Monday, December 10, 2012

The Results Are In

So, the results! My number was 10.3 ng/mL. To get an idea of what that means, here are the normal ranges for progesterone.

For females 18 or older:
Follicular Phase (Before ovulation)     < 1.0
Luteal Phase (After ovulation)            2.6 - 21.5
Postmenopausal                                < 0.5      

So, I'm within the range, but it's still considered low! Most doctors say that anything above a 10 shows that you ovulated, so that's really good that mine is above that. However, it's still low, so my body might not be getting enough progesterone to make a good, thick, healthy lining. If there isn't a good lining, the egg can't implant well, therefore causing miscarriages.

Do you know what that means?

I think (I hope!) I have my answer.

I haven't confirmed with my doctor for sure what we will be doing, but I'm almost certain that I will be taking Prometrium during the luteal phase to increase my progesterone. So, when (yes, I'm going to say "when!") I get pregnant, my levels won't be low anymore, and I shouldn't lose the baby.

When I opened my test result today and saw the number, I just sat in the car and cried of relief. I hope this is it! And I hope that my doctor agrees that it's too low and allows me to take the medication. It doesn't hurt to take it, so if I want it, I should be able to have it just in case.


Jules said...

Hurray! I hope this turns out to be your solution! In this case, I'm glad your numbers were on the low side :)

Drew said...

"Well, apparently in the medicine community, negative means 'good'." That doesn't really relate here I guess, but it's what came to mind when I was reading this. It's so crazy how sometimes something can just be the major obstacle. Hopefully this was that for you, and you'll get it worked out now that you know!