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Anyone have experience of progesterone irritating their bladder?

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HaroldandMadge Mon 15-Feb-16 13:37:03

Am feeling miserable so any help or advice so gratefully received!

I'm doing short protocol IVF and took Norethisterone (a progesterone) for 11 days to bring on a withdrawal bleed before starting injections.

I don't know if it's relevant, but I had high progesterone levels already (around 60-70 I think).

At the end of the 11 days, my bladder started to 'twinge' like it would feel with a UTI. However, there is no burning sensation when I pee, and it doesn't feel like cystitis. It feels like my bladder is irritated.

A quick consultation with Dr Google brought up 'interstitial cystitis' which is chronic and non-bacterial inflammation of the bladder, often prompted by hormone changes and in particular progesterone.

I am despairing, as of all IVF side effects, I wasn't expecting this one! It sounds like if I go to the doctor they'll just prescribe antibiotics. This does not feel like an infection so I don't think it will help.

Any advice or suggestions to make me feel better would be a godsend. Have drunk bicarb of soda and am sitting with a hot water bottle so far. I have lots of aches and pains already so adding a potential chronic bladder irritation to the list makes me want to weep, currently!

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