Low progesterone levels...

Hi! Some of you know that I am 3 weeks pregnant with suspected twins. My HCG levels are high, however, my doctor called me today to tell me that my progesterone levels are low. It was 7. She prescribed progesterone pills for me. I am reading on the internet and it doesn't look good for me to carry this pregnancy to full term. The information says that doctors prescribe progesterone in vain to save a pregnancy that would have otherwise ended in miscarriage. However, message boards from other women who have had this same problem have carried healthy babies to full term. I was just wondering if anyone had ever had this problem? If so, did you carry to full-term, and what was your progesterone level?

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  • Re: Progesterone levels

    I understand your frustration, so sorry about your miscarriage. I can't imagine what that would be like, must be very difficult. Just wanted to mention really quickly that I had problems trying to conceive for three years and was finally able to with natural progesterone cream. I don't have PCOS but here is a link to a website that first told me about using natural progesterone cream for infertility (and you can also use it for PCOS), it is a website by a Dr. John Lee - http://www.johnleemd.com/. Also just found a website about PCOS and natural ways to help with infertility and balancing your hormones - http://www.ovarian-cysts-pcos.com/index.html. I personally believe that a lot of women (including me) have hormonal imbalances which cause all kinds of problems the only thing is most people don't know it and most doctors won't help you with it, they will just give you medication. To me that is like just putting a band-aid on a broken arm, it isn't going to solve the root problem. Sometimes all that needs done is changing your lifestyle, foods you eat, decreasing stress, not getting enough sleep, not enough exercise, and sometimes supplements. Anyway, I hope that is helpful to you and I wish you all the best! - Jennifer
  • Progesterone levels
    I am ttc for nine months post miscarriage. I had a miscarriage at 7 weeks in October, 2006. We were told to wait three cycles and then starting trying again and so we did in February, 2007. I urged my doctor to do a full work up post miscarriage b/c I was so distraught. In April, 2007 I was diagnosed with PCOS and have been struggling to get pregnant again ever since. I was put on Metformin in May and first round of Clomid in middle of August. Clomid was increased to 100 mg on my second round and I believe that I succesfully ovulated, but my progesterone level taken eight days post ovulation only scored a 9 - despite my Clear Blue Easy Monitor showing peak and a shift in my BBT. My doctor said he would like to see a level above 15 to confirm ovulation, but all the research I have done says that a 9 does confirm ovulation. I am scared to increase the dosage of Clomid due to risks of ovarian hyperstimulation. Has anyone gotten a similar progesterone result with symptoms of ovulation? I don't want to increase a dose if it is not necessary and sometimes I feel that I am more informed than my doctor's office - please give me your input - THANKS!!!
  • Sometimes it just takes time
    I was on clomid (50mg to start and increased by 50 each time all the way to 200mg) for 6 months before I got pregnant with my daughter who is now 2 1/2. Now I am 21 weeks with a boy and it took me a year(on meds) to get pregnant this time. This time I was on Metformin, tried Letrazole a few months, and then was on Clomid 150 mg for forever! I appreciate the fact that my Fertility Clinic didn't push me to do IVF, which we all know is a fortune. We all just had to be patient, which I know is easier said than done. I wanted to be pregnant and was so tired of all the drugs and stress. But, I think Doctors are so quick to push the more evasive and expensive options. It is better for them all the way around. Their stats go up and they make more money. So my advice would be to be patient, and if needed, get a second opinion. Hope that helps!
  • jbaff5607, penguin77 and cbohannan - welcome to Share. I am sorry you are struggling TTC. I *know* how hard that is!

    I have PCOS and did one round of Clomid. My doctor said it clearly wasn't working for me and I went to injectibles (Repronex). I'm sorry - I didn't track all of those numbers, I wish now I could so I could share!

    Take care, hang in there.

