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    Default 2 miscarriages and trying to get pregnant

    Hi All,

    I had two early miscarriages (4w and 5w). In both pregnancies, the Progesterone levels were decreasing. But my GP refused to give any supplements stating that it is not common to give them in Australia. Then HCG stopped increasing and it led to early miscarriage.

    My husband and I have now done some blood tests and found that I am pre-diabetic. I am now on medication. However these medications are prescribed by our family doctor (back in India). We are now planning to get back to Australia (Brisbane) and then plan for pregnancy. But now, we are worried about the fact that progesterone supplements (and supports of the like) may not be provided.

    Has anyone had any such experiences (specifically in Brisbane) ? Can you please recommend an obstetrician who will be able to support us in this situation ? Also, can you please recommend a hospital, where we can get good care.

    Note : We do have private health insurance with Bupa and we stay in zone 1 suburb (close to the city)

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    First of all, so sorry for your losses. It is truly heartbreaking.
    I am not from Brisbane but have had 4 early miscarriages. First was before my son was born, 3 came after. They generally won't test you until you've had 3 in a row. But I think you can demand testing if you don't want to go through a third loss (who does?!).
    For my current pregnancy (no. 6), I was prescribed progesterone pessaries which are to my knowledge readily prescribed to women in our position. For me it was a precaution - I hadn't had any abnormal results come back in my test results. I was also on metformin due to a slight insulin resistance. As well as a lot of other drugs (clexane, pregnyl, prednisolone, aspirin). I am now 30 weeks pregnant!

    Hopefully someone on here can recommend you a dr and hospital in Brisbane and I pray that you get your rainbow baby soon

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    Call up Queensland Fertility Group and they will help find a fertility specialist that can help you. I have seen Dr DeAmbrosis and Dr Peter Ganter and both are lovely. If they think you are low on progesterone they will definitely provide support.

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    The Mater is a tertiary obstetric hospital in Brisbane with a good reputation. I don't have any private obstetrician recommendations, sorry, but i guess you might need a fertility specialist first? See a different GP and have a chat about whether or not this is needed, or if they will prescribe progesterone for you when you get pregnant again. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsDL View Post
    I was prescribed progesterone pessaries which are to my knowledge readily prescribed to women in our position. For me it was a precaution - I hadn't had any abnormal results come back in my test results. I was also on metformin due to a slight insulin resistance. As well as a lot of other drugs (clexane, pregnyl, prednisolone, aspirin). I am now 30 weeks pregnant!

    Hopefully someone on here can recommend you a dr and hospital in Brisbane and I pray that you get your rainbow baby soon
    Looks like my situation is similar to yours. My FS/OB in India has suggested the same for me. As in, she has asked me to take metformin for my pre-diabetic condition and also take progesterone supplements as a precautionary measure. Apart from this, my husband and I are given some vitamin and folic acid tablets. I am also on baby aspirin. So, I can very much relate to what you have mentioned. Now, our only hope is, an FS/OB in Brisbane should either allow us to continue the tablets prescribed by our doctor in India or should be fine to give an equivalent.

    Happy to know on your pregnancy. My best wishes for you to have a safe and healthy delivery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicole83 View Post
    Call up Queensland Fertility Group and they will help find a fertility specialist that can help you. I have seen Dr DeAmbrosis and Dr Peter Ganter and both are lovely. If they think you are low on progesterone they will definitely provide support.
    Thanks a lot for the references. We'll make a note of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    The Mater is a tertiary obstetric hospital in Brisbane with a good reputation. I don't have any private obstetrician recommendations, sorry, but i guess you might need a fertility specialist first? See a different GP and have a chat about whether or not this is needed, or if they will prescribe progesterone for you when you get pregnant again. Good luck!
    Yes, I think we definitely need to see a fertility specialist in our case. And, I have heard a lot of good reviews about Mater Hospital. So, we might start our research on that now. Thanks for your suggestion.

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    Hello All,
    We have been researching a lot about these supplements and so on. We just came to know the following things from another forum -

    1. Progesterone supplements will not be given by a GP directly. We most likely have to consult a fertility specialist for this. ------ Now this makes complete sense to us.
    2. Progesterone supplements will be given by FS ONLY for IVF patients. ------ This is alarming for us. Can someone let us know if this is true??

    Reason is, we aren't undergoing IVF. Our only condition is my pre-diabetes, for which I need to take metformin and in addition, progesterone supplements just to be on the safer side. If in case, we would not be helped with the progesterone supplements because we aren't IVF patients, then we might be in trouble again.

    Can anyone please help us on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunrise406 View Post
    Hello All,
    We have been researching a lot about these supplements and so on. We just came to know the following things from another forum -

    1. Progesterone supplements will not be given by a GP directly. We most likely have to consult a fertility specialist for this. ------ Now this makes complete sense to us.
    2. Progesterone supplements will be given by FS ONLY for IVF patients. ------ This is alarming for us. Can someone let us know if this is true??

    Reason is, we aren't undergoing IVF. Our only condition is my pre-diabetes, for which I need to take metformin and in addition, progesterone supplements just to be on the safer side. If in case, we would not be helped with the progesterone supplements because we aren't IVF patients, then we might be in trouble again.

    Can anyone please help us on this?
    2nd point is untrue. Dr DeAmbrois had me on progesterone for my current pregnancy which was a natural miracle!

    My previous two daughters were ivf and I was also on progesterone, just in case, not because I had a known progesterone issue.

    Hope that clears it up for you. Just put your name down with a fertility specialist and they will guide you. If you look up Queensland fertility group online it will give you profiles on all the doctors, maybe select the ones you like from that list and then work out who can give you the fastest appointment. For example, Dr DeAmbrosis is an amazing doctor but he also has a very long waiting list (sometimes up to 12 months) so you'd be best getting into someone else earlier since you most likely won't need ivf.

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    Default 2 miscarriages and trying to get pregnant

    I would see Dr Warren De Ambrosis. He is fantastic and I travelled from wA to see him. He is one of the best in Oz so you are heading to the right city for treatment. He will throw everything at you.. Test wise and med wise. I had low progesterone.. 11 after my last frozen cycle and he put me on 4 x 400mg progesterone Pessaries plus 2 endometrin pessaries per day from early on as he likes progesterone to be above 30. Anything below 10 you are at v high risk of miscarriage. It took until 10 weeks to get above 30.. Then was 130 at 12 weeks pregnant. I am now almost 17 weeks pregnant.

    Dr warren is in Spring hill. Get on his cancellation list and hope for an earlier appointment as wait to see him is probably 6 months as he is one of the best in his field.

    Good luck.


 

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