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Progesterone? Apparently not. June 10, 2010

Filed under: Doctor's Visit,I'm a Comment Junkie,TTC — andreabaileys @ 10:45 pm

Yeah, so my blood work came back.  My progesterone level was….drum roll, please…….1.  ONE.  As in less than 2, slightly above nothing.  Fantastic.  So I didn’t ovulate, or “haven’t ovulated yet”, as the sweet nurse so kindly put it.  I’m supposed to retest in a week to see if maybe I was just ultra-late this month.  I am not holding my breath, and quite frankly am just mentally done for this cycle.  I’m ready to move on to the next one.

I had some great comments this week, and thought I would address them in a post in case other people had similar questions or could benefit from the information.

Shell asked if the spot on my ovary was in the same location as last month.  As she pointed out, a corpus luteum wouldn’t be in the same spot two months in a row, but a cyst would be.  Fantastic question….I wish I had asked the doc.  But I didn’t.

Sarah left a sweet comment that totally blessed my socks off today!  She also asked if I’ve been tested for genetic disorders.  The answer, in a nutshell, is no.  Except that I have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, which while not always a genetic issue is in my family.  Tons of us have it.  So it’s not a typical genetic disorder, but is my genetic problem.  So far, all of our fertility issues seem to come from that.  If you don’t mind sharing, what genetic issues can cause infertility, in case some of the folks who visit here can relate or use the information?  If not, no biggie — whatever you’re comfortable with!

Have I mentioned that I love comments?  Have I mentioned that I hate bad blood work results? Just checking on both….

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7 Responses to “Progesterone? Apparently not.”

  1. Kerry Says:

    I just found your blog through Breadbeckers. I haven’t been able to read many past entries but I wanted to go ahead and write you to hopefully encourage you. I also have PCOS also. We tried for our first son for 4 1/2 years. I finally went to a specialist (we live in ATL she is from Emory Crawford Long-Dr Sessions) and were able to conceive after a few months. She gave me Metformin. She told me something about how your hormones and insulin levels cling together not allowing the hormones to function properly so if you can control the insulin you can control the hormones. It worked for me (and my sister) twice! (We are also a family of PCOS women although my mom was never diagnosed with it I think she would have been diagnosed with it if she had an ultrasound-she had many symptoms) For my 2nd child I went to my OB/GYN (because specialists are expensive!) and said “I don’t want to do Clomid-I want to do metformin again” He tried to discourage it so I told him “Clomid makes me fat and mean and I won’t be able to get pregnant on it because getting pregnant requires having sex and I’ll be too mean for my husband to want to do that!” He gave me the metformin and I was pregnant within 3 months. I just think a lot of OB/GYN’s don’t realize how helpful this drug can be with women with PCOS. Maybe it was just a miracle for me but it might be worth a shot. Also, there was a book that helped me through the emotional aspects of infertility and it was called “when the cradle is empty” I’m sorry you’re going through this. I know how DIFFICULT it is. I prayed God would never let me forget the feelings as I was going through that because I didn’t want to go through that in vain. I’ll say a prayer for you that he helps you through it.

    • Thanks for writing! It’s always cool to know how people get here, and to hear stories from folks who have been down this road. You’re right, it’s definitely hard. Thanks also for the advice and ideas. I was blessed to have a very progressive and proactive Ob/Gyn from the time I was diagnosed. She put me on Metformin in 2004, even before I was thinking about getting pregnant. My RE has since doubled that dosage. Clomid was making me ovulate consistently (and making me mean, you’re right!!) for about 9 cycles before it just spontaneously stopped working two months ago. I know God has a plan, I’m just not positive what it is!
      Thank you for the book recommendation, too — I’ll have to check that one out! And definitely for prayers — we covet those most of all. Have a great day!

  2. Make Mine Sunny Side Up Says:

    Through testing I’ve been shown to have ovulated at some point in a 45-50 day cycle…though daily otc opk’s never turned. Go figure. My fertility doc said that some women have a “hidden ovulation” that’s less “obvious” (perhaps no clear temperature shift making charting with a thermometer useless) and that if they can track you with a *daily* ultrasound around the suspected time…for as much as two weeks, that they might be able to identify it better. Don’t know how often that’s done though as it’s obviously a major inconvenience to go to medical appt’s daily for 2 weeks or so and that might not work with one’s work schedule if it needs to be during 9 am – 5 pm hours. I’ve never tried it.

    FYI, my health care insurance–which isn’t particularly good– covered *all* my genetic disease screenings at the start of my infertility treatment. My fertility doc. mandated it as part of my work-up before she’d even meet with me. I don’t know how standard that is at other places but it does make me wonder if you could ask if it’s a covered benefit. It involves just a blood draw on your end and then you’d have more information–hopefully for no additional charge.

    Best of luck to you. I agree wholeheartedly that God has a plan and am keeping posted eagerly to learn just what it is.

    • It wouldn’t surprise me if I did something like that 😦 I never have that I know of, but who knows? I think we’ll probably be looking at a heavily monitored cycle next cycle, with several ultrasounds to watch and trigger. Fun times.

      My docs did some routine genetic testing, too, as far as making sure that Brian and I don’t have anything too horrible to pass on, and I guess to make sure that I don’t have any genetic issues causing infertility. There was a ton of blood work, and it was covered by insurance. Ours just stops paying the minute we try to “fix” anything; diagnostics are covered, but treatments are not. Seems it’s just a case of generic PCOS.

      Kinda wish God had a billboard, and He’d post His plan there…..

  3. Sarah Says:

    Hey Andrea – just popping by…we have just returned from vacation and am just now seeing your post.

    After my second m/c (first one at 8 weeks in 2005, 2nd at 6 weeks in 2006) my doctor tested me for 15 genetic disorders. 11 vials of blood! oh my! I don’t remember everything, but they were mainly blood clotting disorders. What I do remember is Factor V (and all that goes with it), Von Wildebrands, Lupus, anti coagulating disorders are the ones that come to mind. I have the list somewhere in the file cabinet. When the results came back in Feb 2007, I tested positive for MTHFR- a blood clotting disorder that causes my blood to clot too much (you can google it to get more details). I have 2 copies of the C677T gene mutation. Both of my parents have it, but didn’t know it until after I tested for it. My doctor put me on a vitamin and baby aspirin regiment and within a month, we were pregnant after 3 years of trying.

    My insurance covered all of the testing.

    I hope this helps…if even just a small part 🙂

    Continuing to pray for you 🙂 🙂

    • Oh, wow. I had no idea you had been through all of that 😦 Thank God for your little girl, and for some answers! I’ve actually heard of MTHFR and people losing babies because of it. So far, our problem is GETTING pregnant (and more specifically making me ovulate). It seems at this point that PCOS and my thyroid issues are our biggest challenge. We’ll definitely ask for genetic testing if we have to deal with m/c, though. Thank you for information, and most of all for your prayers!

  4. […] ovulated, and my doctor’s appointment and blood work on June 9 verified that.  Remember my 1 ng/ml P4 level?  Outstanding.  So I was told to retest a week later.  I moseyed on down to the local lab on […]


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