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Low progesterone - help?! And embryo 8 onboard!

Hi all you lovely people

Embryo number 8 is now on board, this one is called Omelette!

Had my progesterone levels checked for the first time ever and it was only 5.9! The clinic like it to be over 30...so I’ve been switched from lubion tummy injections to prontogest bum injections- I asked if I’ll get retested but they say no they don’t do that as I’m now on the best way of getting the progesterone- but I’m quite annoyed! What if my levels are still too low? Surely I would then need to have extra progesterone in the form of lubion or pessaries? Although it’s not standard practice, I’ve asked the nurse to discuss it with the doctors and get back to me. Could a lack of progesterone be the reason why I’ve had 6 implantation failures and an early miscarriage?!

Any advice?! Similar stories? X

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Mine was 17 and Dr increased me to 1600 mg utrogestan pessaries/day. Keep pushing for them to test it again, it's a simple enough thing to do and at least you'll know what's going on with that. I really hope your little omelette sticks and settles in xxx

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That’s what I’m thinking - why would they not bother to retest if they suggested that I get tested this time? I’m more than happy to pay for the test and up my progesterone if I need to so I’m going to push on this one, thank you xxx

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I would think with your history they would want to see whether progesterone level was a factor. Hope you can get some answers hon, and again, good luck with this little one xxx

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Thank you x

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Hi Scarlett, wishing you so much luck for this embryo, you really deserve it🤞🤞 I’d definitely get it checked privately or maybe your GP could. The clinic I was originally with wanted levels of 30 minimum too xxx

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Thank you. I’m going to try and get an emergency appointment with my GP on Monday if possible if my clinic won’t help - the clinic said I would need to wait until Monday to give the prontogest enough time to start working x

How are you doing?

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That sounds like a good idea. Sounds good to push your clinic too as it’s only one blood test and if you are happy to pay then it’s good for everyone to know what your results are. Information is power as our urologist said once! And for your piece of mind during what is already a stressful time.

I’m doing well thank you.

Lots of luck for getting the test organised and for as relaxing as possible weekend for you. You really are so strong xxx

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Thank you for your kind words, and you’re right, it’s only a blood test! So hopefully they’ll sort that for me xx

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Xx

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Hi waiting, this is interesting as I've never had mine tested and on 8th go. Please did it help you achieve a positive outcome when you got your increased to 30?

kind regards

Barbara

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Hi Barbara, I had a few natural FETs last year and they did a couple of trials before the actual transfers to check I had ovulated and that my progesterone was where they wanted it. They said they wanted it over 30 and I was lucky it was naturally. I didn’t get any bfp from those rounds though. I ended up moving clinics and they actually wanted it over 80 when I had a fresh round with them and 2x400 cyclogest got me to above that level. Our issues didn’t seem progesterone related though and were more male factor and then I had high nk cells discovered so have had IVIg for my successful round (although still very early days). Might be worth having a chat with your clinic for piece of mind? Lots of luck xxx

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Sorry I can’t offer advice but just want to wish you well lovely 💕 xx

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Thanks squeak! How are you? X

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My progesterone was slightly low although I was on cyclogest so I requested to take an extra one per day to increase it if it wouldn’t cause harm to the baby and they ended up agreeing even though the dr didn’t think it would make a difference and I now have a beautiful 7 week old xx

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Shows that going with your instinct is so important x so pleased for you xxx

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Make them give u that test you will kick yourself it you don’t as at least that may give u an answer one way or another and if is low they can hopefully up the dosage for u. I had to convince them that not taking the extra was mentally worse for me basically like if there’s no harm fromdoing so to the baby or I why not let us take a little more if puts mind a rest which means less stress and possibly a positive outcome xa

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Totally agree!!!! Xxx

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Low levels of progesterone are linked to miscarriage and given what you have been through they should re test you. You can also get the test done privately (I did this as my clinic were also difficult about testing for it) I did it through medichecks and did the testing at home. You get the results fairly quickly via email. I am sure the extra injections etc will help and I'm wishing you and omelette all the very best 🤞 xx

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Thank you Hollie and thanks for the tip about medichecks, will look into that xxx

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Definitely worth it. After my first failed transfer I wanted it checked and I'm glad I did as ot was low and they increased my progesterone second time and it worked. Maybe complete coincidence but at least you know you have done everything you can xx

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What progesterone support were you on and what did you move to? The medichecks test is £69 and my clinic charge £35 so I think I’ll be off to the clinic again x

So pleased the progesterone tweak worked for you!

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Definitely go through your clinic then if it's cheaper! They doubled the pessaries from 2 a day to 4 a day xx

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Hey! I would definitely push for retest. I've just had a BFP yesterday but told my progesterone low so clinic have increased Utrogestan pesssaries from 800mg to 1600mg per day and I've to get it retested next week to make sure levels are rising. I feel your anxiousness as I've had previous implantation failures and a miscarriage.

Good luck and sending you positive vibes. 😊

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Thank you - so glad your clinic are on the ball with the testing for you! I’m def going to push for another test x

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I would also be annoyed and push for it to be retested. It’s such a simple (and presumably cheap) test that why would they not want to check?

