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Is there a point when its too early to get your levels drawn?

post #1 of 5
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I had loss before this pregnancy, and I think that I want to have my Progesterone (it was low last time, but not medicated) and HCG tested to make sure we are on the right track.  My OB is fine with that, but I am wondering if there is a certain point when I should go in?  Is 4 weeks too early?  Is there a more ideal time?  

post #2 of 5

I think 4wks is fine- if you're looking at your hcg, my knowledge is that you'll need to go in again for a re-draw to make sure it's doubling in the proper amount of time.

 

post #3 of 5

My OB likes to check levels at 15dpo, and then check the betas again 48 hours later.  

 

Can I ask what your progesterone levels were last time?

 

From my understanding, the levels fluctuate during the day.  There is also wide debate over the effectiveness of supplemental progesterone......some people swear it can save a pregnancy, and others feel it makes no difference whatsoever.  And then there is another school of thought that feels that they haven't been proven to help, but they can't hurt either, so why not take them for piece of mind.  

 

I see no harm in checking your levels.  If anything, it might give you peace of mind knowing what they are.  Some OBs medicate if the progesterone is under 10, some will medicate if it is under 15.  And some will medicate no matter what the level is, if you have a history of miscarriages. 

 

 

post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by norskelove View Post

My OB likes to check levels at 15dpo, and then check the betas again 48 hours later.  

 

Can I ask what your progesterone levels were last time?

 

From my understanding, the levels fluctuate during the day.  There is also wide debate over the effectiveness of supplemental progesterone......some people swear it can save a pregnancy, and others feel it makes no difference whatsoever.  And then there is another school of thought that feels that they haven't been proven to help, but they can't hurt either, so why not take them for piece of mind.  

 

I see no harm in checking your levels.  If anything, it might give you peace of mind knowing what they are.  Some OBs medicate if the progesterone is under 10, some will medicate if it is under 15.  And some will medicate no matter what the level is, if you have a history of miscarriages. 

 

 


Last time my levels were 11 and my Midwife didn't medicate over 10.  I am aware that there are several different ideas about progesterone supplements, but I really feel like I need to do everything I can do.  With my M/C I that was the one thing that I regret not pushing for.  I am normally a very hands off person, but I want to make sure that I am doing everything that I available with our modern medicine. 

 

I called the OB today, they want me to get a blood draw today.  If DH is home in time I will try to go in today, but otherwise I will go in the AM.

 

post #5 of 5

I am 15dpo today and just got my betas and progesterone tested. I honestly no had idea that some people thought P4 supps didn't work! I did IVF and have PCOS so I am automatically on progesterone. I think 4 weeks is a fine time, but like the PP said you will need a second test to determine doubling- thats WAYYYY more important than the level itself. 

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