Low progesterone level

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Registered: 06-17-2003
Low progesterone level
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Wed, 09-08-2004 - 10:25pm
I received my progesterone level today (drawn yesterday) and it was very low, 6.7. It should be 10 at a minimium. The nurse phoned me in progesterone supplements which I start tonight. I have been researching. Evidently, there are 2 schools of thought. One group believes that low progesterone signals a failing pregnancy and supplements do not help. Another school of thought believes that some women, especially us older gals, often times produce too little and supplements CAN help. I think this is a bad sign, and I am mentally preparing myself for a miscarriage. I am scheduled for a sonar on Tuesday, but want to move it up to tomorrow. I at least want HCG levels. The nurse said my Dr. will be back in the office tomorrow and they will let me know. I fear another sleepless night. I still feel pregnant--sore breasts and frequent urination. I took another HPT and it was strongly positive. I think this will be a roller coaster ride.

Thanks for letting me ventilate. If anyone knows of any positive pregnancy outcomes after a low progesterone level please share.

Thanks.

Julie

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Registered: 05-28-2003
Thu, 09-09-2004 - 9:46am

Julie I know many women that where in the same position you are in right now and have been put on prog. and have gone on to a healthy pg.

Cathie

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Registered: 11-06-2003
Thu, 09-09-2004 - 2:57pm
Dear Julie,

I have a friend who had a progesterone level of 7 or so. She was prescribed supplements and now has a healthy 3 year old daughter. You just never know! I would derfinitely go for it and take the supplements; I think you would regret it if you did not!

Best, best of luck and I will be pulling for you and your little precious one.

Hugs,

Karen

16w4d w/#2

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Registered: 11-30-2003
Thu, 09-09-2004 - 6:19pm
Julie: I will be praying for you. As others have posted, I am aware of women who had low progesterone, took the supplement and went on to have healthy babies...

Please know I will be thinking of you and your little one. Take good care.

Margie

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Registered: 10-14-2003
Fri, 09-10-2004 - 11:17am
Does anyone know someone who had low progesterone and a successful pregnancy without prescription supplimentation? The dr I saw refuses to prescribe it, says it's not worthwhile.

He says all miscarriages are meant to be and if your progesterone is low, it just means the pregnancy isn't viable. I'm looking for a new dr and using progesterone cream after ovulation in the meantime - but I'm not sure if I can find anyone here who will prescribe it for me...

~*~ Catherine (50y) Rob (44y)

Our 1st precious baby together - m/c @ 8wks - Feb 14, 2004,

plus several chemical pregnancies since.

My three children : 16y, 27y, 29y

Plus 5 + previous babies lost.

What's the point of being so fertile if I can't hold onto one little baby?



~*~ Catherine, mom to three grown men - Jason, Michael & Joshua and Granma to Christopher & Leia.


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Registered: 05-28-2003
Fri, 09-10-2004 - 12:02pm

I know many women with the only

Cathie

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Registered: 06-17-2003
Fri, 09-10-2004 - 2:59pm
Cathie, my opinion on this debate is this. As I understand it, after fetal demise, as the body prepares to expel the products of conception, horomone levels drop, including progesterone. Thus there is a high correlation between low progesterone and miscarriage. In fact, I read that studies show that if 1st trimester progesterone is below 5, there is almost 100% chance of pregnancy loss. Mine is only slightly above that threhold at 6.7. There have been no conclusive studies showing that progesterone supplements help. However, ART is an entirely different matter, and does require horomonal support. There are stories of women convinced that progesterone made a difference. Doctors want to help, and women with a threatened miscarriage want something done. Progesterone is very safe, so many Dr.'s, who know there is no conclusive proof progesterone supplements work, prescribe it. If the pregnancy has a good outcome, who can say for sure if the supplements were the reason. There is no down side, and only anecdotal evidence that they are helpful. Most pregnancy loss in our age group is due to genetically defective eggs. When miscarriage occurs, nature is cleaning house, so to speak. It is normal and natural, but painful nevertheless.

That said, I am taking the supplements. I don't believe they will work, yet I am taking them. Why? On the outside chance. As far as cost, I paid $33.00 for 20 (a 10 day supply. My insurance paid the bulk. So I will pay out of pocket about $100 for a month's supply. My suppositories have to be compounded. Maybe other types cost less.

I can see both sides of this debate. I see the supplements as a placebo for women fearful of miscarriage and doctors who want to help yet are helpless in the face of defective embryos.

Hope I am wrong.

Julie