(Closed) Progesterone while ttc?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I felt the same way that you did. I wanted to find out if I was pregnant ASAP so I could get the progesterone ASAP. I had two miscarriages for unknown reasons. I’m now pregnant again. It was never determined that I had low progesterone in the past so I don’t know if I actually need it this time, but I am taking it. I started at 4w3d and am now at 10w6d and doing fine.

I’ve read some posts online about people starting progesterone creams right after ovulation, but mostly I’ve heard of using progesterone after pregnancy has been confirmed.

Post # 4
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Sunshine09: Hey hun. Is there a naturopath in your area that you would be willing to visit? I started seeing one and while he can’t give me progesterone (it’s illegal) he did give me a natural progesterone supplement that I think is actually working. I take it twice a day and I think was aprox $30 for the bottle. This is the one I’m taking here. You might even be able to order it online, but I’d highly recommend talking to a doctor or naturopath before self-diagnosing or taking them.

You are right though. My naturopath said that without a decent amount of progesterone your uterine lining won’t be able to sustain/hold a pregnancy, so it may in fact inhibit your chances.

If you have any questions let me know. 🙂


Post # 5
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m concerned that my levels might be low but my doctor wouldn’t test and won’t see me again until I’m pregnant again


Why are you concerned?  Have you had low progesterone in the past?  Have you had more than 3 miscarriages further than 8 weeks along? 

progesterone will make the lining of your uterus thicker, and it stops you from having a period.  So, if you are miscarrying because of something to do with implantation / the lining of your uterus progesterone MAY help – but there is actually NO evidence that use of progesterone has impacted miscarry rates (and I say this as a serial miscarry-er).

I can also tell you I used progesterone with my last pregnancy (which turned out to be ectopic, so progesterone wouldn’t have helped anyway) and it was GROSS.  You have a nasty thick clumpy brown discharge (from the gel the progesterone is in) and cramping.  Not gross enough that I wouldn’t have continued to use it if I could have had a viable pregnancy…. but GROSS, none the less.  My point being… unless you really NEED it, I wouldn’t go get some just “because” of what you THINK.  involve your OB/GYN or a RE.


Also – my RE said that thyroid and Vitamin D deficiency (together) was much worse than low progesterone.  So have that checked out as well.

Post # 6
5107 posts
Bee Keeper


Why are you concerned?  Have you had low progesterone in the past?  Have you had more than 3 miscarriages further than 8 weeks along? 

I agree with this. I wouldn’t go crazy with supplementing with Progesterone until you’ve had the levels drawn or you’ve had more than 3 miscarriages >8 weeks.

That being said, OP, I think that using a Progesterone cream (as long as it is a very high quality one! the not good ones can increase androgens which can all kinds of bad!) during the luteal phase can help you with peace of mind, but I wouldn’t go crazy with it! GL with everything. If it gives you peace of mind (and it does! It makes you feel like you are doing SOMETHING) then it’s worth a try IMO.

Post # 8
2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Why do you suspect your levels are low? Do you have spotting during your LP? That is a major sign of low P levels. 

I agree that seeking out the cream can’t do any harm. I routinely had my levels tested at 7DPO because I wanted to make sure I was ovulating (PCOS). At 4w pregnant, my level was low — just 12. Fortunately, I was already on supplements or I think we may have lost this baby. I am now 8 weeks and all seems to be well.

Post # 9
164 posts
Blushing bee

OP, I think u are justified in feeling how u feel. I would also start taking things into my own hands, so to speak. I wouldn’t just sit by waiting for a 3rd MC, god forbid. I suggest, insist on a 7DPO blood draw to check for progesterone. Also, do u have any other signs that ur progesterone is low – u mentioned light periods, what about LP length and spotting before AF? Maybe u can convince ur gyno with these symptoms that u likely have low hormone levels and need some kind of supplement?  If u r so worried, she should listen to u and give u a good reason why she doesn’t want to give u the progesterone, instead of ignoring u like that. Good luck with it, hope ur sticky baby is coming soon.

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