Low progesterone levels can interfere with a woman’s ability to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term.
Progesterone is a hormone that is required for a healthy pregnancy. After ovulation, the ovary produces progesterone to prepare the uterus for implantation and support the early developing pregnancy. When there are insufficient amounts of the hormone, successful implantation may not take place. This condition is known as a luteal phase defect because it occurs during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.
Ovulation monitoring kits that can be purchased without a prescription and used at home can help determine the length of the luteal phase. A short luteal phase (less than 11 days) may be seen in the case of low progesterone levels. Blood samples are also used to evaluate progesterone levels.
Treatment of low progesterone
Progesterone is administered to raise the level of the hormone and is available in the form of vaginal creams, vaginal gels and vaginal suppositories. It may also be given in injectable forms. In most cases, treatment is only necessary during the first trimester, although a small percentage of women require treatment beyond the early weeks of pregnancy.
Dr. Susan Hudson at Texas Fertility Center New Braunfels specializes in fertility treatments for women who may have low progesterone. Dr. Hudson sees and treats infertility patients from San Antonio, New Braunfels and throughout South Central Texas. Call today to schedule your consultation.