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So, we last left off with the final tests done and we had an appointment with our reproductive doctor on Tuesday. The night before the appointment Meg and I were on a walk discussing what we thought we would cover in the appointment. After each test, the nurse or tech told me that everything looked good, so my guess was that we would get a ballpark date for our first insemination and get the form to order sperm. We both let our minds wander to the 'worse case' scenario which we thought would be the doctor requiring us to do a couple more months of tracking because my cycle is unpredictable. We couldn't imagine having to wait until month. Now, I know this blog was started for the purposes of providing information about same sex couples having a baby as well as a way to keep friends/family up-to-date (and for me to have an outlet for my wit so Meg doesn't have to hear the same jokes over and over again), but lez (see what I did there?) be honest- not everything is going to be rainbows, sunshine and Kristin Chenoweth. Forgive me for not diving into some things as much as others- and I bet you're probably grateful for that when it comes to the biology parts. Am I right, boys (wait- do we know any boys?)?
Here's the truth. Our appointment on Tuesday was hard to sit through. We sat down with the doctor and he began to go over some of the tests. It turns the techs and nurses were not quite telling us the whole truth. I do have a significant number of ovarian follicles (a good thing), but they were all around the outer area of the ovaries instead of in the center (a not so good thing). We were told that this is a classic symptom of PCOS, or Polycystic ovary syndrome. Other symptoms are difficulty losing weight and abnormal menstral cycles, both of which I experience. Other symptoms (that I don't have) are diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. Something like 1 in 10 women have PCOS, and plenty of them get pregnant, but there's no doubt that this makes things a little more...complicated.
The doctor took blood to test my hormone levels which will likely confirm the PCOS diagnosis. As I write this I am staring at my phone waiting for them to call to tell us the results. Either way, there is a plan in place to move forward. I personally feel that this isn't a huge blow as I don't have the other 2 symptoms that are more risks to health and the doctor didn't seem to present it as a big deal. However, and I'll try to keep this light, finding out there's yet another speed bump in our baby making journey (the most obvious being that we lack sperm!) I feel like this.
But on a lighter note that means I get to enjoy the open bars to the fullest at the 3, count 'em, 3 same sex weddings we are attending in the next month.