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Core

Hi all,

So after speaking to my doctor today she seemed to think that 3 cyclogest pessaries or 2 lubion a day was the maximum progesterone dose I could have. For those who have been put on a high dose could you please let me know what you’re on please and does anyone know if it’s possible to get a private prescription when with the nhs? Feel like I’m trying to juggle opinions of 2 different doctors and it’s driving me crazy!

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I was on 2 pessaries and 1 lubion a day. Which to me was a high dose as they upped it with the lubion injection. I'm not sure about the prescription side of it when with the NHS though sorry lovely. Good luck xx

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Core in reply to Italy300618

Thanks lovely hope all is well with you xx

This is what I am on too & I thought that was pretty high. I think there is an upper limit.x

From what I've heard you can't really overdose on progesterone as your body only absorbs what it needs, which is a good thing! X

I am on 2x cyclogest and 1x Prontogest injection a day. I think Prontogest is the most efficient form but it is pretty horrible to take xx

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Core in reply to waitingg

Yes I was recommended prontagest but my doctor said they don’t stock it xx

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waitingg in reply to Core

I’m sorry to hear that. Would they not be able to get you a prescription and then you get it from somewhere else? Our clinic’s private, they gave me a prescription and I got it from the in-house pharmacy. Other pharmacies don’t hold it in stock but I think some are able to order it in as I called round to see if I could pick it up somewhere more local to the clinic x

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Core in reply to waitingg

Thanks I’ll have to ask, it just is so difficult to even get to speak to a doctor I’m worried I’ve missed my chance!xx

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waitingg in reply to Core

I’m sorry they aren’t being more helpful and forthcoming. It’s hard enough without all of that side. Hope you get somewhere with them xx

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Core in reply to waitingg

Yes I was recommended prontagest but my doctor said they don’t stock it xx

I was on 2 lubion, 3 pessaries and 2 Crinone per day. It was awful but I suppose all worth it.

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Core in reply to Elle_hope

Oh wow so that is so much more than my doctor will give! They said 3 pessaries is maximum! Are you nhs or private do you mind me asking?xx

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Elle_hope in reply to Core

Private. I was originally on 2 lubion and 2 pessaries but tested progesterone and it was low so they upped it. Xx

Well I've never heard that before! So I was on 2 cyclogest per day and 1 lubion every other day up to transfer then after chatting with the consultant and explaining that I was sure my progesterone was the only thing left to do after he told me to stay on 2 cyclogest per day and up my lubion to every day....then called me later and said he'd changed his mind and wanted to throw everything at this transfer so landed up on 2 cyclogest per day and 2 lubion per day. I'm really sorry I cant help with the private prescription for NHS but would your NHS clinic even consider giving you extra meds if you'd pay for it?! Or the other thing would be to ask for prontogest injections (progesterone oil injections) as these are the best absorbed ones. In hindsight I would have gone on those had I known I was gonna be on so much lubion as it can work out very expensive paying for it.xxx

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Core in reply to Cinderella5

I asked for the prontagest as they were recommended to me but she said they don’t stock it. I’d definitely be happy to pay for more meds I wish I’d said that on the phone call. It’s so hard I feel like I need to trust them but I see people on here getting so much more progesterone and now I’m worried I’ve failed before I’ve even started!xx

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Cinderella5 in reply to Core

I wonder if the NHS are saying that's maximum due to the cost. Lubion is around £48 per box for 7 vials in Asda (which is non profit) so if you're on for example 2 per day its not cheap! I feel your pain, it's like banging your head off a brick wall. My bloods showed in the past that my levels were low so had lubion thrown in but once we'd done the ERA I think the Dr was at the end of his tether with me and of course I was private so he didnt care what I was paying. You could maybe even ask the clinic if they would do you a private prescription for just the injections that you could take elsewhere.... for a form of progesterone oil injections....gestone?! It works out cheaper than the lubion twice per day.xxx

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Core in reply to Cinderella5

That makes sense although nhs are happy to prescribe me 2 lubion a day, I have some cyclogest so wondering whether to add any in or ask them to do a prescription for prontagest and get it elsewhere I just don’t want to overdose myself so want the doctors backing xx

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Cinderella5 in reply to Core

I dont think you'd overdose! A couple of my cycle buddies were on cyclogest or utrogestan alongside protogest injections daily. I would definitely give it a shot....they asked to up their doses after we'd been chatting and my upped doses and again they were private but they are currently both pregnant too....could be pure coincidence!!🤷🏼‍♀️xxx

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Vicster80 in reply to Core

I’m on utrogeston 4 per day (equates to 2 cyclogest per day) plus 1 prontogest injection. I’m private but if they would give you the prescription you could go somewhere else. My clinic uses Stork fertility- think they are a part of a company called health net. They deliver by post.

