Progesterone anyone? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 14 Old 12-03-2010, 08:00 AM - Thread Starter
 
OakTreeMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 84
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Just got a call from the nurse with my blood work.  My hormones were at 14,000 which puts me at about 5 weeks preggo! joy.gif 

But my progesterone is low at 5.9.  So she wants me to start progesterone today.  Anyone have any experience with this?  She explained a little about it and said it is messy.bigeyes.gif  Just how messy is it???  Any other advice about it?  Thanks!

 

OakTreeMom is offline  
#2 of 14 Old 12-03-2010, 09:34 AM
 
Maurine's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,308
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Do you know what kind it will be?  I'm going to assume suppositories (vaginal).  I've done suppositories and crinone (which I am on now).  Yes, it can be messy!  I've used two kinds.  One was really watery and melted really quick.  I absolutely had to wear a panty liner.  The other kind was made by a different pharmacy and more creamy.  So the discharge was a little easier to handle.  I used both at night to keep things easier. 

 

With crinone, it's a gel you insert with an applicator. It's easy, but I suffer from a yucky "build up" that I won't go into...just know that it's icky.

 

All this being said, I am sure you'll be fine!  Progesterone really does help.  :)


#1 stork-boy.gif born after IVF.

Maurine is offline  
#3 of 14 Old 12-03-2010, 11:04 AM - Thread Starter
 
OakTreeMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 84
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Yep, it is vaginal suppositories.  My nurse said to get up about 15-20 minutes early and go to the bathroom insert and lay back down.  She said the meds would be absorbed in about 10-15 minutes.  I have to do this am and pm.  yay...  She also recommended that I use a liner.  She said for me to come back on Monday for more blood drawn to check my levels again.  Did your levels go up quickly?  How long did you have to do it?  I am thinking that this is why I mc'd last time was because my prog. levels were low.   Thanks!

OakTreeMom is offline  
#4 of 14 Old 12-03-2010, 06:45 PM
 
cakemama579's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: East Coast Cheese
Posts: 456
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

How crucial do you ladies think progesterone is?  I had 3 mc's before successfully carrying my DS to term.  I used progesterone suppositories when preggo with DS, and not the others.  Coincidence?  I was going to try this pregnancy on my own without progesterone supplements, b/c everything I've been reading says progesterone isn't proven, and most health care practitioners don't feel that it even works, etc. 

 

what is your opinion?  should I call the doc and have her prescribe them to me?

cakemama579 is offline  
#5 of 14 Old 12-03-2010, 07:09 PM
 
SML27's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 143
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I would take the progesterone "just in case". My fertility specialist prescribed them to me. Even though we don't know what caused my M/C, and I was pregnant by the time I had my appointment with the specialist (and therefore didn't have a baseline of my levels), I am taking them just in case that WAS the issue.

SML27 is offline  
#6 of 14 Old 12-04-2010, 09:47 AM - Thread Starter
 
OakTreeMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 84
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I agree.  I have a short cycle of about 25 days.  I had a MC last month at 6 weeks.  I caught this preg. pretty early.  I am a little over 4 weeks.  I think my drop in progesterone caused the MC.  If I understand correctly, someone please correct me if I am wrong, the corpus leuteum makes the progesterone until the placenta is developed.  Then the placenta takes over.  However if the CL cannot keep up or peters out then there is not enough progesterone to maintain the other hormones of pregnancy, thus, the MC.

 

I would take them.  Obviously I am.  I just finished my first day of them and it wasn't to bad or messy.  Just a little slicky down there.  But I hope I don't have to do this too long.  It takes a little effort when I am all out.

 

Good Luck!!!

