Well, I went to go see the new OB/Gyn, from here on referred to as Dr. #2. In short:
I explained to him about my post-partum hypertension. While it's something he would look out for if he were to treat me while I was pregnant, he wasn't terribly concerned about it (there were no protiens in any urine tests during and after pregnancy, with either pregnancy). I have no immediate family, or any family that I'm aware of, that has hypertension. My sister has high BP, due to a kidney problem. My kindey's are fine. My mom has high BP due to age/weight. I'm at a healthy weight and not terribly old (34).
He believes the PP hypertension I experienced was due to the extreme edema I had after my second pregnancy (I also had extreme edema after my first pregnancy, but the only thing it affected were my arms. I have carpal tunnel issues, and the over-abundance of fluids had closed up all my nerve tubes, making my arms go numb up to my elbow. This was during the third week PP.) Bottom line, my body will not get rid of the excess fluids naturally --I'm not much of a sweater--, so it is determined at this point that I need assistance in the form of latex and/or steroids.
He was actually a little perplexed as to why my current OB/Gyn, referred from here as Dr. #1, didn't prescribe latex after my second pregnancy since I experienced extreme edema that just wasn't going away after my first pregnancy. He said he would have.
(Note: I had no visibly noticeable edema during pregnancy. Maybe a bit poofy here or there on the ankles, but nothing serious. And certainly nothing with discomfort. After both pregnancies, oy! That was some very uncomfortable swelling all the way up to my thighs! And affecting my arms, no less!)
So, basically, Dr. #2 said he would watch but not worry about hypertension during pregnancy. Dr. #1 also said the same thing.
As for the cycles being normal lengths, and menstrual cycles being normal length and flow, but no ovulation, Dr. #2 did an ultrasound on day 12 of my cycle (follicles looked healthy, no PCOS suspected, right side had a follicle of 12mm and left side had a follicle of 14.5mm). He ordered a blood test for progesterone levels for day 21. Dr. #1 also ordered a blood test for progesterone levels on day 21, along with FSH levels and thyroid check.
On day 19, I got VERY distinct Mittelschmerz coming from my left side. Seriously unmistakable. The ovulation test sticks also said I was ovulating, or at least had a high enough LH surge that was detectable. The sticks also gave a positive LH surge on day 20. On day 21 it went back to negative.
Day 21 came and I went into the lab.
Dr. #2 called me today to give me the results from the lab. My progesterone level was a 2.4 (normal is 10-12). So, yeah, horribly low. He also said that even though I felt the Mittelschmerz (follicle bursting) and the ovulation tests gave a positive result (LH surge), that doesn't necessarily mean I ovulated. He pretty much said it was probably due to age (I wasn't aware 34 was considered "old", but he explained any pregnancy that results in childbirth at the age of 35 is considered mature maternal age... in other words, old.
). It could be "fixed" with Clomid, but I told him I wasn't trying to get pregnant... I just wanted to figure out where my cycle was at (I'm also wary of Clomid raising the chances of having twins up to 5%... not to mention being a bit freaked out about possible birth defects due to ageing "womanly parts".) He doesn't suspect anything else, so he won't be running anymore tests from what I discerned while talking with him.
Still waiting to hear back from Dr. #1 about progesterone, FSH, and thyroid. Hopefully I'll get those results tomorrow.
I'm thinking of maybe getting some natural progesterone creams. I used to use some when I was younger (got them at a vitamin shop). But I just don't know if it'll help with the issue I'm having or not.
I guess I just don't know where to go from here. I honestly didn't think I'd have to think myself as old and rundown at 34. And 'd been considering having a third baby, but now it looks like my body is making the decision for me rather than letting me choose.
(Sorry. I totally rambled. I guess this whole thing has really shaken me up.