When a woman's hormones get out of balance, it can cause depression, weight gain, a lack of sexual desire and infertility. If you are feeling down or are having trouble getting pregnant, it might be worth a trip to your doctor to have your hormone levels tested. If the test shows that your hormone levels are not where they need to be, discuss all the options with your doctor. He might want to put you on medications, but there are also some natural sources of progesterone and oestrogen that you can try.
Oestrogen in Foods
According to Natural Hormones, soy, apples, alfalfa, cherries, potatoes, rice, wheat and yams are rich in oestrogen, so try adding a few servings of these foods to your diet. Soy is particularly easy to add by replacing your regular milk with soy milk.
Herbs to Increase Estrogen
Some herbs that contain plant oestrogen can increase your oestrogen levels naturally, including black cohosh, dong quai, ginseng, red clover, and ginkgo biloba. Most of these can be found in supplement form or in tea form at your local health food store. Their only drawback is that they can interfere with your body's ability to produce oestrogen on its own.
Herbs as Estrogen Aids
You might consider using herbs that do not contain oestrogen, but help your body to produce it. One such herb macafem. According to Herbs for Menopause, mecafem stimulates the body's hormonal production instead of introducing external hormones into it. Your local health food store might carry this supplement, or you can order it online.
Herbs for Progesterone
Although wild yam is not a natural sources of progesterone, as it is rumoured to be, it and herbs like yucca and sarsaparilla can jump start your own natural resource of progesterone. You can buy these as a supplement or in a tea from many health food stores or online.
Your doctor can prescribe natural creams that contain herbs that promote your body's production of progesterone. Discuss your options in detail and emphasise that you only want a cream that contains natural components, not synthetic.