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I'm pregnant - 10w3d after 2 recent miscarriages. Dr has been monitoring me and blood tests show I have low progesterone. I've been on suppositories for 4 weeks but now dr thinks they may not be "enough" and is recommending progesterone injections.
I'm really nervous and confused about starting the shots- has anyone else done them early in their pregnancy and have any advice?
Did you do them yourself or do they get done at dr office? Is the dosage really that much better that they'd be enough when suppositories aren't?
The suppositories don't show up well on blood tests, so if your bloodwork still shows low progesterone, it is still possible that you are a-okay.
I (and most others who do IVF) do progesterone injections daily for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The injections are intramuscular (in the meaty part of your rump) and most of us have our husbands or a close friend do them. I did some myself when DH was out of town. I'm guessing you could have your doc/nurse do them, but that would be a lot of hassle compared to just doing them at home.
The progesterone is suspended in oil, so the liquid is really thick. It is like trying to inject hair gel into your bum...you have to push the plunger pretty hard to get it to go in. It doesn't hurt too badly, but afterwards you'll probably have a sore, lumpy spot from the injection.
Different docs prefer the suppositories or injections for different reasons. The suppositories put the progesterone right up where it is needed most and absorbs well, so that is the benefit to them. The injections are easily measureable with a blood test so the doc can see if your dosage needs adjusting...that is the benefit with the injects. Some docs like to use both...you really can't OD on progesterone, so better safe than sorry.
I hope this helps...if you have any other questions I'll try to help!
Melissa & DH
IVF babies Claire (4), Abigail (2) and George (2)