Progesterone to avoid miscarriage - caps inserted vaginally

by Tim Woodruff
(Bal Harbour FL usa)

My wife's doctor prescribed progesterone capsules for my wife to help her avoid a miscarriage, after we lost the last two babies within 2 months or less.

He told her to insert the capsules in her vagina, whereas the info sheet only mentions oral, and from the internet we found that there are progesterone gels intended for vaginal insertion.

Question: is it ok (effective and safe) to follow the doctor's instructions to insert the capsules in my wife's vagina? My wife called the doctor back when she saw that the info sheet only mentioned oral use for the capsules, but the doctor insisted it was ok.

Thank you.

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Sep 23, 2007
Progesterone to avoid miscarriage
by: Wray

Dear Tim, Yes it's perfectly safe. Progesterone comes in many forms, but in every one it's still progesterone. The oral variety is not well absorbed, only about 10% is effective, the rest is destroyed by the gut and the liver. So your doctor was quite correct in saying use the caps as pessaries, your wife will then get the full advantage of the progesterone.

Suppositories/pessaries normally range from 100-200mg each. She will need a high dose to prevent a miscarriage, so I always recommend the 200mg/day. If she prefers to use a cream which can be put anywhere including the vagina, please note it is absorbed as well as the vaginal route. We've helped many women with miscarriages using the cream. Hope this reassures you. Take care Wray

Sep 30, 2007
by: Anonymous

It would be a good idea if both you and your wife took zinc supplements. This is good for immunity and helps with fertility problems. It might be helpful to consider natural remedies as well.

May 05, 2010
by: Anonymous

I know that it helps avoid miscarriage. Lets say you put it in your vagina and it happens to come out a little bit on your underwear what does that mean please help out. Do these caps really help avoid miscarriage. Please help me out.

May 07, 2010
by: Wray

It's best to use them at night, lying down helps it stay in place. Alternatively use them as suppositories, as it can't leak out. It is always best to use progesterone at least twice a day though, so one in the am and one in the pm. Progesterone does help miscarriages, if the cause is a drop in progesterone levels. Please see this web page on pregnancy. Take care, Wray

Aug 07, 2011
progesterone caps
by: sheeba

I am having my IVF and my Dr. prescribed me the vaginal caps. I am a big women so my husband helps me out and inserts the caps but sometimes he does not insert I can still feel the powder on my finger. Is he doing something? I do lay down most of the time he inserts correct but occasionally he does that blunder I am very sad somebody pls. for the love of the lord help out. Thanks and God bless.

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