Hormonal imbalances have long been considered a key part of infertility in women. If you are struggling with fertility risks, it is important to consider how hormonal imbalance can also affect a healthy pregnancy and further reduce the risks for neurological development complications in your infant.
Progesterone, a common hormone addressed during infertility, is also a leading focus of concern among health care professionals who treat children with autism. If you are concerned about autism risks in your unborn child, it is important to address the needs for this hormone not only during your fertility treatment but also the need to continue this hormone supplement during your pregnancy.
In its very raw element, progesterone is the building block on which other hormones are developed. In fetal development, and in early child development, these hormones play a crucial role in the development of neurological function and brain function. When supplemented in the right balance, progesterone therapy in pregnancy may have some therapeutic benefit at reducing your child’s risk for developing autism after birth.
Progesterone is considered the hormone of balance because of its ability to balance estrogen and testosterone levels in both men and women. In fetal development, the presence of progesterone will assist a growing baby in developing his or her own balance while also boosting brain cell function.
Concerns about using progesterone hormone therapy at any age are not new. In fact, many doctors hesitate to prescribe such hormone therapy for fear the body will become dependent upon the medication. But, much like menopause weight gain, these side effects and dependency issues must be addressed in balance and, in most cases, you can urge your doctor to prescribe the use of progesterone therapy in pregnancy just as before pregnancy.
If your obstetrician, or fertility specialist, opts to supplement your hormone levels with additional progesterone, it is important to also know what risk may arise and when it may be prudent to speak with your doctor about discontinuing treatment. Such risks during pregnancy may include the risk for miscarriage, cardiac complications, risks for added insomnia, depression, and even the risk for developing edema. If you notice any of these complications while undergoing progesterone therapy in pregnancy, be sure to consult with your obstetrician immediately.
Sources: Natural Hormone Balance for Women, by Uzzi Reiss