(Closed) Low Progesterone Experiences?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@lovemygsp:  I spot every month prior to AF sometimes for up to two weeks!! I just got my BFP and am terrified that my progesterone is low and that I’ll have a MC. I don’t see the doctor until 6/10. I’ve never had my hormone levels checked so I don’t know if it is in fact low. I’m still spotting a little bit and have been since 7 dpo but otherwise I have had no issues (cramping or anything, just normal pregnancy stuff so I’m thinking positively). It took me 5 cycles to get my BFP. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@lovemygsp:  Hi there I’m sorry for the bad news, but at least you have a reason for not having any success so far (at least, I found that somewhat reassuring when I went through the same thing). I also had temps suggesting ovulation,  but irregular cycles, and had low progesterone. I saw a naturopath, who made dietary and lifestyle changes as well as changing around my supplements… I think they all played a part, but I think the main thing was the liquid Vitex in my herbal mix, which has been found to improve progesterone. I got my BFP after 4 months of treatment and am now 23.5 weeks pregnant (after 15 months TTC). 

All the very best, hope you find a solution soon!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I didn’t have any problems conceiving but I have had really low progesterone (p4) both pregnancies. With my current pregnancy, my progesterone at my first blood draw (6w) was 8. I was immediately prescribed Prometrium orally 200mg twice daily. at my next draw at 10w, my progesterone had shot up to 42. I was then instructed to take one dose per day Until the 2nd trimester.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@lovemygsp:  also adding, if WNP is Canada and you have free health insurance that covers prescriptions you are so lucky!! each bottle of 60 pills was $200 If you didn’t have insurance! I was so shocked!

but ask your OB! Prometrium can only help 🙂 good luck!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

From my charts, you would never guess that I have progesterone deficiency.  I only spot a day or *maybe* two ahead of AF, and my luteal phase is a healthy 15-16 days long.  

You are lucky that they have caught it NOW and not after you’ve had a few miscarriages like my delightful drs have done.  I wanted mine checked on my FIRST miscarriage and they refused.  Now after my SIXTH miscarriage, WHILE on suppositories, my RE’s have discovered that even the suppositories weren’t enough.  When we are ttc again, I will be on PIO (progesterone in oil) shots as soon as ovulation is confirmed AND we’ll be continuing to test throughout the pregnancy to make sure I’m getting enough progesterone.

*hugs*  It’s scary to find out something is wrong, but this is something that IS easy to fix and forewarned is forearmed.  BTW, progesterone isn’t my only issue, it’s just one of two major issues.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

When I was pregnant with dd my levels were low & was placed on prometrium. They were up by the next round of blood work. They also have a other forms they can prescribe. I’m sure your ob can hekp find the best option for you.  

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@lovemygsp:  All of mine have been before I hit the 5 week mark, so very similar.  At worst, my AF was a week “late”.  The way I go by it (since I’ve had fun with tests every single time) is that if I get a line and it doesn’t disappear later that day or the next (on that test – not meaning a new one), then no matter how faint, that’s a positive.  How long that positive will stay positive is another story.  🙁  Ah the confessions of a poas-aholic though.  

I start my progesterone after confirmed ovulation btw, so make sure that your dr is doing the same when you get to talk to them ok?  Hit me up if you have any questions!!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@lovemygsp:  Hi! I haven’t had my progesterone tested as I’m only on cycle 5 of TTC, but I have a short luteal phase so I’ve done some research. I thought this site explained things well: http://www.inciid.org/printpage.php?cat=infertility101&id=7

Once a diagnosis of LPD is suspected, a serum progesterone test will often be performed at about seven days past ovulation. A level less than 14 ng/ml indicates that progesterone production in the luteal phase is inadequate.

Should progesterone levels prove to be low, the temptation is often to “treat the symptom” by giving the patient progesterone supplementation during the luteal phase. In the case of inadequate corpus luteum performance, progesterone support may indeed be the appropriate solution. However, inadequate follicle development may also be causing the low progesterone levels. Thus, it is important to measure midcycle follicle size (via ultrasound) and estradiol levels (via a blood test).

If follicle development is normal, then progesterone supplementation during the luteal phase is normally the correct treatment. If follicle development is inadequate, an ovulatory stimulant such as Clomid or an injectable drug may be in order; these drugs help the follicle to mature more appropriately, which has the double benefit of producing a higher quality egg and a better-functioning corpus luteum.

Women whose linings fail to respond to normal progesterone levels often have normal follicle development and adequate progesterone levels at 7 days past ovulation. An ultrasound image of the lining at seven dpo, however, will show a lining that has failed to convert from the triple layer lining typical of the time of ovulation. In this case, women are often given additional progesterone supplementation in the luteal phase in the hope that a higher level will be the push that the lining needs to convert appropriately. Some doctors use injections of human chorionic gonadotropin to further stimulate the corpus luteum. However, these injections can cause false positive pregnancy results.”

I hope you get answers soon and that they lead to a BFP in your near future. Best of luck to you!

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think that the info from @bananasareyellow:  makes a really important point, if the low progesterone is because you are not ovulating consistently, or strongly enough, just taking supplements after O won’t help you get pregnant. You might need a drug like Clomid (or in my case I went natural and took vitex instead) to help with that, then progesterone might go up on its own. Mine did,i didn’t need any help staying pregnant. My charts also suggested O every month, but I wasn’t. There are conflicting views on progesterone supplements from what I’ve read (not that it was dangerous, just whether it works) but I never looked further into it, and ladies here seem to have had success with it.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@lovemygsp:  I don’t know that I was diagnosed with an LPD or low progesterone officially, but I’ll throw my story in as well. 

My cycle had always been right around 28d, but it had been getting shorter (25  or 26d) for the past year or so.  I had 2 m/c both around 8 weeks, then started some diagnostic testing with an RE.  When he tested my progesterone, it apparently was at a level where it said I hadn’t ovulated at all! I sort of think we tested on the wrong day, or I actually did have an anovulatory cycle, but who knows.

Since it wasn’t official, here are 2 things I did that probably helped me get pregnant again, and pass the 8w mark successfully: acupuncture and progesterone suppositories (200mg) nightly starting a few days after ovulation thru the first trimester. (or 3 months, since they come in 30d packs)

I am at 14w today!  I think my progesterone was 24 or so when I first tested wtih this one, but I stayed on the supplements until now, and never had a second test, so I don’t know how high it got. 

hope that helps!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@lovemygsp:  You’re welcome! I explored more of that site yesterday – it has a lot of great information! I have my annual scheduled for next week – I think I’ll ask the doc about getting my progesterone checked this cycle. If I’m popping out dud eggs I wanna know!  Let us know what your next step is once you meet with your doc. And, good luck!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have never been diagnosed with having a progesterone problem but I’ve had 2 unexplained miscarriages and a chemical pregnancy. I’m 6 weeks pregnant today and I’m taking progesterone supplements as a precaution.

 

I’m really annoyed that my doctor won’t test my progesterone levels because he says that blood tests aren’t accurate. :S I’ve read all of these stories online about women who have bloodwork to check their progesterone levels so obviously a lot of doctors must think it works. My doctor said something about how the amount of progesterone that would show up in regular blood work vs. the amount that’s getting to the uterus/fetus aren’t the same. I can’t find ANY information online to back that up. I just wish he’d test my progesterone levels already!

 

@Ms.Snax:  OMG I’m so excited to hear that you’re at 14 weeks!! I’m really happy for you and it gives me so much hope. I can’t wait to be out of the first trimester so my nerves can calm down a bit.

 

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