Miscarriage, I believe linked to low progesterone

by Misty
(Watauga, Texas )

My story begins when I had just turned 35. I was due to start my AF and while walking to the mailbox one day, I pasted a rather LARGE blood clot. I was alarmed so I called my mom. She said that I was getting older and that these things can happen. I thought maybe I was pregnant and maybe didn't know it. My mom asked if I was in any pain. I informed her that I wasn't. She then said that she didn't think I was having a miscarriage because I would be in pain.

Well, I had 3 more cycles intermittently that had extremely large clots, one so much that I bled out while working at my job as a pharmacy tech at Walmart.

I decided it was time to reach out to my OB/GYN. After discussing my symptoms, she suggested that I have a uterine ablasion. I had just split up my significant other of 6 years and had no children, however, didn't want to eliminate my chances of having them in the future.

After a couple more cycles of heavy flow/clotting, and after beginning to date a new concerned boyfriend, I went to a specialist at the medical school here where I live. After a saline hysterosonogram, the results were inconclusive.

Time went on and 1 week before my wedding, I found out I was pregnant, 5wks 6 days. I saw the heartbeat ever so faint on the sonogram, but it was there. My doctor was the one who pointed it out. About a week after my wedding, I went for my follow up visit only to find out that I had what was called a "missed abortion/miscarriage". I ended up having to have a DNC to remove the "products of conception" as the doctors "affectionately" called it.

After the DNC, my AF was normal for a few months, then the same thing began to occur again.

I had some tests done for my FSH and for my progesterone, and low and behold (!) I had low progesterone. After much research on the internet, I believe this may have been why I miscarried.

My doctor does not believe in supplementing progesterone. I have been supplementing on my own. I'm now about to turn 39. My husband is having his own issue with fertility now (low testerone/no sperm). I am beginning to believe it was a miracle that we became pregnant in the first place. I have been supplementing the progesterone for about 2 months now. I have still been experiencing heavy flow/clotting, however, I am hopeful that in the long run the progesterone supplementation will help this. And maybe, just maybe, the good Lord will bless my husband and I with a successful pregnancy.

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Jan 14, 2011
Miscarriage, I believe linked to low progesterone
by: Wray

Hi Misty I love your humour, "products of conception", I've not heard that before, and I've had 5 miscarriages, only one D&C though. Low progesterone is often the cause of a miscarriage. And if recurrent miscarriages occur, it's given by fertility specialists to prevent a further one. Not in my case, but that was 30 years ago. Progesterone also prevents heavy bleeding, but I've found a high amount is normally needed to help this. Dependant on the severity from 400-600mg/day. I don't know how much you are using, but if you find it not helping, please consider increasing the amount. But before you do please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance, and our page on How to use progesterone cream. We also have a page on Pregnancy which you might find helpful. Progesterone is as important to men as it is to women. It seems a low testosterone is not as critical as low progesterone, see here, here and here, here and here. Please consider both of you having a vitamin D test done, it's low in most us and it affects every cell, including our genes. For more info see the Vitamin D council website.
And these papers here, here, here and here. Take care Wray

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