Progesterone**. It is, according to Wikipedia, is a C-21 steroid hormone involved in the female menstrual cycle, pregnancy (supports gestation) and embryogenesis (huh? I guess I need to look that one up too) of humans and other species. My doctors put me on it because of my previous loss as well as some suspected chemical pregnancies. They also tend to do it because it is inexpensive (relatively) and doesn’t do harm. At the end of my TWW, I’ll take a home pregnancy test (HPT) and see what the result is: if it is positive, I’ll keep taking the pills and if it is negative, I’ll stop and my period should start within 5 days and I repeat the whole process again.
Progesterone comes in two different forms: an oral pill and a vaginal suppository. I’m taking the suppository (only on a blog read by other women who know what I’m experiencing could I say that out loud) and I’m happy about it because supposedly it has much fewer emotional side effects. During the TWW, God only knows I need as few emotional triggers as possible!
I was told that progesterone can mimic pregnancy symptoms – which may get frustrating and mis-leading during the TWW, when I’m looking for signs. But, I’ll manage through them. Knock-on-wood the only symptoms that I have is some slight cramping and tugging in my belly area. Usually at this point, my boobs are pretty sore and tender. This time? Nothing. Nada.
What about you? What side effects have you encountered while taking progesterone?
The official (not major) side effects that one can encounter, as indicated by PubMed, include:
- breast tenderness or pain
- upset stomach
- muscle, joint, or bone pain
- mood swings
- excessive worrying
- runny nose
- vaginal discharge
- problems urinating
**Nothing on this page is medical advice or assistance. Please contact your physician for medical questions or concerns relating to progesterone, TTC or infertility – I might play one on the Internet but I’m not qualified!!