Why to Cycle Natural Progesterone & How to Do It
You don’t have to be menopausal to benefit from using hormone therapy. In fact, estrogen usually gets all the attention when it comes to reproductive hormones, but progesterone also plays an important role in regulating a woman’s menstrual cycle.
For example, when menstrual cycles are irregular, long or even skipped, cycling progesterone can help to regulate menstruation. It can also be prescribed to control heavy flow, prevent irregular periods, reduce night sweat and even help to achieve pregnancy.
Low progesterone is also associated with anxiety, weight gain, insomnia, mastalgia, fibrocystic breasts, weight gain, infertility, cyclical headaches, early miscarriage, missed periods, irregular periods, heavy or frequent periods and spotting a few days before a period.
How to Cycle Progesterone
Progesterone is highest during the time between ovulation and the start of your period. Using progesterone during this time can help increase progesterone levels and reduce symptoms.
The first day of your period is called “day 1”. If you get regular periods, start progesterone on the 14th day after your flow begins and take it for 14 days. If your cycle begins before the 14th day, continue the progesterone for the full 14 days, but start your next cycle of progesterone 14 days after the start of your flow.
Keep in mind that progesterone can also help you sleep, so it’s important to take it before bed. Another benefit is that it is not associated with serious negative side effects, such as blood clots, migraine headaches or breast cancer.
When you take progesterone, you may notice some changes in your breasts and feelings of warmth. Or, you may get moody, feel bloated or have sore breasts, but this is a sign that your estrogen levels may be increasing in response to the progesterone – a response that typically improves after one cycle.
If you are struggling with irregular, long or missed menstrual cycles, our team of Naturopathic Doctors at Bronte Wellness Boutique can help. To learn more, please contact our Oakville clinic to book an appointment.