OakTreeMom is offline  
#7 of 14 Old 12-05-2010, 03:50 AM
pjs
 
pjs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,595
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had 2 successful pregnancies followed by a m/c @ 10 weeks (baby was 7.5 weeks) then another m/c @ 5 weeks. For the next two pregnancies I took progesterone ( started at 4 weeks and 6 weeks respectively). This time I am going to try without it. With my m/c and post m/ c pregnancies I was nursing. Since I have long/irregular cycles I think my body is more sensitive to hormone dluctuations driven by nursing frequency. My ds is no longer nursing and I pray this lo sticks without the progesterone!
pjs is offline  
#8 of 14 Old 12-06-2010, 08:36 PM
 
MrsMike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,925
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I'm taking a natural progesterone gel that you rub on your gums. It's called Progest-E. I've been using it every cycle since my miscarriage in April. I'm hoping I don't need it, but I'm using it anyway to be safe.


Jenn treehugger.gifmama to Monkeylearning.gifSquishyenergy.gif& Riverangel1.gif(8wks)Wife to Mikejog.gif See you at the rainbow1284.gif Bridge, Abigael cat.gifand McKenna dog2.gifgd.gifnamaste.giffamilybed2.gifbellyhair.gifcaffix.gifcrochetsmilie.gifom.gifknit.gifcomputergeek2.gif

MrsMike is offline  
#9 of 14 Old 12-06-2010, 10:08 PM
 
tjlucca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: We are a Nomadic little tribe
Posts: 307
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I'm taking natural progesterone (suspended in sunflower oil), 10 drops twice a day on the inner arms, inner thighs or neck. Not messy at all. works great!  thumb.gif


namaste.gif WAHSM to Ani (7) and Juddah (18mo.)

homebirth.jpggoorganic.jpgintactivist.gifwave.giflactivist.gif
 
 

tjlucca is offline  
#10 of 14 Old 12-07-2010, 05:35 AM
 
Danielle283's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: NC
Posts: 858
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I'm on natural progesterone cream. I used it when I got pregnant with my daughter also.


Mama to a 6 year old diva, and new little man July 2011.

Danielle283 is offline  
#11 of 14 Old 12-11-2010, 09:55 AM
 
myorianna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: East Bay Area, CA
Posts: 139
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I just found out yesterday that my progesterone level was low from the blood work (hcg looked great).  10.2 supposedly and they want to see at least 20?  So they want to give me a prometrium suppository.  I asked to go to a natural pharmacy though so they will use a natural based progesterone and they have to prepare it to get it into this capsule form.  My dr. said they would check again at 9 weeks to see if its above 20 and then have me stop...  I am really worried about this, but I'm glad to hear this seems to be a common thing. 

 

I hope this goes well!

Now they are talking about doing an early ultrasound, and I really don't want to go through any more than one this time around.


fambedsingle2.gifAP Mommy to DD 10/07 and DS 7/11
myorianna is offline  
#12 of 14 Old 12-12-2010, 08:29 AM
 
SoonToBe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 1,029
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I use a naturally compounded progesterone cream (rx) from a compounding pharmacy.  I've been on it awhile to help with luteal phase defects and upped the dose when I got pregnant.  I rub it on my inner arms, neck, breasts, or chest (rotating areas).

 

Bree


Bree - wife to Dave stillheart.gif and "mother" of Scooterdog2.gif.  Baby Elliott arrived August 2, 2011 at home in the water.  stork-boy.gif

SoonToBe is offline  
#13 of 14 Old 12-13-2010, 05:44 PM
 
jillybeans's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: in a little hole by the mountain
Posts: 3,556
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I take the suppositories.  Get up 15min early, put them in with a pantyliner, and you're good to go. :)  I HAVE to use them to stay pregnant!


Jill, mama to three fiery girlies and a sweet baby boy: Grace, 11.30.2005,  Ayla, 3.22.2008, Norah 9.5.09, Reed 8.19.11 & dfs Gage 2.29.12   angel1.gif x4
 

jillybeans is offline  
#14 of 14 Old 12-14-2010, 07:07 AM - Thread Starter
 
OakTreeMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 84
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

That's the kind I was using also.  Those suckers will slip out too, if you don't lay down pretty quickly!  I am not sure what my issue is here.  I was dx with an ectopic yesterday so I am praying for no surgery and the shot will work.  We will see.  I hoped it was just a prog. issue but maybe it might be an obstruction in my tube.  My last pg. may have been an ectopic also.  We will see what happens in the next few weeks.

OakTreeMom is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off