Doctors Appointment April 2013
So after our testing at the private clinic last month we had decided if we weren’t successful the next cycle I would go to my GP which I did this week.
The main reason for going to the GP now is that if we are going to need any support to get pregnant we are not currently in the position to pay for this privately. I’m still of the positive camp that we won’t need help but at least the ball is rolling. Also having good AMH levels does not necessarily confirm ovulation and to do so requires further blood tests.
My GP was great, she suggested straight away on talking, that we will get 21 day bloods done to check for progesterone (or more accurately 7 days after ovulation bloods) This will check on whether I have ovulated by checking progesterone levels Though it’s like my body knows we are on a timescale this month and ovulation has gone into hiding so trying to book the right date for the bloods is proving to be a pain! I’ve already changed the date once and will now need to change it again.
There seems to be some discussion on the internet about normal levels but they seem to be around 30 on day 21 of your cycle so I will be hoping for that.
Also if I am not pregnant this cycle I am going to get day 3 bloods done, these ones will check Luteinising hormone, FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) thyroid function, prolactin & testosterone
While researching bloods that are requested by your GP for the NHS I came cross a few care maps that are used to work through by the NHS when you go to them with fertility problems.
I thought these might be helpful for others who are wondering what the procedure is and you can see them by clicking on the links. I found them really interesting to look at and it gives you an idea of what can be expected if you need to attend for any type of fertility investigations.
Once I have done my bloods done and the results are back (around 3 days) the GP has said she will put a referral straight into the fertility clinic at our local hospital, the quick response to this being due to the fact that I am now 35.
I got the standard, relax more, try and not think about it and she suggested not using any form of ovulation prediction kits, that part I’m not too sure I am quite ready to do yet though, I do understand that some people think that it stresses you out to use them but for me it is the only way I am actually being able to stay sane is if I have an idea of when I ovulated.
And so our journey continues….