Progesterone is produced by the corpus luteum that is left at the ovary after ovulation and is the dominating hormone during the luteal phase or second half of the menstrual cycle. If conception occurs then progesterone continues to increase but if there is no conception then progesterone levels drop and initiates the start of the menstrual period.
The number one way to boost your progesterone level is to make sure that you are ovulating. If there is no ovulation then there is no corpus luteum and then no progesterone production. Conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis and hypothalamic amenorrhea can all affect ovulation. Some women might still be ovulating but the corpus luteum is not producing sufficient progesterone and is breaking down too quickly. This can result in mid luteal spotting and PMT as the body is loosing the lovely calming effects of progesterone.
If you are struggling with your hormonal balance and think you might be lacking in progesterone please get in touch for an appointment or look into my Seed and Sprout program, especially if you are trying to conceive.