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Is progesterone intake a must after embryo transfer in IVF?

Dear doctor:

As I read from the internet, it says that progesterone intake has to go on for about 8-10 weeks after embryo transfer. Is that true? How about if I don't take any progesterone or HCG ? Will the embryo still grow then for a postmenopausal women?
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replied February 4th, 2012
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If you are postmenopausal, it is possible that your body can fail to respond and produce enough progesterone and HCG hormone during early pregnancy days to sustain the pregnancy. The progesterone prescribed would help to maintain the levels high enough for pregnancy to go on smoothly until the placenta formation is complete (placenta can produce hormones to sustain pregnancy). Visit your treating doctor/gynecologist for further clarification and assistance. Follow the instructions given by your treating doctor/gynecologist. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
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