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Big Fat Monkey Wrench, Anyone?

January 24, 2011

So.  I’m going about my merry way, feeling pretty good about this cycle, thinking we timed things well and my body is behaving a bit differently from normal, and maybe that’s a good sign.  Trying to stay positive.  And for once not having a hard time doing so.

And then.  Then, my ob/gyn gives me a call.  He says he wants to talk about my bloodwork from last week.  Before he can even go into it, I explain to him that I am pretty sure I ovulated on Thursday, which is the day *after* I went in for bloodwork, so I know that we did the IUI too early and that the bloodwork will show that I hadn’t ovulated.

But then he says, well actually, it looks like you had just recently ovulated when we did the bloodwork, because your progesterone level was at about 2.5, and it wouldn’t be that high if you hadn’t ovulated yet.

Um, what?  So I’ve had to rewind my brain a little bit and think.  Last Wednesday night, after I had the bloodwork done, I took an OPK and it was positive.  Undeniably, positively positive.  So we took care of business that night.  My temperature was not up on Thursday, so I took another OPK Thursday night.  That one was positive also.  So we took care of business again.  Friday my temperature was up a little, not a lot.  Saturday it was WAY up.  So I felt, and Fertility Friend agreed, that I must have ovulated on Thursday.  The end, happy days, everyone lived happily ever after and made it through the two week wait, one way or another.  Right?

But now he’s telling me that I probably ovulated on *Tuesday* because the progesterone level on Wednesday’s blood work suggests I had ovulated about a day before.   I mean this guy is a doctor, he’s the head of obstetrics at the hospital he works at, I guess I should believe him.  But I just don’t.  I don’t.  I know that I felt ovulation pain on Thursday.  I know those OPK’s on Wednesday and Thursday were positive.  I know that I normally have a temperature rise the morning after, or two mornings after at the LATEST, ovulation.  And yet if he is right, then my temperature didn’t rise until three days after ovulation, AND I had two false positive OPK’s after ovulation.

The part that kills me too is that my temperature was way way down on Tuesday morning, which if he is right, was probably an ovulation dip.  And I *ignored* it and thought my temperature was just low because I was cold and I woke up earlier than normal.  But who knows?  I’m inclined to think he’s wrong.  The little bit of research I’ve managed to do online suggests that a post-ovulation progesterone level is usually 5 or higher.  So how could 2.5 be a post-ovulation level?  I don’t know, I’m not a doctor.  He is.  But I really really hope that he’s wrong.

Screw it.  I’m 4 dpo and proud of it.  He has to be wrong.  Has to.  And if he’s right, can someone please give me a time machine so I can go back in time and have sex with my husband last Monday?  Because we were *abstaining* until I got a positive OPK.  Crap.

(Although I guess if we had a time machine, I’d say let’s undo the IUI that I had done a whole week early and do one at just the right time instead).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2011 4:31 pm

    Huh? Wait, now I’m confused. What day did you do the IUI then? You were just going au naturel cause you figured you missed it? Crap, I’m so sorry. Hopefully the doc was wrong and you ovulated when you think you did. Doctors don’t know everything :p

    • January 24, 2011 4:46 pm

      I did the IUI a whole whopping week before I ovulated due to a positive OPK on day 11. When my temp still hadn’t risen several days later, I started taking OPK’s again, and voila, I had another positive last Wednesday. So we went au naturel because we didn’t want to pay for two IUI’s in the same cycle. Gah! This whole thing is just so frustrating.

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