How to increase progesterone in women

Updated April 17, 2017

The two main hormones in females are oestrogen and progesterone. Whenever there is an excess of oestrogen in relation to levels of progesterone, a condition known as "estrogen dominance" occurs. According to, "progesterone acts as an antagonist to oestrogen." Lower oestrogen is the cause of many health problems, such as allergies, osteoporosis, fibroids, gall bladder disease, endometriosis and breast cancer. Start feeling better soon by following the lifestyle changes suggested below to increase your progesterone levels.

Supplement with progesterone. Use a natural progesterone cream to increase the level in your body. These creams are absorbed through the skin into your tissues. If you are having severe problems, a natural medicine practitioner can prescribe progesterone sublingual tablets, which deliver the progesterone directly into the bloodstream.

Watch what you eat. You should only eat meats, poultry and dairy that are hormone free. Foods with added hormones will increase your oestrogen levels, causing problems because of lower progesterone in relation to your oestrogen. You should also avoid other foods that contain oestrogenic ingredients, such as soy, red No. 3 and the preservatives BHA and BHT. Mexican wild yam is a good root to eat to increase progesterone naturally.

Avoid certain herbs. Some teas and beauty products will increase your oestrogen levels. Examples of these are blue cohosh, liquorice, vitex, hops, motherwort leaf, saw palmetto berry, rhodiola rosea root, red clover blossom, dong quai, black cohosh, lavender and tea tree oil.

Be careful with your personal care and household products. Some of them have ingredients called "xenoestrogens." This means your body confuses them with the real thing, and they will cause the same health problems as too much oestrogen. Look for products without sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium laureth sulphate, triclosan, aluminium, cocamide DEA, phthalates and parabens. Also try to avoid dry-cleaning your clothes and using pesticides.

Avoid plastics, including products made of or packaged in plastic, which tend to contain PETE and HDPE. These are xenoestrogens that you should avoid, as they will affect your hormone levels, causing your progesterone level to be low in relation to your oestrogen level.

Reduce stress. Stress causes your body to produce less progesterone. Take care of yourself and try to sleep well.

Take care of your liver. This is a good way to reduce your oestrogen while increasing your progesterone. Your liver is the organ responsible for breaking down the oestrogen so it can be removed from your body. Exercise is a wonderful way to speed up this process. Vitamin B6, magnesium supplements and herbs such as milk thistle extract will help your liver to perform at its best.

Things You'll Need

  • Progesterone cream or sublingual tablets
  • Hormone-free meat, poultry and dairy products
  • Mexican wild yam
  • Personal and household products free of the ingredients mentioned in Step 4
  • Vitamin B6
  • Magnesium
  • Milk thistle extract
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