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10/05/2013 at 13:44
I have an appointment to see a gynaecologist at the end of June.
My doctor thinks I have low progesterone.
They established this by doing day 21 blood tests but they did them on CD3 and then again on CD22 (its currently CD40 and still no AF).
But other than sending me every 7 days or so for them until an AF I don't see how they can ever time it properly for me (unknown cycle lengths).
Last week I had all of the symptoms I had before my last new cycle, really expected AF, had increased sex drive, menstrual cramps etc, but NOTHING happened.
Its made me think maybe I really do have low progesterone - as if you have low, you could still ovulate but you wouldn't bleed because the linings not built up enough? Is that right?
Does anyone have any advice on what tests I should / could request to establish whether I do actually have low progesterone?
10/05/2013 at 13:58
I had suspected low progesterone and both my successful pregnancies were supported by progesterone suppositories in the 1st trimester. I'm going back 4 years, and my memory is pretty sketchy now, but in my case it was nothing to do with not bleeding, I had very heavy periods, and I always ovulated, but that the progesterone levels didn't rise enough to sustain the pregnancy in the 1st trimester so I kept having early miscarriages. The only tests I had were the same ones you have, but it just happened that when I had one set it was during what turned out to be a miscarriage. The levels were higher than they would have been for day 3, had I not have had a pregnancy, but too low for that pregnancy to have been sustained.
You do have to be careful to get the timing right when taking it though, as if you take it too early it could stop you ovulating.
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