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July 26th, 2011, 11:34 PM
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Hi Ladies,

Well I've had 4 losses in the last year. 3 of them were very early (right around my period due date). So, I started reading about the causes of chemical pregnancies. The main thing that came up was that progesterone was low, which causes the uterine lining to shed, taking the implanted egg with it.

Well, this sounded exactly like what was happening to me. So I go back to my doctor to see if he can send me for a progesterone test (in the mean time, I'm on the wait list to see the specialist). I was expecting it to be very low, and the cause of all my losses.

He sends me for the test, which they do on day 21 of your cycle. That was July 21. My progesterone level was 54.2. I was shocked, as that is the very high end of their scale. Seemed strange to me. Well, I did a pregnancy test today and it was a strong positive (12dpo).

So, now I wonder if I've had high progesterone at the start of my pregnancies all along, and then it is plummeting down and causing a miscarriage.

So, my question is.....do you think it is likely that a progesterone level would plummet that far down (from 54) and cause a miscarriage?

Thanks for reading my long post!
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July 27th, 2011, 01:09 AM
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Sorry for your losses. And Congrats on your BFP!!!!!

As for your question, I know nothing about prog. But I know some of the other ladies will. So good luck and hope you have a healthy and happy 9 months!!!
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July 27th, 2011, 06:42 AM
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Progesterone fluctuates throughout a pregnancy, but 54 is really high so I can't imagine that is the problem, at least this time. However, if you are concerned, ask your doctor to retest the progesterone when they do the beta hcg test. My RE does both together each time. If the progesterone is low, they can give you supplements.

Good luck!
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July 27th, 2011, 06:47 AM
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Cograts on your new pregnancy and welcome to PAL! Im sorry for all of your loss's, it is so heart breaking. As for the progesterone being the issue, I dont think with levels like you have that this would of been the case. Like alot of dr's would want to say, it was probably just bad luck. There are also alot of other issues that lead to early loss's besides progesterone being low. (blood clotting disorders, auto imune diseases, etc..) But since yours is so high, I would gather you do not have a deficiency. Sounds like you got a nice sticky bean this time and praying for you to go the distance this time!!
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July 27th, 2011, 07:06 AM
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Ditto what Lori said.

Congratulations on your BFP and welcome to PAL!!
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July 27th, 2011, 07:33 AM
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Thanks ladies! When would you normally get your hcg level checked?
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July 27th, 2011, 07:50 AM
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Welcome to PAL! Congratulations on your BFP. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray this is your stickie healthy rainbow baby.

Most ladies get their HCG tested via blood from their OB as soon as the OB will order the tests. Then they usually get a follow up blood work done 48-72 hours later to ensure the numbers are doubling like they should. It really depends on the dr. With 4 losses I am surprised you aren't seeing a specialist. Good luck and KUP on how you are doing. That progesterone level sounds good but I would ask for them to check it when they check HCG just to put your mind at ease that isn't the problem.
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July 27th, 2011, 08:09 AM
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Congrats on your BFP! I hope this is your sticky bean! I've always called the OB right after I've gotten my bfp and asked to have a beta series done. With some OBs you have to fight more than others. I left the ones that made me fight too hard or blew me off. Remind them you've had 4 losses and knowing that your levels are rising and that your progesterone is ok would go a long way to helping with peace of mind.
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July 29th, 2011, 06:43 PM
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With 4 losses I am surprised you aren't seeing a specialist.

I've been on the waitlist since May. My appointment is mid August.

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With some OBs you have to fight more than others.

My midwife is pretty good with this kinda stuff. She told me today that they can't actual send for a progesterone test, just betas.

My pregnancy tests are getting darker, so I'm going to wait a bit to see. Now I'm just praying for morning sickness. Kinda messed up!
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July 29th, 2011, 10:17 PM
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I have no answers but I wanted to say congrats on your BFP!! Sending lots of Sticky Dust your way
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July 30th, 2011, 04:01 PM
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My pregnancy tests are getting darker, so I'm going to wait a bit to see. Now I'm just praying for morning sickness. Kinda messed up!
It is not messed up. I couldn't wait for morning sickness just to have some kind of validation that I was pregnant and that things were progressing in the right direction.
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