This will probably be an extremely boring post for those not undergoing any fertility treatment. I have to admit until very recently I skipped over these types of posts because they seemed ridiculously detailed and, well, I’d get bored. Similarly to the way I now skip over details of what an X month baby is doing and/or not doing on schedule these days. Don’t feel like you have read this is you fall into that category.
– They were able to remove three spots of endometriosis on my pelvic wall and three more spots on my left ovary using the laser (which is apparently not as good as the surgical knife but only has a 20% reoccurance rate and means I don’t have to come back for another surgery).
– My tubes are still open with good pressure gradients.
– I have good mucus and seem to ovulate on my own (will be confirmed tomorrow hopefully).
– I have good levels of estrogen pre-peak and good progestrone levels in the first part of post-peak….(wait for it…)…
– I have thyroid levels in the range of normal…(wait for it…)…
– My husband has an extremely high percentage of normally shaped sperm…(wait for it…)…
– My FSH/LH hormone ratios is reverse what they should be. (Does this imply crappy ovulation?)
– My T3/Reverse T3 hormone ratio is also reverse what they should be, which from what I understand, is making my body act hypothyroid even though my levels aren’t individually within an abnormal range.
– I go from the highest progesterone zone to the lowest progesterone zone in one day, which is more than a 50% drop and puts me as a Type III Luteal Phase Defect (and likely contributes to my massive PMS each cycle).
– My right ovary has “polycystic tendencies” but Dr. H was “unimpressed” (maybe that should go into the good column…)
– My husband’s sperm have a slightly lower than normal count and motility.
– And probably most disconcerting, I have an unusual endometrial lining, what I believe he called “endometris stippling”. Could be due to low-grade infection but I don’t have the compulsory tail-end brown bleeding that accompanies that, so…its a little different although once the biopsy comes back I’ll probably still be proscribed an antibiotic. He seemed to be really excited to have a great picture of it to show his fellows though. It looks white/pinkish and bumpy, although I can’t seem to find what a good endometrium looks like to compare it to.
So there didn’t seem to be any one, clear reason why we’re not conceiving, but a bunch of little factors that may be contributing. He gave us a 50% – 75% of conceiving assuming my husband can take some supplements. I was hoping for higher, but I’m not even sure how he came up with that number. We have a few directions of where he wants us to go from here but I think I’ll save that for later.
Ok, so feel free to comment on this post so I don’t feel like a weirdo for putting all this out there. Anyone ever heard of this stippling and how serious it is?
Oh yeah, and this being the 4th day after surgery I feel MUCH better. Hopefully the rest of our 30 hr car ride out west will be tolerable…