Annovulation, Low Progesterone, Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, Infertility

by Beth

I have never had a regular period. I would go long periods of time without a period until I finally went an entire year without one when I was 17. At the time I was fairly underweight with poor nutrition. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome based on blood work and put on birth control. I was on the birth control pill for about 6 years until I stopped in order to try to get pregnant. I also had surgery for a mild case of endometriosis about the same time.

After three months with no period I went to a OBGYN and she ran some blood work. She said it all looked normal, and went ahead and sent me to a Reproductive Endocrinologist. I was diagnosed with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea. Over the course of two years I tried Clomid, then Menopur and HCG shots, and lastly Menopur and HCG shots with IUI. The only option I haven't tried is IVF.

I decided to take a break from fertility treatments for 9 months and focus on nutrition. I have switched to eating whole foods and try to avoid processed foods. I recently took a saliva test and discovered I have low Progesterone and DHEA. I am now on my second round of Progesterone cream. The first round of Progesterone cream seemed to work well with a period starting before I finished the 12 days of applications. My temperature, which was previously around 96.8, had jumped to around 97.7. After stopping the cream my temperature never went down. I have now started a second round of Progesterone cream and have had no change in temperature. My question is if I should continue taking progesterone cream until I get a period and if this is the best way for me to promote ovulation. Even with fertility treatments, I have probably only ovulated a couple times in the last 10 years. Thank you for any input.

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Jan 23, 2014
Natural Progesterone and Miscarriage
by: Patty

Hi, I just wanted to state the importance of Natural Progesterone and increasing your luteal phase as well as having enough progesterone to hold on to a pregnancy. Many women who have had miscarriages have found out that they had low thyroid function and/or low progesterone. It would be good to do research on this site since Wray is temporarily on a rest break.

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