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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

It's Official!

I've got a condition, but I can't spell really spell it.

It's called hypothalamic amenorrhea. It means my hormones are weird. It means it will be hard to get pregnant. Ah! Science.

It's funny, because this is, while not a major breakthrough, bigger news to me than it seems to be to my doctor. She's very cas, very, "oh, well, here's the phone number for the infertility clinic, don't worry, it's not like you can't get pregnant." And I feel a little bit like someone sort of casually was like "oh, well, yes, you've got cancer, don't worry, most people don't die." I mean, isn't infertility a real diagnoses anymore? I feel like she should sort of be willing to pat my hand gently and say, "I've got some bad news for you. You're reproductively challenged." And then I could have some nice cathesis and feel like I'd learned something. As is, I just get appointments for more tests, and phone numbers for people who will give me more tests. All the real information feels perpetually deferred. I even had to sort of pull a diagnosis out of her: "so...what would you call...I this hormonal...?" I should have just asked if I had HA, which I was pretty sure about, but somehow I wasn't sure how to ask that.

Anyway. Since I did eventually have a mini-period after the progesterone, it's not impossible that I'll ovulate this month--and if I do, it's fine to try to get pregnant, cyst or no cyst.

So that's the news, kids! What happens now, I do not know.


  • Pfft. It does seem like people should spend more time with you after telling you something like that...

    Does having it be official change anything in your mind?

    By Blogger Katie (WannaBeMom), at 2:18 PM  

  • Gah - I'm so sorry that you're official.

    On the brighter side (if there really is a brighter side to IF), supposedly once they make you ovulate you have a pretty good shot of getting pg. If you take a look at the HA message board I've linked to from my blog, I think 4/6 women there (or some insanely high number like that) got pg in their first cycle on injectables.

    By Blogger Nico, at 8:00 PM  

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    By Blogger joie, at 12:53 AM  

  • Ironically, that sounds like good news to me. Hormones are easily manipulated. Hopefully your time with the fertility specialist will be short.

    By Blogger joie, at 12:54 AM  

  • Well, it sucks to officially be diagnosed HA, but at least it's better than officially being Just Fine and unofficially wondering what-in-seven-hells is the problem, right?

    What are you hoping to hear from the fertility clinic, as far as projected courses of treatment?

    By Blogger Emma B., at 11:23 AM  

  • Good question, Katie--I'm not sure what my new official status means to me. Actually, i think I feel a little better b/c now there's something new to do, like research fertility clinics, etc.

    Also, as everyone says, as infertility goes this is pretty much easy sailing. It is hopeful that I'll get away without an IVF/IUI situation, I think, and that means I can't complain too much.

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