Blood tests- advice please!

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  1. RobsLouise

    RobsLouise Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone

    I'm looking for a bit of advice on the standard blood tests you have when trying to conceive, I'm having FSH, LH and some other gubbins (full blood count, testosterone etc) and progesterone. She told me to go for the progesterone on day 21 however I am aware I'm meant to go 7 dpo so that's fine. But she also told me that I could have all the other tests done at the same time. I know last time I had these tests done (2010) I had FSH and LH done at the beginning of the cycle so now I'm a bit concerned. I'm currently on cd 4 and the clinic is closed now until tomorrow morning. Will cd 5 still be ok for testing FSH and LH or have I missed my chance this month?

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  2. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    I ma due to have FSH/LH and my thyroid (plus something else I cannot decipher) they are all strictly CD2 for me.

    I am currently waiting for AF to kick in (spotting for 48 hours grrr)

    I saw my specialist on CD5 and had the majority of my tests then but these had to wait for CD2

    My situation is obviously slightly different to your's so maybe call the clinic tomorrow and see what they say.

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  3. RobsLouise

    RobsLouise Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Carnat.
    I knew I had some tests earlier in my cycle last time but I have been feeling like I'm losing the plot recently so wanted to be sure. The doctor was lovely but quite obviously clueless about this particular test. I think I'll have all the tests done tomorrow (got a whole list of crap to test for) because unfortunately she has requested the whole lot apart from the progesterone on one form (iykwim) and then I suppose I'll just have to have the fsh and lh done again next month on the correct day. So annoying.
    She told me to chill out about ttc as the stress won't be helping (I went in armed with my last 5 charts and a long list of questions). I agree with her. But then she said not to chart which is all well and good except then I'll be stressing about the progesterone test and when to go for that!! I think I'm just going to use my cbfm and take the second peak as ov day.
    I think my oh may be banning me from the internet after today, I am actually turning into a ttc psycho!
    Thanks again
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  4. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    It's OK hun - my specialist failed to mention some of the tests he booked me in for had to be done specifically on CD2 (he knew full well I was on CD5?)

    We do what we have to do hun - I have been 'TTC crazy' this month and dissolved into hyterics when I started to spot.

    Next cycle I will be more relaxed (well I will def try to relax!)

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  5. RobsLouise

    RobsLouise Well-Known Member

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    I feel like I'm losing the plot to be honest. One minute I'm up the next I'm down. My body is totally pissing me off, it's like dangling f***ing carrots saying "yeah, look you can get pregnant! Ooh, but wait, you can only be pregnant for 5 minutes"
    I'm fed up of it all one minute and then desperate to keep trying the next!
    I'm definitely not temping this month though, not because it stresses me out so much as that I have to wake up early every day to do it. I work at 6am so it means even on days off I have to take my temp at 4.45am!
    I'm also annoying myself with all the herbal shit I'll try. I spend a goddam fortune on Royal Jelly, Evening Primrose Oil etc and I wonder if it is really just resulting in expensive and sometimes funny coloured wee! I'm actually looking into Co enzyme Q10 at the moment!! It's unreal. I never thought that trying to get pregnant would involve such witchcraft! I'm sure my mum managed to get pregnant with me without a magical machine telling her to have sex or some bee vomit to make her eggs good!
    Anyway I'm quite obviously on one right now, sorry!
    And thanks for your reply, I really appreciate it!
    Good luck with your tests!
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  6. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    LOL - you are certainly not alone Louise! There are lots of us here that feel your frustration.

    If you'd have told me a year ago that I would spend a day crying with disappointment because my period arrived I'd have laughed in your face yet that was me two days ago!

    TTC sends even the "toughest" of us loopy....

    We all understand though sweetie

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  7. RobsLouise

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    It's definitely good to have a place where you can come and not feel like a total crackpot (well, I still do but it's nice not to be the only one!!).
    If one more person tells me to just forget about it will happen I swear to god I will scream! I mean seriously, forget about it? If only! There are so many reminders of how my body is failing me that there is no fricking way I can forget about it!
    I am however going to try and focus my energies elsewhere. If that's even possible. I do have an awful habit of self diagnosis (via the internet of course) so I think it's best if I get rid of google and just let the doctors do their job (even if sometimes they seem unsure of what they're doing sometimes!!).
    I'd be interested to know how you get on with your results, I think I'm having some similar blood tests to you but my GP has ordered them (hence the mis-information about the cycle days) before she refers me on. I bet I'll end up having them all again when I see a consultant!!
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  8. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    To be honest (and this is a little along the 'self diagnosis' route) what I am being tested for on CD2 is PCOS and to make sure I have ovulated...

    I am pretty sure that I don't have PCOS (I have zero symptoms) and I know I Ov as I've been pregnant 3 times before so I think these tests are a little pointless... In my non expert opinion of course :)

    My last scan (booked at the wrong time by my "specialist" :shock:) showed that my left ovary could be slightly polycystic but this doesn't mena I have PCOS.

    I want to complete my diagnostics so I will go for all the scans and blood tests but what I really want to know is about my egg quality, my blood thickness and I want my genetic results (OH had bloos tests too) I think these are going to be more fruitful in finding out why I cannot stay pregnant!

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  9. RobsLouise

    RobsLouise Well-Known Member

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    Totally agree with you there, that is exactly what I'm thinking about me. I have a feeling that for some reason my lining isn't right, whether thats to do with a bad egg or just generally shite hormones I don't know but i do know that I'm ovulating. My periods are rubbish since the first cp (only had 2 periods before cp but they were the oddest thing). I was glad to see my dr requested a full blood count and thyroid test. My age worries me but then my oh is hardly a spring chicken so together we probably make a right dodgy embryo!

    It's just so hard not being able to do anything about it yourself. I think thats why I start going in for all the voodoo! Rob looks at me like I'm crazy but it's like I have to feel like I'm doing something! I found a thread on another forum about cinnamon and honey so for a week I was eating spoonfuls of honey with cinnamon!! Oh my god! That month I didn't get pregnant, shock bloody horror! What normal, sane person would really think eating honey and cinnamon would result in a baby!! Oh, well, got to laugh, I've certainly done enough bloody crying! It tasted quite nice to be honest!!!

    It would be great for all the results to come back as normal and for them to tell me I am just unlucky. If it is just dodgy embryos and everything else is ok then I suppose you just got to hope that the next one is a keeper.
     
  10. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    Oh bless you Louise - me and the OH aren't the right side of 30 any more and I dread to think of the damage we have done with years of wine drinking at the weekends (me) and a few weekend joints (him)

    I imagine his lazy little sperm see my drunken egg and give up on the spot :) :)

    We're both on a much healthier path now though as we both want this so badly...

    There are loads of us here, check out the TTC journals hun!

    Maybe start one of your own?

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  11. RobsLouise

    RobsLouise Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I think I might start a journal before this thread turns into one!!:blush:

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