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Prometrium/Progesterone

Posted by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:54 AM
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I have been researching Prometrium (progesterone supplement), and really can't find any information supporting it's use to prevent miscarriage.  I know Google isn't always a good friend...but if you can, help me understand.  This is going to come out all over the place, so I'm just going to list what I found one by one.

~On the information from the manufacturer, i see that it specifically says it should not be used during pregnancy.

~It says that it is used for menopausal women

~It says it is used to help induce your period

~I know that Progesterone can be used as birth control, as I was on a progesterone only birth control pill while I was breastfeeding my first 4 children. 

~From what I can find, it is believed it's possible that in non viable pregnancies the body will not produce much progesterone as there is no need to.

I just want to make clear I'm not disputing anyone take it or trying to cause a debate.  I'm just trying to figure out if I should use it.  I am a little gun shy now that I was given a drug to induce my labor that was an off label use...so I find myself questioning things more and more.  I'm just trying to figure out how something that can be used to bring on your period, that can be used to prevent pregnancy, and the manufacturer says should not be used in pregnancy...can also support your pregnancy and be used to prevent miscarriage.  I asked the doctor about progesterone, and he Rx'd it, but said it was my choice whether I wanted to take it or not, it was competely up to me...so now I'm trying to decide if it's a good choice or not if or when we get a BFP. 

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Herlache
by Jessie on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:36 AM
No clue???? Did you put this on ttc page alot of ladies there know alot of stuff I'm learning new everyday. Sorry
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momofcrazypants
by Leslie on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:55 AM

O.o....I have no idea!!! I don't like the sound of it being your choice whether you want to take it or not. Sounds like he doesn't really know either! Let us know what you find out. I don't hop over to the ttc forum too often, it's too busy in there for me and I just can't keep up!

Angela4boys
by Angela on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:55 AM
No, I haven't. I may though.
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Angela4boys
by Angela on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:01 AM
Well, it kinda seemed to me like he wasn't sure that it made a difference or not... And basically, there really is no proof to support that it does. But, that if it made me feel better, or more comfortable, that he had no problem with it. So, I'm just trying to decide, but im conflicted based on what I read.

Quoting momofcrazypants:

O.o....I have no idea!!! I don't like the sound of it being your choice whether you want to take it or not. Sounds like he doesn't really know either! Let us know what you find out. I don't hop over to the ttc forum too often, it's too busy in there for me and I just can't keep up!

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momofcrazypants
by Leslie on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Oh I see. hmm. Do you have low progesterone? I'd be interested to see if it could be used like what you're asking about. Maybe as a preventative? I don't know. I've decided whenever we get our BFP, I'm going to have my OB check my Prog. too, just in case. I've never had them do that before, just the standard stuff, TSH...etc.


Quoting Angela4boys:

Well, it kinda seemed to me like he wasn't sure that it made a difference or not... And basically, there really is no proof to support that it does. But, that if it made me feel better, or more comfortable, that he had no problem with it. So, I'm just trying to decide, but im conflicted based on what I read.

Quoting momofcrazypants:

O.o....I have no idea!!! I don't like the sound of it being your choice whether you want to take it or not. Sounds like he doesn't really know either! Let us know what you find out. I don't hop over to the ttc forum too often, it's too busy in there for me and I just can't keep up!



Angela4boys
by Angela on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM
I've never had my levels checked. I really don't know. I usually try not to go to the doc my first tri. I think having blood work done would make me obsessive and stressed. Can you tell I don't know what the heck to do, I'm so conflicted! I want to try to come up with some game plan though.

Quoting momofcrazypants:

Oh I see. hmm. Do you have low progesterone? I'd be interested to see if it could be used like what you're asking about. Maybe as a preventative? I don't know. I've decided whenever we get our BFP, I'm going to have my OB check my Prog. too, just in case. I've never had them do that before, just the standard stuff, TSH...etc.



Quoting Angela4boys:

Well, it kinda seemed to me like he wasn't sure that it made a difference or not... And basically, there really is no proof to support that it does. But, that if it made me feel better, or more comfortable, that he had no problem with it. So, I'm just trying to decide, but im conflicted based on what I read.



Quoting momofcrazypants:

O.o....I have no idea!!! I don't like the sound of it being your choice whether you want to take it or not. Sounds like he doesn't really know either! Let us know what you find out. I don't hop over to the ttc forum too often, it's too busy in there for me and I just can't keep up!




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momofcrazypants
by Leslie on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Honestly, I think we're all a hot mess now! Lol. I don't know what to do either! Lol. I have noooooo clue! I would like to have all my bases covered so I don't have too many surprises, but we did that last time and here we are! Did you find out anything yet? I haven't checked to see, I've been busy trying to give my almost 3 year old a hair cut.


