CD 36, 20DPO

No period. Temp above coverline. Negative HPT. Acupuncturist described my pulse as “strong and slippery” which is often described as a “pregnancy pulse” but she couldn’t recall if this was normal for me or not, as her notes weren’t clear from prior sessions. Called and spoke to a nurse at the GYN who is going to speak with my doc and ask some questions to see what I ought to do.


10 thoughts on “CD 36, 20DPO

    • My cycles are usually between 30-32 days, with ovulation between day 16-19, and a 13 or 14 day luteal phase. So . . .this is definitely weird. I’m on day 36 – 20 day luteal phase thus far. Very confused.

      • Well it looks from those stats like you might be pregnant. I’ve heard of a number of women who don’t get a positive HPT for weeks and weeks. I reckon a blood test would be the best idea. You don’t need a ultrasound really as you will know when you inseminated. But then I’m kinda anti unnecessary ultrasounds. I’ll only have them if absolutely essential as I’ve done too much googling and worry about side effects. Good luck!!!!

  1. Push for the blood test—qualitative and quantitative. Qualitative just tells you that you’re pregnant, it’s like the pee stick, but quantitative tells you what the specific hCG levels are. Good luck!

  2. Update: I got a call back from the nurse at the GYN office. She said that my doctor wants me to come in for a blood test on my thyroid, and then said . . .you can do a pregnancy test at home on Monday . . .or we could order one here but they’re just as reliable as the home test. She then told me that, assuming nothing is weird with my thyroid, the doctor can’t really do anything else for another month.
    I guess I just try and advocate for a blood test, yeah? The qualitative and quantitative, like you said. I’m also going to try and push for them to test my levels of free T3 and free T4 – two thyroid hormones that don’t often get looked at and can be significant in thyroid management.
    That’s scheduled for Tuesday morning, should have the TSH lab back on wednesday . . .
    Thanks all for checking in on me. ❤ La is out of town and I am way isolated – can't talk about this stuff with too many folks and I feel *crazy!*

    • Didn’t you just have your thyroid checked, though? Like within the last three months? I’m not saying I don’t think the whole thing could be thyroid related; it could be. I’ve been hypo for years, and my thyroid has never done anything that wonky in less than three months. So I have doubts.

      I would definitely push for the blood test. I’d get all obstreperous in their business about it, too. I mean, why not order it? Where’s the wisdom in refusing a patient’s request for a simple blood test? They aren’t even that expensive, if for some reason you end up having to pay for it out-of-pocket. I’m not gonna lie; I’d be totally freaking out if I were you.

      • Yes. I got my thyroid checked at my “pre-conception” appointment and my TSH was between 4-5. My doc said under 3 is optimal for conception so she bumped up my levothyroxine by .25mcg. I’ve never really had my thyroid wreck significant havoc on my cycles, but its the only thing I can think of that might cause this. Other than, you know, being pregnant. I’ve also heard that “functional cysts” can cause delays, so thAts guess #3.

        I am freaking out. Less so now than a few days ago, but still – freaking out. I also don’t feel very listened to which is hard. The nurse kinda blew me off like it was no big deal, which maybe it isn’t, but I also want to explain that it’s not just late from a 28 day perspective. I know when I ovulated. I kinda know what I’m doing.

        So I’m going to push. I’m nervous about it but I’m more nervous about Just not knowing.

  3. Functional cysts. Gah. That sounds…perfectly horrid. And perfectly possible. Do you have a history of cyst issues?

    I hear you about the not being heard thing, not from personal experience, but from the scores and scores of women on the TCOYF boards who get that kind of attitude from their providers all the time. I don’t get it, and it’s irritating, especially since we of the charting tribe do all kinds of work for these people, and come to the exam table armed with all kinds of helpful information.

    But yes, I would push. And if your current provider won’t do it, get a second opinion. I kept the same provider for YEARS, who would not test my thyroid no matter how many times I brought it up. Eventually I got tired of the attitude and went to the new doc in the practice and asked her; immediately she was all like “Yes, of course, you’ve got a family history and all that, so why not?” And that was how I found out that yes, my thyroid was underactive and that yes, it probably had been for five years or so. So, you know, don’t be afraid to shop around, even if you’ve got a long and involved history with this particular provider. Sometimes, in fact, it’s the long-term providers who can’t (or won’t) see past that history, no matter how hard you push.

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