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Negative progesterone blood tests.(2 Posts)
Me and my wife decided we want to start a family. We went to the GP as a couple and got referred to the fertility Clinic not really knowing who would carry etc. Anyway after long chats we decided it would be me
Since waiting for that appointment I suddenly started to think about my fertility and made myself an appointment with my GP as for as long as I can remember my periods have been irregular. My average cycle length is 46 days (been tracking my period for 3 years) In the back of my mind I think I've known there would be a problem with my fertility but I'm in my late 20's and I've never really thought about kids or menstrual cycles or periods too in depth because I've never had to worry about contraception or anything.
Anyway I've been having my blood taken for the last few weeks to test for progesterone levels and every time I've had a blood test it's come back negative.
My GP rang me and said I should go to the next 2 blood tests and if they are negative this might build a case to prove that I won't be able to get pregnant via IUI. Meaning I could be funded for IVF through the NHS.
I want to go in there level headed because aside us having to pay to conceive which is mental that would be straining us financially doing the cheaper option at the clinic IUI anyway. I'm worried the NHS still won't help.
I know there will be a lot of well your wife can have your baby but this I my fertility and I'll be devastated if I can't experience pregnancy.
We aren't telling friends or family because i can't deal with the expectations and also if we do become pregnant it will be really funny to see the shock on everyone's faces.
Is there anyone out there who is going through similar fertility problems?
Any advice would be really appreciated.
You need a diagnosis first and foremost.
A ‘normal’ cycle is a cycle length of between 21 and 35 days.
Irregular cycles are often caused by hormonal imbalances and in this respect a condition called polycystic ovaries is a common culprit. PCO is a common problem and whilst it cannot be cured, there are treatment options.
It may well come to pass that ivf will not be necessary at all. Would suggest that you both attend any and all hospital appointments together if possible. Ensure also that you are fully conversant in why tests are being done. Do not ever be afraid to speak up and ask questions, no question is daft. It may be an idea also to write down any questions you want to ask ahead of time.