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Old Nov 18th, 2010, 14:56 PM   61
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That's much clearer now, I was getting myself all confused! Thank you

Yes, I'm in the UK. So if my level is low and I happen to get a bfp I'll ring my doc and go in for hcg and progesterone bloods to check how my levels are.

Thank you again



 
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Old Nov 18th, 2010, 14:57 PM   62
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Old Nov 19th, 2010, 08:04 AM   63
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Just got my results back. 47.8 nmol/L, I have found a conversion tool to convert it from nmol/L into ng/mL and it puts me at 15 ng/mL.

My GP has marked that as normal, is that right? x



 
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Old Nov 19th, 2010, 15:04 PM   64
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Yup!! The minimum level for normal is 30, so your level is GREAT (the US figures are 10 for normal, 15 is great - they like to see a 15 on medicated/clomid cycles).
FX'd for you!!



 
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Old Nov 19th, 2010, 15:54 PM   65
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Yay! I'm so happy about that!! I honestly thought they'd be low..

The thing is, I'm 9dpo today and have started spotting already.. It's either IB or the usual spotting before AF. I do wonder whether my levels are good post ov, but drop too quickly (around 9-10dpo).

I guess this wouldn't be a good thing??

This ttc is so hard!



 
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Old Nov 19th, 2010, 16:06 PM   66
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I was worried also that my levels might drop too fast, but really there isn't a good way to tell if that is going on or not (its not something they have a way of testing and lots of historical data to compare for normal levels etc). Also, most embryos would implant on or before 10dpo.. so as long as your levels recovered after implantation, I don't know that it would be hurting your chances... but I totally understand the worry since I had the same concern before I found out my levels were actually low to begin with.

If your progesterone levels are fine at 7dpo, then the spotting is usually completely unrelated to progesterone. I'm not sure what all the other causes of spotting might be, but I sort of remember them not being things that would really hinder your fertility.

FX'd for implantation spotting... the cruelest thing about spotting before AF is how much it messes with your head when you get the spotting. UGH



 
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Old Nov 19th, 2010, 17:38 PM   67
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Thank you, that is sooo reassuring!

I'll mention it to my fs on Monday but I'm not going to worry about it anymore, as that certainly won't be helping!

I don't think you realise how greatful I am for all of you help over the last week or so, you have really helped me. So thankyou xx



 
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Old Nov 19th, 2010, 17:43 PM   68
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I do realize... because I was just as lost and confused at first!! This very issue is what led me to this site where I've learned more from the wonderful ladies here than I did on all my googling. (As you can tell by my post count, I've made myself quite at home here )



 
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Old Dec 31st, 2011, 07:27 AM   69
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HEY THERE EVERYONE, I NEED SOME HELPS BIG TIME!!! OK SO I GOT TESTED FOR EVERYTHING ON DAY 5 OF CYCLE AS HUBBY HAD AN EXTREEMLY LOW SPERM COUNT AND THEY ARE NOW CHECKING IM OK. ALL LEVELS CAME BACK FINE BUUUUUUUT MY PROGESTERONE! THEY SAID IT WAS LOW BUT THIS COULD BE BECAUSE IT WAS DAY 5 OF CYCLE? SO THEY ARE TESTING ME NEXT WED WHICH IS DAY 21. SHE SAID THERES NO NEED TO FAST OR ANYTHING BUT IM AFRAID IVE READ YOU SHOULD FAST AS EATING MAKES YOUR PROGESTERONE LEVELS 50 PERCENT LESS? WHAT SHALL I DO, HERES THE LINK I READ IT FROM: http://www.babymed.com/fertility-tes...sterone-levels



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Old Dec 31st, 2011, 22:01 PM   70
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I did not fast before all my progesterone tests (and am not convinced it made a difference... I always had low progesterone except for the cycle I got pregnant on). On day 5 your progesterone SHOULD be low.
Progesterone is the hormone your body makes after ovulation, it helps prepare the lining of the uterus to accept an egg. It peaks at 7 days after ovulation, then if no pregnancy/implantation occurs, its starts to taper off (if you implant late, it usually recovers and rises again). The drop in progesterone is actually what signals your body to start shedding the lining of your uterus and causes a period.

So if your progesterone was high at cycle day 5, then that would actually be a bad thing. They'll test you at day 21 to confirm ovulation happened. They are assuming you have a 28 day cycle and ovulate on day 14.. not all women do. If your cycle is the same length each time but is not 28 days, then you should have your progesterone tested 7 days before your period is due.



 
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