I have had 15 miscarriages and want to share
Since the title is so sad, I have to state that I do have 2 live children as well... thanks to progesterone!
Years ago there was little research in the area of stress and infertility, or I couldn't find it anyway. I had one doctor tell me I wasn't ovulating when I clearly was as I was having positive pregnancy tests and then heavy painful bleeding with my miscarriages. Another doctor found that my level was borderline normal to low and that progesterone lozenges/troches were her protocol. Having taken Prometrium pills with no success, I endured the gag inducing chocolate troches for 12 weeks with each of my successful pregnancies. With each gag and rush of fatigue I knew it was working so I didn't care... having had 5-6 miscarriages by the time of my first pregnancy to term... I was willing. Now, my youngest is 6 and I am trying for a third (with a new and nicer husband)... my new ob will not prescribe the troches and will not prescribe anything until I get a + test!
SO, knowing my history, I have turned to natural progesterone cream. I called the compound pharmacy which gave me the troches and asked for comparison results using the cream... she said you never know exactly how it will be absorped by each person, but it should do the trick just perhaps without the "rush" of fatigue and nausea.
I now understand the interplay of stress and miscarriage... the stress hormone causes the progesterone to shut down (as I read here that is because its needed to produce the stress hormone to begin with so it can't focus on the job of maintaining pregnancy). First time I read that I was brought to tears over all my losses... each one of them to stress (and I'm talking extreme, abusive and long term stress) My body was probably in adrenal fatigue and I didn't know it. Its like taking the RU486 pills which act to block progesterone to cut of the pregnancy. All my miscarriages were as instantaneous as those are described to be, instantaneous to the stressor that is.
Not having access to the troches and prior to trying the cream, I had an additional 9 miscarriages. I am hoping that the cream will do what it needs to help me through a successful pregnancy! If not, help with my symtoms of estrogen dominance.