Progesterone Pills Vs Suppositories

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MaryG - February 6

I was diagnosed with PCOS about 2 years ago. I m/c one month ago after trying to get pregnant for over a year. My progesterone level was 2.4 when I found out I was pregnant. My OB said the m/c was preobably due to low progesterone levels. She gave me a prescription for Clomid and Prochieve suppositories. I went to the pharmacy to get an idea of how much these meds would be since my insurance dosent cover fertility meds. Well I can handle the 35 dollars for the Clomid but not the 196 dollars for the suppositiories. Once my cycle starts I will make an appointment to see my OB to ask her about letting me try a diff progesterone meds. Prometrium is actually covered on my insureance. AM I DOING THE RIGHT THING? IS SUPPOSITORIES BETTER THAN THE PILLS? Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks:)

 

Kara H. - February 6

Taking the progesterone v____ally is much better than taking it orally. Because most insurance won't cover the suppositories, my fertility specialist prescribes prometrium, but I take it v____ally. I have found that an empty tampax pearl appicator hold the pill just perfectly and gets it right where it needs to go. The only draw back is since it is a solid that needs to melt instead of aready being a cream or a gel, you do have to lay down longer. I lay down for an hour or an hour and a half after putting it in. I try to keep my two doses evenly spaced, so I do one dose at 7am and go lay back down for an hour, then at 7pm I lay down for an hour and a half and watch tv while it dissolves and absorbs. My ob wasn't aware that you can take it this way, but the fertiltiy specialist says he prescribes it that way all the time.

 

Kara H. - February 6

I should also note I am now almost 13wks after losing three pregnancies. I will always believe that the progesterone made the difference this time.

 

MaryG - February 6

Thanks Kara! First let me say congratulations to you! I would like to see a fertility specialist or an RE but I live in a very rural town in Louisiana and the nearest specialist is close to 50 to 75 miles away. We are going to try Clomid for 6 cycles and if that dosent work, then I might have to make that long drive to see a specialist. I have read about using prometrium pills v____ally after I found out how high the suppositories were. I will definitely question my OB about switching me to the prometruim. Thanks for the info! And I wish you the best of luck!

 

Kristine - February 9

Hello ladies, I had 2 MC's in 2005 and my OB said next time I am pregnant she will put me on progesterone and baby aspirin. Kara, first congratualtions! Can you tell me what Clomid is prescribed for?

 

MaryG - February 9

Clomid induces ovulation by fooling your body into believing it has less estrogen than it actually does. It's the most commonly used drug in cases where lack of ovulation is preventing pregnancy. Hopes this helps Kristine!

 

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