low progesterone – what was your "low" level?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I had low-ish progesterone too when I was TTC…but my bigger issue was I’m slightly estrogen dominant. I checked my old BW and I scored 29…the scale for the test my doctor performed being 11-81. Not technically ‘low’ on its own…but coupled with my minor estrogen dominance issue (and I also was diagnosed as being on the ‘cusp’ of Hypothyroidism) my doctor decided to be proactive. He reccomended I use Chaste Tree to try and help ballance things out a little bit and put me on Thyroid meds (Dessicated Thyroid if you’re curious). He also reccomended a regime of Zinc and Vitamin D on top of my Prenatals, Omega suppliment and Calcium suppliment.

FYI: It took seven months of TTC to get pregnant, and I got this ‘intervention’ at the 5ish months mark. I am currently 31 weeks pregnant. Aside from AGRESSIVE all-day morning sickness that lasted until about 21-22 weeks, and two incidences of spotting my pregnancy has been fine 🙂

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

MissAmericanPie :  I actually went to a hormone specialist who also specializes in Functional Medicine and Natural Medicine. I don’t know how common that sort of practice is where you are. If it isn’t available I’d probably use an Endo.

PS: I’m not a doctor, just a Medical Office Assistant so take everything I say with a grain of salt 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have hypothyroidism (taking desiccated Thyroid also), PCOS, low vitamin D, Celiacs…all causing unstable progesterone levels. I actually just started taking myo-inositol which has shown promising in medical research for helping treat PCOS better than Metformin. It’s supposed to help with glucose sensitivity, lowering androgen levels while strengthening ovulation/progesterone. It’s a supplement, in the B vitamin family. I haven’t been taking it long enough to give any insight on how well it actually works, but something I would highly recommend reading up on. 

I also work with a functional medicine Dr on hormone health although my general practitioner is the one who diagnosed and put me on the hypothyroid meds and vitamin D. Both have been a huge help. 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Mine was 9.4 at about 5 weeks along…even though my HCG was over 20,000 at that point my doc gave me the option to start progesterone suppositories. She said it was low-normal and wouldn’t hurt, and she wasn’t really concerned. I started them and will prob be on them until about 14 weeks (7w4d today). Not sure if she will recheck my levels or just follow my pregnancy clinically to make things are still progressing well. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I didn’t have low progesterone, or at least not too low, but my doctor would have definitely considered 5.9 low.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My first progesterone draw came back at 19, 48 hours later it had dropped to 12. My RE was very concerned and said that any number below 15 is indicative of a tubal pregnancy. They continued to monitor my hcg and progesterone and they didn’t supplement my progesterone in case it was ectopic. 5 days after my second draw, my prog had dropped to 8. She said MC was probably imminent and I started bleeding a few days later.

But I know someone who’s prog was low at the beginning, like 10 I think and she went on supplements and ended up having a healthy baby. Low prog doesn’t always mean the worst but my hcg numbers were pretty low and not doubling appropriately so for me it was not a good sign. 

Its definitely worth looking into to see if you need some help in that dept. I know short leutal phases are usually due to low P so going on some supplements after ovulation may help you. GL!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

MissAmericanPie :  Mine was 5.3 and was considered very low.  I was told anything below 15 is low. 

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Did you do your progesterone levels at exactly 7dpo?  I believe for natural cycle 10 and up is good, and for medicated, 15+.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

MissAmericanPie :  its poosible to ovulate anywhere from 12 to 72 hrs after a positive opk… were you also temping to verify your ovulation day?  Its possible to be a day or 2 off which would mean you missed the peak progesterone if you were just going off the opk.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

MissAmericanPie :  That’s a tough one I don’t know what to tell you either.  I asked my doctor to draw mine when I got pregnant and it was 5.3 and she right away put me on progesterone.  Unfortunatly it wasn’t soon enough to save that pregnancy but it has worked wonders for this pregnancy thus far. 

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