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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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