After reading Mel's comment on my last post, I decided to look into progesterone creams. I posted an answer to a question someone else asked on a message board regarding the use of progesterone creams after ovulation. The response came from an ob/gyn doctor in New Orleans. It's a bit disheartening to say the least. I figured I have bad eggs but his answer to her question really hits home. And according to him, I can't do anything about it by myself. Nice. Thanks for the pick me up, doc. Below that paragraph I posted another partial bit of information I found while doing some research. Let me tell you, this information really hits home, too. I have thyroid dysfunction. I also feel like I have PMS during my cycle when I shouldn't. My leutal phase seems to be ok, actually a bit long at times, but maybe that is a defect as well? Either way, a lot of this makes sense to me. I might not be ovulating a good egg (pretty likely) and that is causing the low progesterone which causes a hardly noticeable temp spike, thyroid issues, moodiness like PMS and trouble conceiving. Hmmm...sound like anyone you know?
Progesterone itself is classified as a thermogenic hormone. That is, it tends to raise your basal metabolic temperature by about one-half to one degree when it's secreted from an ovary that has successfully ovulated. It is secreted to adequate levels when there's been a decent ovulation. So treating low progesterone after a faulty ovulation is only wishful thinking. This won't help a bad egg. In the rare cases in which there's been an adequate ovulation but low progesterone, then progesterone will be useful to stabilize the implantation bed of the uterus for the fertilized egg. Repeated miscarriages may support this concern, but only a doctor trained for this can distinguish between the two.
Progesterone is the one hormone in the body of both male and female that regulates the entire endocrine system. That means that progesterone helps to keep all the other hormones in check, in balance. When there is a deficiency in progesterone the entire body can seem out of whack. Symptoms include all PMS and menopausal symptoms, thyroid dysfunction, low libido, infertility and pregnancy problems. Right now Iâ€™m going to focus on the role that progesterone plays in fertility.
Now, maybe I'm over reacting. Maybe I can help myself with the cream. I'm willing to give it a try and I'm thankful for the idea. I'd like to talk to a doctor about it first, though. Heck, I'd just like to find out if it's really the case. I wonder if I'd be able to convince my ob/gyn to do a fertility work up on me. I'm so done with doctors, though. The very thought of having to go in and talk about my infertility issues makes me want to wretch. But I'd like to know if I have low progesterone levels. At least I would have some sort of answer to the question that has been nagging at me for a while now. Thanks Mel for opening my mind to this possibility. I do appreciate it.