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This past cycle I had a routine fertility workup, and at 7 dpo I had my progesterone levels drawn. That was on a Tuesday. A few days later, on Friday, I found out I was pregnant and called the office for the results. On the next Tuesday (yes, a whole week after the test) my doctor called me and told me the levels were low (they were at 8.)<br><br>
She suggested I start taking prometrium and I said I'd rather wait and have my levels rechecked. She agreed that this was a good idea and wouldn't make or break anything. Since I am still nursing, I don't really want to take anything and all the research I've read says that progesterone supplementation doesn't actually work. After a big to-do (apparently my doctor is only in the office 2 days a week, does not return phone calls, and suggests you go to the ER if there is an "emergency" so bad that you must speak with her) I had my levels rechecked yesterday, Wednesday. I am still waiting for the results, even though my doctor promised she'd call me today. Nothing like great service when the viability of your pregnancy comes into question, huh? I am pretty furious with her.<br><br>
I have pretty much decided that, no matter what the results are, I am not going to do anything about it. The results could be fine, or not, and I kind of don't even want to know at this point. I have been so worried and stressed out - the last couple of days were pretty bad. Everything I read on the internet scares me.<br><br>
Anyway, just wanted to update and vent. I hope everyone else is having an uneventful pregnancy so far!
 

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Good luck-please let us know the results. Maybe I'm wrong here, but 8 at 7DPO sounds OK, -they need to test to see if they are doubling. I'll keep you in my thoughts.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> So sorry to hear about that. I would consider looking for a new OB, if you can ....Good luck w/ everything<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I would too, if you can. I'm sorry you don't have the information yet - I hope you get good news. What is normal progesterone? I assume at 7dpo progesterone is at a normal level since most people do not have implantation yet.
 

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I got my numbers back today and they were good! I was at a 26. I am feeling so much better, although I won't feel "out of the woods" until the 2nd trimester (okay, until I have a healthy newborn in my arms.........) Thanks for the support. It is appreciated.<br><br>
p.s. I am totally done w/ that doctor. In fact in a few weeks I will call the birthcenter and continue from there on out w/ a midwife.
 

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Glad you got your results back and they were good. Just wanted to add, I've been battling with progesterone this whole pg so far. I'm 7 weeks today...still taking 200mg of Prometrium 2x daily.<br>
At about 17dpo, my progesterone was only 15.3.<br>
At about 23dpo, it was down to 9.5.<br>
At about 26dpo, after starting Prometrium, it went up to 20.5.<br>
Last week, 6.5wks pregnant, it is up to 33.7.<br>
So, yours at 26 right now is great! Especially if it is rising on its own!
 

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Glad to see your numbers were ok. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> But just wanted to add that progesterone supplementation DOES work! My level at 7dpo was 5.8. If I had not started my supplements, I would have lost this baby. As a matter of fact, when i switched from vaginal to oral prog. my level dropped in half in a week. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Jill and Juli,<br>
Thanks! I have talked to a couple of moms that swear that prometrium worked for them too. My usual OB does not prescribe it during pregnancy, and she said that low progesterone, while not a "good" sign, does not mean you will definitely miscarry. She said she has known moms with levels as low as 2 or 3 that have carried to term without incident. I guess you never know. If I had a history of m/c or infertility I probably would have been more open to using it, but since I have no "issues" I wanted to give my body a chance to work it out. I will not be having the levels checked again. I apprecaite all the support <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And I am SO glad that your action plans have worked out for you guys. Here's to a boring 9 months for all of us!
 
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