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Old Jan 6th, 2012, 09:56 AM   1
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21 day progesterone - confused, help with levels please!


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I am based in the UK. DH and I have been TTC for 11 months. I had my 21 day progesterone blood test done a week ago (although it was cd28 for me due to long cycles). Phoned to get the result today and I was told by the receptionist that the level was 118 and that my doctor had put a note on my record which said "Ovulation likely. Refer to gynae".

Sooo, I am totally confused now about what 118 means! I am guessing it is nmol/l although I wasn't told the units (not helpful).

Does this sound like a good level? It sounds high to me but not sure. Any one have any ideas?????

I am currently on cd35, AF is due on Sunday. Have been having spotting all week, think it's getting worse and expect to get me tomorrow or Sunday



 
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Old Jan 6th, 2012, 10:03 AM   2
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Not great with progesterone levels but how long is your LP? Seems long.

From what I remember anything over 30 is good so 118 sounds very good. But maybe there are different units. Good thing is you're ovulating.



 
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Not great with progesterone levels but how long is your LP? Seems long.

From what I remember anything over 30 is good so 118 sounds very good. But maybe there are different units. Good thing is you're ovulating.
Thanks Bean! Just checking on my chart now. I o'd on cd22 (Christmas eve) or cd 23 (use CBFM so not exactly sure), had blood text on 6 dpo / cd28, am now on cd35, LP is usually 14 days, so AF is due tomorrow or Sunday.

118 does sound weird doesn't it ... I am on the point of ringing the surgery back as I'm getting quite stressed thinking about it



 
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Old Jan 6th, 2012, 10:17 AM   4
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For some weird reason I thought Sunday was days away......

Have you taken a HPT test?



 
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Old Jan 6th, 2012, 10:20 AM   5
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Ok, I phoned back ... the level was 118 nmol according to the receptionist.

I found a bit more info on google, here is a extract as it might be useful to others:

"There is nothing wrong with having higher progesterone, it just means that mature egg or eggs were released and good level of progesterone for any possible pregnancy.

If you had a level of 83 nmol/l then this is really good. You could have released 2 eggs or it may just have been a really good mature single egg...unless you had scan then no way to know but certainly nothing to worry about.

Progesterone levels can vary quite a bit between cycles and also between women so I wouldn't try and compare your levels month to month, just know that you ovulated. Because progesterone can vary so much it can't be used to determine pregnancy. Some women may have a level of 31 nmol/l at 7dpo and get pregnant that month, others may have levels of 150 nmol/l (or more) and not conceive that month.
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So I am feeling a bit happier now. Well as happy as one can be when AF is due to arrive! Am hoping now that my high progesterone might mean I release more eggs as I'd quite like twins!



 
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That is good. Hopefullly you have lovely mature paired eggs. Hope the witch blows away. If it's not this cycle then fingers crossed for a BFP next month.

Good luck.



 
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Old Jan 6th, 2012, 10:38 AM   7
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Thanks again, Bean66! Yeah, looks like another month. Not so bothered now. Having DH's SA done on Monday and my Day 2-5 bloods on Tuesday, hopefully should know more in a couple of weeks.

Sending you lots of Sticky Babydust!



 
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Old Jan 6th, 2012, 10:44 AM   8
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Thanks.

I'm in London too. Where abouts are you if you don't mind me asking? I've booked to see my GP in 2 weeks as LP is only 10days (although I'm 11 dpo today :-) ) BUT this cycle i've been spotting since 0/1dpo.



 
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Hi, I live in Woking (not really London, I know!). Am thankful that I have a good GP who is refering me for treatment early (as only 11 months ttc).

Sorry to hear about your spotting. I've had that before and it was hard work

Are you worried about luteal phase problems? I don't know much about it apart from apparently, from what I gather, it is quite easy to treat. I've found lots of info on here and on the internet and it's a good support network. Sometimes it's nice to come on and let off steam with other people who understand.

Fx'd that everything goes well for you



 
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Thanks. I'm taking B complex seems to be doing the trick but never had this spotting before. Came off the pill in March and everything is taking a while to settle. With this spotting hoping I can get GP to check everything is ok.

Fingers crossed for you too.



 
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