Do I need to take Progesterone?

by Raga

I am pregant and it is my 8th week. When I met my Dr yesterday she asked me to take Susten 200 (Progesterone). It was my first visit after my pregnacy.

As per my first scan report, i dont see anything wrong with the fetus. Fetus heart rate is 140 BPM. My periods used to be irregular (33 days) for the past six months. I have a small fibroid over my uterus (1.4 X 1.3 CM). I have small cysts measuring 1.2 X 1.0, 1.0 X 0.9, 1.1 X 1.1 CMS on my right ovary.

Dr gave Letrozole from day 3 to day 7 the month in which I got pregnant. Even for Letrozole we saw a lot of negative comments that it is used to treat breast cancer and not for ovulating. Finally when we met another Dr she said that it is not wrong to take this. At last, with no options, we took it.

After looking into many sites I am realllllllllly scared to take this Progesterone. I hear mostly all negatvies about it.

Please help me, should I need to take this, or stop it and move to another Dr. and get a second opnion on it...

Millions of questions come into my mind. I am confused. Please help me and my poor kid...


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Sep 11, 2007
Progesterone and pregnancy
by: Wray

Dear G. Letrozole is an aromatase inhibitor that is used for the treatment of breast cancer. Letrozole blocks the production of oestrogen by 98% and raises testosterone levels, an action that would be extremely harmful to a foetus if taken during pregnancy.

It has also been used for ovulation induction by fertility doctors. Novartis, who make the drug, have declared that it is not approved for this and is not safe to use with pregnant women or women who may become pregnant.

On the other hand, progesterone is extremely safe to use during pregnancy. The body naturally makes 30-40 times the amount of progesterone during pregnancy compared to during the monthly cycle. Without it no woman would conceive or carry a child to term.

Many miscarriages are caused by a lack of progesterone, which is why women are given it. The Department of Endocrinology, Christian Medical College, Vellore-632004, India has successfully helped a woman have a child using micronized vaginal progesterone (Susten). The same progesterone you have been given. Take care Wray

Jan 27, 2010
That helps!
by: Ash

I am taking Susten 200 twice a day. I did have spotting most of last week and the previous. I have been informed to take complete bed rest now. We did a scan and the doc said that the baby is fine. Because of spotting again though doc has asked me to start taking injections. I am extremly worried about this. But your explanation on this site has helped to nullify a lot of my doubts. She has asked me to take another injection in 3 days and the tablets twice a day. This I shall do as I have seen this information on your site.

Thanks a lot.

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