Babymaking Hormones Just Fine

The nurse just called.  My hormone blood work is fine.  Ummm…yeah.

I feel such a sense of arrogance for being so certain that I do not have any fertility issues (other than male infertility, that is – which is not mine), but I just can’t help it.  I just feel so certain all my lady bits are fine.  Ok, so I *am* 39 and I’ve never been pregnant.  But that’s because I’ve been ultra careful and conservative about sex, never taking a chance with pregnancy.  The facts are: I have regular 28 day cycles, I bleed pretty much the same amount every month, I have monthly ovulation “stitches”, generally on the 14th day and I’m very healthy, despite being apparently “morbidly” obese.  The tests are merely confirming what I know already – and wasting my precious dollars.  There’s a huge part of me that is so certain I will conceive with the first insemination…I so hope I won’t have my certainty dashed and my heart broken.

So the next step is a HSG test to check if my fallopian tubes are open.  That will probably be scheduled for early next week.

I was hoping to be able to do the first insemination by the end of next week, which is when I next ovulate, but Shady Grove will not do the HSG and insemination in the same cycle.  So that takes us to the end of November.  Wait 2 weeks for magic to happen and test…I should know by Christmas whether I’m pregnant.  What a wonderful Christmas present that would be!  I’d better be a good girl for Santa ;-).

That also gives any brave man willing to try, the opportunity to practice impregnating me until the end of November.  That last part is a joke, folks!

Day 3 Baseline Blood Work & Ultrasound.

Today I went to Shady Grove for my Day 3 baseline blood work and an ultrasound.  What that means in lay-speak is that today is the 3rd day of my cycle (my period started on Friday at 8pm.  Day 1 is considered full bleed by 5pm) and they need this blood work (E2, FSH, LH, TSH, PRL) to determine whether my hormone levels are adequate for this time of the month.  The ultrasound is to check out the shape and health of my uterus (which is normal – yay) and how many follicles on my ovaries I have.  Apparently, a woman of child-bearing age produces new follicles every month and an egg is produced from one of those follicles.  They needed to find at least 10 follicles between the 2 ovaries.  I have 6 on one and 8 on one, so 14 in total – which is a good thing.  The technician said that clearly I am not menopausal.  This morning’s adventures cost us $650.  I could have told them I was not menopausal for nothing.  Well, I did, actually.  But I guess they needed science to confirm what I knew anyway.

So there you have it.  So far, my lady bits appear to be functioning normally.  Yeah, duh.

I’m awaiting a call from the clinic to let me know the results of the blood work and to discuss the next stage of the process.

One thing hubby and I still have to do is pick out the donor.  It’s nerve wracking, to be honest.  So many choices!

So yes, much has happened between September 2009 and now, October 2010.  The biggest 3 things are that we decided to drop the IVF idea (due to reasons that are boring, yet upsetting and which I’ll cover at some other point), we decided to use donor sperm and IUI (instead of hubby’s non-existent sperm) and I’ve lost 30 lbs.  And so the story continues.