Avatar universal

Progesterone post IVF

Hi there.  I am post IVF and pregnant (YAY!).   My first positive pregnancy test was Friday the 18th.  I have been on a progesterone insert 3x a day since the egg retrieval, as well as 2 pills of estrace a day.  Today, when I called to ask how much longer I would be on them both, and had a nurse call in my refill at another pharmacy, I learned that I should have dropped down to taking progesterone 2x a day instead of 3x - after my first pregnancy test.  I was very very upset and freaked out, asked them if it was a big deal and they said no, but I went 3 extra days doing one extra dose.  Does anyone have some words of comfort for me?  It's been such a long road, and something like this, though it may seem small, feels really upsetting to me right now.  My nurse - the one who has managed my case - has been pretty lax with me.  The clinic I am working with is one of the best in the country and I feel like everyone there is great - except my nurse.   I am so upset that this was neglected and I just want someone to reassure me that it's not a big deal....help....?!  Thanks for this place to ask/vent/share!
3 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
Avatar universal
Thanks for both responses!  I finally talked to doc yesterday and he said it was fine too, but I appreciate your reassurance.  I am not sure if these are my beta numbers, but I had 383 at first then like 1200 or something three days later.  Then three days later, today, it was in the 3800s.  I don't remember exact numbers - just that they said the numbers were good.  I used a fertility calculator to figure out how far along I am - but my doctor kind of said I was not as far along as I thought based on the computer.  My transfer was Feb 7 and I was a day 6.  Based on that I think I should be at 5 weeks one day.  ?  
Helpful - 0
Avatar universal
Taking extra Progesterone certainly can never hurt you.  The reason why they have you starting to reduce is because your body is starting to produce on its own & they want to wein you off of it.  My office does it until around week 10.  You will be fine!!

Best wishes to you.  Can you share your Beta #'s with us?
Helpful - 0
Avatar universal
I went to one dr that had me on 400 mg of progesterone, one that had me on 800 mg and the last one had me on 500. So I don't think there is a standard amount. Try not to worry (easier said than done, I know).
That being said, I would be upset with the nurse, too. With all the time and money we spend, it is unacceptable for a nurse to be lax. My last ivf (at a top 10 clinic), I called my nurse after hours to ask a medication question and it was obvious she'd taken something (maybe a sleeping pill) and she ended up giving me the wrong information. I ended up calling the service and got the correct information but it was annoying to have to do that.
Congrats on the pregnancy. Now relax and enjoy it!
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Fertility and Trying to Conceive Community

Top Trying to Conceive Answerers
5875562 tn?1410898886
miami, FL
4769306 tn?1568490209
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Many couples are turning to acupuncture to treat infertility. But does it work? We take a closer look.
Does exercise really lower fertility? We take a look at 8 common myths about fertility.
Your guide to safely exercising throughout your 40 weeks.
Learn which foods aren't safe to eat when you're eating for two.
Is your biological clock sounding the alarm? Dr. Elaine Brown explains new advances in egg freezing.
Herpes sores blister, then burst, scab and heal.