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Progesterone from ovulation - yes or no?

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Frazzlerock Wed 20-Nov-19 08:58:34

Good morning all

When I saw our RMC consultant back in May, she advised me to take progesterone (cyclogest) from ovulation, which I have been doing since.
I saw her a couple of weeks ago and I asked her for more as was running out. She said she has stopped prescribing it to her patients as the Prism trial proved it didn't make any difference (in her medical lingo).
Now I'm finally in the TWW again and feel like I'm not doing anything to help, if that makes sense. I worry that having PCOS will affect my natural progesterone production and, if I am pregnant this cycle (I can but dream) and lose yet another baby, I will blame myself for not taking the supplement.
I still have some left, would you take it anyway? Or is it really pointless?

Frazzlerock Wed 20-Nov-19 11:13:26

Just giving this a little push in case anyone is about who can help

Veevee457 Wed 20-Nov-19 17:04:07

Hi,

Personally I would take it anyway. I'm on my first medicated cycle. I ALWAYS spot after about 10 dpo, sometimes less. I stopped the progesterone 2 days ago and just waiting for af (bfn 2 days ago) and no spotting this cycle. So while it may not directly affect pregnancy outcomes according to that study, if it's maintaining the uterus lining for longer (in my case anyway) that is surely a good thing for an implanting embryo. Btw I'm under a private clinic with a very good rep and consultant prescribed it for me.
Also, just to add a friend of mine who was ttc for a year, suspected she had a luteal phase defect and bought progesterone cream. She got pregnant that first cycle and used it again a couple of years later when ttc her second child and got pregnant again no problem. So you could look into buying the cream if your Dr won't prescribe the pessaries.

Hope that helps & good luck to you 😊

Frazzlerock Thu 21-Nov-19 08:25:27

Thank you @Veevee457 I think you're right. I've only got 4 days worth leftover now so I will order the cream.

Best of luck to you!

Frazzlerock Thu 21-Nov-19 08:29:18

One more question, (possibly silly question!) where do you put the cream?

Frazzlerock Thu 21-Nov-19 08:34:38

It's okay, I've found out. Google wasn't giving me any results before but I found an online shop that sells it and it says on there smile

Veevee457 Thu 21-Nov-19 16:23:37

Thank you. Also @Frazzlerock would you mind telling me where you're getting the cream from? The brand my friend used is sold out and I can't seem to find it anywhere else!

Frazzlerock Thu 21-Nov-19 17:16:43

Sure, I found it by searching on MN and it was actually a menopause thread! I bought it from Biovea and it's their natural prog cream

Sylva123 Wed 27-Nov-19 17:01:11

Hi @Frazzlerock can I ask when you started the cyclogest? I know it's after ovulation - they told me to start the day after I get a positive LH test, but my worry is that I've read you can ovulate up to 36 hours after a positive LH, so what if I accidentally take it too early and it stops me ovulating?! How did you know what cycle day to start?
Also, if you didn't want the cream I think you can go to a private Dr to get the prescription for my cyclogest. My NHS doctor is still prescribing it believing it to work

Frazzlerock Fri 29-Nov-19 09:38:42

Hi @Sylva123 My consultant told me to start it as soon as I ovulated, but, as you know, its a tricky thing to pin point exactly.
I think you do have to be careful not to take it too early.
I was taking it once Ovusense confirmed ovulation, which worked out at about 3DPO.

The cream has arrived and I was expecting my period either yesterday or today. i'm feeling quite period-y so I will have to save the cream for next cycle I think. Although it says on the packaging that each pump is 20mls of progesterone, but I have been taking 400mg a day so I'm not sure how many pumps I'll need to be equivalent hmm

I've also bought about 50 ovulation sticks in a 'sods' law' effort, but I know deep down I am not pregnant and will end up using them all...

EL8888 Fri 29-Nov-19 12:06:30

I also vote you use it. My understanding is the jury is still out on this

JeNeBaguetteRien Fri 29-Nov-19 19:59:48

I bought progesterone tablets in a pharmacy in Spain, the brand was Utrogestan. They can be taken orally or vaginally.

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