Post # 1
I have been waiting on my period since 8/22.
Bloodwork showed my progesterone to be very low, but my estrogen to be 600+.
The fertility clinic said I should be ovulating very soon, and then hopefully getting my period within the next few weeks. They also said I could have a follicle.
They just called back and want to do cycle monitoring starting Monday (ultrasounds, bloodwork).
Would this monitoring be useful? Last time they didn’t think I was ovulating on my own. Initially they had said use OPKs and wait for my period.
I’m a substitute teacher but my husband works full time and I don’t think all of these visits would fit into his schedule as he starts early. I don’t like to drive out of town on my own.
What does the high estrogen and potential follicle mean?
Could it be worth going for monitoring?
Thanks for any replies 🙂
Post # 2
High estrogen and potential follicle could mean that you are about to ovulate. After period, estrogen starts to rise and when it rises to the peak, it sends signals for LH hormone to rise and rise in LH hormone starts the process of ovulation. As soon as you get your period, your body starts preparing for a new cycle and starts to recruit a “dominant follicle” to grow. So having a follicle and high estrogen is a good thing as your body is gearing to ovulate. Now that does not mean it will ovulate, a lot of things can go wrong. There might be something called LUF (unruptured/trapped follicle symdrome), where your body does all the prep-work to ovulate but for some reason the follicle never ruptures and does not release the egg, therefore “trapping it”, but your body still thinks it ovulated and acts as it has, all hormones are normal, progesterone rises, etc. There is no blood work that can diagnose it, only careful ultrasounds before and after ovulation to see if that follicle released the egg. Cycle monitoring can be very helpful in narrowing down issues and correcting them, otherwise you have no idea what is going on.
Post # 3
I’ve decided to go. My mother in law is going to take me. Worth seeing what the issue is.
Post # 4
Thank you, very knowledgable!