Normal Female Karyotype

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A different kind of TWW—for my karyotyping blood work results to come in—is done.

A few weeks ago I had a recurrent miscarriage panel drawn at my RE’s office. It was done more as a formality, IMO. Something Dr. C figured would appease me.

There was some confusion when a new girl in my RE’s office told me my results weren’t in (they were) and never bothered to share them with me or with anyone else—including my RE! I finally tracked down my fave, most competent nurse. She jumped on the ball and called me back within ten minutes with my results that only moments before “weren’t in yet.” Nurse read my results to me over the phone. She might as well have been speaking in hieroglyphics. I politely listened to a slew of medical terms and numbers, then requested the lab results be emailed to me.

For anyone who geeks out on this type of thing, here’s what the panel tested:

  • Anticardiolipins  (3 types: IgG, IgM, and IgA)
  • Beta-2 Glycoprotein  (2 types: IgC and IgM)
  • My thyroid (not totally sure why this was included in the test, since my primary physician draws a full-out thyroid panel for me every 4 months, but, hey, whatevs.)
  • Lupus Anticoagulant comp (This included a whole raft of subtests, none of which I can pronounce, let alone decipher their meanings).

Everything was squarely in the normal range. The Lupus results were a bit on the higher end of the ranges given, but not enough that Dr. C was concerned.

So there we have it. I am “normal.” Well, not normal normal haha…. but my blood clotting abilities are apparently quite stellar. Hooray.

Through a friend’s recommendation, I’ve been reading the website of a reproductive immunologist, Dr. Alan Beer in California, about RI and RM testing. His site is pretty informative and breaks down all the tests he uses in his RI practice in a way that’s (semi) understandable. Among other tests, I noticed that Dr. Beer includes the following in his RM testing, none of which were included in my own panel:

  • Leukocyte Antibody Detection (LAD)
  • Antinuclear antibodies (ANA)
  • Natural Killer (NK)
  • Antiphospholipid Antibodies (APA)

The terms natural killer cells and antiphospholipids are thrown around a lot on IF blogs. But no matter how much I read online, I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around all this stuff.

I’m a total newb at all things RI, so if anyone can tell me whether my panel sucked as far as being comprehensive, please do. I’m not looking for there to be something wrong with me as far as RI goes, but if something major wasn’t tested that should’ve been, I’m def interested in knowing about it.

 

 

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Author: Marixsa

Navigating the infertility waters and encouraging other mamas-in-waiting along the way.

6 thoughts on “Normal Female Karyotype”

  1. Ok, so don’t quote me on it, but I think the testing for aniticardiolipins is the same as anti phospholipid antibodies. My aniticardiolipins are elevated so I have antiphosoholipid antibody syndrome. I could be wrong, but I think you’re ok there. This RI stuff is all Greek to me. The additional stuff you mentioned testing for sounds good to me. I had high natural killer cells as well. I can’t think of anything else major, but like I said: Greek. I’m not sure Dr. C will test for that other shiz, though. The impression I got from them is that they don’t “believe” in RI. I can let you know of a clinic that I think will be receptive to those tests of you decide to go that route. Anyway, I am really glad your results on the recurrent miscarriage panel were normal! That is very good news.

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    1. At the last minute I’d actually deleted a sentence from my post about whether anticardiolipins were the same as antiphospholipids, cause I thought the same thing! You’re right, I don’t think Dr. C will do much more about this. But I have a great primary who might run a panel if needed. I’ve had a TON of blood work done lately and everything looks ok except Vitamin D levels, which is normal in the middle of winter and esp. happens in vegetarians, so it looks like I might be good to go for transfer!

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