There are the amusing Google searches (amusing, at least, to me) that lead to my blog: pee in my ass (as well as knowing that the next time someone conducts this search, they will find my blog at the top of the page).
There are the bizarre Google searches that leave me puzzled over their intended meaning: stirrups insert slowly speculum.
And then there are the Google searches that make me run onto Blogger to post some additional information and ask the rest of the Stirrup Queens to chime in some more with their own experience.
There has been a heavy run on Prometrium questions as of late, especially ones connected to Prometrium affecting betas and periods. This is my own understanding/experience: Prometrium does not affect a beta whatsoever or a pee stick. A beta is measuring the level of hcG in the blood and a home pregnancy test measures the amount of hcG in the urine. While a trigger shot of Novarel (hcG) would affect this test, Prometrium or any extra progesterone would not.
I'm not sure if Prometrium can delay a period. The first time I took Prometrium, I got pregnant and promptly miscarried, so yes, my period was late. But it was because I was pregnant. That one particular cycle, I was taking Prometrium with the directions to keep taking it until I got my period. I assume from these directions that if your period was meant to come, it will come and you will have break-through bleeding. At the same time, after that initial cycle, I started seeing an RE and he told me to come in for a beta, stop the Prometrium if I wasn't pregnant, and I would get my period a few days later. Which sort of flies in the face of that whole idea that Prometrium wouldn't affect your period. Why not just have a person keep taking it? Why do a blood test? So...in my humble opinion, Prometrium probably could delay a period.
I also believe this next fact is the fault of Prometrium (though my RE has said this isn't possible). Almost every natural cycles (non-medicated) that I've had after taking Prometrium has been anovulatory. So I'd take Prometrium one cycle, not get pregnant, and then not ovulate the next cycle. Strange coincidence. This, obviously, wasn't the case when I was doing a medicated cycle because the drugs overrode my body's tendency towards anovulation.
Another problem with Prometrium is that the day after I went off of it each month, I had terrible mood swings. Terrible anger and deep sadness. Not that any day is a holiday with infertility, but I truly felt more out-of-control emotionally on that day after I went off of it. Be forewarned. And it wasn't just because I had gotten a negative beta the day before or because my period was coming. I was just extremely emotional for a day or two and it felt hormonally-driven rather than circumstances.
Lastly, if you are pregnant, you will keep taking Prometrium through the first trimester. Around week 12, you stop taking it. I was a huge freak about my pregnancy and I asked my OB if there was any problem in taking it for a few more weeks. He said I didn't need it anymore and I repeatedly asked if there was a problem if I took it for a few more weeks--any detriment to the babies. When he finally gave into the fact that I am a freak, he admitted that there was no problem in taking it if it made me comfortable. So I stayed on it for another three weeks. Just wanted to make sure those babies were in there--good and tight.
Anything else I'm leaving out, Stirrup Queens? And for anyone who is searching--check the side bar under Operation Heads Up. Kris wrote a great write-up about Prometrium with pictures and more how-to information.