Low progesterone levels

Hey everyone, I am new to this forum so just thought I'd tell you guys my story. I'm 30 years old and have been trying to conceive for the last year and a half. At 16 years old I developed a bad infection in my fallopian tubes which resulted in a laparascopy and according to my gynaecologist a 50 50 chance of having children. 

Despite the odds and to my utter shock I fell pregnant in 2014 but unfortunately miscarried at 8 weeks 5 days. I opted to miscarry naturally with no intervention but due to the heavy bleeding and just being traumatised by the whole ordeal I opted for an ERPC. I had that soon after. 

Since then me and my partner have had regular intercourse but nothing is happening and as much as I'm trying not to worry it is so hard :(. My periods have also been awful since the ERPC.

 I have seen my GP to which my partner has done a semen sample and I have also had blood tests every month.  My partner's sample came back good but my progesterone levels are really low and they reckon thats why im not falling pregnant. Is anyone else going through the same thing or know how to increase progesterone levels? Any advice would be greatly appreciated :) 

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  • Hiya. Can I ask if your progesterone levels suggest you are ovulating at all? If you prog is low it may be that you are not ovulating and there is an underlying cause for that. My first couple of tests suggested I wasn't ovulating and it was traced back to high prolactin. Eventually the prolactin was controlled and my prog levels increased.

    Some people also take progesterone supplements after ovulating, but when I discussed this with my fertility special he said it would be very difficult to manage.

  • Hiya,

    Thankyou for the reply. I get confused with the term 'ovulating' and tbh don't understand the menstrual cycle at all. Does that mean when an egg is released every month?

  • Ovulating does mean releasing an egg, yes. Your progesterone is highest 7 days post- ovulation. In theory if your cycle is 28 days you should ovulate around day 14, so your Dr will ask you have a progesterone test on day 21. If you have very low progesterone, it means you are not ovulating. You can also show someprogestetone, but

  • but if not high enough, it means your ovulation is not good enough and you wont be able to sustain a pregnancy. As somebody else said, best thing is to ask you gp to explain all of this and see what you can do going forward... Good luck!

  • Thankyou :) I'm going to see my GP soon and see what she says. I will keep you posted :) 

  • Hi gldavis447

    I just wanted to say welcome and hello really! I'm also very new better and have found it so incredibly helpful. I'm also 30 and have been trying for about the same length of time, though I don't have your history and am just starting on the road of investigation!

    Hopefully some others will have more specific advice for you, in the meantime I'd say to make sure that you speak to your GP and/or consultant in as much detail as you can. Perhaps start looking into some multi vitamins for you and your partner, and any positive health and lifestyle changes.

    Wishing you lots of luck, and don't forget to have a good look through the posts on here :) xx

  • Hello and thankyou for the warm welcome :) Its so nice to be able to talk to people who understand :) 

    My GP advised me to start taking some Folic Acid at first which I did along with the normal vitamins I take, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin C, Multivitamins and Iron and Vitamin B Complex.

    I have had quite a stressful few years and still suffer badly with anxiety and depression so to some extent I do put it down to that, too much stress and my body just not being ready yet. 

    I do get very tired, I get an awful lot of pain sometimes in my lower stomach and have often thought something more is going on, I think I'm going to get an appointment with my GP and ask for a thorough health check. 

  • Hi- I also had very low progesterone and was referred to fertility clinic where I was put on chlomid which made my level go up to 94%!! I fell pregnant on the sixth month of taking it and I'm currently 10w5d 😊 Xxx

  • Thats great news :) :) I'm so happy for you and thats made me feel an awful lot better :) I'm sure there is a simple solution :) Thankyou for your reply and a big congrats on such wonderful news :) 

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