This one will be short, but bittersweet…
I got a call from the lab tech at the doc's office today with the results of my progesterone test. The message left said my progesterone level is 7.8, which is low. A 12-20 is considered "normal", 9-10 is "borderline", and where I am, my levels are definitely "below level". This means that I was not ovulating, nor had I ovulated, when they took my sample last Friday. So while this is a bummer hormone-wise, it's an answer to the "why the heck can't my ovaries pop out a damn egg?" question.
The NP wasn't in the office to discuss next steps with me, but I assume they'll finally wise up and want to do a testosterone test. The fact that they failed to ask questions regarding signs and symptoms of potentially higher-than-normal testosterone levels leaves me a bit unsettled. What else aren't they asking me? What other health information do I need to have ready for them to crack this fertility code? My voice isn't going to drop an octave, nor do I foresee a situation where I have to warn my peers, "You don't want to make me angry!" moments before plowing gigantic hairy fists through the side of a house. But heck, when fertility, pregnancy, and babies are your business, isn't there a check-off list for newbies like myself?
Anyway, back to teacher/wife/pet parent/yoga student reality. Thanks to everyone out there who takes the time to keep up with these updates. Rock on.