Post # 1
Hi bees! I’ve been charting for nearly a year now (we use Creighton), and I’ve always had long cycles (35-40 days), with a lot of patchy mucus (we have a lot of trouble knowing when I’m not fertile!). We are TTA right now. It’s been really difficult for me to find out when I’m ovulating, but my fertility practitioner has discovered I have really short luteal phases. I went in to my OBGYN and he looked at my charts and told me that he would do the blood work if I wanted, but he was positive I have low progesterone and I should supplement with bio-identical progesterone pills after ovulation. Basically him and my fertility practitioner said that being on it should really clean up my charts (so it’s easier to tell fertile versus non fertile), decrease my PMS, and obviously save me from a miscarriage if we do have an un-planned pregnancy. So I filled my prescription and I start them this cycle! I’m actually really excited, and hope I feel better and find charting easier.
So I was wondering if any of you bees have noticed changes in your charting since starting progesterone??
Post # 2
Another creighton bee – the few the proud lol!
I’m on it (used it while TTA, then while TTC, now pregnant) using the suppositories, which are just as gross as they seem lol, and it does help. For me, it reduced my PMS by nearly a week and it did decrease the cm in the luteal phase. Idk if you have brown bleeding, but it also took that away as well. It’s great you’re starting before TTC also, because we think there’s a good chance I had an early mc because I didn’t get started on the supplements in time and my progesterone fell way too far and fast to have sustained a pregnancy.
Definitely do the bloodwork too. It’s a royal pain, but seeing the curve of your levels can be very helpful. For me, my CD21/7 dpo number was fine, but it spiked up to that and then dropped down too fast, so if they hadn’t done the full panel it wouldn’t have looked like there was a problem.
If you have a lot of peak-type mucus and have trouble telling the difference, ask your practictioner/doc about a procedure they can do to fix that. I have continuous mucus, and thankfully have not had a problem determining what’s fertile and what isn’t. However, my doctor said that if it ever does become a problem, they can do a simple thing to your cervix that basically “toughen’s up” the overly-sensitive part that is getting overly stimulated and causing excess mucus. Anyway, I’ve heard of that really helping some women. As far as I know, it’s really only creighton docs doing it though.
Just so you know, there are maybe five creighton bees on here, if that, so you won’t get many replies specific to that method.
Post # 3
I wish I had looked into getting on it prior to getting pregnant. I was spotting throughout my luteal phase every month and having trouble getting a pregnancy to stick. When this one finally did, and I was spotting still, I had it checked and it was definitely low and was put on suppositories until the end of the first trimester. Thankfully they did the trick and I’m now well into the second tri. I hope they work well for you!!! I’m very curious to see if I’ll need them after this pregnancy is over.