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So many people have heard the word Progesterone being used with reference to infertility treatment, but aren’t really sure about what it is. It is essentially a chemical messenger that the ovaries produce; it’s required to support pregnancy. The corpus luteum of the ovary produces progesterone after ovulation. It is required to ripen the lining of the uterus in order that the embryo be able to implant on it. Post ovulation, there is a rise in the progesterone levels in the blood- it reaches its peak level on day 20 and then starts dipping.
Here are some progesterone facts
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Using progesterone for infertility treatment
Since progesterone is a key pregnancy hormone, and is often used in infertility treatment and is used to induce a period. When your IVF doctor induces a period for you with progesterone, he gives it for a very short period of time (3-5 days). The period then starts 3-8 days after you have stopped the last progesterone tablet.
Since the uterine lining loses the support that progesterone provides this bleeding is known as “withdrawal bleed”. Since the progesterone has been withdrawn, it results in the onset of the period (as it does in any normal menstrual cycle, once the corpus luteum dies and discontinues producing progesterone as there is no embryo to produce HCG to rescue it.
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