5 Things You Can Do Today To Improve Your Menstrual Cycle

Has Progesterone Got You Down?

Years ago, my cycle started getting a little crazy, I was noticing more anxiety, spotting, and PMS…nothing I have ever experienced before, this was NOT normal. It never is normal!

I had been under a lot more stress, starting a business, moving, had a new baby and probably wasn’t taking the best care of myself. So, what did I do? Anybody who knows me knows that I love experimenting with things, this way I can not only make recommendations but also have a first-hand experience of how it may or may not work…for me anyways! So, what did I do first? I evaluated my hormones via a lab test.

A little progesterone background first: Progesterone is important for pregnancy, it is also the hormone which balances estrogen. It is responsible for maturing the lining of the uterus to support pregnancy. However, when pregnancy is not the case it is then responsible for initiating menses, enhancing mood and getting proper sleep. Progesterone and particularly it’s metabolite a-pregnanediol is calming, seductive, easing and neutralizes stress…this is very important in our cycle to prevent anxiety! So, when this lovely metabolite is not high enough or if it drops too soon we notice cranky pants…withdrawal…the dreaded PMS!

3 things that impact Progesterone:

The good news is there are easy steps you can take today to begin addressing a progesterone deficiency! First and foremost, if you have not had your hormones checked, a properly done lab test and interpretation by a functional medicine doctor would be a good place to start!

A few other tips to begin healing:

  1. Vitamin C: Did you know that Vitamin C is the only vitamin actually proven to increase your Progesterone levels? As little as 750 mg/day can make a huge difference! This was a game changer for me!
  2. De-stress: Daily stress management practice
  3. Community: socializing with family and friends, connection with loved ones has shown to improve progesterone
  4. Calm Down: Avoiding stimulants
  5. Rest: Getting adequate and good quality sleep

If you’re reading this and shaking your head yes to all of this and maybe more, it is important to get your hormones checked to get at the underlying cause of what could be impacting them. This is just a part of the big picture!

Rosacea , Joint Stiffness, And Unhealthy Eating Patterns Case Study

Meet Sarah a 45-year-old female and a mother of two. She owns a private school and she is the lead director at the private school so she's very fatigued and tired because she puts in a lot of hours.

Patient Presentation

She's struggled with yoyo dieting since she was 17 years old.

She had a very strict and healthy mother growing up and her mother had a lot of guidelines in place with regards to diet and lifestyle. When she was young and so when she went to university she felt the need to rebel and she started eating a lot of processed foods including salty and sweet foods which she basically binges on throughout her adult life.

She doesn't eat too much meat. So at home it's primarily vegetarian diet with a few meats once or twice a week some fish and some chicken just a couple of times a week but primarily vegetarian.

She also feels more stiff and sore over the past few years.

Clinical Presentation

Patient Goals

Previous Treatments Rendered

Clinical Pearls

Functional Lab Testing

B12

Neurotransmitters

Progesterone

Testosterone

Estrogen

Clinical and Lifestyle Protocol

Supplement Recommendations

Outcomes – 30 Day Follow Up

Next Steps To Feel Your Best

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