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Treatment Recap Links

Posted by auntiem10 on February 3, 2011

Below I’ve added links to my recaps of the major components of an IVF cycle with CCS testing, Depot Lupron treatment, and an FET. I thought having these links in one spot might provide a clearer picture of what to expect from cycling at CCRM, but you can also click one of the Categories on the right pane of this page to see more.

Our One-Day Work-Up Experience

Instructions for shipping CD 3 bloodwork to CCRM

A recap of all test results, at the ODWU and locally

My IVF calendar

My Egg Retrieval Experience

Our Day 6 Biopsy Report

Our CCS Results

My FET Calendar

My Frozen Embryo Transfer Experience


Posted in Chromosome Testing (CCS), Egg Retrieval, Embryo Transfer, FET, FET Calendars, IVF Calendars, IVF Take Two, Testing | 8 Comments »

Our CCS Results Are Already In!!!

Posted by auntiem10 on October 15, 2010

Wow, this has been one exciting day in my world, and one of the happiest days of my life. I awoke this morning with a terrible headache–like, the kind where it hurts even to move your eyeballs from side to side. At lunchtime, I realized AF had started, so I guess my headache was hormone-related. Since today is CD 1, I needed to set up the Depot Lupron stuff. I spent an hour coordinating shipment of the first injection, so I’ll be going to my local RE’s office to receive the injection on Sunday morning. Hot flashes, here I come! That was Exciting Development #1!

Then came Exciting Development #2. My wonderful CCRM nurse called to discuss faxing orders for the injection to my local RE’s office. She asked if I had received the CCS results yet, and I told her we were expecting to wait another week. As it turns out, the results were already available, and she was so excited to tell me!

5/6 embryos are chromosomally NORMAL!!!!!

Wow, I am still beaming 30 minutes later. Sixteen months ago, we were sitting in our local RE’s office, crying as we sat in an u/s room, listening to someone else’s baby’s heartbeat in the next room while we waited for the u/s that would confirm our chemical pregnancy. Fifteen months ago, the same RE advised us to consider a donor egg cycle because she felt I possessed no chromosomally normal eggs and it would be the fastest way “from point A to point B.” And today, here we sit, with these amazing results that FAR EXCEEDED our wildest expectations. 

We are SO thankful that we turned to CCRM for help. It was a pain in the butt to sit in limbo for over a year while we threw as much money into savings each paycheck as we could in order to cycle there. From our perspective, CCRM was worth every penny!

Embryo #1: Fertilized abnormally
Embryo #2: Made it to early blast stage, but wasn’t good enough quality to grade or biopsy
Embryo #3: Day 6 blast, Graded 6AB; very expanded and already hatching  ((ABNORMAL))
Embryo #4: Didn’t develop after fertilization
Embryo #5: Day 6 blast, Graded 6BA; looks very similar to Embryo #3  ((NORMAL))
Embryo #6: Didn’t develop after fertilization
Embryo #7: Fertilized abnormally
Embryo #8: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #9: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #10: Degenerate and poor quality
Embryo #11: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #12: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #13: Day 6 blast, Graded 6BA; expanded and hatching  ((NORMAL))
Embryo #14: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #15: Day 5 blast, Graded 5AA; hatching  ((NORMAL))
Embryo #16: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #17: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #18: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #19: Poor quality
Embryo #20: Day 6 blast, Graded 6AA  ((NORMAL))
Embryo #21: Day 6 blast, Graded 5BA  ((NORMAL))
Embryo #22: Did not pass the cleavage stage

Posted in Chromosome Testing (CCS), IVF Take Two | 16 Comments »

The Next Two-Week Waits

Posted by auntiem10 on October 12, 2010

It’s been a few days since my last post… I think I’m kind of coming down from the “high” that came with traveling to Denver, stimming, retrieving all those eggs, and then waiting for the day 6 report. I still can’t quite believe that we ended up with such good results! Although we were very much hoping for at least five blasts to biopsy, we never dreamed that they would receive such high grading. Not bad for two people who were told 18 months ago locally that we should move on to a DE cycle! : ) There’s no doubt in my mind that the expertise of CCRM’s lab, as well as a carefully chosen protocol selected by Dr. Surrey, played a huge part in our success up to this point.

