What I wasn't expecting was for the nurse to say "Oo, you're over due your smear! I might as well do that while I'm down there!" which was followed by "Ahh, you've had 3 kids. Big were they?" they were all 9lb+ so yeah, pretty big, to which she responded "I'm going to need a bigger speculum!" Nothing like feeling EXTRA self concious while someone grobbles about with your lady parts!
Anyway.... The blood test is the one I am interested in. My doc called it a 2-5 Day Blood Test, although from googling it I see it is commonly known as CD3 because that's an ideal day to test. THIS IS CD3! I'll be going back to see her in two weeks for the results.
So what is it?From what my doc tells me, and from what I've looked up since (so I can digest it a bit better) this blood test will check the levels of hormones needed for me to get an eggie ready for ovulation. Doc said they would be looking at FSH and LH.
FSH is Folicle Stimulating Hormone. Fairly self explanatory, it's the hormone that stimulates an egg to mature ready to be released as ovulation.
LH is Luteinizing Hormone. I don't know much about what that is, but the levels increase in the lead up to ovulation.