Last Tuesday it was off to the clinic for round 2 in China. Day 3 was upon us and it was blood tests and baseline ultrasounds to be had.
After some initial difficulty about ensuring I was tested on the correct day and rearranging a few schedules, I was in the office and ready to go, legs all up and in the stirrups – not such a great picture, believe me!
Although I did feel like I had to tell her that she was the first women to see me like this. Throughout all my years of having Pap smears, Colposcopies, my LETTZ operation and further biopsies, it has only ever been men that have done them. Having a women do this was a very new experience for me!
For those that have never had one, it was a transvaginal ultrasound, meaning that it is what it looks like in all the movies….a long thin thing with a condom slipped over it, all up in your girly bits so it can get a clearer picture of your insides. In particular for me…the follicles that grow in my ovaries and develop into eggs.
It all felt a bit weird having to do it when I was on day 3 of my cycle….the logistics were interesting….but obviously as she is a complete professional, it went really smoothly and was not too embarrassing – thank goodness for needing to have an empty bladder for the ultrasound.
After explaining the procedure she started to tell me what she was seeing on the monitor. My right ovary showed 3 follicles but my bowel was in the way, after measuring each one and discovering that that 1 follicle was measuring 8mm, she determined that that was the principle follicle (the one that will develop into the egg), and that it was unusual to see it this early in the cycle. Fantastic, another frustrating thing to add to my ever growing list of unusual things my body does! She could not tell me if this was a good unusual or a bad unusual, that would all depend on the entire picture created from all the test results.
As the bowel did not move we moved on to the left side. The left side was determined to show off to the right and had 5 follicles although they were all very small. Then, it was back to the right side to try and use some pushing on my stomach techniques to move the bowel but apparently my bowel is stubborn and wouldn’t budge.
I then asked the ‘however much IVF/embryo transferring is going to cost me’ dollar question about what 8 follicles means….Good or bad? Hope or no hope?
Unfortunately her answer was along the lines of that it seems good however we have to wait for the other tests to come back to really see the whole picture and how it all lines up.
Next it was onto the dreaded blood tests. Those of you who know me, know I am deathly afraid of 2 things: Snakes and Guns and that 1 thing follows closely behind that: Needles!
For the first time in awhile I took it like a champ – no teary eyes at all! Although the nurse wouldn’t give me a lollipop, so I am not sure it was worthwhile being that brave for it.
For those interested I was tested again for:
- AMH: estimate of the remaining egg supply
- FSH: Follicle stimulating hormone, if this is not in the normal range it indicates problems with fertility
- LH: the hormone responsible for helping to release your egg from the ovaries
- Estradiol: Estrogen
- TSH: Thyroid function – this can sometimes be the main cause for an hormone imbalance in your body if it isn’t at a normal level
I was told by the doctor that as the tests are measuring hormones, most will take 3 days to come back and the dreaded AMH would take 5.