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17/02/2014 at 14:19
After a year of trying this time round and 18 months of trying previously I have taken the first step to finding out why it's not happened for me yet and had a massive amount of blood taken this morning. My doctor was so helpful when I went 10 days ago and straight away booked me in for bloods, I think they're checking everything! I always had irregular cycles but they seem to have settled to 35 days for the last 5 months. Hopefully this is a positive sign that my body wants to play ball. What sort of answers can I expect from the doctors? What exactly can they check from blood tests?
Also when I went to the loo yesterday I had a faint pink tinge when I wiped but only the first couple of times in the morning, I never have this sort of thing pre AF and thats not due for 10 days.
17/02/2014 at 15:03
hi aecy, i don't know anything about bloodtests etc but just wanted to say welcome!
17/02/2014 at 15:14
Welcome to Md not 100% sure as nit had them myself but proberly these
They will do all options to see if anything is abnormal
FBE, - full blood count/examination
Lft's- liver function tests
B12/folate- check for vitamin deficiencies
the following are fertility/menstrual cycle hormones:
LH - leutinising hormone
and FSH- follicle stimulating hormone
17/02/2014 at 15:16
Think I had all of these i recognise some of the abbreviations, I know I got sent with 7 different slips and had 5 vials taken, so guessing it was a bit of everything.
17/02/2014 at 15:17
Yeah proberly just doing a whole load of blood tests :)
17/02/2014 at 18:42
You'll have your bloods which check a little bit of everything and that nothing is way off balance.
Then they may suggest timing a blood test 7 days after you ovulate (or 7 days before AF is due if that is easier to calculate). That will confirm ovulation is happening, however it must be timed correctly!
They may also arrange a semen analysis for your H. These can often be produced at home then dropped off at the hospital within an hour, so not as scary as first thought.
That is the initial tests. If nothing is flagged up, they may then look to check if your tubes are clear and nothing blocking egg meeting sperm. Then depending on the big picture if what they all suggest, they might suggest clomid to boost ovulation or a more intense treatment if you need it.
Try and keep calm, and be patient. These things can take quite a while! Stick around here though, quite a few have been (or are) in your shoes x
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