I need your advice on…progesterone suppositories
I forgot to mention in last night’s post that there was one hiccup at the RE appointment. I don’t know if I mentioned it here but when my beta number came back at 10,475 my progesterone also came back… at 12. This is obviously lower than the 25 or so that is expected (or at least desired) at almost 5 weeks. My OB was nonplussed (also her reaction to my high beta) and my RE didn’t seem too concerned but when I met with him on Friday he brought it up, saying it wasn’t necessarily a cause for alarm but also that it wasn’t what he would hope to see. He suggested progesterone suppositories since this is a “highly desired pregnancy” (damned straight!) and “it’s better to be safe than sorry.” He wrote me a prescription and the nurse was all set to fill it but when I asked how much it cost she told me she wasn’t sure but she thought it was expensive. I asked her to just give me the Rx and the list of pharmacies and said I would deal with it.
It’s not that I’m against taking progesterone in the first trimester and I recognize that my levels are lower that would be expected. I’ve always had low progesterone and I worried about it with my pregnancy with Isa. Unfortunately I never got my levels checked then (if I had and they were similarly low I would probably assume that is just how my body works and not worry). The biggest thing is I don’t want to spend a lot of money. Just the ultrasound on Friday was $300, which for us is a massive amount of money. I’m not sure I can afford another blow of those proportions in the next two weeks.
In the end I know it comes down to one question: if I don’t use the suppositories and something goes wrong, can I live with the possibility that the suppositories would have made the difference? For me, this choice is really about regret management and I’m not sure what to do.
So I need your wisdom and advice. First of all, are progesterone suppositories expensive? Is there a generic brand I can request even if my doctor ordered the more expensive name brand (probably what he did)? Is it as horrible shoving progesterone up your va-jay-jay for 6+ weeks as it seems like it would be? Do you think, with a 19DPO level of 12 it’s very necessary. Please know that I know none of you are medical professionals and I will not be taking your advice as such (that is meant to take pressure off not disregard your suggestions), but I also know that you’ve all done this shit before and you’re pretty well versed in the ins and outs of “highly desired pregnancies” and you have great advice that I’m hoping you’ll share.
Thanks in advance!
PS I should add that I have Kaiser and my OB there will not write this Rx so I will be filling it without insurance. If anyone knows how much it costs out of pocket, I’d appreciate it.