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Low Progesterone Levels


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#1 MinRalph

 
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Posted 19 December 2008 - 10:43 PM

Hi everyone!

I just found out I'm pregnant, but my progesterone levels are really low. I have a doctor's appt tomorrow to have it checked again. I'm really nervous that it has dropped and I'll misscarry... (Again. I have been pregnant 3 times in the past and they resulted in 2 miscarriages and 1 still birth).

Has anyone else had this problem? Can they supplement the progesterone?

Thanks!

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 04:47 AM

Absolutely!!!! I'm so glad you asked :)

For the first twelve weeks you can use progesterone suppositories. Kind of gross... but it definitely helps. After that, the placenta usually kicks in and starts producing enough progesterone on its own. BUT... if this doesn't happen, you can start getting shots of progesterone. I've heard of women doing that from 12 weeks to 37 weeks in order to carry to full term.

If your OB doesn't know about this, then you need to find a high-risk OB who does.
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Posted 20 December 2008 - 09:12 AM

Absolutely!!!! I'm so glad you asked :)

For the first twelve weeks you can use progesterone suppositories. Kind of gross... but it definitely helps. After that, the placenta usually kicks in and starts producing enough progesterone on its own. BUT... if this doesn't happen, you can start getting shots of progesterone. I've heard of women doing that from 12 weeks to 37 weeks in order to carry to full term.

If your OB doesn't know about this, then you need to find a high-risk OB who does.





Thanks so much!
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Posted 20 December 2008 - 09:47 AM

My pleasure! :)

I know how hard it is to lose a child. I'm just glad I had some useful information for you!
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Posted 21 December 2008 - 05:46 AM

First off congrats on your pregnancy!

How low is your progesterone level? If it is above 7 or 8, you have a good chance of keeping the pregancy with supplimentation. If it is lower than that, there may not be much that can be done to help keep the pregnancy viable. Call your dr right away to get on supplements! You need to start immediately if your levels are really low.

I am currently 30 weeks pregnant. When I first found out, my progesterone was 12- I was put on an oral dose of Prometrium to help boost it. I stopped taking it at 12 weeks (once the placenta took over progesterone production).

Good luck, and I hope you have a successful pregnancy this time around!
Marcia
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Posted 21 December 2008 - 09:51 AM

Thanks! I just had blood work done yesterday and should get the results mon/tue and I'm going to go in asap for supplements. I'm just so glad it's not just me.
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Posted 23 December 2008 - 02:21 PM

Just letting everyone know....

I just got a call from the doctor and my levels are up! My progesterone went from about 13 to 140-something. I'm sooo happy!
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Posted 23 December 2008 - 02:30 PM

Congratulations! That's wonderful news :D
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Extensive family history of autoimmune disorders and related symptoms




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