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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

26 days?

I started my period on cd26. If my calculations are correct that means my luteal phase was only 10 days long. So I am on cd5 of this cycle and day 3 of Femara.
Hello sweaty, angry, constipated woman.

Here is my question Internet readers if my luteal phase was only 10 days last time, should I supplement with prometrium this cycle upon ovulation? I have leftover prometrium from pg#6. It's not expired but I wonder if it's still good. My docs have always prescribed prometrium after a BFP confirmed blood test with a progesterone test. My progesterone level usually rides around 18-19 and my RE likes it to be 20 or higher with a pregnancy. My blood test last week was 16. Does Femara make you have a higher progesterone level? I guess I need to research some more on Dr. google.

I know the jury is out in the medical world as to whether supplemental progesterone is helpful. However it's one more thing I have a little control over.. and you know how much I love control. In fact that was one of my first tape's Janet Jackson 'Control'.

My lovely nurse Mia said I could come in for an u/s around ovulation since the OPK's are liars and whores. That way we could see if I produced any good follicles. Then she said you're having "home intercourse" right? For some reason this makes me laugh. I know she meant you're not doing IUI. but all I could think was as opposed to car intercourse or office intercourse. Tee Hee. My dh did not see the humor but maybe he doesn't get IF humor.


Dan & Hillary and little Russell said...

I would definitely ask for a new prescription for the prometrium. Even with my progesterone levels at 21/22, I still can't carry a pregnancy, so my RE is putting me on 200mg/day to up it to near 30. Love the IF humor, too;-)

Dan & Hillary and little Russell said...

PS- start the prometrium 3 days after O. Don't wait to a BFP because progesterone is needed to support implantation:-)

Meg said...

I wholeheartedly agree with the other comments. You can look back at my cycle posts but I was between 9 and 11 days for my luteal phase and with my miscarriage #2 my progesterone was 19. With pregnancy it was 47 with progesterone supplementation, beginning 3 days after O.

I do not think it can hurt to take control from them and ask for supplementation...

Grad3 said...

I would also take the prometrium. And ask for a new script- if they don't give you one for whatever reason start taking what you've got!

Love the IF humor :))))

Phoebe said...

Femara should raise your progesterone levels. The idea is that with more follicles, you'll have more eggs and more corpus luteums. The Corpus Luteum is what produces the progesterone. I would talk to your doctor about the prometrium. I agree with the other commenters that you want to wait 3 days after ovulation till you start using it, but best to clear it with your doc first.

I regularly have 10 day luteal phases. In fact, I've had that all my life. I didn't know it wasn't normal until I started trying to get pregnant myself.

Grad3 said...

Just wanted to say that I'm thinking of you... ~Hugs~