Well we have just received our blood test results by post. Unfortunately the earliest appointment we could get for a phone consultation with the doctor is in six weeks so for now we just have to try to interpret what we can ourselves. The results are several pages that list items tested next to the ideal range. If something is above or below that then there is a little arrow beside the value and sometimes a paragraph with some info from the doctor.
main result is that I tested positive for natural killer cells. My
initial reaction was to curse to be honest! I had really been hoping that our
results would show that
everything is fine and that we could just go ahead with IVF round
three. I know some people might see this as a good thing that now we
have something to
treat but at the moment it just raises loads more questions for me. For
instance, have I always had this? Could this also be preventing us from getting pregnant
naturally? Does that mean my body basically killed the three little embryos that were
transferred during round 1 and 2 IVF (as opposed to it being a chromosome
a pregnancy that would not have continued anyway). The thought of that
makes me sad... And I also have questions about the treatment for NK
cells. The whole area
is still very controversial like I mentioned before and because of that
treatment wouldn't be covered by my health insurance so could be expensive.
I am wondering if there might be some other underlying issue causing
it. My T4/T8 index was also elevated which according to the info below
means either an
auto immune disease (!!) or an allergy. So maybe I have some
undiagnosed allergy which is causing an inflammation and then the
natural killer cells get activated. In
which case maybe I need to do more allergy tests to see if I could find
the issue. Maybe I will need to change my diet too. I already try to
avoid dairy when I can and
haven't found that easy (since I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance
early this year). The idea of having to try to restrict what I eat even
more doesn't sound fun!
results also mentioned that I will need to get a second test to find
out if the natural killer cells are just in my blood or also in my womb. I've made an appointment with the doctor at our fertility clinic to see if I
can get that done there and just to talk about the results and what it
means for us going forward. My vitamin D level is also too low so I'll need to take supplements. My AMH value was in the normal range but only just about. It looks like it has gone down from when I had it measured last time, which also concerns me!
now we just feel confused and overwhelmed. The one thing we know for
sure is that we need to put our plans for the the third IVF round on
hold until we can figure it all out.