Post # 1
Hi 🙂 Some of you may already know me from the 6month+ thread… If you don’t; I have low progesterone which results in a short LP.
If you have low progesterone too, I’d love to hear about your experience in increasing progesterone level (btw, I’m also doing all the usual stuff to lenghten LP: b6, b complex, vitex, pre-natal vitamin, acupuncture, the works!).
I started progesterone cream this cycle but I heard that if I should get KU I need to continue to use progesterone or I may have a MC!! And that to maintain my progesterone levels I need to increase the amount of cream I apply to quite a lot! So now I’m unsure if I continue to try progesterone cream at the risk of being held ‘hostage’ by it when I get KU…
Anyone have any experiences to share?
Post # 4
Hope you don’t mind if I reply 🙂
I never used progesterone cream, but that’s b/c it’s not available over the counter where I live. I really had looked into it but I would have to have gone through my doctor and I didn’t think she would have taken me seriously. I just used the B6+ B-Complex pills to increase progesterone.
Post # 5
@Lyndzo: Hi! Yeah, I have been trying b6 and b complex but that didn’t work for me. I read into it and it works for lots of people but only IF the reason for your short LP is b6 defficiency. I fyou’re not having b6 deficiency, it won’t help much.. which I guess is my case. And in my case from blood results it does show low progesterone, so I knew the cream was the answer.
I just bought some cream off amazon and for the first time my LP lengthened! Only I also started doing acupuncture this cycle so I can’t tell for sure if was progesterone cream or acupuncture (or both)…
Anyway, when I finally get to talk to a specialist or get a BFP I’ll definitely consult with my doctors to hear what they say..
But thought I’d check here first in case any bees had gone through a similar situation..
Post # 6
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@proudcatlady: I’m not familiar with your situation, but I’d assume any doctor who ran a test that showed you had low progesterone would prescribe you progesterone supplements, right? Is there a reason you’re not going through your doc? My progesterone wasn’t found to be low, but after two miscarriages, when I got pregnant again I wanted a script so I could feel like I did all I could to keep this baby. I took nightly for 12 weeks and now I’m 22w pregnant.
I’d think you could use the cream (if your doc won’t prescribe supplements) until you get a BFP and THEN hopefully your doc will get you on suppositories or something similar to keep it up! Good luck!
Post # 7
I looked into this a ton because I was really nervous about taking clomid at first. From my understanding the cream doesn’t really do anything. I want to beat your doctor with a women’s health text. So frustrating. My doctor prescribed clomid as soon as she got the low progesterone results. There is a supplement called pregnitude sold online and doctors will also give it out. Its suppose to help with better ovulation which leads to high progesterone production. You could look into that.
Post # 8
@Mrs. Kiwi: thanks hon. Sorry to hear about hte mc but so happy to hear you’re 22 weeks along! The reason I started on teh cream is that I’m still waiting on a referral… and after 7 cycles ttc, I needed to take action in my own hands. I FINALLY got a referral but waiting for the doctor to contact me. In the mean time I thought I’d give progesterone cream this cycle to see what results I’d get and the thought corssed my mind.
As I mentioned to other bees, when I do talk to the doctor (or get a BFP) I will DEFINITELY mention all this and ask, but thought I’d check with the hive out of curiosity..
Post # 9
@lovemygsp: Hi!! So nice to hear from you! Thanks for the inpout. This is the first cycle where I finally had the longest LP so far.. I’m on 10 DPO and my longest LP so far was 8 (lowest was 5)! So not sure if it’s the progesterone cream or the acupuncture (or both).
I finally got a referral from a specialist so hopefully they’ll call me soon so I can get some proper prescriptions!
Post # 10
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@proudcatlady: I totally looked into it, too, because my OB wrote off my two m/c as bad luck, so I was like, eff this, I’m taking this into my own hands. So I would do the same. I think I went on Amazon for some good reviews but in the end she gave it to me. I really don’t know if there are any downsides to it!
Post # 11
@Mrs. Kiwi: Same! I went to amazon for good reviews and a good site another bee recommended (natural-fertility.com).
I think it’s crazy how some doctors easily dismiss things and expect us to ‘keep trying’ when there is clearly something off! I mean, sure, low progesterone doesn’t mean we can’t get KU or sustain a pregnancy, but it does make it more difficult and can increase chance of m/c, so very frustrating to get dismissed easily and having to insist.
Anyway, super happy it all worked out in the end for you! Hoping I’ll go the same way – and when I get an appointment with the specialist she/he will understand! FX!