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got the test results back from the Cycle Day 3 blood test. In this test, they tested the following:

1) estradiol levels: estradiol hormone levels drop when your ovaries begin to fail, which may indicate that you are experiencing pre-mature ovarian failure, i.e. menopause.

2) FSH levels: FSH levels go up if you are experiencing menopause. It’s often used to get some information on your egg quality and supply.

3) thyroid test: in conjunction with the two hormone levels above, it can help determine whether you are in premature menopause or have a thyroid disease. Thyroxine and thyrotrophin levels are checked.

To learn more about premature menopause and hormone tests, this is a good site here.

Anyway, my results on this test were normal. This one was making me pretty nervous. I didn’t want to be told that i have no more eggs left or that my eggs were shitty, so i definitely breathed a sigh of relief when the doctor’s assistant called to tell me things were normal. my husband also had another sperm analysis and the results on this one were the same as the last one. all good on the sperm count and morphology front, but again some slightly lower numbers on motility. my doc suggested that he consult the fertility specialist about what he should do about that. i think i read somewhere that improving motility is easier to work with than other male infertility factors so if anything was going to be wrong for a man, this one is the preferred one.

i also made our first appointment with the fertility specialist for january. i am excited to get there and start down that path. if we’re gonna need medical intervention then lets just get to it!

one test down and several more tests to go. not to be negative, but there are still several more things that could be wrong with me. endometriosis, blocked tubes, low progesterone levels…these are all still possibilities. i have an ultrasound this thursday which will reveal a little more about the WTF my body is doing.

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runners
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i’m a runner. it’s the one thing that gets my day going and it’s something i’ve done for over 20 years. i train once a week with the track club i joined last year and i was doing a couple of other speed workouts per week with my husband who is also a runner. after 4 months of not conceiving, we decided that i should cut down on speedwork training to once a week. afterall, the doctor said that running should not affect my fertility. but following ovulation days, intense workouts were causing me to have cramps later on in evening and it just didn’t feel right so now i’ve cut that out too.

my husband and i were reading this book called Six Steps to Increased Fertility and the first chapter was all about women and exercise. in this chapter, they suggest that women who exercise vigorously should try stopping all exercise for three months. man, that’s a long time for someone who is used to running every day. other articles like this one here, from Georgia Reproductive Specialists, suggest that there are different stages to exercise induced menstrual dysfunction and that you don’t necessarily need to stop having your periods to have a dysfunction. stage one is a shortened luteal phase (LP). that’s the phase in your cycle after you ovulate and your progesterone levels go up. most docs will say that you need to have at least an 11 day LP to allow enough time for the fertilized egg to implant into your uterus. mine is an average of 10 days (i’ve had an 8 day LP recently as well) so i’m thinking that i could be in stage 1.

it may be time to stop running completely. ugh.

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taking charge of your fertility

if you’ve just started trying to have kids and you want more detailed info on exactly how your body works and how you can monitor the changes it goes through during your cycle, Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, MPH is the best book to get you on the road to empowerment. if you’ve forgotten everything you’ve learned in biology, you’ll get a good review and the best part is, you’ll learn more because now you actually give a shit! most importantly, you will learn how to take your basal body temperature. for those of you who don’t know, your hormones can actually make your body temperature fluctuate, and this is most easily seen at your waking temperature. progesterone is a heat producing hormone, so once you’ve ovulated and your progesterone levels go up, this will be reflected in your waking temps. right when you wake up (before you even lift an arm), shove a basal thermometer in your mouth (or your hoo-ha whatever you prefer) and take your temp. download a chart online and print it and you are on your way to BBT charting. websites like fertilityfriend.com allow you to keep a record of it online where you can share it with others in the online community and ooh and aah over your temperatures rising and falling as you go through your cycle.

but be warned! BBT charting can be extremely addicting and bad for your mental health! when you get to know your body, you’ll be able to tell when you’re about to ovulate, when you’ve ovulated and then when you are about to get your period. following this obsessively can lead to severe mental anguish and craziness. knowing your cycle too well causes you to live every day by what cycle day (CD) you are on and every day can start becoming a number.

don’t let your days become just a CD. make sure you have fun even while you are struggling to conceive.

by the way, i’m currently on CD8.

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