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Testing, Testing: Week One of Our Infertility Treatment Plan

infertility blood test, infertility testing, blood testSo, this week marked the beginning of our infertility treatments.

After ten long months of trying, it feels great to be moving forward.

I remember when we were first struggling with infertility before having our daughter, I struggled with handing over control to our RE. I felt like I was completely at their mercy of another person.

But this time, it feels different. I feel more like I have handed over part of our burden. And it feels good to know that we’re part of a team…a team that will work together to make our dream come true.

Here’s what this week looked like for us:

On Monday, my husband dropped of his sperm for his semen analysis. This should have been pretty seamless. He had to deliver it within one hour of collecting it and we live just twenty minutes from the lab. But, there was some confusion at the lab and although they ultimately accepted his sample, too much time had passed and he’ll have to repeat the…um…process.

Today, I had no less than half my blood taken for testing. Okay, I’m exaggerating a bit, but I was more than a little shocked when they took seven vials of blood for the long list of tests my RE ordered.

They are testing my blood for: fasting blood sugar, thyroid, complete blood count, prolactin, rubella, blood type, hepatitis B and C, FSH, and estradiol.

As of right now, only the estradiol results (the primary sex hormone of childbearing women) are in and they’re within the normal range, so one down, nine to go.

Then I got to pee in a cup.

Next week, I’ll go in for a pregnancy test and pick up the antibiotics I’ll need to start the day before the HSG test.

I may need a hand to hold during that procedure.

Any volunteers?

Also? If you have any stories to share with me from your own journey, I would truly love to hear them!

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