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I have been taking Prometrium capsules as suppostories for many months now during my luteul phase because of a low progesterone result on a blood test. I have a prescription from my dr. My hope, of course, is for a postive test and then to continue the Prometrium through the first trimester for support. But I just read that Prometrium is a category B drug for pregnancy. Rare cases of congential abnormalities in infants of women using Prometrium during early pregnancy. Definitive causality has not been established.<br><br>
Has anyone else been prescribed Prometrium for this purpose? Were you given a warning about pregnancy? Were you given a warning about your partner coming into contact with the hormone? I'm on a fairly low dose and the dr. kind of implied that it was no big deal and possibly not even useful--kind of a "It can't hurt" attitude.<br><br>
Does anyone have a recommendation for an alternative to Prometrium progesterone support that I could ask my dr. for? I will be calling her of course.
 

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I had VERY low progesterone and used prometrium with both of my children/pregnancies. I also required progesterone shots in early pregnancy. I was never sure why progesterone was labeled cat B, since it's frequently used in early pregnancy. The only other progesterone-type drug I was given was one called Crinone, which I used during 2WW with DS--it's a gel suppository. HTH! Sorry I don't have more info to give you--just wanted to let you know I've BTDT and it worked fine for me, and that I think almost everything is at least Cat B now, too.
 

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I used progesterone with my pregnancies as I had very low progesterone on lab tests. The suppositories were preferred by my doctor, but I got bad irritation from them, so I took pills orally. No problems with them beyond minor side effects like moodiness.<br><br>
I was not given a warning about it at all, for me or my DH - they may have said he could become irritated from the suppository/cream, but I can't recall. I am certain they did not mention anything about the hormones being bad for him. I did read warnings on the package insert, but didn't worry too much about it.<br><br>
My RE and his collegues were totally in agreement that progesterone works when indicated. There was no "it can't hurt" kind of attitude - it was more like take it, and if your pregnancy is a keeper in terms of embryo quality, the progesterone will make it stick. IME they were right.<br><br>
As far as I know there is no real alternative, in spite of what you might read regarding "natural" products.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have been taking Prometrium capsules as suppostories for many months now during my luteul phase because of a low progesterone result on a blood test. I have a prescription from my dr. My hope, of course, is for a postive test and then to continue the Prometrium through the first trimester for support. But I just read that Prometrium is a category B drug for pregnancy. Rare cases of congential abnormalities in infants of women using Prometrium during early pregnancy. Definitive causality has not been established.<br><br>
Has anyone else been prescribed Prometrium for this purpose? Were you given a warning about pregnancy? Were you given a warning about your partner coming into contact with the hormone? I'm on a fairly low dose and the dr. kind of implied that it was no big deal and possibly not even useful--kind of a "It can't hurt" attitude.<br><br>
Does anyone have a recommendation for an alternative to Prometrium progesterone support that I could ask my dr. for? I will be calling her of course.</div>
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I was prescribed Prometrium after my first two pregnancies ended in spontaneous miscarriages. First at about 7-8 weeks. Second was said to be a blighted ovum that was discovered at 10 weeks, but didn't develop past about 6 weeks. I don't remember if there was low progesterone levels on any lab tests or not.<br><br>
I was instructed to use it as vaginal suppositories, from the time I realized I was pregnant until about 10-13 weeks. I took one capsule in the morning and two in the evenings. If I remember correctly, each capsule is 100mg. I was never given any warnings about it. In fact, when I first received it, I went home and read the pharmacist's print-out, shocked to see that it said you shouldn't take it if you were pregnant. I called the pharmacy to verify that I'd been given the correct prescription. I'm a little embarrassed now to confess I never really looked into the drug or questioned the advice. I just wanted a successful pregnancy. I did what I was told.<br><br>
Like you, my doctor definitely not only implied, but said, "It might help, it might not. If the luteal phase isn't a problem for you, this will be of no use, but it also won't be harmful at all to have the extra progesterone".<br><br>
I don't know if it made the difference or not. Early miscarriages are very common. However, I was relieved that after the first two pregnancies ended in miscarriage, all my others (on Prometrium during first trimester) were fine.
 

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I took 200 mg orally until I was 12 weeks pregnant because I found out I was pregnant again just 2 weeks after my miscarriage and my levels were quite low. The only problem I had was that the pill made me feel nauseous and made my head spin so I made sure that I took the pill shortly before bed each night.
 

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i took these (vaginally) when pg. with dd until 12 weeks and she is perfect. i know it's just anecdotal, but i'd be more worried about low progesterone than problems from the prometrium. good luck!
 

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My RE told me that prometrium is a very natural form of progesterone, so it should be safe to take. There are synthetic forms (I think provera is one of them) that probably isn't as safe to take. HTH!
 
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