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Progesterone making mood low?

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2fingers22018 Sun 20-Oct-19 11:14:50

Ive found the hardest part of IVF the progesterone pessaries is it just me or do they make anyone else feel really depressed and struggling to get out of bed?

firsttimeivfmum Sun 20-Oct-19 12:10:52

Progesterone is awful! I hate it.

I have been on it now for nearly 6 weeks. I am currently still in my pjs on the sofa as I can't bring myself to do anything!

Lethargy, bloating and the worst of all it made my IBS flare up really bad. I was in intense pain.

It has got a little better the more I've used it. I don't know if my body is just getting used to it.

Good luck!

2fingers22018 Sun 20-Oct-19 13:17:12

@firsttimeivfmum me too im still in my pjs do you get a lot of stomach cramps? 6wks! Ive only been on it for 10days and the affects have been intense good luck to you too x

GrumpyHoonMain Sun 20-Oct-19 13:53:27

Progesterone is a pain, especially after you get your BFP as the pessary version can cause bleeding and spotting too - so for the first 16 weeks I was constantly calling either my clinic or midwife

2fingers22018 Sun 20-Oct-19 14:00:51

@GrumpyHoonMain thats another thing my clinic said only to take it until test day i know everyones different but im scared to stop them soo early if i was lucky enough to get a bfp..did u have a healthy pregnancy? I need to buy new underwear the pessaries ruin them aswell! I didnt want to use pantyliners as they irrate my skin and i could do without more irritation atm uuugggh

GrumpyHoonMain Sun 20-Oct-19 14:04:34

So far yes it has been healthy - touchwood - I am almost 34 weeks. I do think stopping them at your bfp is too soon - my clinic advised all younger women to continue 4-8 weeks post the bfp. So if you do get your BFP insist on the prescription being extended - most clinics will do this as there are only benefits (no disadvantages) of progesterone supplementation

2fingers22018 Sun 20-Oct-19 14:29:46

@GrumpyHoonMain great congrats! I just wanted to wait and see before i congragulated you lol i was surprised when they said to stop soo early im nhs i wonder if the cost is the deciding factor for them sometimes i will say if fx it goes my way doubt it tho

Branleuse Sun 20-Oct-19 14:35:13

this post came up in active threads bar, so im not using progestrone for same issue, but it is really really common for it to cause low mood. Its why a lot of people get depression on the pill or mirena, or minipill.
At the moment i have to take it in 2nd half of my cycle of HRT and I hate that bit. Its slightly better if i take it at night.
I dont have any helpful suggestions for you about it, but the side effects you are experiencing are normal. Sorry

2fingers22018 Sun 20-Oct-19 15:39:49

@Branleuse thanks i need to take it twice daily so once at night and once in the morning glad to hear its not just me goin insane tho so thanks

firsttimeivfmum Wed 23-Oct-19 08:59:05

@2fingers22018 not dep down but definitely in my guts and bowel I've had cramps! I hope you are feeling better soon x

Eggcellent29 Wed 23-Oct-19 12:12:37

Oh my God yes! I absolutely hated the things!!

I was on 4 pesseries a day and really struggled to function. When I took my last one at 15 weeks I could have cried with happiness!

I wish I could say it gets better, but for me it didn’t until I stopped taking them. Although all I wanted to do was snooze, long shifts meant I couldn’t and I did find that keeping mildly active at the weekends helped to avoid that slump. Sort of.

2fingers22018 Wed 23-Oct-19 12:59:54

@firsttimeivfmum thanx you too x @Eggcellent29 i cant wait until i stop them but then im scared to stop them too early catch 22

Eggcellent29 Sun 27-Oct-19 18:09:42

@2fingers22018 I totally get that! I sobbed all day the first day I didn’t take any - my poor hubby was so confused! 😂

2fingers22018 Mon 28-Oct-19 17:06:47

@Eggcellent29 ive been off it 3days and im still weepy lol

Eggcellent29 Mon 28-Oct-19 20:17:01

@2fingers22018 oh dear 🙈 Perhaps it’s pregnancy hormones in general - I was not a crier at all before I fell pregnant, now I weep at everything! 😂

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