Last week I had my NHS ultrasound (still no signs of ovulation) and then went to see my GP to discuss the results of the consultation at the private fertility clinic. In the 5 days between the fertility clinic consultation and seeing my GP I’d been doing some serious thinking about whether this really is the time to go ahead with “Operation Baby”.
I’d always said that I wanted to TTC before I got to an age where I’d be likely to need medical intervention, whether that be conceiving with a partner or through donor insemination, hence I’d had age 35 in mind as the “cut off”. Having just turned 33 I’d been thinking I’d probably try to get a deposit together to buy a house/flat next year, spend a few months settling in, and then TTC just before or just after 35. I’d never imagined that medical intervention, actual fertility treatment, would be required at age 33. But here I am faced with that exact situation.
Just before going for the Fertility MOT I’d had a chat with my mum, and asked her if she’d be supportive of my having a baby on my own and sooner rather than later if the investigations by my doctor or the fertility clinic consultation showed that there was a problem that had caused my periods to start disappearing, and which might have an impact on my fertility. She was supportive, and in those days afted my fertility check I made up my mind for real. I don’t want to leave it until things get any worse. I’m going to try to conceive a baby next year.
So I went to the GP and we discussed the scan and AMH test results. She said that I have anovulation but no markers of PCOS, and she’d run some more blood tests so we could try to see if there was an underlying cause (and whether it can be treated/reversed).
I told her I was worried about my fertility and have decided that I don’t want to put of motherhood. She asked when I wanted to go ahead with a pregnancy, and I told her I’d like to start trying next spring. She asked about my partner, and we got to the part I’d been apprehensive about – I told her I’d be going ahead using donor sperm. She didn’t bat an eyelid which surprised me because I have a couple of underlying health conditions (one of which causes chronic pain and sometimes inhibits my mobility and dexterity), and in the past we’d talked about wheteher/how I’d be able to cope with a baby (she once said a nanny may have to be the way to go). So I’d come prepared with a number of talking points around how I proposed to manage, to provie I wasn’t rushing into this blindly…and she said nothing!
She said I’d be referred for pre-conception counselling nearer the time as I take a number of meds that will need reviewing etc. (we agreed I’ll ask for the referral in January), and in the meantime I will start taking folic acid. I also need to lose some weight by eating healthily to get my BMI into the healthy range (3 stone/52 lbs to lose!!), and try to keep my stress levels down – these are the only 2 things within my control that might help me to start ovulting again.
She also gave me the forms to go for the progesterone blood test (did that on Saturday, CD19), and LH, FSH, Prolactin, Estradiol, FBC (full blood count) and thyroid function tests on CD2 (should be this weekend or next Monday). Hopefully the results of those will shed some light on what’s causing the anovulation.
But the take home from today’s post is: IT’S OFFICIAL – OPERATION BABY IS UNDERWAY!!!! ☺☺