So now, we’re in two different two-week waits, the most significant of which is for the report that will indicate if any of our six blasts are chromosomally normal. A technique called “polymerase chain reaction” (PCR) is used by CCRM’s lab to determine how many copies of each chromosome is found for the embryo. This technique has been perfected by CCRM’s lab personnel during the past several years, but has only recently become their primary method for testing embryos. A “normal” embryo has two copies of each chromosome–one inherited from the mother, and one inherited from the father. When an embryo has more or less than two copies of a certain chromosome, then a miscarriage or serious illness may occur. If you choose to have your embryos undergo CCS testing, then CCRM only transfers chromosomally normal embryos, or embryos for which testing showed “no result” (meaning the testing was inconclusive but also did not indicate chromosomal abnormalities). If an embryo is reported as “no result,” the patient can have it retested or choose for or against transferring it. This information was all explained to us during our genetic consult.

Recently, the wait from the Day 6 report until the “normals” report had only been taking about two weeks. However, the embryologist let me know that the results may take a little longer currently because of the demand for this technology. I’m still counting down the days as if it’s a two-week wait, because once we hit the two-week mark, the news may arrive at any time. Eleven days to go!

I’m honestly much calmer with this wait than I was with our day 6 report. Perhaps I’ll become more nervous as the days pass, but psychologically, I felt the day 6 report was the biggest hurdle we would face during this process. I knew my body was capable of making lots of eggs, but I wasn’t sure we could make blasts, especially any of good quality. It is definitely possible that all six of our blasts could be chromosomally abnormal, but I finally feel the teeniest bit optimistic. And that feels pretty good!

The other two-week wait I’m going through currently is the wait for my lovely AF. I was told that I could expect her about two weeks after the egg retrieval. Once she does show up, I will have my first of two Depot Lupron injections at my local RE’s office. The second injection will be scheduled for 30 days after the first. This medicine will put my body into menopause for 60 days (read: hot flashes), and in the process it will work its magic on my uterine lining so that I will have the sticky proteins needed for implantation. Lack of these proteins (beta 3 integrins) is sometimes associated with moderate to severe endometriosis. So even though I didn’t have the endometrial biopsy to test for the sticky proteins due to a mix-up, Dr. Surrey decided to take a “better safe than sorry” approach because of my history and encouraged us to do the Depot Lupron treatment anyway. I don’t have insurance coverage for this medication, and it is expensive–$754.99 per injection. Yuck! But if it works, it will be worth it a million times over!

No AF yet, but that’s okay. I’m perfectly content to be free of injections, bleeding, and hormonal side effects for the time being! : )

Posted in Chromosome Testing (CCS), Daring to Hope, Depot Lupron, IVF Take Two | 2 Comments »

I am a Believer (Day 6 Results)

Posted by auntiem10 on October 9, 2010

I am so shocked and thrilled to be able to write that we have SIX biospied blasts for genetic testing. Five embryos were biopsied today, and one was biopsied yesterday. And, even better, they are all great quality! All of the doubts I had going into today were baseless, and I have no doubt that the amazing lab at CCRM made a huge difference for us.

Here is a brief explanation of how CCRM grades embryos. A more technical explanation can be found here. First the staff assigns a number from 1-6 to indicate the expansion of the embryo. A rating of “1” means the embryo is hardly expanded at all, and a rating of “6” means the embryo is very expanded and even hatching. Second, they assign an alphabetic letter grading the cells that will later become the baby. Third, they assign an alphabetic letter grading the cells that will later become the placenta. For both cell masses, the grades may range from A-C. The best rating is “A,” but there are plenty of success stories even with embryos graded “C.”

Out of the 22 eggs that were mature and ICSI’d on Day 1 (boldfaced are the biopsied blasts):

Embryo #1: Fertilized abnormally
Embryo #2: Made it to early blast stage, but wasn’t good enough quality to grade or biopsy
Embryo #3: Graded 6AB; very expanded and already hatching
Embryo #4: Didn’t develop after fertilization
Embryo #5: Graded 6BA; looks very similar to Embryo #3
Embryo #6: Didn’t develop after fertilization
Embryo #7: Fertilized abnormally
Embryo #8: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #9: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #10: Degenerate and poor quality
Embryo #11: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #12: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #13: Graded 6BA; expanded and hatching
Embryo #14: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #15: (This embryo was biopsied yesterday) Graded 5AA; hatching
Embryo #16: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #17: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #18: Did not pass the cleavage stage
Embryo #19: Poor quality
Embryo #20: Graded 6AA
Embryo #21: Graded 5BA
Embryo #22: Did not pass the cleavage stage

We are thrilled!!! To experienced IVFers: one of my friends wrote that a grade of “6” means that the shell is too thin. Do you have any idea whether this is true? The lab told me they are great quality, so I’m not worrying to much, but Dr. Google isn’t telling me anything. I might request one more call from embryology to set my mind at ease.

