Wait to do testing or try again?

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Registered: 01-27-2008
Wait to do testing or try again?
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Sat, 03-26-2011 - 5:33pm
I've had 2 miscarriages (both blighted ovums) in the last 6 months. I also have a healthy 2 year old, that we had no problems conceiving or during pregnancy. My doctor has agreed to do some tests, but wants me to wait 2 cycles before she does them. We were going to start trying again at that time, but I heard that some of the tests you can't do while pregnant. We haven't really had a hard time getting pregnant, STAYING pregnant is the tricky part. But I am 32, and I'm not sure I want to wait an extra month on top of the 2. I'm also not sure that testing will give us any answers. What would you do, or what have you done?
The tests we would be running are: thyroid, lupus, FSH 3 day, Astradital (sp?), antral follicle count. Anyone else told to wait for these?

S

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Registered: 06-27-2006
Sat, 03-26-2011 - 6:26pm
Obviously the FSH test you could have done on cycle 2 or 3 (can't tell if you mean wait two full cycles and then start testing on cycle 3 or if they would start testing starting with cycle 2) - you wouldn't be pg - it would be done on cd3 while AF is still hanging around. I have no idea what the astradital test is. Never heard of it before. The follicle count, again, I believe, would be done while you're not pg yet. I'm not sure whether thyroid or lupus would be something that you would need to wait and be tested for while not pg. I believe plenty of women with thyroid issues have their thyroid levels monitored during pg. With lupus, I think the issue would be potentially a clotting factor, which they can test you for while you're pg. Not sure if the lupus test itself can be tested for while you're pg, but I know for sure that clotting factors can be tested for during pg because one of my good friends had that done and it was determined that she needed to be on Lovenox.

I think that if you are up for TTC before the 2 months, then go for it. And, if you're not pg by then, go for the testing! That's my take on it. I'm guessing that the blighted ovum isn't caused by potential abnormal results of any of those things that they are testing for. My guess is that she wants to wait 2 cycles just to make sure that your hormones are not still out of whack from your pg and m/c (so they don't get false readings)? Anyway, just my 2 cents.
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Registered: 09-24-2004
Sat, 03-26-2011 - 9:02pm
I'm with Tee. From what I understand, blighted ovums are just plain old bad luck. :( So waiting really won't help you in the long run. If you're not pregnant, then you can have some testing done. Otherwise, get busy! ;)
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Sun, 03-27-2011 - 11:49am
Hmm, well, I had both thyroid and lupus testing done with my prenatal lab draw (@ 9 weeks) when I was pregnant last year, so I'd think that those could actually be done if you get pregnant again in the meantime. And unless there are some serious hormonal imbalances still 2 months after miscarrying, I'd think that you could get FSH tested on CD 3 after your first period comes. Not sure about the other tests. I guess that if I were in your position, I might actually hold off on TTC and do the tests first . . . just because it doesn't take you long to get pregnant. Maybe the test results would help your doc. figure out what's going on and help you get a pregnancy that sticks sooner.
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Registered: 01-27-2008
Sun, 03-27-2011 - 1:36pm
I think I will try and get the tests done on cycle 2. I can wait that long, and it will probably give me peace of mind to have that started or out of the way when we do conceive again. I do sort of feel like we are just testing for the sake of testing, from what I've read about blighted ovums and from the fact that we had a healthy pregnancy 3 years ago. But I don't want to wait any longer!

S