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Core in reply to Vicster80

Thanks hun that’s useful to know it’s so complicated all these different types and how they fit in xx

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Running79 in reply to Core

Prontogest works out at at between £5 and £10 a vial. Certainly a lot cheaper then other brands

Hi Core, I started off on 2 cyclogest and 1 lubion a day but my clinic monitor progesterone levels and I ended up taking 3 cyclogest and 2 lubion a day! I continued this until I was 12 weeks pregnant then I was weaned off everything really slowly.

Can you ask them to check your progesterone levels and adjust your doses according to the result?

Hope you get it sorted x

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Core in reply to Poppy_2018

That’s great they monitor you and congratulations on your pregnancy. Sadly my clinic won’t test progesterone as they say there’s no agreed measure for what constitutes the right amount of progesterone!xx

X3 cyclogest per day

Not available on the NHS and had to continue to buy from the clinic

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Core in reply to Ivfgotadream

Thanks, good that you could buy it from your clinic xx

Hi, I’m currently taking 2 cyclogest pessaries and 2 Lubion injections daily so you can definitely take more progesterone than that xx

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Core in reply to Jam-master

That’s good to know, thank you xx

Hello Core, I'm on 2 x Lubion and 2 x pessaries per day currently xx

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Core in reply to andromedae9

Thanks xx

Hi, I am on 2 x cyclogest and 2 x lubion per day and 3 x lentogest intra muscular per week! So definitely on a higher dose.

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Core in reply to PER12

Oh wow a lot higher, thanks xx

Hi love. For one of my cycles I was on 2 lubion and 2 cyclogest x

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Core in reply to Solly-44

Thanks that’s good to know I’m definitely going to ask about this xx

Hi, I was on 3 lentogest weekly, utrogestan tablets 3 x daily, crinone 2 times a day and cyclogest twice daily. So I don't think you need to worry about overdosing. Good luck!

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Core in reply to Ac22

Thanks xx

I’m on 2 x 400 cyclogest a day and 1 prontogest injections every other day. The only way you would get a private prescription is if you go and see a private consultant about your case. They may or may not help you if your still with the NHS

I had 4 Cyclogest pessaries a day and a Prontogest injection every other day so I’m not sure what you’ve been told is correct. I don’t know about private prescriptions with the NHS I’m afraid but you may be able to get a private one with a private consultant x

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Core in reply to hifer

Thanks, that is similar to what the private consultant recommended xx

2 x cyclogest and 2 x lubion a day, plus progynova x 4 tablets. Had FET

If you ask them to write you a private prescription then you can go to places like Asda as suggested as they are usually cheapest for IVF related meds . There are online pharmacies like Fertility 2U but they charge for postage which isn't cheap if you're just getting one type of med so Asda would be better.

How does one check progesterone levels if not on NHS?

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Core in reply to Micral

Thanks, I had a private endometrial biopsy and they checked my progesterone levels xx

I was on 2x lubion and 3 xCyclogest and inwas testing progesterone every week.

When it was Low i wasadding am extra

Cyclogest every other day.

Cyclogest comes in 2 strengths 200 and 400 so how many will depend on what strength you are prescribed ☺️

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Core in reply to Rabbit89

That’s a good point, thanks xx

Hi, I’m currently on x1 lubion per day and x2 Crinone. It’s working out very expensive paying for the Lubion until 12wks though! 😱x

Hi,

You should be able to get a prescription through a private GP.

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Core in reply to weekitty

Thanks, how do you go about doing that do you know?xx

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weekitty in reply to Core

Hey, if you Google private GP surgery near your area and then call them to ask if they can issue you with a private prescription for the meds you want. They would charge a fee for the prescription service and you would just pay the pharmacy the fee for the meds. Hope that helps. Good luck. X

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Core in reply to weekitty

That’s great thanks xx

I'm currently on 3x cyclogest 400 and a lubion as my progesterone was low day of transfer x

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