dcrater wrote:I'll start.... We are in the beginning stages still. I just received a response from Dr. Patel about preparing to go. She has asked for a few hormone levels, day two scan, and other blood work. I know that she has not asked everyone for these items (talking to people from a different forum), so I was just wondering if you guys had any insight. I don't mind getting this items taken care of, but I was just curious. I am also awaiting her pricing. I have been told that cost may have increased since her original estimate back in the summer.
For my wife, Dr. Patel wanted a 2 day water ultrasound scan or what was called an antral follicle count (an egg count, sort of). For those who don't know, this is performed on day 2 of the menstrual period. If not uncomfortable enough already (given that time of the month), water is injected along with a probe
. To this day, my wife says that was the most discomfort and pain she felt during the WHOLE process - including anything performed at Dr. Patel's clinic. Dr. Patel asked for some hormone levels for my wife also. Actually, here's a copy/paste of what I provided to Dr. Patel:What is your age?
My wife's age is 33. She will be 34 while in India on Dec 8th. Your weight (BMI)
My wife's height is 5' 4" or 162 cm. Her weight is 125 pounds or 57 kg.
Her standard BMI = 21.5
Her metric BMI = 21.7 Day 2 ultrasound scan
My wife had an antral follicle ultrasound yesterday. Her period began 24 hours earlier, so this was a 2 day ultrasound, but not by much. A total of 14 follicles were identified, maybe 15. There is no image to share from that ultrasound. She is going for a water ultrasound on day 8. We will get images from that scan and I will scan those into the computer and email them to you later. Day 2 serum FSH, Prolactine, TSH, Estradiol, LH
After the antral follicle ultrasound, my wife had some lab work done:
FSH = 5.3 mIU/mL
Prolactine = 12 ng/mL
Estradiol = 37 pg/mL
TSH = 2.4 uIU/mL Semen analysis of your husband.
The lab cannot due this test for me now, but soon. I will let you know. Menstrual history.
What was your last menstrual history?
Here are my wife's period begin dates and length of cycle:
Period Begin - Duration in Days
01/10/08 - 28
02/07/08 - 28
03/06/08 - 30
04/05/08 - 28
05/03/08 - 30
06/02/08 - 31
07/03/08 - 30
08/02/08 - 31
See you in late Nov!
I hope that helps.
dcrater wrote:We are planning to go In June and although we have an idea of what to expect, I still have some holes to fill in. I just wanted to say again, thanks for starting this board. It is an answer to my latest prayer...
Such a forum is meant to fill these holes as best possible. Going to India and feeling good about things and knowing what to expect, will make the process go all that much smoother and make for less stress. That's a good thing. That all said, I hope we get some more gals in here! I'm certainly no expert on such matters, especially being a guy.
Four cycles with Dr. Nayana Patel, with the first and fourth giving us two beautiful, healthy baby girls! Persistence and determination are often rewarded, so stay the course...