I have something very important to be Thankful for today! I received my final results from my OBGYN today. Apparently my first test was correct and I do have a clotting disorder. I have heterozygous Factor V Leiden. I know you are probably wondering what in the world that is! I know I was!!!! It means I have a deficiency in Factor V meaning that I have an increased risk of developing blood clots than a normal person. Only 3-5% of the population has this disorder and those with ancestors from Sweden have a 10% increase in the chance of developing the disorder. Well, guess where my paternal Grandmother is from!
I'm not really sure how to explain this to you as I am trying to figure it out myself. I do know that the concern is that it can cause small blood clots to enter the placenta or umbilical cord and cut off blood supply to the baby therefore cause a miscarriage. I am at a peace to know what is wrong, however, I am worried about the treatment my dr has recommended. He is wanting me to take 81 mg Aspirin daily once I get a positive pregnancy test. From what I know from nursing (again, it is a HUGE handicap to have the knowledge that I have) it might would benefit me to begin now and then take an actual blood thinner during pregnancy. I am really happy to have a cause for my miscarriages and a way to treat it, but on the other hand, I am really nervous and upset because I am not sure I am happy with the treatment. If you have any experience with MTHFR or Factor V Leiden, please email me and tell me your story.
I did start cycle 13 today and what a great way to start it by receiving news we are ready to start trying again! I just need to trust my doctor and continue to have HOPE AND FAITH that great things are coming my way!