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Old 10-28-2005, 10:16 AM   #1
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I have a question re: progesterone. My levels were checked as 10. Is this low? I have spotting prior to AF. Is this a sign of lpd?
Also, I wanted to try a natural progesterone cream. Can anyone recommend one? any ingredients should it include (and/or to avoid)? where do I get it?
Thanks for any help!

 
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Old 10-31-2005, 10:14 AM   #2
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Anyone there???? I really need help! Thanks

 
Old 10-31-2005, 03:53 PM   #3
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I don't know about the spotting and LPD. I have also been experiencing that lately and cannot get a good answer as to why it is happening. I think a progesterone level of 10 is good, but on the low side. I've read that 10 or above is ideal. This is just what I've read though, it's not from personal experience. As far as using progesterone creams, the thing to look for is NATURAL not synthetic. It should say Progesterone USP on the label. There are many brands, but I've heard the best is Emerita. It was the first one ever made and most health food stores carry it. You apply it from O to AF (about a 1/4 tsp 2x/day) so you really have to keep up with your cycle well. Also, have you been BBT charting? If you do this you will havea good idea of what your LP is. Even though I get spotting before AF, my temps stay raised for exactly 14 DPO. Therefore, my LP is still in the normal range. Oh! And you may consider taking vitex b/v it is supposed to lengthen the LP.

 
Old 11-01-2005, 10:07 AM   #4
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If you are seeing an gyn or re you can also try progesterone suppositories. They are kinda messy, but if you do have lpd they should help. Also, when you do get pregnant, they can help sustain the pregnancy if you have low progesterone issues. My re puts all of her patients on it. If you do get pregnant, you would stay on them until 9-12wks. Just a suggestion.

I also heard that if you have bleeding before af, it can make implantation more difficult. I'm not sure if it's true, but it would be worth asking your dr.

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Old 11-01-2005, 12:17 PM   #5
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Thanks so much for the advice!!! another quick question: would using progesterone cream prevent AF from coming even if i'm not pregnant????

 
Old 11-02-2005, 07:57 AM   #6
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I've heard two thought on this. Personally, I've used the cream for 2 cycles and have not had any changes in when AF arrives. I know someone that was on the suppositories though (DR prescribed) and it did delay her AF. It was kind of upsetting b/c she of course thought she was preg. It may just be that the Rx is stonger than the OTC creams. The important thing is to take the smallest dose. It's not a situation where more is better.

 
Old 11-02-2005, 08:32 AM   #7
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Forgot to mention, you may want to consider using Vitex. It's an herb that stimulates porgesterone production and balances hormones. It takes about 2-3 cycles to see the effects, but I can tell you first-hand that it does work. I've been on it for about 2 months and this cycle I Oed on CD 13 instead of CD 20, which is my usual.

 
Old 11-18-2005, 12:34 PM   #8
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Thanks so much greenjppixie.

Am I supposed to stop the cream on Day 28, or stop when AF arrives?????

 
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