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Old 06-15-2014, 10:21 AM   #1
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OK... I've had 3 super early losses in a row (Feb, April, and May), I can't get past 5 wks and all 3 have played out exactly the same. My bfp doesn't come until after AF is late around 15dpo, the line never gets darker, and then by 18-20dpo the tests are bfn and I start bleeding. In Feb I didn't have HCG drawn until after I was already bleeding and my HCG was at a 0. In April I had it drawn when the bfp started to get lighter instead of darker, it was 16. In May I requested my progesterone be checked with my lab when the bfp became bfn at 19dpo and HCG was at 9 and progesterone at .98.

I ovulate regularly, have a very consistent 14 day LP, and the OB i'm seeing is "100% positive progesterone is not an issue". She refused to even check it to put me at ease Thyroid panel was normal. I'm working on getting into see a new Dr. but of course can't get in for WEEKS at any office I call. So I ordered some progesterone cream to use this next cycle. I'm hoping the cream will be enough to raise my progesterone (assuming that is my problem) high enough to get me to a bfp that's not already set up to fail.

Does anyone have any good stories with specifically progesterone cream, the OTC kind? I'm scared to put my body and soul through another loss if it won't be enough to help me. Thinking maybe I should just wait to see the new dr in a few cycles, get it tested, and then use a more powerful prescription if it's necessary?

ETA: I hate how the excitement of TTC is just robbed from you completely when you've had numerous losses. I will never just be excited and hopeful about a bfp again.

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Old 06-15-2014, 10:27 AM   #2
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Re: Progesterone

Definitely give a new doctor a chance and hold off TTC for at least three cycles to give the lining time to thicken up nicely. It was recommended after my loss... I have low progesterone as well but it effects my labors not so much the eggs sticking.


Some symptoms of low PG are really bad mood swings/bi polar symptoms,milk production during pregnancy ( it's the hormone that usually shuts that off)

Labors that won't naturally start .. Etc etc.
Having a doctor who listens and values your concerns is truly amazing and it's worth the wait to work with someone like that than waste your time on one who blows you off. It was devastating with my miscarriage to be completely ignored and my concerns tossed to the side.. But it lead me to the wonderful OB I have now who literally called the hospital to check on me
And make sure I was okay yesterday and genuinely cares about his patients ...
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:12 PM   #3
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Re: Progesterone

I would definitely get a new doctor if you feel your ob isn't listening, because it is important to feel respected.

That being said I had the same issue had blood work, ob said not progesterone no issues, etc. I was angry and resolved to find a re but was pregnant the next month and I wanted to do progesterone but that time my lab came back at 20 something? So, I don't know what to think with my situation. But, bottom line, you need to feel respected and listened to.
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:33 AM   #4
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First, just want to say that I'm so sorry for your losses. That's a lot to endure in such a short time.

I went to go see a fertility endocrinologist after my losses. She told me to hold off getting pregnant while she did a bunch of blood work at different times during my cycle. She found that I had a progesterone problem and had me take progesterone 3 days after TTC. She also started me on Femara (similar to Clomid). I think the Femara was supposed to help with ovulation. Before TTC again, I'd recommend seeing a specialist because if I remember right, if you take the progesterone at the wrong time during your cycle, it could causes problems with sustaining the pregnancy. And, you've already been through enough heartache.
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Yes. You absolutely need a new doctor. I had 3 losses in a row and when I went to a new OB for this pregnancy she put me on progesterone suppositories the same day, didn't wait for blood work. Good thing she did because I was only days away from another loss due to low progesterone. I started at 4w6d and am currently 12 weeks pregnant.

I also dealt with a doc who absolutely refused to even consider progesterone with 2 of my losses and said it would give me a "false sense of hope". I finally gave up and thought we would never have any more children.

Like you I had what seemed like picture perfect cycles but that wasn't the case at all.
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Old 06-27-2014, 08:02 PM   #6
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Re: Progesterone

Echoing all the above and yes do the cream- it can't hurt to try. I did suppositories with my 8th pregnancy but couldn't get to a dr with my 9th pregnancy due to insurance/money so did the OTC creams and I'm due next Tuesday so obviously it worked. Just make sure you keep up with the cream twice a day and don't stop till either you start your period or you hit 12-14 weeks of pregnancy. A sudden dip can cause miscarriage. Hugs mama- losses are hard especially back to back
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:18 PM   #7
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Re: Progesterone

I went and saw 2 other dr's and they both think the 3 consecutive losses is just a fluke. I really just wanted answers and an easy fix.
As it turns out, I've been focusing on getting answers and not focusing on TTC, our timing was not great this cycle so I've just been of the mind set that this month was a 'break' month. I painted the bathroom vanity and found a frer that was about to expire in July so i peed on it at 9dpo, knowing there was no chance for a bfp. To my surprise there was a shadow! My losses didn't show bfp's until 14-15dpo, faint and then disappeared never getting darker a few days later. Praying this one sticks.
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Old 07-05-2014, 01:47 PM   #8
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Re: Progesterone

Congratulations! I'm so sorry to hear about the struggles you've had. Progesterone creams often aren't strong enough, so if you really have low progesterone then a prescription is probably the way to go.
Have you heard of NaProTechnology? It's a totally different way of looking at women's reproductive health care. A NaPro doctor would never tell you that 3 miscarriages in a row is a fluke!
Here's some info on progesterone supplementation during pregnancy:
http://www.naprotechnology.com/progesterone.htm
Good luck!!! You are in my thoughts.
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