Friday, March 7, 2008


I talked to the nurse today--she's so nice, thank God! She said that the low progesterone was due to my progesterone level dropping too quickly, rather than to not ovulating. I did some research using the all-knowing Dr. G.oogle (ha!) and what I found indicates that anything above 2.5 (on some sites) or 5 (on other sites) is taken to be evidence of ovulation. So, I'm less worried about that! Thank you for the support, too! It's really nice to know I'm not alone!

When I had short luteal phases before, my hormone profile showed that my progesterone (and estradiol, for that matter) increased to just about average levels by Peak +7 (which is why the low Peak +7 level surprised me), and then crashed too quickly after that. I was diagnosed with late luteal phase defect. I always assumed that it was due to the PCOS, but I'm not sure if that's an accurate assumption.

So, I'm back on hCG injections--not a big surprise there--and need to wait another cycle to watch the levels improve. Argh! I mean, yes, I know that it's best to make sure everything's working before attempting another pregnancy, but it's so hard to be patient!

I called the pharmacy, and they have one vial left, which they're saving for me! If you use hCG, check on your refills! I've been off of it since December, so I might be finding out about this late, but apparently there are shortages right now . . . So, thank you God, I'm heading to the pharmacy before the end of the day to pick mine up, even though I won't start injections for a couple of weeks.


MT said...

Hi! I enjoy reading your blog. My name is Maria, I'm Catholic, 41, and recently married (6/16/07). I had surgery on Feb. 12th and found out on that day that I have endometriosis and possible infertilty. I'd love to hear from you and anybody else who would like to write.

May God Bless you.

LifeHopes said...

Yes P says his patients are running into the problem of HCG shortages. Apparently there has been some evidence to show that HCG has some properties that can contribute to weight loss.

So I guess everyone is buying it up for that reason.

Jen said...

I hadn't heard that about hCG. Thanks for the heads up.


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