Progesterone Perspective with Dr. Saru Bala
Dr. Saru Bala, fertility specialist, talks about why progesterone is so important when talking about pregnancy! Dr. Bala, ND, specializes in women’s health and pediatrics. Currently with a primary focus is on pre and post-natal care, women’s health, and pediatrics.
From Dr. Saru Bala,
Hormones can be a tricky path to navigate on your own. Estrogen, progesterone, FSH, LH, what do they all mean? Each of these hormones plays a role in fertility, ovulation, and overall female reproductive health. There's a delicate balance between these hormones that keeps everything running smoothly.
Progesterone, in particular, is the hormone we think about when we think about pregnancy. It works together with estrogen, and together they have a yin and yang role. While estrogen is the building hormone, progesterone is the maintaining hormone (think "pro gestation" hormone). It helps to maintain the uterine lining to keep your pregnancy going strong.
Progesterone is also necessary for reducing cervical mucus production, inhibiting ovulation (when it reaches high enough levels), developing mammary glands for lactation, providing calming neurogenic effects, and keeping the endometrium ready for a fertilized egg. In short, it does A LOT!
There are several reasons for low progesterone. It's not necessarily just a deficiency of the hormone. Sometimes if estrogen is too high, the ratio of estrogen and progesterone will be off, making it seem like our progesterone is lower than it is. Sleep issues, stress, diet, and exercise can also affect progesterone (and other hormone) levels.
As a naturopathic physician, I like to work with women to help create the foundations for good hormonal health. We will work together on sleep, stress, diet, and lifestyle to make sure your body has all the correct foundations for fertility. You wouldn't build a house on a rocky foundation, why would your body?
Through the use of nutrition, herbal medicine, and lifestyle habits, we will come up with a plan that fits YOUR life and YOUR body. Every woman's reasons for hormonal imbalances are different. Your treatments shouldn't be the same either.
Visit https://www.drsarubala.com/ to learn more about Dr. Bala and her naturopathic methods!