Monday, April 13, 2009

Blood Test Marathon: Day 1

Today begins 2 weeks of blood tests for my NaPro doctor. He scheduled the tests to begin just before my peak day and end approximately 11 days after. Why go through the trouble?

The blood tests are looking for hormone levels. The test will reveal whether or not I've ovulated. I've seen some example charts of such blood tests; I was amazed to see the close accuracy to a woman's Creighton chart.

The huge advantage of this kind of testing is concrete answers. When I was on Clomid, my blood tests were at the end of the month, around day 22. My levels started low, increased, and then plummeted again. However, the OB/GYN will not put me on another round of Clomid as I've had 2 three-month cycles of it. So there were many questions left unanswered. But with this blood test, despite the pain and inconvenience, I will finally have concrete answers.

3 comments:

What's Going on in the LCM Library? said...

Continued prayers as you go through this, Kristy. And Happy Easter to you and Mark!! (Only 3 months until your visit!!)

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

Awesome! This will definately be beneficial for you :) Next you should definately ask for an ultrasound series, because there are a few ovulatory defects that "mimic" true ovulation, in that you still produce progesterone afterwards... these can only be ruled out via ultrasound.
Keep us posted on your b/w results when they come in.

Percolating Petals said...

Oh no...that ultrasound series does not sound fun. I hope the blood tests are conclusive enough. The nurse had to take blood from the top of my hand today. :( Thanks so much for the prayers & support.