According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 10 percent of women (6 to 7 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.
Infertility can be caused by numerous things. There are of course the pathological reasons which need to be ruled out by an obstetrician. Some infertility issues stem from an inability for the female hormones to be cycling correctly. When they don’t cycle correctly, ovulation does not occur at the appropriate time (or at all), and a pregnancy either doesn’t happen or can’t be sustained. When we think of infertility we think of one thing, low progesterone. While that is one of the main players, we also have to think about the complete orchestra that is the body’s sex hormone production.
I’m not only concerned with your progesterone level one time per month, I’m interested in all the cascading hormones throughout your entire cycle. It’s important to know how much progesterone you make in a cycle, how much estrogen, when do the different levels spike to promote ovulation, what is the stress hormone doing and is it causing a progesterone ‘deficiency’.