Progesterone is the most important hormone in the second part of the menstrual cycle, the luteal phase. This hormone perfects the environment in the uterus for the little embryo to implant and stops a period from starting before the embryo has had a chance to 'stick'.

In IVF treatment you often receive progesterone for a couple of weeks after embryo transfer to make sure that enough of the hormone is in your body to do its job. You take the progesterone in the form of vaginal pessaries or gel, or injections.

Side effects from progesterone are rare but if you use pessaries or gel you may experience vaginal irritation and some discharge.

Progesterone pessaries are small, oval-shaped wax 'pellets' that you insert into your vagina once or twice per day. Your body temperature makes the pellets melt and, while the progesterone hormone is absorbed, the wax turns into a white discharge. So be ready to go through a bundle of panty liners.

Your doctor gives you a prescription for the type of progesterone that you need. Progesterone gel is provided for free on the PBS, but only for stimulated cycles. If you need progesterone after embryo transfer (see Chapter 5), you have to pay for the type of progesterone that your doctor prescribes.

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