Tell me what I need to know about taking progesterone...

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Tell me what I need to know about taking progesterone...
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Thu, 12-29-2011 - 6:36pm
I am on CD2 of cycle #8 (month 10). I had some strange spotting this last cycle. After speaking with my doc she said with my history she is fine with me taking supplements the second half of my cycle. She told me to start on day 18. I'm just curious when everybody else starts? I have fairly regular cycles, between 28-32 days, so 18 should be fine for me. I don't temp, only use opks. I'm also wondering what to expect for side effects? I was on the supplements this last time I was pregnant, but I'm not sure if the "side effects/symptoms" were from the supplements or pregnancy.

Thanks in advance!

Shawn 
Mom to DS, July 2009
Expecting our little girl after three m/c - EDD 11/29/12

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Correction. CD3, not that it matters yet...

Shawn 
Mom to DS, July 2009
Expecting our little girl after three m/c - EDD 11/29/12

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They told me to start mine a day or two after ovulation, take for 14 days and then if preggo test is positive continue taking, if negative stop & AF will come (if it hasn't already, sometimes it comes before you stop taking the supps--mine never did, but I also would stop taking the supps at 12 dpo if hpt's were negative since I've always shown pos by then). As for side effects, I don't think I experienced much, they say side effects are less if you take it vaginally as opposed to orally. I did sometimes get slight cramping right after taking it, but that's it. I didn't really get sore breasts or anything from it, but I've heard that can happen.
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I take mine 2 days after O (whenever that may occur) and continue for 10 days. I take the oral supplement and have had no bothersome side effects. AF has been arriving 2 days after I stop. I've only been on it 2 months, but it has stopped spot from occuring early which proves to me that it definitely doing its job! Good luck and I hope it leads to your BFP!
 
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Thanks ladies! How did you verify O? Did/do you both temp?

Sydney - how are you doing???

Suz - so glad it has helped with spot! This was only my first month having spotting issues, but with my history this year I'm done taking chances.

Shawn 
Mom to DS, July 2009
Expecting our little girl after three m/c - EDD 11/29/12

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Yeah, my progesterone isn't technically low, but it is on the low end of normal and the supplement has made all the difference!
I just use OPKs to verify O. Probably not the MOST accurate way, but there's no way I could temp. I'm up and down too much in the middle of the night. :)
 
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I was temping for awhile, but then quit & was just going by opk's. I'm doing ok...just trying not to go insane while waiting for the u/s...still about a week and a half to go. I have moments I just kinda freak out b/c I'm so scared about the u/s...and I'm just waiting for morning sickness to hit since it didn't with any m/c (I usu get really sick when pregnant, I just can't remember how early it started with my kids, so I'm trying to rack my brain about that). I'm only 6 weeks today though, so trying to stay calm...
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One more question for you ladies...

As you know, for the first time ever, my cycle is running very behind! I was supposed to start my supplements today (CD18) but I think I am actually ovulating today! So, when do I start them now? Is it 3 dpo?

Shawn 
Mom to DS, July 2009
Expecting our little girl after three m/c - EDD 11/29/12

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My doc said start at 2 dpo and continue for 10 days. How long did your doc say take it? At first, she told me CD 16-25 assuming I O'd CD 14. When I told her I usually O around CD 16/17, she said to just start 2 days after O, whatever CD that may be.
Hope this helps! Maybe call your doc just to be sure they want you to start then. Good luck!!
 
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She told me to take 10 days as well. CD18-28. That was obviously assuming a CD14ish O. I did call and she is out the rest of the day. Her nurse called me back and said she would probably assume today as "cd14" so start them on Tuesday. However, if I confirm O with my temps this weekend I think I'll maybe start on Monday at 3 dpo??

Play it by ear I guess.

Thanks :)

Shawn 
Mom to DS, July 2009
Expecting our little girl after three m/c - EDD 11/29/12

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I don't think it really matters. My obgyn who prescribed them first said to start the day after O. My RE prefers to start them 3 days after O. If you're pretty sure you ovulated today, then you can start tomorrow, or anytime in the next few days.

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