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June 29th, 2006, 11:15 AM
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Well I just talked to my Doctor. He says that I don't need Clomid. He says that since I got pregnant (but m/c at 5 weeks) that means that Clomid would do nothing for me. Not sure if I quite agree with that. What do ya'll think??? They did say that they were going to put me on Progesterone starting on CD 17. So we will see. Sometimes I think I should go to an RE but it will be so expensive. The guy I go to now is just a regular OB but he deals with all of the infertility pts. I am just so frustrated and think my eggs need a boost. Oh well. What do I know.

So at this point I am just very confused. I don't know if I should see an RE or continue my care through this OB doctor. Do doctor's put women on progesterone only? Is that very common? I just read on the internet that low progesterone was the cause not the effect of a miscarraige. So what good is it going to do for me? I am still very fresh from this m/c and am an emotional wreck. Advice would be greatly appreciated.
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June 29th, 2006, 04:10 PM
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I have heard of doctors giving the Clomid to give the ovaries a boost as well as to induce ovulation. I don't know about progestrone only but maybe there will be some ladies on here that can help you more. Do you have a low progestrone when you get bloodwork done? Good luck to you on getting that BFP!
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June 30th, 2006, 11:58 AM
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Butting in from dec ddc... Knowing a lot about this stuff (went through a lot of testing and finally ended up at IVF), I just like to offer up any knowledge that I can...

Chlomid helps you ovulate/boosts ovulation. Since you got pregnant before, the issues is not ovulation--obviously you are ovulating. That would be why the doctor doesn't want to put you on clomid. As far as the progesterone, I'm not sure if he ran a blood test to see what your progesterone levels were when you m/c'd, but he could be putting you on that AFTEr you ovulate in order to boost your body's capability of holding onto a fertilized egg--theoretically, this would reduce the chance of a repeat miscarriage if progesterone level was the issue..

Hope that helps at least a little bit --good luck!!!
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June 30th, 2006, 12:15 PM
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Butting in from dec ddc... Knowing a lot about this stuff (went through a lot of testing and finally ended up at IVF), I just like to offer up any knowledge that I can...

Chlomid helps you ovulate/boosts ovulation. Since you got pregnant before, the issues is not ovulation--obviously you are ovulating. That would be why the doctor doesn't want to put you on clomid. As far as the progesterone, I'm not sure if he ran a blood test to see what your progesterone levels were when you m/c'd, but he could be putting you on that AFTEr you ovulate in order to boost your body's capability of holding onto a fertilized egg--theoretically, this would reduce the chance of a repeat miscarriage if progesterone level was the issue..

Hope that helps at least a little bit --good luck!!![/b]

Thanks girl. Yes, they said my progesterone was VERY low when they did bloodwork at 16 DPO and 20 DPO. What you are saying makes since. Hopefully between taking the progesterone and having my 2nd IUI this cycle we will have better luck! Thanks for the input. Oh- did you happen to be on progesterone? If so, what side effects should I expect? I will start taking it on CD17.
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June 30th, 2006, 01:29 PM
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I was taking progesterone from just before the embryo transfer until I was 10 weeks pregnant. They gave the the progesterone in the form of a shot (Progesterone in Oil) that I had to take every day (hubby did the stabbing in the booty-intramuscular hehe). It was painful, definatley, but looking back I would do it again for my babies! I *had* to do progesterone because with IVF, your body isn't producing its own, period. (Since they take the eggs before you ovulate, there is no corpus luteum, which is what produces the early progesterone after ovulation).

I did not notice any specific side effects except maybe sore boobs. But I get those with my normal cycle and my normal post ovulation progesterone. I was also on a lot of other medications that month for the IVF so it is hard to pinpoint which effects were from which medication and which prodecure hehe

For your future info, should you get preggo this next round and they have you on the progesterone, they will most likely keep you on it until at least 10 weeks. 10 weeks is the magical # because that is when the placenta starts taking over with progesterone production and the corpus luteum "dies"

I will keep everything crossed that this next round works for you!!!
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June 30th, 2006, 03:29 PM
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Thanks for the info! They told me to take the progesterone (prochieve 8% suppositories) starting on Day 17 until I start my period and if I am pregnant to take it til I am 10 weeks. So you are exactly right! Hopefully this IUI will work. I think he only wants to try it 3 times on medication and then we will go to IVF. I am scared about that because our insurance covers NOTHING infertility and I have heard IVF is crazy expensive. We will make it work though. Anything for a baby.....
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June 30th, 2006, 03:37 PM
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Oh yes it is not expensive, our insurance doesn't cover either..we took out a home equity loan to do it...
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