Can Progesterone Cream Increase My Chances Of Getting Pregnant?
Progesterone is an essential hormone involved in conception and pregnancy. It plays a role in the health of your uterus, cervix and vagina as well as your thyroid, endocrine system and even your brain. In preparation for conception, a woman’s body secretes progesterone, and if pregnancy occurs, the placenta becomes rich in the hormone to maintain a healthy environment for the fetus until birth. Following ovulation, progesterone is secreted by the corpus luteum in order to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. It then continues to build up to prevent uterine contractions and thus sustain the pregnancy, and also ensures that a new follicle is not developed.
How does progesterone cream improve fertility?
Progesterone creams help to prepare the uterine wall for the implantation of the fertilized egg and also help to sustain the endometrium.
Women who have a history or are at risk of miscarriage are likely to be deficient in progesterone, or at least, can benefit from the use of progesterone cream to delay the shedding of the endometrium, the part of the uterus where implantation occurs. Used in conjunction with another hormone, oestradiol, conditions in the woman’s body are optimized for conception. Usually, following ovulation, it is progesterone that is responsible for the change in cervical mucus, making it more â€˜semen friendly’ so that sperm can swim up to meet and fertilize the egg. In a woman whose body produces less than sufficient progesterone, a cream can assist in elevating levels where and when required.
Natural progesterone cream is most readily absorbed through thin skin. It penetrates into the fatty layer and is then transferred to the bloodstream. You can apply progesterone cream onto the neck, inner arms and legs, abdomen, breasts, chest and hands even feet until it is well absorbed. It is recommended to use different sites to avoid any skin irritation from prolonged exposure. Applying the cream with bare hands naturally means that your hands are going to absorb it through the skin so consider using a different part of your body to apply it, such as forearm to abdomen or inner thigh to inner thigh. Try to avoid applying progesterone skin to the face in case of reactions due to the sensitivity there.
If fertility has been found to be an issue, a physician will usually recommending that a woman chart her menstrual cycle and keep a record of when ovulation occurs. If low progesterone is suspected, he may order a blood test after ovulation and the results will show if his suspicions are correct. Using an ovulation predictor kit to determine when you are experiencing your luteal phase may reveal that yours lasts a shorter than normal length of time, in which case, low progesterone could be the culprit. In any case, see your doctor.