  • Low Progesterone
    Hi I've been TTC for over a year now and just had blood done on Monday and the doctor is having me go back on Satuurday to check my progesterone again. It was 1.2 whatever that means and my estrodial was 218 whatever that means. She is thinking that I might not ovulate but it seems to me that my progesterone is low. What should it be at? Any answers??
  • Question about Progesterone cream
    Hi, Just finished reading all these posts and thought maybe one of you might have an answer to a question I have. I am TTC #2. For my first, I took one round of 50mg clomid and it worked after months of trying. This time, I am still nursing but my doctor gave me 50mg clomid again. I took it and had spotting from ovulation on. Does that mean my progesterone levels are too low? Should I be using the cream? I can't seem to get a hold of my doctor and I am not too sure what to do for this round of clomid. Should I be increasing to 100mg? If anyone has been through this, please let me have your advice. Thanks.
  • Help Discrourage wannabe mommy
    I have sat here for the last hour and read all your stories. I feel so much better knowing that my Dr. isnt the only one who doesnt seem to worried that I am not preggo yet.. Here's my info. I am 25 years old, never been preggo. I have a very "slight" case of PCOS and last month I had a LH surge for 5 days and this month it was 6 days. This month was my first round of 50mg Clomid. I took a Progesterone test on day 21 and my level was 11.6. I know that is normal but shouldnt it be higher because of the clomid? I go into the Dr. tomm (I had to beg) for a ultrasound because I want to see if my PCOS have spread further. My Dr. stated he likes to have his patiens do one month on, one month off Clomid. I havent read any other posts about that. Has anyone else had success. I want to ask to increase my Clomid dose and take it again in a few weeks if I get my period. I dont know how my Dr. doesnt understand I want to preggo like a month ago :frown: :frown: Any advice?
  • Re: Low progesterone levels...
    i just finished my first round of clomid also. my progesterone level on day 22 was 36.6 i was told it was high primarily due to the clomid. the more follicles you produce the higher the progesterone is going to be, and then if no fertilization took place the number will drop. your level was high and you very well could be pregnant, you'll just have to wait and see. im unfortunately not this month. getting ready to start round 2 tomorrow. good luck to you bellenburg86. *baby dust* :smile:
  • I have been on clomid for 1 month now. i have two doctors checking my progesterone b/c my fertility doctor doesnt seem all there and my family doctor has been through it before herself. so my family doctor checked my levels on day 21 and they were 42 and my fertility doctor checked on day 24 and they were 31.5. isnt both of those levels high and what does it mean and what does it mean that it is going down. does anyone know? Thanks
  • Low Levels
    Hello, Everyone

    I've been reading some of the post so far and it worries me. Well i'm Pg with my 3rd and approx 2-4wks and my Progesterone lvl was tested yesterday and was extemely low 3.8. My first son who is now 13yr I didn't have any complications, I've had 10 m/c in between the 2 boys though, Finally was able to carry full term with my now 2 1/2 yr old. I was given progesterone suppositories with him at 5wks but tested a 16, not too bad considering now i'm a 3.8. I'm very worried about the outcome for this pg. Well I start my progesterone tonight so i'm praying all goes well any advice. Good luck to all of you .
  • Re: Low Levels
    i haven't had any miscarriages. i am on metformin x2 daily. The i hate it! i go back oct 10th to discuss futhur treament. But, they haven't put me on anything to increase progesterone. the PCOS has also triggered high blood pressure and heart issues. I'm on methadopa ? for that.

    Good Luck to you!
  • In reply to melissawgregory:

    Re: Low Levels
    sorry to hear that. 4 years is a long time. Have you had any miscarriages? Im waiting for my period to arrive hopefully tomorrow so we can try again this month. have you taken prometrium capsules to increase the progesterone yet? I have PCOS also, do you take metformin for it?
    ----Lynette (wannabeamamma)
  • In reply to melissawgregory:

    Re: Low Levels
    Hello! Sorry to hear you have had troubling conceiving, I know how frustrating that is. I tried for 3 years before getting pregnant. I have low progesterone so I took natural progesterone cream to help me conceive. That is something you may want to look at to help you. Dr. John Lee has a website which talks about all kinds of hormonal conditions in woman (just google his name to find his site). Also, I just did some research and found this link: http://www.ovarian-cysts-pcos.com/pcos-book-res.html. It is a book written by a doctor who recommends a diet to help woman specifically with PCOS and infertility. I thought it looked great and there were lots of testimonials of woman that it has helped. Hope that helps you! - Jennifer
  • Re: pregant with a period?
    I know when my husband and I started getting help, the doctor sat us down in her office and told us that the stress that we are going to go through is the same as if we had cancer. It would be a constant worry. It is so tough. I try not to get my hopes up, but then again i want to be positive.
  • pregant with a period?
    Hi all, this is my first time on this site. My wife and I have been trying for 2 years and now we r using a doctors assistance. My question is can you be pregnant and have a period.The doctor told here to stop taking the cl and the protesterone. But if she is pregnant she need to take the Per. because her levels are low. We are waiting till wendsday to get more blood work and see if her hcg levels increased. Boy this whole process is so stressful and emotional for my wife. How do you all deal with this stress.