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    I've been browsing for a while but haven't yet posted BUT now I've hit panic stations so need some thoughts

    I have been off the pill since January - whilst I know it takes many ppl a long time to conceive, it's always the same story "it won't be like that for me". Well it is taking longer than hoped.



    Anyway, I had to go to the doc the other week for a tetanus booster & whilst I was there, spoke with her about the frustrations. She took some blood, tested all my hormones & vitamins etc and they all came back within normal range. I was also given a blood test last week to test insulin, glucose & progesterone on CD22 (I have a 31 day cycle which comes and goes like clockwork with LH surge on day 17). SO, glucose & insulin were normal but my progesterone was lower than expected. I have googled it and I have none of the symptoms or usual imbalances that go hand in hand (usually oestrogen is too high if pg is low??) Doc didn't sound overly worried, said that with me not being a 28 day cycle as they usually work off it's a bit hit and miss and has given me a referral to test on CD21 next mth...

    Has anyone experienced a low pg result but had all other hormones etc well within normal levels. I had a little depression session about the result on fri with the thought that there is something not right

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    Hi, sorry to hear you have had a rough trott, I personally haven't had this problem but thought I would send you my love and support. I dint have any conception 'issues' but it still took my husband and I about 8months to fall preg with DS so just try to air back relax and DTD! I know it's really hard but when you are stressed and up tight your body may resist implantation so try your hardest to enjoy the ride and relax. If you are really concerned maybe make an appointment with a fertility specialist or a doctor that specializes in hormones. Good luck!! Lots of luck and sending baby vibes to you! Xxx

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    Even when everything works perfectly it can take about 12 mths to get pg (or so i've been told). And you still have a way to go before you get to that. But i know how you feel... every month feels like forever. I remember thinking "it's a myth! This isn't how you make a baby... cos it's not working!" (But it did after a few cycles!)

    As to the low progesterone.... My obstetrician told me that although they can test for it it's not an exact science: there isn't a proven 'range' that is normal or below normal. There's a bit of guess work involved. So yours might be on the lower side but still be just fine for baby making. But i guess you could see a specialist if there's nothing happening soon, for an opinion. BUt having regular cycles of 24+ days is good news too: usually means you are ovulating ok. Good luck!

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    I've had low progesterone amongst a number of other factors. I think one of the main things is to work out when you ovulate and count how many days your luteal phase is. A luteal phase at minimum should be 10 days but ideally between 12-14 days to support implantation. Sometimes it can be a bit short if you have low progesterone. From what you're saying your probably have a good length luteal phase as your probably ovulate somewhere about CD19. The day 21/22 test which you had works off a 14 day ovulation (approx) I think so you might get more information if you have it done a certain amount of days after ovulations - I'm not 100% on that but it's worth raising with your doctor if you want to retest.

    If you end up taking awhile to conceive there are some natural medicines and western medicines you can look into to strengthen your progesterone. A Fertility Specialist or Naturopath can advise you further. If you want some further tests you could get your thyroid and vitamin D done (if you haven't already) issues with these areas can affect progesterone productions in some people. This might not be the case with you but it was for me.

    Good luck, I'm sure it will happen for you soon.

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    Hi Ladies, thanks. Well after all the stress would you believe we have ended up with a !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (a couple of hrs after I posted mind you)

    Omg, omg, omg, omg I had to do a few tests just to make sure the one before wasn't faulty. I actually didnt tell hubby on Sun night for fear that it was wrong and left the next +ve test in the ensuite for when he went in for a shower Mon night. haha he was so funny, like a little kid in a candy store

    When I spoke to my doc, she said not to worry about the result (I had read that low progesterone may be a contributing factor in some miscarriages) as it was a hit and miss. She wasn't concerned at all though and has mailed a referral for another barrage of bloods. Better get use to that...

    hooray!!!

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    Congrats babe!!! I'm sooo excited for you!!! That's fantastic news. Soak up that happy uncontrollable excited feeling of being pregnant and I hope you have a H & H pregnancy!! Lots of love and god bless!! Xx

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    CONGRADULATIONS!!!!

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