I’m 8 weeks day 4 today. My next ultrasound is on Friday. I’m so nervous! We will either see a heart beat, or we won’t. One thing on my mind is my progesterone level and how long will I need to supplement?
When I did IVF, we did and embryo transfer of 2 embryos and neither one implanted. The change that we did for the next cycle was to increase my progesterone supplementation. I actually took shots followed by a suppository that I did through about the first trimester. The next cycle where I was doing greater supplementation, 1 of 2 embryos implanted. So of course I think that I need to be supplementing now!
What Does Progesterone Do?
Progesterone is necessary for a successful pregnancy. If your levels are too low, you will miscarry. Progesterone is first produced by the corpus luteum of the ovary and is responsible (and necessary) for the first 8 weeks of pregnancy. At this point, the placenta takes over production of the progesterone, which is necessary through the birth of your baby.
So again, I’m totally concerned about my progesterone levels! Lucky for me, I had suppository gel left over from my last round of IVF (called Crinone 8%). I asked my doctor if I could get 1 more week of it to get me by until my next visit. I went to the pharmacy to pick it up. $196 for 7 days! Yikes! I didn’t fill the script. I will run out on Friday. But technically, my placenta should have taken over production, right?
I found some info regarding supplementation on the Alan E Beer Medical Center Website for Reproductive Immunology. It basically states the effectiveness of supplementation (best to least):
- Vaginal suppositories
- by mouth
I’m not sure what I will do! I really want to keep supplementing!
Over the Counter Progesterone Supplements
One option, which isn’t even included in the list above, is essential oils. If you are familiar with essential oils, you know that people have been using them for centuries. I use the Young Living brand and they have a progesterone oil called Progessence Plus. It’s easy to use and it smells great too! You rub a couple drops on the back of your neck twice a day.
If you want to order this oil, contact someone you know who sells Young Living. Or you can follow this link and create a retail account. After you’ve created your account, search for Progessence Plus Serum.
Here’s another topical I found. It’s called Progesto-Life. It’s a Bioidentical Progesterone Cream. I like the looks of this one but it might be similar to the oil I already have.
Both my current OBGYN and my fertility doctor said that added Progesterone won’t hurt. I will see what my OB says about running out the the Crinone gel and what I should do going forward.
If we see a heartbeat, I’ll edit this post to include her recommendations!
Pray for a heartbeat!
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