October 2, 2009

Taking the Emotional Leap

Mr. Sunshine Bud and I have put all we have, and then some, into making a baby.  I've devoted months to charting, we've spent plenty of time BDing and we've experienced the emotionally draining ups (time to test again) and downs (it's negative, once again!).  We have done absolutely everything we physically can, to conceive on our own.  Emotionally, I was and yet, I wasn't, ready to get help.  I have had to overcome this emotional hurdle, so we can begin seeking the help we now need.  I had to realize, the sooner I begin seeking answers and possible treatment, the sooner we'd have the baby of our dreams.

Wednesday (9/30) was the day that I've known would come.  We met with the RE to figure out what the issue may be and to take the next steps in the journey to conceive.  I wanted to cry but NOW I'm fine.  We have the beginning of a plan as I've outlined below.

The plan for me is:  I will have blood work taken on day 3, which will test for FSH, Estradoil, AMH & LH.  Then between days 1-5, I will have an ultrasound for the Basal Antral Follicle count.  Finally, on day 6-12, I will have an HSG performed.

The plan for Mr. Sunshine is far easier.  He will have his SA completed on Oct. 7th.

Since AF started late last night, I will call and set up my blood for CD3 today.  This test will determine my ovarian reserve.  This is done by measuring my "day 3 FSH".  FSH or Follicle Stimulating Hormone is the all-important hormone that signals the ovary to release an egg.  The fewer good eggs (and good follicles) left, the more FSH is released.

By measuring a baseline FSH on day 3, my doctor can get an indication of how close I might be to having fewer and less viable eggs.  And THAT is just scary, but I'm over it.

The AMH or AntiMullerian Hormone is also used to determine ovarian reserve in older women (isn't that nice - they just called me old!).  AMH levels reflect the number of follicles present in the ovaries and can estimate how close a woman is to menopause!!!

Well, that's all for this post.  My next post will detail the ultrasound and HSG.

Until next time,
Sunshine Bud


Anonymous said...

Good luck to you and Mr. Sunshine!! You know how to get me if you need anything!

Book Bud said...

Good Luck!

Worry Bud said...

GL Sunshine - you know I wish you all the best!

Daffodil Bud said...

Good luck to you. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope that the BFP fairy comes soon to your house!

Dandelion Bud said...

AB - wait until you get pg and you find out that the insurance code for a pregnancy over age 35 is coded as an "elderly pregnancy" and you are then also "advanced maternal age".

lovely, right?

Obsessive Bud said...

I'm so happy you have a game plan! and one of the coolest things I have ever had done to me was an HSG. Its really awesome to see how your woman parts work!


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