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Concern about Progesterone Level?

I just recently found out that I was pregnant yeah!!!.  My concern is my progesterone level...which 12.9 right now.  It has always been low.  The doctor has started me on prometrium for everyday until i get to 14 weeks.  Can anyone tell me how bad my level is and what are the chances of something going wrong?  I want to think positive but it is hard to because i had so much trouble getting pregnant in the first place so this is really a blessing.  I just don't want to do anything to mess it up.  Help would be greatly appreciated!
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hiya..i was exactly the same...my levels were at 2 before i got pregnant..they went up to 36 when i was about 4 weeks pregnant then started dropping fast so doc put me on progesterone suppositories asap...from what i hear on this site getting the supplements asap is very hopeful..some women on here have had levels as low as 7 or 9 in their first stages of pregnancy and have had carried full term when on the suppositories..the only thing u can ask for is if they check ure levels in about 5 days or so... how far along are u?
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I am almost 7 weeks and started taking the prometrium yesterday as soon as they got my test results.  The only thing I concerned is that they normally don't get in a hurry for anything.  It took me several days and several phone calls to get everything rolling after I got my positive.  Then the doctor didn't even know it after I told several people at her office.  Mine was .6 three cycyles ago and now almost 13 now that I am pregnant so I was feeling better about things but still unsure.
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Pleeeeeease...I wish my progesterone level was that good at 4 weeks (smile)  I am 5 weeks now, and my progesterone level came back at 7.5 on Tuesday (4 weeks).  My quant level is 2320 - which is great, but the doctor wanted my progesterone level at at least 11.  So, in answer to your question, I think you're just fine.  I'm on progesterone suppositories now and praying that it works...going in for more blood work tomorrow.  Wishing you the best of luck...
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Hi--

I know it can be very tough. I have had 2 miscarriages in 1.5 years and I went through the same thing. With my first pregnancy, my progesterone level was at a 15 (should be at least a 20). Second one was only at an 11. The first one, I miscarried. They did a full test on the embryo (I had a D&C) and found no chromosomal damage. The second one, when he saw my low levels put me on prometrium, which made me pregnant one week longer than my first pregnancy but ended up in a miscarriage.
Now, I will tell you what I have found, but please, please verify everything through your doctor AND do tons of research on the internet. My cousin-in-law is a labor and delivery nurse. When she found out about the premetrium, she flipped out. She told me that I needed to get the progesterone in at least the shot form. By then it was too late for me, I miscarried a few months ago. However, since then, I have been doing a TON of research and the biggest thing I found is that prometrium (taken orally) is the least effective method. The best method is supposatores and then shots. Now, saying this, unfortunatly, you might have to go through at least 2 miscarriages before anyone will really diagnose you. The reason for this is b/c miscarriages are very common. Only 50% of pregnancy's actually will produce a healthy child. This was very hard for me to hear b/c I lost 2 "babies".
I found a new doctor and she is putting me through a "level 2" tests. This means that she will check several things including a "day 3FH level" test. This shows the level of your FH hormone during the 3rd day of your cycle. this is the hormone that produces eggs, so if it is super high, means you are in early menopause, etc. Yesterday, she made me go to an HSG exam. This shows if I have any blockage in the uterus or tubes. I already knew I had none, but went anyway. Since all my tests came out perfect, the natural result is progesterone. So I am going to get on that now. They say you are supposed to get on that 2 weeks before conception so that your body has enough to maintain a pregnancy before you can take a blood test. Of course, this is different for everyone, so talk to the doctor.
this is an awesome website:
http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/earlyfetaldevelopment.htm
http://www.advancedfertility.com/evaluate.htm

If this is your first, you might want to ask for the supposatores. You have to take them daily until 10-14 weeks.
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This is easier:

Guideline to hCG levels during pregnancy:
hCG levels in weeks from LMP (gestational age)* :

3 weeks LMP: 5 - 50 mIU/ml
4 weeks LMP: 5 - 426 mIU/ml
5 weeks LMP: 18 - 7,340 mIU/ml
6 weeks LMP: 1,080 - 56,500 mIU/ml
7 - 8 weeks LMP: 7,650 - 229,000 mIU/ml
9 - 12 weeks LMP: 25,700 - 288,000 mIU/ml
13 - 16 weeks LMP: 13,300 - 254,000 mIU/ml
17 - 24 weeks LMP: 4,060 - 165,400 mIU/ml
25 - 40 weeks LMP: 3,640 - 117,000 mIU/ml
Non-pregnant females: <5.0 mIU/ml
Postmenopausal: <9.5 mIU/ml
Guideline to Progesterone levels during pregnancy:
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oh another thing I forgot is the theory of a leuteal phase defect. Read up on this and should help you out.
http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/luteal-phase-defect.html
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my lmp was on the 9th of march.in my 5 th week i started bleeding.my progestrone level is only 4 & my hcg shows 279.i'm having a lot of bleeding.my doctor has still not prescribed anything.in having an ultrasound only a sac was visible.wat do i do?
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Hi I just found out I am pregnant!  I miscarried a month ago and am hoping nothing goes wrong with this pregnancy....my hcg level was at 4000 and my progesterone was at 14.  After the bloodwork my doctor said I am betweeen 5 and 6 weeks.  Can anyone tell me if they think this is ok?  I am starting suppliments today.  Thanks!
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i am trying to concieve (conceive) and I am on metformin for pcos and doc checked my progetrin levels and I wasnt even at a whole number at all..and the metformin just makes me sleepy at times too. I think its my thyroids as well but am getting that checked to. Can a regular doctor perscribe me progestrin pills or does it have to me my gyno? thats is the only thing i think that i need to gt pregnant. is more progestrin..I have high testosterone levels to. one more question could the doc put me on birth control and the metformin to help balance all that and help me get preg. im just wondering if the metformin can kick out what the bc does
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I'm pretty sure your ob/gyn needs to be the one to prescribe medicine related to the diagnosis you currently have...however there are some unethnical docs out there so you can definitely try. :) I have PCOS as well and one doctor had me on metformin and clomid to help increase my chances of getting pregnant. I changed doctors and this one did not prescribe metformin only clomid. Now I have decided to simply take charge of my own fertility. I suggest you do your research and possibly try natural remedies. Good Luck!
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