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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.

(image as found on Vital Signs)


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sperm analysis

my husband sacked up and went in to get a sperm analysis done. i’ve been waiting for this to get completed for a while. when you’re impatient and a planner like me, you need to start crossing things off your list. the results were pretty good. normal volume, normal morphology but slightly reduced motility. the US range of “normal” is 60% motility. that means 60% of your swimmers are moving around and only 40% are being lazy asses. the GLOBAL range of “normal” is 50%. why the two are different I have no idea. it seems stupid. anyway, my husband’s was somewhere in between at 52.4%. the doc says that she doesn’t want to send him to a urologist yet. she wants to do tests on me first and then maybe do another retest on him. so that’s all scheduled for next week. while it’s nice to cross my husband off the list of reasons why we are not getting pregnant (at least for now), now the pressure is back on me. yes, i know. it could be a combination of both of us. but still. it’s unwelcomed pressure that i’m going to try not to feel.

in the last couple of weeks, as promised, i’ve cut down on the running. i’ve only run 30 min twice per week, and i’ve interspersed that with some off days, yoga and one day of swimming. its hard for me to not exercise but i think i’m starting to put on some weight as my jeans are feeling tight. this shit better work or i’ll be mad that i put on weight for nothing! i’m on CD20 (cycle day 20) today and i’ve been having 26 day cycles lately so i’m due again for my period next week. i’ve stopped temping this month as well (post ovulation) because the stress of monitoring temps every day and freaking out every time it rises and falls is just too much. i’m slowly starting to come to terms with the fact that i’m probably going to need “medical assistance” (whatever that may be) to get pregnant. bleh.

anyway, here’s what’s supposed to happen and is not happening.

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