Post # 1
I had the Paraguard IUD for about 8 years, and it was removed in January when Darling Husband and I wanted to TTC. Yesterday I experienced my second early pregnancy loss, at 5 weeks. Back in April, I lost the baby at just over 6 weeks. My most recent pregmancy was closely monitored by my doctor, who checked my HCG levels every other day for a week and a half. While they were never high, they were doubling. 3 days before I miscarried, my doctor prescribed 200 mg of progesterone daily since my progesterone levels were only 13. I’m obviously really upset, confused, and frustraed with this, as I seem to have no problem getting pregnant, but I can’t sustain it. With both miscarriages, I had ultrasounds, and my endometrium measured around 8mm. I’m now concerned that this isn’t thick enough to sustain a pregnancy, and this is the reason I keep miscarrying. My doctor did initially warn me that patients with the Paraguard often have thinner linings, and it can take several months to build this back up. Anyone else experience this or something similar? Our next step is to meet wtih a fertility specialst. I just want answers. I know my thyroid is fine and I have no clotting issues. All blood panels have come back normal.
Post # 2
Hi Bee, not been through this but I didn’t want to read and dash. Sorry you are going through this, it does sound incredibly frustrating and disheartening. I would insist on your Doc helping you get to the bottom of this and in the mean time focus on the positive, the fact you are able to get pregnant in the first place! Hope you can resolve this soon.
Post # 3
I’m so sorry for your struggles, bee. I had the Paraguard for almost 8 years and had it removed in April. I fell pregnant in June and am currently 10 weeks. I haven’t had any issues but I can say that this was my biggest fear going into TTC. I echo the previous poster in that your doctor should help you get to the bottom of this. Are there any supplements that can help with thickening your uterus lining? Keep us posted and hugs to you.
Post # 4
I’m sorry you’re dealing with this. I’ve also had 2 early losses in a row and it’s very hard. Would you maybe be able to take a month or two off TTC in order to let your lining build back up? I know it’s really hard to take a TTC break after loss though. The other thing you might ask your new RE about is getting on progesterone from 3DPO onward instead of after you get your BFP. Sending you lots of love. Keep us updated!
Post # 5
I’ve been through this, I has my first loss at 4 weeks and my 2nd at 6 weeks. I got a new OB before conceiving for the 3rd time..I was to take baby aspirin and 200mg of progesterone my whole pregnancy. The meds were to be started as soon as I got a BFP. I went with what my doctor said and I’m currently looking at my 9 month old rainbow baby. Don’t give up, I got pregnant right away all 3 times but could not sustain the pregnancy on my own.
Post # 6
futuremrsdubbya : I’m sorry you are going through this. I had three missed miscarriages before having my rainbow baby. I worked with a fertility specialist and ending up doing IVF. 8mm should be enough to sustain a pregnancy, in fact, my one successful pregnancy my lining was 8mm exactly. If I remember correctly my clinic would proceed with anything 7mm or above as they considered that acceptable for implantation. I would request a recurrent pregnancy loss work up from a fertility specialist. Good luck bee and don’t give up!
Post # 7
Thanks for all of the responses. I am searching for a new OB and also reached out to a fertility clinic for help diagnosing this. I did take baby aspirin for this last pregnancy but unfortunately may have started the progesterone too late. I am so happy you all were able to conceive after your struggles!
Post # 8
futuremrsdubbya : i don’t know if this will make you feel any better, but i had two chemical pregnancies in a row (positive test, but period came 2-3 days later than it should have) and i did check with my doctor, but they told me that the vast majority of early miscarriages before 6 weeks are because of major chromosomal abnormality and there was nothing to be done to prevent it. Now, i didn’t have Paraguard so that could throw a wrench in things. I did get pregnant again after my second chemical and am almost 26 weeks now. So i think it was just rotten luck in my case and if i hadn’t tested i would have never even known. In your case, could your doctor prescribe progrerone earlier next time? Can you schedule an apt to talk about next steps?
Post # 9
futuremrsdubbya : I got my Paragard out in April and conceived in May, BUT my doctor always puts me on progesterone immediately after getting a positive due to a previous ectopic pregnancy and really low progesterone levels in my first successful pregnancy. I think it’s strange that your doctor said women with Paragard have thinner lining – my doctor told me the opposite as she was taking it out, that the Paragard causes thicker lining (hence the heavy period side effect) and that I might benefit from that the first month or two after having it out. Hormonal IUDs (like Mirena) thin your lining so you can’t sustain a pregnancy, but Paragard isn’t supposed to do that.
Post # 10
I’m not trying to be a downer, but sometimes there just are no answers. It’s just bad luck.
Personally I would just keep trying, unless you want to go the IVF route at this point. But unfortunately 2 miscarriages really aren’t out of the realm of “normal”. I’ve had 3 in a row now and it sucks horribly, but in my case there’s nothing a bunch of extra monitoring is really going to do.
I’m sorry for your losses.