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High progesterone levels
24 posts on this thread and the last post was on August 11th, 2006 9:45 PM by TracyR
hopefulnicci - August 10th, 2006 6:06 AM

After months of reading your threads i feel confident enough to ask a question, in the hope of some support!! DH and i have been ttc for 2 1/2 years, i've PCOS so am on #2 of clomid (CD1-5 100mg). i had my progesterone level checked 7dpo and it was 78.7!!! Now 10dpo HPT=BFN! what is going on, is it likely that i'm pregnant or not? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, i'm driving myself crazy!


Tracy88 - August 10th, 2006 8:20 AM

Hopefulnicci, unfortunately the high progesterone level does not necessarily indicate pregnancy, but does however, indicate that you had a super ovulation. You may very well be PG, but progesterone levels can only be looked at as indicator of ovulation. I was on clomid for three cycles, two of which I had great progesterone levels, but never got PG. The two cycles that my progesterone was high my period was late, and each time the doc thought I could be PG. A high progesterone level just means that you produced probably more than one follicle, but you will never know how many unless you had ultrasounds before you ovulated. Once the follicles release the egg they are holding, they collapse and produce the hormone progesterone in order to prepare your uterus for implantation. On clomid though, there is always the risk that your lining is not thick enough to sustain an implanting embryo regardless of how high your progesterone is. Since clomid obviously worked for me ovulation-wise, I have continued to wonder if perhaps my lining was thinned due to the drug, and therefore did not get PG. I will never know though since noone did an ultrasound on me mid-cycle to make sure my lining was thick enough. I wish you the best, and you never know, it may work for you. I highly recommend asking for an ultrasound mid cycle next time though (if there is a next time!)


hopefulnicci - August 10th, 2006 9:02 AM

Thankyou Tracy i appreciate you taking the time to answer at length like that. Guess we will just have to keep our fingers and toes crossed, p.s they'll be crossed for you too!


hopefulnicci - August 10th, 2006 9:20 AM

Out of curiosity what were your levels on clomid at cd21 Tracy? and is there anyone else out there who was pregnant following a high progesterone level??


Tracy88 - August 10th, 2006 10:39 AM

My first month was 32.2, my second month was a bust with a 12, and my third month was a 53. My older sister got PG with clomid, so with levels like that I thought for sure it would work for me too. Your level is definitely awesome, so don't give up hope until the hag shows her face. IF by chance you are late for AF and still getting BFN's, don't be surprised because clomid can make your cycle longer. I hope you get your BFP though because I don't wish TTC struggles on anyone. Good luck!


hopefulnicci - August 10th, 2006 12:27 PM

Thanks again Tracy! i hope it's not in vain, i'm SO knackered i feel i haven't slept for weeks (more than likely a side effect from the rotten hormone) gutted if it's all for nothing. It's all such an emotional rollercoster isn't it, impossible not to become obsessed. How long have you been ttc?


linds99 - August 10th, 2006 12:33 PM

That is a very high number. If you are pregnant, that is a good number to have, it means your corupus luteum is producing sufficiently to hold a baby. Usually at 7 dpo they want at least 15-20 ml. So that is way high. Try testing at 10 DPO...I bet you totally will get a positive!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ALLLLLL The Luck for you!!! I hope you get what you want this time.


linds99 - August 10th, 2006 12:34 PM

I'm sorry, I just saw you said you tested at 10 days, try again at 14...you may have misjudged ovulation or implantation may have taken longer...


Tracy88 - August 10th, 2006 2:04 PM

Hopefulnicci, I am 36 and have been TTC for about two years now. I was in the unexplained category until I had a laparoscopy a month ago. Still, what the doc found was easily treated and there is no reason for me not to get PG. We are trying naturally this cycle, but I am being monitored to see how my body works on its own. I am currently 8dpo, so stuck in the horrible TWW. I am obsessing big time! If I don't get PG naturally this cycle we are going to start injectables soon. AF is due for me anywhere from Wednesday through Sunday of next week. I ovulated on cd10, so I have no idea if my luteal phase will be longer than 14 days. I'm still waiting on the results from my progesterone test for this cycle. Let's hope it was good for a natural cycle. Keep in touch, I want to see how things work out for you. I really hope you get your BFP because you have been trying longer than I have, and I don't know how you've made it without pulling all your hair out and crying a river! I am at my wits end.


hopefulnicci - August 10th, 2006 2:14 PM

Tracy, i am SO at my wits end, and have cried more this month, than i have ever done in my life!!! (? down to clomid!) I also happen to be a community Midwife, and in the last few weeks i have very seriously considered quiting as i'm finding it harder and harder to book newly pregnant couples. My DH thinks i should quit (but i guess thats just the only solution he can find to the ongoing sarga! other than that he's getting more and more supportive, as i guess he understands everything more and more each cycle _ i suppose i could be glad of that!) Tell me a bit more about you, and yes i'll definetly keep in touch and let you know what happens, if you do!! Hello to Linds also thanks for your input please stick around, it'd be good to get to know the pair of you, and any others that may join us, lots of love and luck to us all!


Ann1 - August 10th, 2006 2:46 PM

hopefulnicci, don't assume you aren't pg yet. I got a bfn on 10dpo and ended up getting a bfp on the night of 11dpo (i.e. almost 12dpo). But, everyone is different. Some people don't get a bfp until 14dpo or so. Good luck!


linds99 - August 10th, 2006 3:14 PM

No prob Tracy... let us know when you take your next test. Inspiring tidbit Ann...interesting how HCG levels changes day to day.


Ann1 - August 10th, 2006 3:45 PM

linds99, also fyi, I suspect that the Dollar Tree tests are really not as sensitive as they say on the box (say they detect 20miu of hcg). I used a brand-name opk the night of 11dpo and got the surge (equivelent to a bfp). The morning of 12dpo, I used an Early Response test and got a bright line.


linds99 - August 10th, 2006 4:05 PM

That is awesome Ann. You are pregnant....you did it! Do you feel like you are?


Ann1 - August 10th, 2006 4:22 PM

linds99, yes, finally and thanks. That is after ttc for over 2 years, getting a hysteroscopy to shave fibroids and remove a polyp, a lap (found and removed endo), one failed round of clomid w/o iui, and 7 failed iuis (5 w/clomid and 2 w/injectibles--62 shots total that I gave myself). After all that, I turned up pg naturally while waiting for ivf. Go figure!! I am only 11 weeks, but I am showing a lot. I haven't been sick at all, but yes, I definitely feel pg!! How long have you been ttc?


linds99 - August 10th, 2006 4:53 PM

Maybe you have twins??? The reason why you are showing so early :) That is just an amazing an very inspiring story. I felt like such a loser last month because I did my first round of clomid and hcg shot (I have PCOS) and did two IUIs...and nada. Anyway, now reading what you have had to go through, I'm thinking that I have a long road ahead of me...thanks for sharing that with me.


linds99 - August 10th, 2006 4:55 PM

I've been trying for a year...I'm waiting on a canceled cycle right now because I have two left over follicles that did not release last month. It just sucks, wasting time, until I can start Clomid again. How did you stay sane??? I'm doing my best, but have my days.


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