Michelle - wow.. I didn't know it was that high! My stomach turned reading that
Kim - I hope you little one is feeling better today. Poor poppet
Coco - I am glad that your friend is so strong and is ready to try again.
I got an email with some info from the fertility clinic we are using re: blood tests and screening before TTC - I have to copy and paste it so I'm sorry for the super long post.
. Both partners are screened for sperm antibodies as either may carry antibodies to sperm in their blood that can reduce fertilisation.
. Women are screened for Rubella (German Measles) immunity. Being vaccinated in the past does not guarantee protection. Vaccination is recommended for women with negative immunity, to ensure there is no risk to the baby should the mother come in contact with an infected person during pregnancy. This will delay treatment for one month.
. Both partners are screened for Varicella (chickenpox) antibodies. If antibodies are not present vaccination is recommended as chickenpox infection in adults can result in significant illness, birth defects if pregnant and a predisposition to shingles in the future. Vaccination would delay treatment by one month.
. Both partners are screened for Vitamin D levels. Since the introduction of measures to avoid skin cancers more Australians are developing Vitamin D deficiency, which impacts on your health, short and long term, and also that of any potential child. Vitamin D is essential for normal bone formation and protects against some cancers long term. Studies have also shown that if a woman is Vitamin D deficient in the later stages of pregnancy the resulting child is more likely to develop conditions such as multiple sclerosis when they become an adult.
. Both partners are screened for red cell folate and homocysteine levels. Low folate levels are associated with an increased risk of birth defects, preterm labour, reduced intrauterine growth and miscarriage. The low levels of folate and other B group vitamins are also associated with a rise in a protein breakdown product, homocysteine, which also increases the risk of birth defects, preterm delivery, poor intrauterine growth and raised blood pressure (preeclampsia) in pregnancy. Raised homocysteine also increases the risk of adult conditions, particularly heart disease.
. Women also have their blood group and antibodies checked, to determine if an Anti D (Rhesus) injection is necessary if there is an early pregnancy loss.
. VDRL – we also include a test for syphilis for women, so that you don’t require any antenatal screening tests when you are pregnant.
. Both partners will have a urine test to screen for chlamydia. In addition, male partners are screened for gonorrhoea and female partners are screened for iodine levels. Sufficient iodine levels are required to maximise normal thyroid function and prevent impairment of intellectual development in babies.
Two girls, one dream and baby you are it!