Post # 1
So I have been charting BBT for 4 months and this month was really the only month that I could even see that I ovulated or had a clear pattern and difference in temps. I coincidentally had a follow up appt with my OB/GYN last week and he tested my progesterone to confirm ovulation. I tested 8.1 at 7 dpo, which he said was low. He scheduled an appointment with an RE, which is tomorrow. I’ve never seen an RE before but he told me at that appointment that she specializes in helping you get pregnant but wouldn’t really do anything past that.
So, this morning would have been when FF indicated I should have started AND my BBT never dropped after ovulation so I POAS.
Don’t get excited yet. I’m a serial miscarrier. So, although I have a 12 year old so I know it’s possible……. it tends not to work out. And I swear to God if you met her you would know she’s only here because she soooooo stubborn!!!!! 🙂
Anyway…. I called my OB/GYN who said he wants me to KEEP the appt with the RE tomorrow, so that the RE can determine progesterone support, risk etc. But since she’s not an OB/GYN I wouldn’t actually SEE her. She would just facilitate the “support” (or get documentation in case this one doesn’t stick). She’s also going to do an US, but at just barely pregnant….. will anything even show? I would have ovulated on 10/10….
But why would an RE determine support for the pregancy, but not continue care? Once I test positive….. wouldn’t I go to another OB/GYN that deals with high-risk pregnancies? I’m not even sure I’m high-risk. At one point he said he thought he could just continue to see me…. but then this morning he said my “combined factors” made me high risk. I would assume that means history, age (41) and I’m overweight??????? With my daughter I had NO issues (until the c-section at the end) during the pregnancy.
He also said that I would for sure be getting progesterone support – it would just depend on what kind, how often and what dose. That scares me a bit. We didn’t do that 10 years ago when I did this before……….
Any advice / experience about REs, high-risk, progesterone, serial-miscarriages-that-went-on-to-successful-pregnancies? I’m half surreal, half over-the-moon excited, half scared and half pessimistic!!!!!!!! And that adds up to way more than 1…. so I can’t even think straight!!!!!!!!
Post # 3
Okay, I have limited input since I don’t know most of the terms here. But I am 25 weeks now with a surprise baby, after years of no birth control, no pregnancies, and a diagnosis of mild PCOS. The day after my pee stick came back positive, I went to my doctor who confirmed and said my progesterone was low. She had me come back in later that day to get a shot of progesterone in oil in my backside, which my DH learned to do and gave me every 3 days up to week 13/14ish. I hear its the shots or the suppositories, but my particular doc believes the shots work better so we did those. That was the only bump we had on the road, and I am so grateful my doc was aggresive about dealing with it ASAP, because I hate to think what might have happened if I didn’t have enough progesterone.
Oh – and good luck and congratulations!
Post # 4
Thanks!!!! And congrats 🙂
RE is reproductive endocrinologist. Which I thought I would be seeing if I couldn’t GET pregnant…. not if it looks like I won’t STAY pregnant
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
We got progesterone support until 12 weeks, but no additional care – just a scan at 7 weeks to see if we could see a viable heartbeat/growth.
Post # 6
I had progesterone suppositories until week 9 or so I believe. I was already under the care of the RE to actually get pregnant.
Basically, the RE’s job is to get you pregnant, confirm the pregnancy, and make sure you stay pregnant for a bit. Then, once they determine that you’re good to go and the pregnancy is viable (in my case, 2 ultrasounds that showed a heartbeat), they release you to your OB.
Weather you’re high risk is usually determined by your OB. I would think that because of your frequent miscarriages, that would be one of the factors your doctor referred to. Because of that, I suppose you could be high risk. For me, I had trouble getting pregnant, but that didn’t make me high risk. If that makes any sense.
Good luck and sending you tons and tons of sticky baby dust!!!
Post # 7
@3xaCharm: Progesterone support is a good thing! I had levels of 8 something when I became pregnant.
I used progesterone suppositories throughout the first trimester to help sustain the pregnancy.
Post # 8
I did visit the RE today. We started the crinone 8%, so i will do that starting tonight until I am 13 weeks. she retested the progesterone for a comparison and also did an HCG test, which will be repeated Saturday. I should find out results tomorrow!