It’s a Climb: A list of Tests to Request with Infertility

The following is an updated post from our Infertility journey. It was originally written on April 12, 2015.

This blog has really turned into therapy for me. I share it, in hopes that I might be able to help someone who is going through infertility in some way as well. It is a hard, scary, emotional, but as I have a learned through sharing, it does not have to be a lonely battle. I am so grateful for all the love and support we received with our last post. I received so many messages and learned of so many of my friends who have struggled with this for years. Bryce and I are only just beginning this journey.  I might be sharing too much info, but then again it might be helpful for someone else.

These past few weeks has been a whirlwind for our family.   In January and February, my fertility specialist had a variety of tests ran. Mostly blood work to test my thyroid, progesterone, hormone levels, and many others. He also ran a test to look at the shape of my uterus and look closely at my ovaries. Everything came back looking normal. The only thing found is that I have poly cystic ovaries, however not the syndrome.  He was not worried about me having poly cystic ovaries, because I do not have the syndrome. He told me to take a baby aspirin a day, and continue taking prenatal.  He  told us that we can start trying when we felt ready again. He gave me endometrium pills to take twice a day, the moment I found out I was pregnant again.  This was to give my body extra progesterone to help my body support the pregnancy.

Well getting the news that everything was normal, made us excited to try again. The specialist did not seem to concern about the pain I experienced during the first two pregnancies, so I decided  I should not be either.  In March, Bryce and I decided we would try again.   I must be super fertile, because I immediately got pregnant. This time I was making a note of everything, and marking when things began. Before I knew I was pregnant, I started to experience sharp pain in my lower right abdomen.  A couple of days later, I found out I was pregnant, but the pain only escalated.  On Easter Sunday, Bryce and I received the news that my HCG levels had dropped  and we knew this pregnancy was over.

Oddly, this miscarriage has been easier. I think it is because I know without a doubt that the pain is a reason.  Also during this miscarriage, Bryce and I have felt that adoption has been placed in our hearts.  As soon as it was, we feel like a huge burden has been lifted from our shoulders.  Do not get us wrong, we are not giving up on having our own children. In fact I have another appointment with my specialist on Tuesday. We just feel that there are children who need a loving home and it would be our great honor to become the parents to one (or maybe more) of those children.

We know we are on a journey.  We just do not know what is ahead of us. We are excited for our future and in growing our family.  Life is climb. We constantly need to be working our way towards something.   Someone at church today said, trials lead to miracles. This is how we choose to look at our trials. We in fact, are seeing miracles already.

Earlier in the post I mentioned tests that I had for further explanations.  The following is a list of tests that could be ran on your fertility journey.

  1. Luteal Phase Testing – this is a test to check progesterone levels and hormone testing.
  2. Blood tests-  A variety of areas can be tested through blood tests. Thyroid should be tested. Low thyroid function can have a huge impact in women’s reproductive health. Hormones should also be tested. Hormone testing may include total testosterone, estradiol, luteinizing hormone, progesterone, prolactin, free testosterone, DHEAS, Free T3, Follicle Stimulating Hormone, and Androstenedione.
  3. Ultrasound tests- This is used to test the thickness of the endometrium (the lining of the uterus). Ultrasounds can also be found to monitor the egg development and to look at the condition of ovaries and uterus!
  4. Hysterosalpingogram(HSG) – This is a test where they inject a dye into the Fallopian tubes and uterus, while the radiologist checks for blockages or abnormalities. You may experience slight cramping during the test and may be slightly uncomfortable.
  5. Laparoscopy– This is a procedure done if abnormalities are found with the HSG test. It is performed under anesthesia to remove scare tissue and other abnormalities.  I think this was the test that made a huge difference to carry our son to full term. In my laparoscopy, scar tissue was removed. Soon after this test, Brycen was conceived.

These are just a few test that can be ran if you are experiencing infertility. Consult with your fertility specialist what testing should be completed to help you through your journey!

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