But mainly I wanted to say good luck to you and little omelette! Really hope this is your time 🥰 xx

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A simple test I’m prepared to pay the £35 for so yes I’ll be pushing!! Thank you for your good luck wishes xxx

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Love and luck to you and omelette! 💗 How frustrating with your clinic and the testing! I’ve never heard of the bum injections but I’m also wondering how much progesterone is in them? I’ve never been tested for progesterone, which now seems weird. due to more unexplained bleeding on my FET I was on 2x lubion & 2pessaries a day, sadly resulted in my 3rd bfn.

I hope you get some answers ASAP and I’m wishing you all the very best 🙏 💖 🤞 🤗 xxx

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I was only on one lubion a day so at least it sounds like you had a lot of progesterone support! Sorry you’ve had 3 heart breaking BFNs- is def ask for testing for your next go xxx

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Sorry if i sounded a bit sad about it all, I’m just thinking aloud and It’s so weird / confusing how the clinics seem to do different things 😖 my progesterone has been built up over my bfns, starting from 2 pessaries, then adding lubion, then doubling it all 🤷‍♀️ it’s just so odd that they don’t test! Keep us updated, I hope the doctors get back to you with some facts! Big hug 🤗 xxx

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I’m very sad about it all so no need to apologise!!! Can’t believe it’s taken 7 failed embryos to be tested! I’ve never had my progesterone increased so I’m glad you have but testing is so simple, I think everyone should be tested as standard practice?! X

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Hi...

I would definitely push for retest. I've had a BFP after a FET on the 28/05 and my progesterone was also low (only 9) so clinic told me to keep on doing Utrogestan 200mg 3 pessaries per day but they added Utrogestan 200mg oral 1 per day and Lubion 25mg 1 per day.

I've had it retested the following week and it was 50.

I understand your anxiousness as I've had a previous miscarriage and 3 ectopic.

Good luck and sending you positive vibes.

xx

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Wow you’ve been through some tough times! So how’s your current pregnancy?! Congrats! So glad you got your progesterone tested and upped, perhaps this has been the reason you’ve miscarried before if you didn’t have it tested and upped? I’ve got a retest Monday x

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Hi... When I miscarried in mars my progesterone level was also low but clinic only told me to increase Utrogestan from 3 to 4 times per day. It went from 9 to 20.

This time they also add the Lubion. It went from 9 to 50 and they were happy with this number.

Yesterday we did our viability scan... we saw 2 tiny heartbeats :) But still having some spotting :( It seems this journey will never be easy!

Best of luck! Hope you're progesterone level has increased!

xx

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So glad the progesterone worked for you! Hope I’ll be as lucky! I’m having mine tested again on Monday x

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Hi Scarlett, first of all the best and I’m keeping everything crossed for a positive result. Re: progesteron, my clinic wanted to over 100 👀 I know it’s a crazy number, so I was on Lentogest(similar to Prontogest), Utrogestan and Crinone. Are you on tablets and pessaries apart from Prontogest? X

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No just on prontogest at moment but having retest on Monday so will demand to be upped if it’s not high enough xxx that’s great your clinic were so keen on a high number!!x

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Yes, definitely ask for a retest and a higher dose if needed. My clinic seemed to think that high progesteron level is very important. Best of luck x

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Best of luck and push for what you want! X

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Will do, test booked Monday x

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They tested my progesterone on day of transfer and phoned me next day to say it was too low. Took Lubion straight away but was BFN at the end. I just was wondering if testing on day of transfer and result coming back the next day, wouldn’t this be too late anyway to help implanting 🤔?

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You may be right? I’m not retesting until Monday now but they did sound confident that I should be fine on prontogest - but if it’s low on Monday and I have had implantation, hopefully the progesterone increase will help the pregnancy to continue x

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I cross my fingers for you 🤞x.

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Thank you x

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Hey scarlett, have you have any luck with pestering your clinic? The more I think about it, I cant see why they wouldn't recheck it! Seems crazy especially if you are willing to pay for it! My NHS clinic blatantly just told me it wasnt possible to have low progesterone which I knew was wrong. I haven't had mine tested since but my private clinic gave me a way higher dose to take and I haven't had any early bleeding like I did on the NHS. However it still didnt help with implantation although our consultant did decide to start me on progesterone earlier on my last BFP in case I had a slightly less common receptivity phase which we have done again this time so was on progesterone for 6 full days before transfer. Hope you get them to listen to you & of course wishing you all the luck in the world!!xxx

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Thanks Cinders! My AF has always started before my OTD, especially when on pessaries. I’ve got a retest booked for Monday afternoon x

Your current clinic sound hot on progesterone thank goodness!!! How you doing?! I’m having crazy waves of cramps today x

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Well in would say that is a sure fire sign of low progesterone. We were so pissed off at our NHS clinic, they do private and not a chance were we going there after that! Our Athens clinic even said if I felt remotely period like to just up my dose which is reassuring too. Hoping your injections do the trick, at least you'll get checked Monday then!👍🏻

I'm ok, not sure if any of the little twinges I had have been real....cant decide if it's in my head or I'm hoping for something that isnt there!🤷🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤣🙈 That's good if you're getting symptoms!!🤞🏻xxx