Quoting Angela4boys:

I've never had my levels checked. I really don't know. I usually try not to go to the doc my first tri. I think having blood work done would make me obsessive and stressed. Can you tell I don't know what the heck to do, I'm so conflicted! I want to try to come up with some game plan though.

Quoting momofcrazypants:

Oh I see. hmm. Do you have low progesterone? I'd be interested to see if it could be used like what you're asking about. Maybe as a preventative? I don't know. I've decided whenever we get our BFP, I'm going to have my OB check my Prog. too, just in case. I've never had them do that before, just the standard stuff, TSH...etc.



Quoting Angela4boys:

Well, it kinda seemed to me like he wasn't sure that it made a difference or not... And basically, there really is no proof to support that it does. But, that if it made me feel better, or more comfortable, that he had no problem with it. So, I'm just trying to decide, but im conflicted based on what I read.



Quoting momofcrazypants:

O.o....I have no idea!!! I don't like the sound of it being your choice whether you want to take it or not. Sounds like he doesn't really know either! Let us know what you find out. I don't hop over to the ttc forum too often, it's too busy in there for me and I just can't keep up!






iSMILEheCRIES
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM

 3 different OBs (1 was the fertility specialist) said there is no proof that it will KEEP you pregnant, but it could help.  Basically (where is Zealand when I need her?) if I understand correctly your body makes P naturally when pregnant, something to do with the uterus lining.  Usually you stop taking P at 11 weeks because then your body should be "good at making it" by then-so that makes me think your baby does need it to survive.  I am still wondering if my Lily died because I stopped taking the P (she passed about 4 weeks after I stopped taking it).  Also P is used later in pregnancy to stop you from going into preterm labor.  I know this is all jumbled and not really informative.  Oh by the way P based birth control works because your body is technically "pregnant" and you can't get pregnant while you are already pregnant.  Me personally I like taking it because I feel like I am "doing something" to save my baby vs just hoping.... dumb huh?  A placebo would probably work just as well for me.  Wow I need to go back to sleep my comments are all over the place. 

Quoting Angela4boys:

Well, it kinda seemed to me like he wasn't sure that it made a difference or not... And basically, there really is no proof to support that it does. But, that if it made me feel better, or more comfortable, that he had no problem with it. So, I'm just trying to decide, but im conflicted based on what I read.

Quoting momofcrazypants:

O.o....I have no idea!!! I don't like the sound of it being your choice whether you want to take it or not. Sounds like he doesn't really know either! Let us know what you find out. I don't hop over to the ttc forum too often, it's too busy in there for me and I just can't keep up!

 

Angela4boys
by Angela on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Haha, don't worry, I feel jumbled too. The doctor told me that it absolutely will not cause harm. But then seeing the manufacturer say it should not be used in pregnancy. Maybe they are covering their butt cause they don't want to say it prevents miscarriage or have people believe that when there isn't evidence. Also, it gets in my head that it can bring on a period in menopausal women. ISMILEHECRIES, I'm just a wreck. Lol! Forgive me.

Quoting iSMILEheCRIES:

 3 different OBs (1 was the fertility specialist) said there is no proof that it will KEEP you pregnant, but it could help.  Basically (where is Zealand when I need her?) if I understand correctly your body makes P naturally when pregnant, something to do with the uterus lining.  Usually you stop taking P at 11 weeks because then your body should be "good at making it" by then-so that makes me think your baby does need it to survive.  I am still wondering if my Lily died because I stopped taking the P (she passed about 4 weeks after I stopped taking it).  Also P is used later in pregnancy to stop you from going into preterm labor.  I know this is all jumbled and not really informative.  Oh by the way P based birth control works because your body is technically "pregnant" and you can't get pregnant while you are already pregnant.  Me personally I like taking it because I feel like I am "doing something" to save my baby vs just hoping.... dumb huh?  A placebo would probably work just as well for me.  Wow I need to go back to sleep my comments are all over the place. 


Quoting Angela4boys:

Well, it kinda seemed to me like he wasn't sure that it made a difference or not... And basically, there really is no proof to support that it does. But, that if it made me feel better, or more comfortable, that he had no problem with it. So, I'm just trying to decide, but im conflicted based on what I read.


Quoting momofcrazypants:


O.o....I have no idea!!! I don't like the sound of it being your choice whether you want to take it or not. Sounds like he doesn't really know either! Let us know what you find out. I don't hop over to the ttc forum too often, it's too busy in there for me and I just can't keep up!


 

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EAzizM
by Erica on Feb. 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Don't use it unless you have had your levels checked. Taking progesterone in high doses can cause miscarriage if you conceive. There are cream that have low doses that might be safe. Progesterone is what makes that heating element in the womb that keeps a pregnancy viable.
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