Sunday, February 26, 2012

RARE Blood Tests

So, in an effort to {potentially} find out why my beautiful embryos didn't stick around, we're running a series of rare, expensive blood tests this week:

ETA (Embryo Toxicity Assay)...$260: to find out if my "serum" contains toxins that cause embryos to stop growing and die.  HOLY COW.  We're hoping this comes back negative.  If not, I will have intravenous infusions (that last several hours) that begin before my FET and go through week 34 of pregnancy.  WOW.  This one gets sent off to Chicago tomorrow morning.  We'll get the results in about 2 weeks.

RIP (Reproductive ImmunoPhenotype)...$265: IF this test shows that my white blood cells are actively seeking out and destroying foreign material (aka my sweet embabies), I'll have a NKA (Natural Killer Cell Activation) test...$340.  Again, this is treated intravenously and will be sent off to Chicago.

I'll also be heading to Quest this week for the following tests:
Ana Screen
Cardiolipin Screen
Lupus Anticoagulant Evaluation
Rheumatoid Factor
Thyroid Peroxidase and Thyroglobulin Antibodies

We're hoping and praying that ALL of these tests come back negative and that we're good to go for our April FET...


  1. I am stressed for you just reading about these tests! I hope they each come back negative, or whatever the good result is. Good luck! I'll be thinking of you.

  2. I hope the tests all come back negative. It does sound like you have a game plan if they do not. It is still possible. Do not give up hope!

  3. I hope all your tests come back negative, and I am sure they will. If not though, at least you know the problem and they can treat it and you will get pregnant. Did you see my post about endometrial biopsy the other day? I think it was a big help with us (it's about a 5 minute procedure just done pretty much like an IUI)when we were having good embryos, good lining and failure for no apparent reason.
    Good luck with your tests, and can't wait for your FET!

  4. Hey there - did you opt to do these tests or were they recommended for you?

    1. Hello! The were recommended. A whopping $865 later, the results are in: all negative. I'm normal. Good news but still no explanation for why my embabies didn't want to stick around...

  5. Hey girl, when will you get the results form these tests? Hoping for good news from them!

    I tagged you in some random questions on my page if you need a little distraction!

  6. New reader here, and I'm glad to see all the results were negative. Though I do know it's also frustrating to not have answers. I had that rare panel run about a year and a half ago, and the ANA was what lead to a diagnosis and new treatment. I hope that that they find a solution for you soon!