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How long til you test?! You’ve got this xxxxx

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Ha ha ha test....moi....early?!😂🤣🙈 Havent decided yet. Bit scared if I'm honest. Hubby already freaking out that it hasn't worked! He's saying hes pissed off with disappointment.....aren't we all!😳🤣 Have you decided when you're testing?xx

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I’ll probably test Friday evening or Saturday morning?! Before work Monday...not holding out til the 3rd! Good luck for when you do xxxx

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Holy molly I nearly had a meltdown there.....forgot what day was...as in today!😳🤣 Think the earliest would be Wed....maybe Friday. Omg, idea right now....being abroad keeps me sane & I wouldn't think twice!!xx

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Oh you’re still in Greece? Until test day? How lovely! How many times have you had to fly out - once or twice for each go? X

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We go home tonight but it's been great having a little holiday. We only need to fly out for transfer but usually stay a few days to make the most of it!xx

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How lovely x

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Hi Scarlett, so happy your wee embie on board, wishing you all the luck in the world. I have followed you so know your previous heartache. I have had similar issues as you.... starting again fresh cycle end month hoping we both lucky this time. I have never thought to have my progesterone tested so may request this if I get that far this time 🤞🏼 Good luck 🍀 x

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I remember you getting your transfer cancelled 😢 good luck with your whole new fresh cycle and def ask about progesterone- it’s so important and some clinics check so much and others not at all?! Thanks for your lovely words xxx

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Thank you , something they have never mentioned along with lots of other stuff..... will defo enquire when the time comes 👍 x

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Hi Scarlett,

I think your progesterone levels need to be be at a certain height to help the embryo settle in, my clinic said it's like food for the embryo. Please push your doctors to be more diligent when this is your 8th transfer. I hope you get the answers asap. Good luck!xxx

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Thank you, I’ve booked a retest for Monday xx

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Bloody hell. You’d think after being on this journey all this time they’d just do it! I’d explain it’s not good for your stress levels not knowing and this is too worrying for you. Keeping all my fingers and toes crossed! xx

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Thanks Emu! I’ve booked a retest for Monday x How are you?! Xxx

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Did they just say they’d do it or did you’ve to push or go privately? Doing ok thanks! You? xxx

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I’ve got to pay but the doctor said it’s fine to do - but only because I’ve asked x

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You can’t put a price on peace of mind x

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Definitely x I’ve been so anxious about it!

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I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you for Monday. Hopefully this explains your previous losses and this time will be your time. Going to get my own levels checked before my next cycle now! XX

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Thank you and love your name 🐷

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How did you get on yesterday Scarlett?xx

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Had the retest - result today! X

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How are you feeling? I’m not having any symptoms - had sore boobs with my BFP x

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Oh good luck, I hope you get good news and its doing the job. My boobs weirdly feel different to last time too....not so solid and tender.....time will tell.....tests are calling my name!! Eeeeeek. Head is set to explode wondering what's going on in there!! Oh I am getting a few crampy feelings which Im hoping is good rather than bad....oh god who am I kidding....I know it all means nothing......officially turned into a crazy lady! Ha ha haxx

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I’ve joined you on the crazy front!!! My levels are 93, woohooo!!!! X

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Ha ha ha oh well there are a few of us crazy ladies around this week then!! Great news on your progesterone, obviously working!! Fingers crossed for the next result!!xx

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Wishing u all the best Scarlett I have everything crossed for u and am looking forward to seeing ur positive news on here shortly I have a feeling this is going to b a happy time for u 😘 x such a shame that at some clinics it down to the patients to have to ask lots of questions and push for things especially when paying I have found that at my clinic sometimes and it is frustrating especially when we should be focusing on other things and trying to be stress free! Take care xx

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Thanks for your lovely message coral! How are you?! I so hope you’re right but I’m not feeling anything - no sore boobs etc. But my progesterone levels are now good, 93! X

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93 thats sounds a great improvement.

I am convinced that our body reacts differently on each cycle so even if u don’t have signs u may normally expect this could b a positive thing!!

I am ok thanks, hopeful to start first FET sometime soon 🤞 scary to go thru all emotions again but with having our frosties we owe it to them to give them all a chance ☺️ Xx

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Too right! Frosties quite often do better than fresh too. Good luck!!!! X

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👍🤞 xx

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Just so you all know, my progesterone levels are now 93! So switching from lubion to prontogest has been a success - just have to hope the embryo implants now x

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👍 xx

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Hi lovely, definitely get them to retest and ask for pessaries plus injections. If you are worried you could always get a private test done they are about £40 either way they need to sort this out. Good luck xx

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Paid £35 at my clinic for a retest and my levels came back at 73 from using prontogest, so relieved!! X

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Ohh that is brilliant how long have you been taking the prontogest for to get your levels up, as that is a big jump from what it was. Fabulous news.

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Started taking straight after the embryo transfer so I had had 4 shots when I was tested. So pleased!!! One less thing to now worry about x

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that is brilliant, just shows you what can work and how quick things can work as well good luck with it all. xx

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Thank you!!!! Yeah really relieved x

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