Initial Blood Work!

So AF showed up about 5 days earlier than expected. A part of me is like, “Great!  Let’s get this show on the road.” But another part of me is a little concerned at how my cycles have been jumping around a bit lately.

Today is CD 2-ish.  (AF showed up late Friday evening.) Luckily, my HMO’s lab is open 7 days a week. I found out a few days ago that they’re actually testing for way more than the NP initially mentioned.  All the labs covered in this initial blood work:

Fertility Labs

  • Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • Estradiol
  • Prolactin
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • Vitamin D
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • Blood Type (ABO Rh)
  • Varicella
  • Rubella

Infectious Disease Labs

  • Chlamydia/Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
  • Hepatitis B Core Antibody
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV 1 & 2
  • T Pallidum
  • HTVL I/II
  • CMV IGG

They don’t mess around.

Since we knew they’d be taking a lot of blood, S very sweetly brought some juice for me to sip afterwards. Here’s how much blood they took….

All the vials

And I took this photo before the phlebotomist filled up the last two vials!  Some of you are pros at this and probably see this photo and think “Pshh, that’s nothing!” but I couldn’t stop staring at it all.

So now we wait 24-48 hours for the results.  Once we have them, the RE will call to schedule an in-person appointment. The excitement of the blood work has sort of given way to a bit of nervousness about the results. In 48 hours, I’ll have a pretty good idea of my ovarian reserve and how much help we’re gonna need to make a tiny human. Whoa.

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