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My husband, David, and I had been trying to have a baby since November of 2007. After 'letting things happen', we got the amazing news that we were pregnant in June of 2008. Sadly, that pregnancy ended at 9 weeks with a natural miscarriage. After two more chemical pregnancies, we turned to fertility treatments in 2009. That decision was a disaster, with lousy medical care and poor monitoring. In December of 2009, we made the huge decision to move onto IVF. Things fell into place like magic and we began treatment on January 15, 2010. After a blighted ovum in March, we did a successful FET in June, only to endure another blighted ovum in July. We kept up and underwent another IVF in September/October of 2010 with the arrival of our son, Brogan in July of 2011! After our lovely success (finally) we decided to undertake yet another IVF treatment and hope for a sibling for our little red headed boy. Well... so far it's worked. Our story continues below!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

To Recap It All....

Okay... realized I don't have a timeline that I can go back to... one that is written out for all of us who like to see the days and times and numbers written out in simple form. So.. here it is:

MC last July at 8.5 weeks, the day after we saw HB....

I was tested in December and have low progesterone, 9.6.

My doc put me on 50mg clomid in January and progesterone at 8DPO was 40.

I had already asked the doctor twice about progesterone supplements. He said:

Progesterone is 'ancient' and a 'waste of money'. He said doctors prescribed it to make their patients feel a false sense of security.

We got pregnant 2nd round clomid (February)....

I went to my regular doc for the supplement and she refused to go around my obgyn (he's the resident RE - we are in a small town)... That was about 14DPO.... She wouldn't even give me a beta because I had 12 positive tests and they were getting darker.

At 17DPO I started spotting a teeny bit and temp dropped... lines on tests became lighter.
So I went to the obgyn and he did give me a beta and I INSISTED on a progesterone count.

At 18DPO I went back to his office, and begged for a script, but found out my beta was 6. Horrid considering I was getting tests for ten days with lines. The baby was dying... and the timing was PERFECT for a dying corpus luteum and me failing to produce the progesterone needed between 2 and 14 weeks!

I insisted on pushing my point the obgyn, an older, 'been there done that' doc. He said 'show me something on the internet that proves progesterone works!' and I replied 'show me something in your medical journals that proves it doesn't.'

I walked out with a script for progesterone - with no instructions on how or when to use it, or how much to take, and my baby dying, or already have died. Too Late!

I did my research.... and in REOCCURING miscarriages, progesterone can improve the chances of a live birth from 30% to 80%

1 comment:

  1. ugh. it's the not knowing if it would have helped that is so frustrating. I'm so sorry Sonya. Virtual hugs to you. =(