Progesterone - WWYD
Waiting to hear back from my midwife, but I'd like to hear your opinions/experiences in the meantime!
Backstory - I had two losses late last year. When my cycle came back at 2 years PP, my luteal phases were extremely short (5 or 6 days) and my cycles were 6-8 weeks long, very irregular. Over last summer DS "day weaned" (only nursed a couple times at night) and I think that's what allowed me to get pregnant then. But right after my BFP he cranked up the nursing again, back to like 6 times during the day and 3 or 4 at night. I know nursing during pregnancy isn't a problem for a lot of women, but I think that the sudden uptick right after I got pregnant contributed to the loss.
We took some time off TTC, waiting to recover and hoping for DS to wean. He night weaned in March and I started having 28 day cycles with 14 day luteal phases. He fully weaned about a month ago.
Last cycle (with DS still nursing a tiny bit) I had a luteal phase study done with an OB my midwives recommended. My results came back - estrogen very normal, progesterone JUST barely within range. My graph almost exactly followed the line of the minimum range.
OB prescribed 200mg progesterone to take during luteal phase (didn't know I was pregnant at the appointment). I'm really on the fence about taking it. I really don't like the idea of taking a hormone unless it's totally necessary, and my levels were TECHNICALLY within range. It seems like a really high dose, too! I'm wondering about maybe doing progesterone cream/oil instead, although I know the OB won't endorse that. 200mg when I'm not crazily low just seems like overkill to me.
I guess I'm wondering what to do in the immediate term - I have the pills sitting in my kitchen. I could either take those, or go get some progesterone cream while I wait to get labs done.
Living and loving in ATX with DH (of 7 years) and DS (3.5)