Progesterone Supplements

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erin25 - February 25

Hi everyone! I was just wondering......if my progesterone levels are not where they should be (as of Friday 11.3/4 weeks) and I have had a previous mc can I ask my doctor to call in a prescription for me without going to the doctor's office?

 

gaudior - February 25

Erin, your doctor is able to call in a prescription without your going to the office. Hopefully he/she will be willing as well. There are three kinds of progesterone supplementation: oral (prometrium), suppositories, and injections. I'm using the suppositories, which are a little messy but not painful, and supposedly work well. One problem is that they are not available from every pharmacy, because they have to be made by the pharmacist: I have to drive 60 miles to a hospital pharmacy to get them. You use them until 12 weeks (my prescription says stop at 10 weeks but I've heard of women having a m/c if they stop that early, so I'm going to keep using them to 12 weeks no matter what.) I've also heard that it helps to wean off them instead of stopping cold turkey. One more thing to know is that they can irritate the cervix and cause spotting, so don't panic if you see a little brown or pink. Best wishes for you!

 

erin25 - February 25

Thank you so much for your adivice. If I wanted to take them orally do you know if these are as effective as suppositories?

 

gaudior - February 25

I've heard differing accounts about that. Some women have had success with them, but I've also read that some of the progesterone administered that way gets broken down by the liver before it can do much good, so I really don't know what to say. I'd rely on what your doctor advises.

 

heather28 - February 25

Hi Erin, I don't know if you remember I told you about my sister. Anyway, she is a pharmacist and she says the suppositories are the best b/c you get the most medicine to where you need it quicker. However, your doctor will determine what's best for you. Good Luck! Keep us posted. :)

 

bjtimbie - February 26

I had to go to the doctor to check my HCG levels are they are low, and they called in a prescription for me, I take pills orally twice a day, and I am praying that it's working, and from the growing morning sickness, i think it's working!

 

erin25 - February 26

Hi everyone! Well the nurse just called with my numbers. My progesterone level went from 11.3 to 10.4 within a 48 period time but my hCG went from 448 mIL to 1012 mIL within 48 hours. Do these numbers look good to you? Also, I asked the nurse about progesterone supplements and she said that she would have to talk to the doctor....what should I do, I am so worried.

 

erin25 - February 26

I just had a concern.....the nurse just called in a prescription of prometrium suppositories for me to start 2 X Day. I have never inserted anything this way before ( I cannot use tampons) and I was wondering about how big the suppositories are? Also, do the suppositories cause any bleeding? Any advice would be helpful!!

 

heather28 - February 26

Erin- do not worry about the suppositories. I haven't been able to wear tampons since my daughter was born, and I can use them fine. They are messy so I would suggest you lie down a while after inserting it and wear a pad. Good Luck!

 

gaudior - February 26

Erin, don't worry about the size. They're no wider than the tip of my pinky, and about 1" long. One more thing: they are supposed to be kept refrigerated, so if you have a long drive from the pharmacy, you may want to bring a small cooler to carry them. (or you can put them in the trunk if the weather is cold enough.) Definitely use a pad and expect some dampness. At first I was constantly worrying that I was bleeding, but I've gotten used to the sensation now (mostly.)

 

Yasmine80 - February 27

hello everyone,i am 5 weeks pregnant and i am so worried.it took me 6 months to get pregnant with the help of clomid.my doctor said i dont need anything,but my uncle who lives overseas said i d better take duphaton(pill for progesterone sumpplement) what to do? what blood test do i have to do to know what to do?good luck to all

 

erin25 - February 27

Hi Yasmine80, congrats on baby!!!! Hope all is well. If you are concerned about your progesterone levels you should ask your doctor for an order to get your levels tested. You can call your doctor and normally they will just call it in to a lab so you can get blood work done!!! Hope this helps!!

 

erin25 - February 27

Hey everyone.....I hope everyone is feeling well today!! I just had a quick and maybe weird question. I just start using the suppositories and I was wondering how far I needed to put it in to make it work correctly?? I haven't been using anything to help me. Please Help.

 

heather28 - February 27

Erine- just about the length of your first finger, or until you know it won't slide back out. Hope this helps. :)

 

erin25 - February 27

I have not been putting it in that far but as far as I know it hasn't came or fell back out. I haven't had any leakage or anything and I don't feel anything when I put it in. Is it possible that they aren't dissovling?

 

heather28 - February 27

Well unless it's falling out then it is dissolving. I mean where else would it go? :) I'm sure you are doing it fine. If you still have concerns you can call your doctor. Good Luck!

 

erin25 - February 27

Yeah...I guess your right ) I am worrying so much with this pregnancy and I am hoping everything works out ok! One thing that was kinda weird is they only put me on these suppositories until next week.....shouldn't they keep me on them?

 

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