Thursday, September 6, 2012

My First RE Appointment

To say that I was excited was an understatement. I was excited to finally see someone who would be able to tell me what is working right in my body.

I decided to go with the recommendation from my regular doctor, so I changed my appointment to a different doctor at a new location. I was surprised to call and get an appointment for the next business day (I called Friday, got an appointment Tuesday afternoon).

We went in for our consultation. The doctor was nice, knowledgeable, and answered any questions that we had. He diagnosed me with PCOS and started a flow chart showing me what we're going to do to get me to ovulate. I'm happy that there are a lot of options and that he wants to try the least invasive options first.

They asked if I wanted to do an ultrasound and blood work so they could check on where my cycle was and see if there were any cysts. Of course, I told them that we wanted to get it done so they started it right away.

I have a list of things to complete before we start treatment. First, I have to take Provera  for 7 days to induce a cycle (I took the first pill last night). Both Phil and I have to get blood work done for infectious diseases (to make sure we're immune) and I will have a PCOS panel done to see where my levels are. Phil has his own test to make sure everything is good on his end and I will go in for CD 3 blood work to check my levels. How CD 3 blood work works is that I call them the first day I start my cycle after Provera, which can be anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks after the last dose. Then, I have to go in on cycle day (CD) 2, 3, or 4 to get my levels checked. It can only be done one of those three days so it's important to call them the first day.

After CD 3 blood work is done, we will be doing an HSG somewhere between cycle day 5-12. This is a test where I will go to the radiology department and they will insert dye into my uterus and fallopian tubes and take x-rays to see if my tubes are blocked.

Once all of those tests are done, I go back in for a follow-up and my doctor will discuss the specific plan for ovulation induction and monitoring, and we will go from there!

Overall, I am so happy with our decision to see a specialist. I feel that the proper monitoring and initial tests are so incredibly important.

So, if you could all say a little prayer for us, that would be awesome!


Lindsay said...

So excited to hear you guys have a plan and it sounds like a great one! I wish you two the best of luck in baby making!

Breanna said...

I just looked over and told my husband that I felt like I was reading my story! :)

I'm so glad you found someone who can help you. Remember that you are your own advocate and you know your body best!

I totally relate to where you are coming from and will be sending many prayers your way! <3