Fertility & Bio Identical Progesterone
The word progesterone is given its name because of its vital supportive role in gestation (Latin: gestare), a fact that sheds insight into its vital role in the reproductive process.
Modern science confirms that insight, as, of all female hormones, progesterone is the one most essential for conception, survival of the fertilized egg and the birth of a healthy baby.
At ovulation, progesterone levels rapidly rise from 2-3 mg/day to an average of 25-28 mg/day, peaking as high as 30 mg/day. If fertilization does not occur in ten or twelve days, progesterone levels fall dramatically, triggering the shedding of the secretory endometrium (the next menstrual cycle)
If Pregnancy Does Occur:
At approximately week 18, progesterone production is taken over by the placenta, which secretes increasing levels of progesterone, reaching 300-400 mg/day during the third trimester!
On about week 40, progesterone levels dropped to 0, triggering the birth of a healthy baby.
So think about it, if I drop in progesterone triggers the lining to shed when there is no pregnancy and a drop in progesterone triggers the birth of a healthy baby on or about week 40, how does a sharp drop in progesteroneaffect the developing fetus during the first trimester?… The second trimester?
Miscarriage or Early Term Birth…
(this principle applies to chemicals that block progesterone receptor sites)
Overview of Progesterone’s Role in a Successful Pregnancy:
- Progesterone Surge at Ovulation is the Source of Libido in women
- Progesterone Supports Survival of the Fertilized Egg
- Progesterone Maintains the Secretory Endometrium which Feeds the Ovum & Resultant Embryo
- Research by British Gynecologist, Dr. Katarina Dalton has shown that women who supplement with progesterone during pregnancy produce healthier, more intelligent children