August 14, 2007

Progesterone Scare

Why does this process have to be so damned hard?

Every time I start to let myself get comfortable and relax a little, I get smacked upside the head with something that is cause for concern.

This time, it's my progesterone level. My clinic usually stops the PIO and suppositories at 9 weeks, so I went in last Monday to have my estradiol and progesterone levels tested. They were 958 and 45, respectively. The clinic told me to stop the shots.

Because I lean toward the paranoid side, I insisted on continuing the suppositories (with the clinic's blessing) and retesting again (which is something they don't usually do).

The results of yesterday's testing: estradiol is 543 and progesterone is 15.4. I'm not quite as concerned about the estradiol at the moment, but I'm on the verge of hysterical about the progesterone. From what I've been able to find online, it should be around 30 at 10 weeks. I'm 10w2d.

So far, I haven't had any spotting. I did have some minor pains last night and this morning that weren't totally familiar and made me a little concerned, but I was managing to stay calm.

I have a previously scheduled ob appointment in about 4 hours. I'm really scared. I can't imagine that such a huge drop in progesterone is 1) a good thing for the baby; 2) a good thing for the pregnancy in general; 3) a good sign about my body's ability to maintain a pregnancy.

Please excuse me while I go find a paper bag to breathe into for the next 4 hours... I'll post again tonight.

1 comment:

Anna said...

Well, that's completely terrifying. Okay, from what I remember about my own pg, I was on 2 cc of PIO dialy, then they had me discontinue it at about 10 weeks and retest - it was low, so back on the suppositories I went until 13 weeks. I remember them saying they wanted to see it over 12. After the 1st trimester, apparently the placenta takes over creating enough progesterone. It's like a crutch, taking this stuff and is scary to try to come off of it.

I'm glad you have an appointment in a few hours. I really want this to work for you - I'm keping everything crossed and I'll check back this evening for an update. Hang in there!