Low Progesterone

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Amy - August 22

I have been reading that spotting before your period can be a sign of low progesterone which can cause fertility problems. For about the last 1-2 years I have been spotting about 4-5 days before my period. Has anyone else experienced this and had trouble conceiving or had this happen and not had problems becoming pregnant. I just had a pap smear two weeks ago and I mentioned the spotting and my dr. didn't really say anything about it. I am wondering if I am becoming worried about something that isn't a big deal. Any experience in this area would be appreciated.

 

Camilla - August 22

Amy, I've never heard that, but it's an interesting theory. I can't really comment on how accurate it is, but I do know you can ask to have you progesterone levels checked. So, as soon as you are BFP, you could ask the doctor to check levels, and he can subscribe progesterone to help you if needed. You might even be able to get help before you are pregnant, not quite sure. Actually, now that I think about it, the lining breaks down, as the progesterone level drops, so maybe, if the level drops slowly, and early, you get the spotting. Whether it always means, that you actually have a deficiency I don't know?? Baby dust to you!!

 

Amy - August 22

Thanks Camilla. I am really getting worried reading about it. It describes sore b___sts which I have into a couple days of spotting then it goes away. I am actually quite upset with my dr. right now that I mentioned the bleeding and she didn't even ask about it or say anything. I have only been ttc for 2 months so I don't know if I should be so worried already. Some of the websites I was reading said that if you conceive but the progesterone is low the fertilized egg won't even implant. I'm worried I won't even get pregnant. Sorry to go on and on. I have a lot of mixed up feelings right now.

 

Camilla - August 22

I'm sorry about your doctor, but maybe she didn't think there might be a real problem? I think many women sometimes spot before AF, and quite often it's not really a problem, just a slight nuisance. But maybe you have discovered a connection, she hasn't thought of. Could you go back and ask to have your progesterone levels tested, just to be on the safe side? Or, if she's not helpful, maybe find somebody else. Hopefully somebody who has low progesterone levels will read this, and can answer whether they spotted before AF. Hope things work out well for you.

 

LS - August 23

Hi Amy I have had the ame problem for the past few months. I started noticing spotting about 1-2 days prior to AF in April and each month ever since. I have been TTC for about 3 months now. I have the exact same concerns as you. I went to my doctor and she said it is normal and is not concerned..she gave me the whole talk about how it can take a normal couple up to 1 year to get pregnant. I realize that, but the spotting just doesn't seem normal and i am concerned about progesterone levels too. I may find another Dr. if i don't get pregnant in the next month or so. I rather find out now if I have low progesterone problems than wasting all of this time. I have heard and read about taking B vitamins/herbs/tea and progesterone cream to help. i am trying these this month. Let me know if you find anything more out. I will let you know too.

 

Amy - August 23

Camilla Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure what I am going to do at this point. LS, My dr. told me it took her 4 years to get pregnant, you would think she would be aware of fertility issues. Where do you get progesterone cream?? I am willing to try that. I spotted less this month than the last 1 1/2 years. It was about 3 days with only one day that I needed a liner. I started af today. Do you know if you are ovulating? I think I am but I think I'm going to get an ovulation predictor test this month just to see if I'm ovulating when I think I am. Keep me posted on your situation.

 

LS - August 23

I got the progesterone cream at whole foods market. they have just about everything there...vitamins/herbs of every kind too. I haven't used the OPK tests but have been charting my temps which show ovulation. I am hoping the cream, vitamins, etc will help this month. good luck to you. I will let you know if I find out anything more.

 

Amy - August 23

LS, this may be a really stupid question but where and how much cream do you apply? My husband has convinced me to call my dr. and tell them I want my levels tested due to my symptoms and if they don't tell her I am going to a new dr. (which I really don't want to do). Is it okay to use progesterone if the level really isn't low??

 

LS - August 23

Hi amy-i have been using 1/4 tsp 2xs a day (it says on the bottle you can use 1/4-1/2tsp per dose 2xs a day) i have just been reading around on forums for advice on what to do...I have had the same concerns as you and have been hesitant to use anything. the cream is not very potent, since it is available over the counter. i don't think it will make a huge difference on your progesterone levels. and I am still not sure if I should use it for the whole cycle..or just wait till I ovulate...(I waited till I ovulated this time). I am going to get a new Dr since I am changing insurance and moving....hopeful to find a Dr who is more willing to check things like progesterone levels and giv eme more answers. I am due for AF on 8/25. I usually start spotting the day before...so we will see what happens tomorrow. I will let you know. Hoping I get a BFP this month...but not getting my hopes up. anyway, I think it is okay to take the cream even if your levels aren't low. i would start out with the lower dose to see how it goes. and I would start after ovulation since that is when your progesterone levels go up. if I have good results this month, I can tell you about the other things I have been taking.

 

Jenn - August 24

I also experienced bleeding before my periods. I told my dr. She checked me out. Soon after I got pregnant and I bled for 3 straight weeks and still bleeding. They checked my blood and my progesterone levels are low. Now I'm taking progesterone supplements at 2oomg twice a day. Not sure how its gonna turn out. I have an u/s in 7 days.

 

Amy - August 24

Jenn, Did you get pregnant before beginning the progesterone pills? I am worried I won't even get pregnant if my progesterone is low. I asked my mom a couple questions about it (she is a nurse in a family planning clinic) and she said bleeding before af is pretty normal and she doesn't suspect low progesterone. I felt better about that but then I saw Jenn say you bled before your af and you had low progesterone. How long had you been ttc before you got pregnant? LS-my mom also said taking the progesterone cream could cause uterine cancer if your levels aren't actually low. So I don't know what to do.

 

LS - August 24

Hi amy-thanks for your reply and research on progesterone. I will do some more research. I am actually a nurse (pediatric RN) but I am not a maternity/women's health nurse so this is not my expertise. anyway, it is definitely a concern of mine about taking anything. I haven't heard about the uterine cancer but I will look into it. thanks

 

Amy - August 24

LS, I am actually going to talk to my mom tomorrow so I might ask her more specific questions. I'll let you know what I find out. I am having a hard time not being able to "control" when I get pregnant. I am the type of person that likes to have things planned out. I think ttc is going to teach me to be patient. Hopefully none of us have to wait too long!!

 

Grace - August 24

Amy - I've been reading a bit about your possible progesterone problem and this is what happened to me. I have had 3 miscarriages and after th third one my doctor suggested to me that I take progesterone. After I got a BFP then he gives me a subscription for progesterone suppositories (yuck, I know) and I take that for the first 3 months. It seemed to work for me b/c I have a healthy son now. So I'm really not to sure if the progestrone affects conception, but I know it does after. I don't know if that helped or not but best of luck to you.

 

LS - August 25

Amy- I am like you I am a planner too. My husband and I have been married 4.5 years and have waited until now. I thought getting pregnant would happen right away and I had it all planned out. Yes, it is definitely teaching me to be patient as well.

 

Amy - August 25

Grace, thanks for your experience. I think I am going to try charting my temp this month because I have read that you can monitor progesterone that way too. We'll see how that goes. Thanks!!

 

Grace - August 25

Amy - That's probably a good idea. The more you can do to figure out the right time, the better! All the best to you.

 

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