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After IVF when did you stop taking pessaries?

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Becs86 Sat 19-Oct-19 06:37:18

Hi all,

I’ve (finally) just had my first BFP with IVF after several years of IUI and another round of IVF with an NHS clinic.

So my question is when were you advised to stop taking progesterone? I’ve been on Utrogestan vaginal pessaries since the embryo transfer but the nurse yesterday said that’s it - no more needed (I’m week 4). However the leaflet in the box says they should be continued until at least week 7! Does anyone have any experience of stopping the pessaries early?!

Thanks in advance!

Persipan Sat 19-Oct-19 06:58:25

I was on progesterone for the whole first trimester, but that may have been an overabundance of caution on the part of my clinic.


BigRedBoat Sat 19-Oct-19 07:14:57

I think it was week 10 but different clinics have different guidelines.

BeHereNowx32 Sat 19-Oct-19 08:18:13

@Becs86 congrats. I only took the progesterone for 3 more days after my BFP. I was just to finish what was left in the packet. I worried at the time, but it was all fine x

Betsyboo87 Sat 19-Oct-19 08:43:13

I think it depends on your protocol and also if it was a fresh, DE or fet.

I got my bfp from a fet and I have been told to continue until 10 weeks. My understanding is that progesterone is produced by the follicle that turns in a corpus luteum. If you have DE or a fet then your ovaries won’t have produced a corpus luteum that month therefore you need the support.

Becs86 Sat 19-Oct-19 08:56:42

Thanks all! It was a fresh transfer - just panicked a bit I think!! (I don’t imagine it’ll be the last time ha!)

Blondeshavemorefun Sat 19-Oct-19 14:35:01

I took for 14w tho clinic advised to 12 as then the placenta takes over /have enough hormones

But I was then worried if I went from 800 to nothing

So over 2w I weaned to 400. Then 200

Clinic said no need but think they humoured me

shazzz1xx Sat 19-Oct-19 15:57:47

I was told to stop at 12 weeks but I had a few spare so just took them every other day to use them up so I probably stopped around 13-14week
congratulations I’ve just had a ivf baby 11 weeks ago... it’s worth all the crap we have to go through x

firsttimeivfmum Sun 20-Oct-19 12:17:35

Hi there! Congratulations!

I am 8 weeks pregnant after my 2nd round of ivf. I had a fresh cycle. I am on cyclogest pessaries and crinone gel pessaries. I have been advised that I should take these for 12weeks.

Just to put your mind at rest I'd contact your clinic. They should be able to put your mind at rest.

Good luck!

GrumpyHoonMain Sun 20-Oct-19 12:19:59

Until 16 weeks because my consultant didn’t want to take any chances, but at my clinic younger women (ie those under 30-35) usually come off by 4-8 weeks.

Infamy Sun 20-Oct-19 12:25:16

14 weeks in my case.

mouse1234567 Sun 20-Oct-19 12:47:34

I think perhaps if IVF is successful first time for you its doesn’t cause such a burden and stressful-I think it’s repeated cycleafter cycle it becomes so much worse. For me the drugs aren’t too bad -but there are side effects, mentally it’s hard having life on hold all the time and feeling like you are failing and wondering when it will end. It’s a lot of waiting. Good luck whatever you decide. It’s so personal. And of course you never know if you are going to be one of the lucky ones that conceived on the first round.

mouse1234567 Sun 20-Oct-19 12:48:44

Sorry wrong thread!!

Becs86 Sun 20-Oct-19 13:37:39

Thanks all.

@firsttimeivfmum congratulations to you too!! And on your baby @shazzz1xx

I contacted my clinic, they said I’d need to continue if I’d done a frozen transfer, however fresh is fine as I ovulated (there was a lot more depth to the explanation!) But basically, my body should be producing enough... even at this early stage.

shazzz1xx Sun 20-Oct-19 13:47:06

Thankyou @Becs86

She’s 12 week on tuesday, congratulations to you too.. it’s worth all what we have to go thru.. just sleep deprived now 😂 xx

shazzz1xx Sun 20-Oct-19 13:48:54

My likkle pumpkin 🥰 x

Becs86 Sun 20-Oct-19 13:53:05

She’s gorgeous!! @shazzz1xx grin

Enjoy this time and ha, I hope you manage to catch a bit of sleep soon!

summedup Sun 20-Oct-19 14:01:56

Till 12 weeks.

And congratulations!!!

shazzz1xx Sun 20-Oct-19 16:08:31

Thankyouuuuu hope everything goes your way.. hope to hear from you in 2020 with your little bundle xx

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