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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lLokk what I just found:

Both the ParaGard and the Mirena IUDs affect the way sperm move, preventing them from joining with an egg. If sperm cannot join with an egg, pregnancy cannot happen. Both types also alter the lining of the uterus. Some people say that this keeps a fertilized egg from attaching to the lining of the uterus. But there is no proof that this actually happens.

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lol @ Angela you always make laugh and yes I also select the BFP route better!!! YAY! lol

We will see how it goes AF stopped yesterday, just light spotting today....I am due to O on Sunday 29 or 30, 31st! :) and my B-day is the 2/19 so, getting a BFP would be the BEST B-day gift EVER!!!!
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That sounds great to me! I'm ready to get off this TTC train and on the BFP route!

I am feeling much more relaxed this month and I think it's because of the progesterone. Last month I felt so uncomfortable/uptight...I was so afraid if I did get pg I would have to catch it right away and hurry up to get my levels checked to see if my levels were high enough so I wouldn't lose it again. Obviously the supplements won't guarantee I won't have another m/c, but at least it's a start :)

No major urge to POAS yet, although I'm sure that'll change :) I keep looking at my chart like it's going to tell me something, though LOL!!! I think because it's my first month charting I just find it really interesting.

lola - we had decided on starting CD18 because I've never had a problem O'ing late. Go figure the first month I start the supplements O throws me a curveball! I think taking it 11 days to create a 14 day lp is fine. That's kind if what I was getting at, I was wondering if I needed to take 11 instead of 10 to make my lp 14, but if AF takes a day or two to show it really would be 14. So, I'll likely just take the 10. I'll probably just play it by ear and see what happens.

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

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Lola I've read some girls have af start while they're still taking it. Some start a couple of days after their last pill. Guess you'll just have to wait & see which category you fall into OR take the preferred path of just getting a bfp so you don't have to worry about it ;)
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I like the sound of a bfp & not worrying about it. Let's just take that path, ok? ;) Fx'd so freaking hard I might cut off circulation!!!!
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Well, I think you should call your doctor and ask him/her if you should star 3 days after you O. Maybe day 18 was calculated assuming you O on CD 14 which is NOT the case for a lot of women. I have a regular cycle of 26-27 days and I O on CD 13, 14, 15. I told my doctor I was charting and showed her my charts and she told me to start P 3 DPO which is perfect if you think about it becase I can confirm O with 3 days of higher themps.

To answer your question about LP, you do want

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Boy, I'm filled with all sorts of questions about this stuff....

So, I O'd late this cycle (CD 18). Originally I was supposed to start taking the supplements on days 18-2, 10 days. However, if you take them starting day 18 and end on day 28, that is actually 11 pills, not 10.

Because I O'd on CD 18, I started taking the supplement on CD21. If I take it for 10 days, the last one would be on CD 30. IF I get AF the next day it would be CD31, which would be a 13 lp. That's ok, right?

I'm hoping I can just get a BFP and not worry about it :)

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

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Levy welcome back to posting. It's always good to have the support of other who understand ttc.

Brew lol we should start a club. I have learned so much about ttc'ing that when I went to see my doc and she explained the women's hormonal cycle, I was like all makes sense and I know all her medical terms. Lol. Now just waiting for tha magical BFP. Good luck to u this cycle :)
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My main reason for starting them was the three m/c we had last year. Then last month I spotting for 3-4 days before AF and I wasn't willing to risk it. I'm actually starting them tonight (3dpo).

Geez, there's enough of us on progesterone supplements to starts a club! LOL!!

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

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So do I Lola! I've been lurking not writing much. Finally decided it was time for me to suck it up and jump in. I want to get to know the newer members a little better. Looking forward to rooting everyone on to their and our BFPs. They are coming and I can't wait to see all of them!

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