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Old 01-09-2013, 09:44 AM   #11
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I do IVF so I am in a bit of a different ball park. However I am higher risk then IVF this time so I know 2 protocols for progesterone.

In a normal IVF pregnancy you are not producing any hormones until the baby makes you. My experiance is at 9 weeks they start weaning me from the progesterone till at 13 weeks I am completely off of it. That is how it worked for my son (IVF baby).

This time there is concern that I will have issues. So my peri is keeping me on 200 mg Prometrium twice a day orally till at least 16 weeks. Keep in mind, I am not producing anything on my own, the baby makes me produce hormones but I am not.

So there could be a school of thought for staying on or getting off of it.

Sorry I can't be of more help then that. Good luck!


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progesterone is what keeps you pregnant as the placenta does not function til about the 12-14 weeks. so if you have too low progesterone, think of it like an heat lamp on an egg. no/low progesterone means little to no heat on your egg so its compromised. if your levels do not increase over time, you will most likely lose a struggling embryo.
now sometimes prog will be fine with one pregnancy and not with another. I feel that ha to do with weight, how you eat and exercise/stress. as they can all affect hormones. for instance those who eat soy have high amounts of estrogen and may be off balance or not get pregnant easily.

since I have been in your place and played roullete, I would say take it till 14 weeks but do it vaginally. by mouth you will feel drunk and not be able to function. I have opted to not take progesterone a couple times and lost one. w my last child as well and this one I weaned off early. I had strong enough symptoms so I felt safe to try it out a bit by weaning off.

wanted to add for the preterm meds, its the same just in a lower dose. most women take 200mg in early pregnancy and for preventing preterm labor they give 100mg
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I have has 3 losses (18w and 2 early losses), but my progesterone levels were always fine as was everything else that my RE tested for. I went back to my regular OB and he suggested progesterone as a "can't hurt, might help" precaution along with baby asprin. I'm almost 30 weeks now with a very active little one in there, so I have a good feeling that we'll have our rainbow baby this time!

I took the progesterone vaginally at bed time because I had HORRIBLE side effects when I took it orally. I was sick and miserable and felt like a zombie when I took it orally, but it was much more tolerable when I took it vaginally. I always took my vitamins before bed, so timing didn't factor into that.

I ended up staying on from 8w until 18w or so, since I had some issues with bleeding (SCH and low lying placenta) until then, and then I tapered off of the progesterone by 20 w. I can't say that it was the "cure" per se, but it certainly didn't seem to hurt, and if it's affordable and you can handle the side effects, it might just help.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:27 AM   #14
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I've always been able to stop them around 14 weeks, though I continued on with the shots with one pregnancy because I was having (braxton hicks) even in the first trimester with that pregnancy. everything worked out fine, though. I have taken the progesterone with 3 pregnancies now. I'm super moody and tired,too but it sure beats losing a baby.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:26 PM   #15
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DP & I each have done fertility treatment (at different times) for over a year. Same RE, but about 3 yrs between our treatments. They had DP on Prometrium vaginally starting 2dpo for every (?) IUI. I think when she got pg w/ DD she was taking it orally AND vaginally. They've had me on Crinone (gel) vaginally following every IUI, & now also following IVF.
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