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November 25th, 2012, 07:07 PM
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Hey girls, Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with P17/progesterone shots. I have to start tomorrow in hopes to prevent me from beginning preterm labor. I know there aren't many side effects that are considered terrible, but everyone has their own experiences and I'd love to hear them!
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November 28th, 2012, 11:32 AM
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We had several women in my DDC (now the October 2012 Playroom) that got them. Other than soreness at the injection site, I don't remember anyone mentioning awful side effects.

I was on progesterone in the form of vaginal suppositories during my 2nd pregnancy to prevent preterm labor. The only side effects I noticed were related to the gel that the progesterone was in, not the medication itself.

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November 28th, 2012, 12:53 PM
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One of the ladies posted about her hormones being out of whack for a few days after the shot, but she got more used to it after awhile.
Mom to M (6), K (4), and little rose (18 months)
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November 28th, 2012, 01:13 PM
Ravado's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I have not had any serious side affects from the shot (and am currently getting them). I get the soreness at the injection site and around 5 weeks into getting the shot I started getting very itchy inflamed area around the injection site. They altered the compounding agent and it seems to have helped. Other than that though not too bad.
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November 28th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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I used them with my last pregnancy and i didnt have any side effects other than soreness.
the one thing i did not expect is they use a big needle. The progesterone is a thick liquid so it requires a big needle. No one told me this and i was kinda shocked at first. How often will you be getting the shots?
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November 30th, 2012, 02:05 PM
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I've used them for multiple pregnancies, one just the first trimester, the second was all the way through the pregnancy because my progesterone levels were really low. I didn't notice a big difference in my mood swings, I did notice some, but I couldn't pinpoint it and say when or what triggered it. As said above the biggest thing I remember is the big needles, and how bad my hips hurt and the itchiness at the injections sites. I was getting injections twice a week, in alternating hips, and whatever hip was done was sore for days. That's my most vivid memory.

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December 7th, 2012, 10:12 AM
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I had them with my second pregnancy from 17 to 34-35 weeks. The one at 19 weeks was the worst as a nurse that had no clue what was going on, did it quickly and left a nasty bruise. I was sore for a few days. At 20 weeks my husband started doing them and I had no other symptoms, aside from the occasional itching as PP have mentioned.

Seemed to work as my little guy was born at nearly 9 pounds and 38+1weeks!

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January 13th, 2013, 11:13 PM
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I'm getting the weekly injections right now, and would definitely recommend them. I truly believe they are keeping me pregnant. I notice some minor side effects, mostly hormonal, but it's well worth it.
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