One of the many things I wish I had known way before I did was that you can be proactive about your fertility. You can go to your OB or find an RE and get your ‘fertility work up’. What this means is having bloodwork done on day 3 of your cycle and then getting back a load of words and numbers that you spend 3 hours googling even though your RE has already explained what they mean to you.
This info; your FSH, AMH, E2 give an approximate idea of what might be going on with your eggs. Mine came back pretty good but with low AMH (which a lot of RE’s don’t pay much attention to anyways.) I decided to go ahead with a couple of unmedicated IUI’s before going through the more aggressive tests. An IUI is where they use a catheter to bypass your cervix and place the sperm directly in there. It’s painless and has a higher success rate than ICI (think turkey baster method.)
After a couple of IUI’s didn’t work I got an HSG which is where they shoot dye into your fallopian tubes to ensure they aren’t blocked. Cue one of the most painful mornings of my life with a very unpleasant Doctor. They are not always this painful but they are never enjoyable!
It was discovered that I am the proud owner of a Unicornuate Uterus (so called as it is the rarest of all the uterus abnormalities.) I only have half a uterus which means that only one of my ovaries is attached. When you google it it’s pretty terrifying.
Had I known about all of these tests I would have done them years before. Why don’t they teach this stuff in school along with periods, wet dreams and sex? So my friends, if you are thinking that one day you might want to have a little person, I highly recommend that you make a doctors appointment and get an idea of what’s going on in your invisible parts.
You’ll be glad you did.