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Confused about blood test results

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Totesamazeballs Fri 26-Apr-13 14:35:22

Hi all,
I was hoping someone might be able to allay my fears. I have short cycles, ranging from 22-26 days. I have been tracking my BBt which seems to suggest my LP is 6-8 days.

My progesterone test just came back at 7.9 on day 18 of a 22 day cycle and doc said it was low and I didn't ovulate. So, is it normal to not ovulate every month or does this mean something is wrong?

She totally didn't get the whole LP thing and said we should repeat the test next month.

How worried should I be here? I am thinking my BBT tracking hasn't been very accurate.

AttilaTheMeerkat Fri 26-Apr-13 17:31:18

How long have you been ttc for now, if it is fast approaching a year then a referral onto a specialist is in order.

A day 2 test should be done as well now to compare your LH level against that of your FSH level. LH and FSH are two very important hormones as they kickstart the ovulation process; if these levels are awry then ovulation can be affected.

It is also quite possible to have periods without ovulating but ovulation does not always occur monthly even in normally fertile women.

LPD is a controversial area; many GPs would not have enough knowledge anyway. Quite apart from that, some gynaes argue whether LPD is a problem or not anyway.

BBT is not always a completely reliable measure; the blood tests would give a far more accurate result.

Totesamazeballs Fri 26-Apr-13 19:36:31

Thank you Attila! It's TTC#2 and we have been trying for six months.

Periods seemed to be an issue since pregnancy, although it took us nearly two years and 1 miscarriage to fall with our DC so the doc said that we obviously don't get that pregnant easily..which made me feel a bit crap! It's obviously true but somehow it hit a sensitive nerve.

She didn't mention the other tests, just that we would repeat the progesterone one to see if its a pattern and then she would refer me.

I think I may abandon BBT and just do it randomly through the month! She certainly sounded like she thought I was off my rocker when I started talking about LPD!

Thank you for the info. I was starting to wonder if no ovulation was the beginning of the end but I now have some hope it was just a dodge month. As for the LPD thing...hmmm.

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