Not all of these embryos are going to be chromosomally normal. We are hoping for half, which would be three. The embryologist said it might take a little longer than two weeks. And now we wait again. But for now, we are still in this game, and the lab exceeded our expectations by a mile!

Posted in IVF Take Two | 14 Comments »

The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow

Posted by auntiem10 on October 8, 2010

Less than 24 hours until Saturday, the day of our Day 6 report. I can’t remember the last time I was so nervous about anything. I feel sick to my stomach. I can only imagine how stressed I’m going to feel in a couple of weeks when our CCS results are in! My heart pounds just thinking about it!

I’ve been giving myself pep talks since Wednesday’s day-long freakout. Everything will be fine. It’s out of my control. We did the best we could. The embryos are in the best possible hands. We aren’t out of the game yet. Keep busy. Think positively. On and on, these thoughts race through my mind like white noise, and I use them to cover up the lingering doubts and worries that force their way through.

Tomorrow is the third hurdle in this race, and I just hope the results come relatively early in the day so I won’t look at my phone five million times. Every time my phone lit up yesterday to signal a call, my heart dropped into my stomach, morbidly thinking it was the lab calling to tell me that everything arrested. Unfortunately, I’ve done the same thing so far today, even despite the pep talks. Why can’t I just relax, have faith, and trust?!

My prayer is for at least five blasts to test, but based on my past history, I expect more like three or four (if even that many). Statistically, 50% of the blasts are abnormal, so I just pray for 2-3 normals. If not, I will honestly need a counselor of some type, because I don’t know how I will rebound from the devastation. I don’t even want to go there yet in my mind, but I can’t help it. I’m one of those people that has to have a plan for any possible outcome.

I am not that straight A student from school who insisted that he or she was going to flunk a math test, and then ended up with 102%. I know that we are fortunate to have youth on our side during this battle–we are only 28. I know that we were lucky to start with 19 embryos on Monday. I know that we were even luckier to still have 10 good-looking embryos on Wednesday. I know that we look great on paper, with awesome test results and plenty of follicles. But I do have reason for my fears. My former RE coldly informed me that I have zero chromosomally normal eggs. Even Dr. Surrey himself agreed that if blood flow to my ovaries was cut off during my laparotomy in 2007, my eggs may have sustained damaged, and no test can prove or disprove this. During IVF #1, we had 13 great-looking embryos until Day 4, when 11 died for seemingly no reason (which is what led our RE to her assumption). We actually baffled the embryologist, and he let me know that our embryos were severely fragmented and abnormal-looking for a couple our age. All of these reasons are why we turned to CCRM and their undeniably stellar lab, and all I can do is pray that they will make a difference for us, like they have for so many other women whose stories to which I have clung.

My brain is my worst enemy right now, and the only thing I can do is continue with the white noise and stay busy! I will update tomorrow when we get the news, good or bad. If you could spare a prayer or a positive thought for my DH and me (and my heart and blood pressure lol), I would very much appreciate it! : )

Posted in IVF Take Two | 9 Comments »

Day 3 Report

Posted by auntiem10 on October 6, 2010

The embryology lab at CCRM typically doesn’t call with a Day 3 report (at least for patients adding CCS to their protocol), but I decided to call this morning and ask if it was possible to receive an update today. I was fretting about fragmentation since this seemed to be the biggest problem with our embryos last year. The receptionist sent a message to the embryology lab, asking them to call me when possible.

About an hour later, I received the call. Out of the 19 embryos currently in culture, 10 are looking good. All 10 have a rating of at least 3 (on a scale of 1-4 with 4 being the best), have at least six cells, and have little to no fragmentation. Four of the remaining nine embryos are a little slower and could possibly still catch up, and the other five are not likely to make it. Four of the 10 good-looking embryos currently have a rating of 4-, which is really good. Still, this report is a little below average for their lab, based on our age.

The embryologist said that typically, half of the good-looking embryos on Day 3 make it to blast and are able to be biopsied. Because of our youth, it’s possible we could see slightly better results. So maybe five or so will be biopsied. Worst-case scenario, they could all arrest, or a few could make it and then be abnormal. I guess for whatever reason, even though I can make lots of eggs, they just don’t fare well, even in the world’s best embryology lab. It’s pretty disheartening.

I’m glad I got the report, but I definitely wish the news would have been better. I know that ten is still good, but now I find myself pretty afraid of what Saturday’s phone call will bring due to last year’s huge dropoff on Day 4. Please let us just have five to test. Two to three chromosomally normal embryos is all we can ask for.

