After the ectopic pregnancy back in January, I wasn't sure how soon I would be ready to proceed with IVF, but my husband and I decided (although mostly I decided) that I would be ready to go this month. I called my fertility clinic at the beginning of March to get their opinion and they said yes, everything should be fine by the time I began my next menstrual cycle.
Well, AF arrived on Monday, so I officially began the IVF process today.
I went for an ultrasound and bloodwork this morning. Everything came back good to proceed, and I took my first stim injection this afternoon (Puregon). Here's hoping I don't go too crazy from the hormones. :)
I go back this weekend for another u/s and bloodwork. And if all goes well, we should be doing egg retrieval and transfer by the middle of April.
Wishing you the best of luck!
Wishing you so much luck!!!
I couldn't bot post This is great my lovely, I ma so pleased that you're on the move again as it were, I wish you all the very best and hope this is it for you :) Hey did you think about maybe writing down how your sugars/emotions are while you're stimming, I am a complete geek wrt stuff like that, I know emotion plays a big part in my BG control and that hormones also screw with them anyway I'm waffling but yeah, really really wishing for you x x x
Thanks for your support everyone!
Lou - Keeping a journal is a great idea! Although I have to say that so far I am not feeling any changes, emotionally or to my BG levels. At least I don't think I am. I had a little boo-hoo moment this morning, but it was something that I would have boo-hoo'ed about normally anyway. lol At this point I'm more concerned about my blood pressure. I've had so much anxiety the past couple of weeks that it's been a bit higher than normal, even with BP meds.
Lori- what wonderful news! Definitely keeping all crossed for you here. Personally, the only drug I found to be torture to by b.s. was the progesterone (oral or otherwise :0(). OOOH thank you for giving me something to be excited about!
Thanks Rachel! I guess I should be glad that I haven't had to take progesterone! :)
I had my second ultrasound and set of bloodwork this morning. I'm not sure exactly how many follicles they saw, but somewhere in the neighbourhood of 5 to 7 on each side when I glanced at the nurses notes. I begin the supression injections tonight and go back again tomorrow morning for another u/s and b/w. Apparently my estrogen level was high today so I guess they are going to see what the number is tomorrow to compare. I'm not sure whether or not that's a good thing... I read somewhere that it's related to the number of eggs?
And still no major mood changes that I can tell. I will have to quiz my hubby to see if he agrees. lol
Great news about the number of eggs!
Hope things are still progressing uneventfully
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It has been an exhausting week of travelling back and forth to the clnic, but I had my egg retrieval this morning and it went great (although towards the end of the retrieval I could feel the needle and it hurt... a LOT!).
23 eggs were retrieved in total! Fingers crossed that a good majority of them are mature and healthy.
Rachel - I spoke too soon about the progesterone. I need to start taking it tomorrow. I already know that my blood sugar spikes during the second half of my cycle (when progesterone rises naturally), so I can just imagine how taking it will affect me.
Girlfriend your ovaries ROCK!!! what an awesome number! I feel for you wrt feeling the needle. It really sucks, doesn't it :0(
Good luck with monitoring during the progesterone, I had a basal increase of 30% while I was on it. (I don't know about your protocol, but I was on progesterone until we lost both babies, and I think we would have stayed on it till close to EDD if we hadn't) I KNOW you will be able to keep things under control, cause there is really no point in stopping the 'fight' now, is there? :0)
Keeping them crossed for a little while yet...
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Thanks Rachel! Actually, an RE that did one of my ultrasounds last week did a double take of my chart. She said, "How old are you? 37? You have some of the healthiest ovaries I've ever seen in a 37 year old." That was nice to hear when all I've ever heard otherwise is how broken my body is.
I have no idea how long I will be on progesterone. I didn't realize progesterone could be given for so long! So far they have only prescribed 14 days' worth. Here's hoping that that's all I have to take!
BTW, how did you feel post-retrieval? As the day has worn on, I'm feeling a little bloated and have some mild cramping (similar to period cramps). I am so afraid of developing OHSS, which I remember you had to deal with. My RE actually stopped my stim meds a few days ago and had me "coast" for a few days with only the supression meds to help try to avoid OHSS. And knowing that I produced so many eggs makes me fear the potential for OHSS even more.
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I pretty much slept for the day. we had a 4.5 hour drive to get home, and once here I just rested and napped when appropriate. I do remember feeling a little beat up (calisthenics to reach the right ovary), mostly like a really nasty cycle. I hope you are feeling better soon! Keep the positive thoughts going, it really does matter :0)
I wish I could just hug everyone today, it's all so exciting!
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Our drive is similar - 3.5 hours each way for us. But it's totally worth it!
I woke up this morning with a terrible headache. Actually more of a tension headache accompanied by a lot of neck and shoulder pain. Probably from falling asleep in the car yesterday.
But GREAT news! The clinic just called. Of the 23, 18 eggs were mature and injected (we did ICSI), 14 are currently hanging in there!
Grow embies grow! :)