Okay, first things first: they took some blood and luckily enough, the lab runner was in the office and waited so he could take my sample straight to the lab. I should have results within 2 hours!
Second, the RE was AWESOME! He was easy to talk to, very knowledgeable-- he goes to conferences all the time to stay up on the latest (and he says that this area of medicine is making INCREDIBLE advances all the time, but more on that later), and he took all the time we needed to get everything laid out on the table. Also, he said I have charts that belong in a text book because they're so awesome. (While I'd love to take credit for them, it's mostly my body doing all the work for them, so it's nice to think that my hormones may just be doing what they need to do.)
If I'm preggers, I'll probably take some progesterone supps just to make sure my pregnancy sticks until my body takes over and makes its own in abundance. He says it won't hurt, won't cause any side effects because it's such a smaller amount than my own body will make in 6 weeks, and it might make me rest easier in the meantime.
If I'm not pregnant, we have a plan to do the CD3 bloodwork, levels, etc. And if we need to, we'll do an US of my ovaries to check on my eggs.
Now on to the knowledgeable part. Things I learned today:
a) I was probably anovulatory from age 11 until 15, when I went on the pill. The pill probably regulated me and settled things down enough to let me ovulate. It was the best thing I could have been on. It also probably saved up a TON of eggs and allowed me to be in a good place now that I'm older.
b) Depo sucked for all those same reasons-- it throws off your pituitary gland, your adrenals, etc. which then makes your ovaries clamp down, your cervix and uterus shrink... all bad for conception and it takes longer to recover from it all. Good thing I went straight from depo to the Mirena iud!
c) Within the next 10 years, they are probably going to have a cure for women whose eggs are too old and tired to be viable. He said he just attended a 1-day conference by a guy whose research has been isolating the mechanism in an egg that prevents it from being able to start dividing once fertilized into a viable and sustainable embryo. How freaking cool is that?!? Too late for some of us, but it's nice to know that there are scientists out there taking this IF stuff seriously for us older ladies!
d) My levels of Clomid (anything 100mg and under) do not thin the uterine lining. So my uterus should be okay to house a wee babe unless I have a hormonal issue.
So that's my story and I'm sticking to it! I'll of course post the results of the blood test. (I'm a little nervous about it because with my sister's 2nd kid, the blood test was negative, but the HPT was positive-- and she was obviously pregnant because my nephew is 5 years old.)