Friday, August 22, 2008


So I called the Dr.'s office yesterday to let them know that the progesterone I'm taking is not solving my spotting issues.

Me: My spotting showed up yesterday. Should I double my dose since I have extra pills?

Nurse: What day in your cycle did you start taking them?

Me: CD19. I've been taking them for 4 days.

Nurse: (mumbling to herself) So that would have be CD1 for you... just stop taking them, your period will come.

Me: Stop taking them? What!?!

Nurse: What?

Me: Wha...never mind. I can't stop taking them, they're supposed to prevent spotting and keep my lining lookin' good.

Nurse: Ooohhh. Ok, let me get your chart...(long pause, and I can hear her talking to another nurse in the background)...ok, so you are supposed to be taking 200mg of progesterone at night. And it says here your lining looks great.

Me: Right. But I'm spotting again. So the progesterone isn't working. Should I double my dose and see if that helps?

Nurse: why are you taking the progesterone?

Me: *sigh* To try and stop my spotting. But it's not working.

Nurse: Oh, ok, I can see that in your chart here. So you should take 200mg at night.

Me: Yes, I know. But should I be taking more since it isn't working?

Nurse: Well, hun, how do you know it's not working?

Me: (rolling of the eyes) Because I'm still spotting.

Nurse: Well, you could be spotting for reasons other than progesterone issues. Your chart here says your progesterone levels are fine. Or maybe your body just isn't responding to the low dose.

Me: I know, but the Dr. thought this would work, and it's not. So what should I do?

Nurse: Just keep taking them.

Me: So should I take a higher dose just to see if it works?

Nurse:, I don't think so. Just keep taking the 200mg at night.

Thanks a lot.

So I decided to double them up, just for a few days to see if I notice a difference.

I don't think the nurse knew what she was talking about anyway.

"Always listen to the experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it."
-Robert Heinlein


Emily said...

I love the dialog!! I can't blame you for wanting to double up. I was told that my lining and progesterone levels are find too - so why do we both spot before AF arrives?!?! Good Luck - I hope the extra dose helps!

JenM said...

Oh, man, that would have been a frustrating conversation. I'm sorry you're spotting, I hope the extra progesterone helps.

jessica56 said...

What a joke! I hate when you are an educated patient and the doctors or nurses act like they think they know more than you! I will keep you in my thoughts!!

Amber said...

Oh god - I know that frustration ALL TOO WELL. I've got some pent up anger that I need to release - care to share the address of that nurse?

I hope doubling up helps. Hang in there.

WantWait&Pray said...

Hey almost at the end of your are you doing? Still spotting? Did you test at all??? Keep me posted!