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April 20th, 2013 05:14 PM #1
Specific question about Day 3 blood test
I have a very specific question, but was hoping someone who has either had one or knows what they're talking about could answer for me...
Due to my irregular/long cycles and inability to so far conceive, my doctor is having me do some blood work. I need to have blood drawn on Day 3 of my cycle and Day 21.
My unpredictable AF appeared yesterday, making Day 3 fall on a Sunday - when the lab is closed. Can I have my blood drawn on Monday (when it's open) even though it's Day 4?
I looked it up online and have read that anywhere from Day 2-4 is fine, but I was hoping to confirm this. I tried calling my doctor's office yesterday to ask, but they have short hours on Fridays and were already closed.
On Day 3 they are checking my FSH, estradiol and anti-mullerian hormone....
Anybody know? Maybe @Blade? Thanks so much in advance!TTC #1
April 20th, 2013 08:04 PM #3
Thank you @labmama! I will follow your advice and hopefully it'll all be fine.TTC #1
April 20th, 2013 08:04 PM #5
I know that when I was supposed to go in for Day 3 labs & ultrasound, it fell in a Sunday. They were fine with me going in on Monday or even Tuesday (so day 4 or 5). Is the lab open on the weekend? If so then the dr can always send an order for the labs over, and you can drop by (you may need to call the clinic office and/or have the on-call provider paged [they don't like that tho]). I ended up rescheduling for the next month since I wanted it as accurate as possible.
Let us know what you do!!“And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz
April 20th, 2013 08:17 PM #7
April 21st, 2013 02:37 AM #9Senior Member
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I am not an MD, but I do work in reproductive medicine and order Day 3 hormone panels all of the time. Day 4 is fine. Day 3 is ideal, but like you mentioned, Days 2-4 work just fine.
Also, as a side note, AMH can be measured at any time of the cycle as it does not shift throughout the menstrual cycle the way the way other hormones like FSH, LH, E2, prog, etc. do.
I hope your labs give you and your MD some good, clear information to work with.
edit: I just wanted to add, your 2nd draw may or may not give you clear information if you get it drawn on Day 21. The Day 21 blood draw is to measure progesterone levels in the blood. The corpus luteum is what remains of the ovarian follicle following the eruption of a mature egg/ovum at ovulation. It produces progesterone to prepare and thicken the endometrial lining of the uterus for implantation. The Day 21 blood draw will confirm that ovulation has occurred and will measure progesterone levels to determine if adequate levels are present. This test presupposes that you have a 26-30 day cycle and that you ovulated between days 12 and 16. If you have very irregular cycles, you may not even ovulate by Day 21. It's important to consider that when doing a Day 21 test with a woman that has very irregular cycles.
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