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Egg Retrieval Experience

Posted by auntiem10 on October 6, 2010

While preparing to cycle at CCRM, I read plenty of blogs that described the professionalism of the surgical staff. As a result, I went in there with high expectations, and I was not disappointed! Although no surgery is fun, I was impressed with how smoothly everything went and how professional the staff was. In the following account, you’ll see that it’s the little things they do that make this experience so much better.

The day before the egg retrieval, I received a call from the anesthesiologist. He asked if we had any questions and reminded me not to eat or drink anything after midnight. I’ve had a lot of surgeries, and I’ve never received a call from the anesthesiologist before. It’s the little things, you see!

We had instructions to arrive at CCRM at 8:45 a.m., exactly one hour before the scheduled procedure. The nurse instructed us to park in the garage located underneath the clinic. We pulled up to a little black box, talked to a receptionist, and the garage door opened. Our car was the only one in the garage at that time. Just inside the entrance, there was an elevator. We pressed 2 and were whisked right up the second level, arriving in the lobby of the surgical area. The staff had already been notified of our arrival.

The hubby got to sit with me the whole time before surgery. A nurse (Terri) showed me to a room and gave me blankets that had obviously just come out of the dryer. Again, it’s the little things! I changed into a gown and those dumb blue booties and hat, and rested in the bed underneath the warm blankets. Terri came back in the room with a hot towel that she wrapped around my hand and forearm. Then she injected me with numbing medicine before starting my IV. I honestly didn’t feel anything, but she said the IV is the worst part of the process for most people.

Once the IV was in, I was ready for surgery. The hubby and I joked nervously until about 9:30, when Dr. Minjarez came in to introduce herself. She is SO nice! Our friends in real life have spoken very highly of her, and she seemed to recognize their names when we told her. After she left, we felt very at ease with what was to come.

At exactly 9:45, the anesthesiologist came in and quickly administered the “happy cocktail” that relaxed me as I was wheeled to the operating room. My DH took a seat back in the lobby of the surgical area, and provided his “contribution” in an upstairs andrology area while I was put under. The egg retrieval lasted only about 20 minutes, and then I was wheeled to the recovery room.

When I awoke, a neat contraption was blowing warm air on me underneath my blankets. Again, it’s the little things! (I desperately want one of those things for my own personal use!) Before I even knew it, Terri had ushered my DH to my bedside as I gradually became less groggy. I was in a little pain, so I was given some medicine through my IV. For some reason, I had a terribly upset stomach, but a little more pain medicine helped with that. The hubby helped me to get dressed and sit in a chair next to the bed. When I got out of bed, there was a huge mess left behind that I was initially horrified might be blood, but it was actually Betadine! Terri gave me a plate of crackers and my choice of beverage (water), and I rested in the chair and ate a few crackers while I became more alert.

After a little bit, a woman from embryology arrived to tell us how many eggs were retrieved. She also talked to us about what to expect the rest of the week–the fertilization call would come the next day, and then we wouldn’t hear anything else until Day 6. At that point, they’ll let us know how many blasts were biopsied for CCS testing.

When I was ready, Terri removed the IV, and I was free to get up. Before we left, I had to use the restroom. Ouch, did that burn!!! By the end of the day, though, the burning sensation had gone away. A little spotting is normal, and I only experienced it for one day. Terri took me in a wheelchair in the elevator to the garage and dropped me off right at the passenger door.

CCRM’s policy is that you should recuperate in Denver for 24 hours before traveling home, but we left Denver immediately. I wouldn’t necessarily advise this if you’re driving, since bumps in the road didn’t feel great, but I was ready to get home. They just want you to be near the clinic if there are complications, so they recommend staying one more night in Denver. I took Tylenol for pain the day of surgery, and I’ve felt a little better every day since then.

Posted in Dr Minjarez, Egg Retrieval, IVF Take Two | 3 Comments »

Keep the Good News Coming (Fert Report)

Posted by auntiem10 on October 4, 2010

Dr. John (CCRM embryologist) called this morning. Out of the 24 eggs retrieved yesterday, 22 were mature, and 19 fertilized with ICSI. That’s an 86% fertilization rate, which is a little above average for their lab. We are happy!!!!!!! This feels like the second hurdle cleared.

