- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
I wanted to ask for some others’ experiences after second loss and some difficulty communicating effectively with my doctors.
I miscarried for the first time on October 29th at about 6.5 weeks. The doctor said the sac was small and there was no fetal pole, so I think this means it was a blighted ovum, right? It was a natural miscarriage and I got a period only about 28 days later. We waited a cycle, then started trying again. To the best of my knowledge, the only blood tests that were done at the time were for my TSH levels, which were high (unsurprising, since I knew that I had hypothyroidism, anyway) and to check for any problems with rh (there weren’t any).
Last Monday, I got a very, very faint positive on a FRER at what was probably about 11-12 dpo (I wasn’t charting). I was over the moon, but also worried because the line was so faint. When it hadn’t really gotten any darker 48 hours later, I called my doctor and asked if I should come in for a blood test. I told them at that time that I didn’t think that this was a viable pregnancy.
The NP did bring me in for a blood test. My HCG level was 6 (just barely enough to test positive, according to their measures), and my progesterone level was 3. When I received these results, I asked if this progesterone level was low. The NP told me that anything between 2 and 25 would indicate ovulation (well, duh–I couldn’t very well have gotten a postive on a pregnancy test if I hadn’t ovulated!), but that certainly a progesterone level of 3 was incompatable with pregnancy. I’d already figured that, so was sad, but unsurprised, when I started bleeding about 12 hours later.
I’m now concerned about my progesterone levels, though. About 2 years ago, a naturopath did a series of blood tests and put me on a progesterone supplement as a part of a diet and supplement regime that DRAMATICALLY improved my health and well-being. My progesterone levels went back up to normal, so she took me off the supplement. I wonder if I’m now experiencing low progesterone levels again, but I’m living in a different city and haven’t yet been able to get in touch with the naturopath.
I go back to the doctor on Wednesday so that she can make sure I’m not still pregnant, but before I go, I wanted to ask you ladies who have had low progesterone levels for advice. What is considered “normal” post-ovulation progesterone if you’re TTC? At what point did the doctor put you on supplements? Have you ever tried the OTC progesterone creams?
Thanks, and sorry for the novel!