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February 22nd, 2011, 11:07 AM
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So I have heard some of you mentioning getting progesterone cream over the counter and using it, does this actually help with progesertone issues? All I found on the walgreens site was something for older menopausal women. I ask because my cycles were perfect before clomid, I took clomid for two months and started getting early spotting, around 10-11 dpo until af began on 14 dpo, then I stopped the clomid and the month following stopping it the early spotting started again, needless to say I am very ill with what clomid did to someone who had perfectly normal cycles, only took it because my ob said it could give my dh more targets to shoot at. Well now I am thinking I may have a bit of low progesterone and really can't see the doctor right now because my dh just started a new job and the new insurance doesn't kick in for 2 1/2 more months, leaving us currently uninsured, so I am curious about this over the counter progesterone cream and if it really works.
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February 22nd, 2011, 01:36 PM
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Anyone? I know I've seen several people mention it.
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February 22nd, 2011, 05:19 PM
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Hi - I used progesterone cream with my cycle last month on the recommendation of my acupuncturist (she recommended the Emerita brand, I found it at a local health food store). She thought it would help give a boost and said the dose on the cream is about 1/10th of what a prescribed dose would be. I used it from ovulation to AF but then made the decision to proceed with IVF this cycle - overall, not sure what it did for me to be honest as I was on it for such a short time!
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February 23rd, 2011, 10:47 AM
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I heard it doesnt really do much honestly. It does help a *little* bit, but not on the scale that suppositories or pills do. Lots of people even say its a waste of money! But then again some people really swear by it! I really believe that since its available over the counter it cant be too incredibly effective.

Also, Clomid actually is known to raise progesterone, are you sure that yours is lower? I know you get the spotting and that makes you think it is, but have you gotten a 7DPO progesterone draw? My progesterone is normally 18-20 non medicated, but with progesterone it was in the 70-s everytime!
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February 23rd, 2011, 02:54 PM
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Yikes, I have never had my progesterone drawn because I never really had a reason too, I never had early spotting before but since clomid I do and thats the only reason I am suspecting it. I am also reading clomid can stay in your system 60 days or more after your last dose so I am hoping the spotting will go away this cycle since its been about 60 days now or close to it...I just hate what clomid did to me...I got warnings by others about taking it when I had perfectly normal cycles but my ob insisted it could only help, I beg to differ, people with normal cycles should probably leave a good thing alone.
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February 23rd, 2011, 07:56 PM
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I used natural progesterone for several cycles, and while it slowed down the spotting it never was enough for me.

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