When I shared about the embryo adoption consultation, I mentioned that it would take 2-2.5 weeks for the RE’s office to get all of the results in, and then, of course, the doctor would have to review them before I could see them. Some of these tests are extremely extensive and go way over my head. This is going to be short and sweet because it’s all good news!
I was ecstatic to see that my thyroid levels were all within the optimal range and my TSH is down to 1.8! It’s important that the TSH is pretty low (between 1-2) before pregnancy when you’re going through something like this because pregnancy itself can send you into hypothyroidism, too. My TSH has come down a lot since last December and I am thrilled about that! I was concerned that my thyroid would hold up this whole process and as of right now, that is no longer a valid concern!
APA Expanded Panel (Auto-Antibodies)
This is a blood test for autoimmune triggers (antibodies). We’ve known since February that I have TPO antibodies (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) so this test was for other things that could affect our ability to carry a pregnancy without intervention (such as Lupus). Read more about the APA Expanded Panel here. This test came back NORMAL!
Thrombophilia Panel (related to blood clotting & miscarriage)
The thrombophilia panel looks for gene mutations that affect blood clotting and miscarriage. You can read more about it and the different conditions here. Once again, this came back NORMAL!
Factor V Leiden Mutation PCR (also related to blood clotting and miscarriage)
Factor V Leiden is a gene mutation that affects blood clotting and miscarriage, similar to the thrombophilia panel. You can read more about it here if you’re curious and sciency! Once again, this test came back NORMAL!
So what does all of this mean? It means my miscarriages were most likely genetic issues and not related to my ability to carry, unless they were related to my thyroid. It means I won’t need heavy blood thinners for our transfer, probably just baby aspirin. It means I don’t have MTHFR or Factor V Leiden, which are two serious issues that would affect my ability to carry without major intervention. The last test to confirm whether I’m really ready to carry is the saline ultrasound, which is coming up on Monday. MONDAY!
I’m thrilled with these results. After everything we’ve been through, we deserved good news. And I understand that there are a lot of women who have normal results and unexplained miscarriages or unexplained infertility, but I’m choosing to focus on the positive here. Normal is good news for us, period.
It’s our time!