am only 30, but I did have a lot trouble having my twins in which I lost. Anyways I was eventually wanting to have another child when I graduated college, but all this really making me stress out that I might not be able to.

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  • Soph

    If my progesterone levels are ok at the 21 day test, would it hurt to use natural progesterone cream after ovulation?

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  • smiller

    I am about 4 cycles off BC pill, and I just got my period on TTC month 2. I know it has not been very long but I was one of those people who thought I would just get pregnant month 1 (lol). Both last month and this month I felt extreme nipple tenderness for about 2 weeks after ovulation (thought it must be a sign of pregnancy) and then I still got my period (before TTC I only had breast tenderness 2-3 days before period, nothing like the past few months). I started charting this month and only had elevated BBT for 9 days, and then 2 days later I got AF. I am nervous that my luteal phase is too short. I just ordered my starter kit but was wondering if I should also try progesterone cream to help with my luteal phase. I have Vitex and a B supplement on the way and am on prenatals, I do not want to go overboard, but I want to increase my chances as much as possible. Thanks!

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  • JulieJulie

    Dr. Sahgal…I am 33 and I have PCOS and have been trying to get pregnant for almost 3 yrs and have had one miscarriage. I also have 1 fibroid. My BBT is a bit on the lower side during the luteal phase usually between 97.8 and 98.2. I am seeing a fertility specialist and have don’t 4 cycles of IUI with no results. Im also taking metphormin to treat PCOS, usually don’t have a cycts tho. I have night sweats (but no hotflashes) one week before my period. Im really desperate to get pregnant. My doctor doesn’t really care to much about me trying progesterone cream. What are your thoughts. Do you think I should try it??? Please help!

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  • sassygirl1104

    Can I use progesterone creamduring my ovulation???

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  • Raevyn

    I am 38. I have a very regular period usually lasting 3 days. Only heavy bleeding on the second day. I know exactly when I ovulate. Can I use progesterone cream to help with getting pregnant?

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  • LuvTurqoise

    I am almost 28 years old and suffer from on-going periods for the last 6 years if I do not take birth control pills. I was never diagnosed with PCOS, fibroids or hyper or hypothyroidism. I am trying to conceive with my husband but can’t because i am on the pill and when I try to come off I have 6 months of no bleeding and and then after the 6 months I start bleeding so we do not have sex during that time. Sometimes during the non-bleeding phase I feel like I ovulate because I get crampy, my temperature elevates an my cervical mucous changes. I take advantage of this but have never conceived for two years.

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  • kayla

    I hardly have a period. How would i go about yseing this

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  • Erika

    Will my period start on its own while taking the natural progesterone cream? If not, how do I know for sure I am not pregnant before I stop taking the cream? I am 14 dpo and still negative hpt. Period is due in 4 days.

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