Post # 1
So ladies, any of you out there familiar with fertility test results?
I have a short LP (7-8 days). I only noticed it 2 cycles ago when I first started using OPKs, and then confirmed it last cycle with OPK + first month of charting.
I pleaded with my GP to take some blood tests and they finally agreed .
I just got the results from my CD5 test (waiting a week for the one done after O).
All the doctor said is that the results are “normal.” nothing further.
Unfortunately I don’t trust the GP very much because when I talked to them about short LPs they gave me a ccompletely blank look (plus when looking at results of a previous test they claimed the results were ‘normal’ only the lap specifically pointed out it indicated a potential problem in follicular development, i.e. LP defect).
I was wondering if my short LPs could be an indication of PCOs but not sure if the tests indicate anything?
Hopefully my doctor is right and everything is indeed normal?
Here we go….
Estradiol level: 116 pmol/L
LH: 4.2 IU/L
FSH: 4.7 IU/L
Testosterone: 0.9 nmol/L (where the lab says ‘normal’ is between 0.9-1.8 nmol/L)
Prolactin: 118 mIU/L (where lab says ‘normal’ is between 102-496 mIU/L)
Now just waiting for the next tests to see my progesterone and how my LH and FSH hold up… I sort of have a feeling that if it’s a short LP only I’ll have low progesterone and hopefully they can give me some magic drugs 🙂
Post # 3
@proudcatlady: I just got my test results yesterday. Let me double check and get back to you. Your estradiol is definitely higher than mine. How did they check your progesterone? Are you having any issues with your cycles?
Post # 4
@candy11: thanks for checking! fx your tests results are all great! they haven’t checked progesterone in this test run yet bc this was a CD 5 blood testt, and at that time (pre ovulation) progesterone levels are very low, so you can only see if there are progesterone issues after ovulation.
I’m taking another test after ovulation that will look into my progesterone levels. so i can keep you posted.
but yes, the reason I’m taking theses tests is because I have a short luteal phase. So I want to double check if it’s only a short LP or any problems with PCOs.
Post # 5
No advice on the tests but do have some on the short LP. Mine started at 7 days and I did not have PCOS and everything else was normal. A combo of B6 and BComplex brought it to 10 days and then PG 🙂
Post # 6
This is your GP? Can you go see a gyno instead??
Post # 7
I def agree with Lyndzo on taking the high dose vit B complex!
I got all of my bloodwork done at 5dpo (as the surgury was closed over the weekend). Results were all ‘normal’ according to GP, except for SHBG, which was high. He’s repeating this, and also checking liver function. I didn’t have prolactin tho – why did your GP check that?
SHBG 145 nmol/L (22 – 126 nmol/L)
Testosterone 0.9 nmol/L (0 – 1.92 nmol/L)
Progesterone 44 nmol/L (leutal normal > 30 nmol/L)
LH 4.3 U/L (luetal normal 1-13 U/L)
FSH 4.3 U/L (luetal normal 1-8 U/L)
Free T4 17.3 pmol/L (10.5-24.5 pmol/L)
TSH 3.53 mU/L (0.3-4 mU/L)
Post # 8
@fresitachulita: Yes, it’s my GP. I live in the UK and healthcare here wont’ refer you to a gyno unless you’ve been trying for at least a year (I have been trying for 6 cycles) and unless your test results indicate any problems…
@Lyndzo: I started by B6, B complex and agnus castus this cycle! FX for a longer LP. I’m on CD 14 at the moment and normally O at CD 20-23, so FX it works this cycle – and soon I have a result like yours 🙂
@pink_sherbert: Keeping my fingers cross for the B6 and Bcomplex to work their magic. It’s my first cycle on them. I have a good feeling!
Tbh, I have NO idea why they tested prolactin. I don’t even know what that is 🙂 The frustrating thing here is that the GPs seem to explain very little. I tend to get more off boards and my own search than doctors – and I can’t see a specialist unless I have been trying for longer or have any abnormal results..
Anyway, I will go to my post ovulation test next week and FX those results are good too 🙂 So thanks for sharing yours bc when I do my post O tests I’ll check my results with yours 🙂
Post # 9
@proudcatlady: I see..yeah here you can just see a gyno whenever..but yeah, I undertand. I think you might just have to give it a year, because the values are within normal limits and it’s possible you may have a long enough LP one of these cycles…
Post # 10
@fresitachulita: FX I do and everything is okay 🙂
Post # 11
@proudcatlady: Yeah, I’m in the UK too, and I get really frustrated about the lack of specific knowledge the GPs have. I’ve already spoken to two about fertility related matters at my local surgury. One said I should have sex less often in the fertile week. I argued against this, as all of my research indicates this only makes a difference if DH has low sperm count (which won’t be tested for another month or so). I do love the NHS in many ways, but I think american bees have it so much easier in getting to see a OB / GYN regularly!!
Post # 12
@pink_sherbert: Totally agree with you! For the most part I’m quite happy with the NHS – for free healthcare, it’s pretty great. But when TTC it is very painful… This whole “wait a year” policy can drive a woman nuts! And that’s particularly not helpful when we know how much stress can impact you when TTC. Any bee knows that after 3 months you can start driving yourself a bit crazy (and particularly in my case when I noticed my LP was short).
And then you don’t get comforted by GPs at all bc when you speak to them you can see they have NO CLUE about most of the details behind TTC – I know more through google than they do!
And totally agree with you on the frequency of sex… I too read that every day is perfectly fine if your DH has normal sperm count.
On that note, my DH made an appointement just today to get his counted… 19 July is the earliest date.
FX his ‘little guys’ are all in check 🙂 Hope yours too 🙂
Post # 13
I’m not a doctor, but it looks as if he’s right, they all look “normal”
If you’re still concerned, maybe try seeking help from your OB/GYN. However, they’re probably going to run the same tests as well. Are you still waiting on your progesterone? Your progesterone should be drawn at 7dpo for a more “accurate” result.
Also, are you tracking your temps to know for sure how long your LP is? OPK’s don’t always indicate O. You can have a surge and not O.
For S&G here’s my results, not all taken the same day:
My Estradiol appears low. I was told it was “normal” – Yours seems fine though.
- Female (premenopausal): 30 to 400 pg/mL
ETA: I just realized the levels you have and what I referenced are in different units, sorry, guess that doesn’t help any.
Post # 14
@candy11: What was your estridiol? I’m concerned about mine now, I didn’t look into the results until just now.
Post # 15
@Yellow.Clover: Thanks! I can’t see an obgyn yet 🙁 … I live in the UK and doctors here won’t refer you to one until you’ve been TTC for AT LEAST a year (longer if your tests results are normal). Since I’m only at 6 cycles TTC, I have to wait… It’s torterous actually… But to be honest, if my results are normal indeed, then I’m happy to continue trying…
I will also be taking a test 7 DPO and that’s when they’ll look at my progesterone. So FX!
Btw, I did confirm my short LP with charting… In cycle 4 I found out I had short LP through OPK alone, but that’s what made me realise I should chart to confirm I was ovulating. So I started charting last cycle and did confirm I O’ed but my LP was only 8 days…
So fingers crossed the B vitamins will do their magic!
Post # 16
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@proudcatlady: Why are you seeing a GP for fertility issues? In the US we can go see a reproductive endocrinologist, or at least an OB/GYN whenever we want. I highly recommend temping and charting using Taking Care of Your Fertility. Then you can coordinate your OPK results with your labs to see when you are ovulating. You would then have charts to compare with your own charts to help with interpretation. To be honest, OPKs never coordinated with my temping and charting temp rises for ovulation so I stopped using the OPKs.