Can Progesterone help with Miscarriages?



The following causes affect fertility and therefore could result in a miscarriage:

  • venereal diseases causing scarring of the reproductive tract
  • genetic abnormalities caused by environmental poisons
  • a diet deficient in the necessary vitamins and minerals
  • stress
  • hormonal imbalances

Evidence shows that a lack of progesterone causes infertility during the second half of the monthly cycle, otherwise known as a "defective luteal phase". For pregnancy to take place, estrogen must build the lining of the uterus. After ovulation the role of progesterone is to thicken the lining in preparation for the fertilized egg.  If the lining of the uterus is not thick enough, a miscarriage will occur. 

If the interval between ovulation and menstruation is too short (less than 12 days) it means that not enough progesterone has been produced which could result in a miscarriage as early as the next menstruation.   It takes the egg about 14 days to reach the uterus, and unless the ovaries maintain a high level of progesterone during this time menstruation will occur before the egg is embedded.

The anovulatory cycle is another cause of infertility, this means that a woman does not ovulate, most common in women from their mid-thirties however, research has found that younger women are also suffering from these cycles. Too much estrogen during the luteal phase, particularly the xeno-estrogens such as DDT, can cause miscarriages. To avoid them and reduce infertility optimum health is essential.

Follow these guides :

  • Avoid all environmental poisons, particularly if estrogenic
  • Vitamin C increases sperm counts and mobility
  • A lack of Vit E, Omegas 3 and 6 damages the reproductive tract
  • Some vaginal secretions act as spermicides, this has been linked to a lack of Omega 3 and 6
  • Vitamin A is essential for the development of the male sex hormones
  • Omega 3 and zinc are vital to the development of the sperm
  • Zinc deficiency causes infertility
  • Avoid all soy products, unless fermented, as these reduce the sperm count
  • A lack of vitamin D3 leads to anovulation
  • Taurine is needed

Extra progesterone is needed to overcome a defective luteal phase.  Progesterone can often stimulate ovulation or correct irregular cycles. Progesterone should be used from ovulation or, if time of ovulation is not known, from not more than 14 days before the next menstruation.

It is important to continue with Progesterone therapy until the fourth month, this is when the placenta takes over the manufacture of progesterone.  

On no account must the progesterone be stopped suddenly as a miscarriage might occur. A normal cycle can be from 21 to 36 days, varying up to 4 days each month, with ovulation coming approximately 14 days before the start of menstruation in each case.

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