However, for us, the most critical hurdle is yet to come. Last year we had a great number of eggs retrieved (16), a great number of mature follicles (14), and a pretty good number of embryos (13) initially thanks to a great fertilization rate (93%). We were very optimistic that we would have not only two awesome blasts to transfer, but also a few to freeze. Then on Day 4, something terrible happened in the local lab, and all but two embryos arrested. By Day 5, we had only one okay-looking blast and one okay-looking morula remaining. And the result was a biochemical pregnancy. Our local RE determined that I possess no chromosomally normal eggs. The embryologist was totally befuddled and didn’t have any suggestions. So without any obvious ideas to improve our odds for the next attempt, we instead went to the Big Guns. Now is the time when CCRM’s lab will hopefully show us what they’re made of! They obviously can’t make blasts out of crappy eggs, but our hope is that this slower protocol and more reputable lab will make all the difference for us. If not, we agree that we’ve done everything we can.

The embryologist from yesterday said that we’ll probably hear the next report on Saturday, which would be Day 6. At that time, they’ll let us know how many embryos were biopsied for CCS testing. The genetic counselor told us that statistically, half of the embryos that fertilize in the lab become blasts, and half of those blasts test “normal.” If our embryos follow suit, we may have 4-5 normals left at the end of this. If I really do have terrible egg quality, then we may only have a couple. Our hope is that we have at least 2-3 normal embryos at the end of this process. Anything less would be terribly disappointing, and anything more will leave us totally ecstatic. This is going to be a long week!

Today I’m feeling sore, like I did a million sit-ups yesterday. We’re working on unpacking, doing loads of laundry, grocery shopping, giving our dogs some attention, and putting our house back in order. We just traveled to the airport to pick up my car after a six-day stay in the parking lot. Tomorrow I’ll recap yesterday’s retrieval for those of you who haven’t gone through an ER at CCRM yet. And as the week progresses, I’ll post some pictures from sighteseeing during our last few days in Denver!

Posted in Chromosome Testing (CCS), IVF Take Two | 13 Comments »

Home and Happy With the Day’s Events

Posted by auntiem10 on October 3, 2010

Wow, what a long day it was, but we are back in the Land of Oz. Two little terriers were very happy to see us when we walked through the door, and we are overwhelmingly glad to be home. Twenty-four eggs are currently being watched in a lab, the results of today’s egg retrieval. Dr. Minjarez was awesome. We are obviously thrilled with the number, but we’re still feeling cautious while waiting for tomorrow’s fertilization report. For now, today’s results feel like the first hurdle cleared.

More tomorrow! I am pooped, sore, and my attention is being demanded by our hyperactive four-legged friends. Thank you all for thinking of me and checking on me today!

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The Day Before “The Day”

Posted by auntiem10 on October 2, 2010

We went to CCRM this morning for one last blood draw. The phlebotomist had to stick me twice, because my veins are getting tired. They are testing my HCG level (to make sure the trigger shot absorbed correctly), progesterone, and estradiol. Assuming I receive a call today from the nurse, I don’t plan to ask about my estradiol level. I feel a little anxious about the 4010 level yesterday (although I’ll feel okay about it if a decent number of mature eggs are retrieved tomorrow). I’m feeling considerable pressure in my ovarian region, even more so than yesterday. It doesn’t hurt or anything, but just feels uncomfortable.

Dr. Minjarez will be performing the egg retrieval. I haven’t met her yet, but she was my IRL friend’s doctor, and is a wonderful doctor by all accounts. Even though CCRM’s policy is that we should stay in Denver for one day after retrieval, we are leaving for home right after the retrieval. We probably won’t arrive at our house until 10pm or so, but I will make sure to post about the day’s results after we get home. Thank you so much for checking this blog and supporting us along this journey! It has truly made us feel less alone during this process.

We’re off to Rocky Mountain National Park. Stay tuned for pictures of the past few days–time is getting away from me a bit!

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The 10:45 Trigger Shot

Posted by auntiem10 on October 1, 2010

We got the call about an hour ago… we’re triggering tonight at 10:45 p.m. Interestingly, Dr. Surrey only wants me to inject part of the HCG injection instead of the whole 10,000 units. (I found out later that this decision was based on the fact that my estradiol level was pretty high, and Dr. Surrey was worried about hyperstimulation. Just FYI.) My egg retrieval is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. I shouldn’t have, but I asked for my estradiol level today. It is 4010. O-m-g, that seems kinda high to me. That is quite a bit higher than my level last year; however, the difference is that 1) it seems that more eggs are brewing, and 2) Dr. Surrey has kept me on a relatively low dose of stims so that the level has increased slow and steady. Hopefully these two factors will make a huge difference in terms of egg quality. Now I wish I wouldn’t have asked for today’s estradiol level!

We went to the Outlets at Castle Rock today and bought some neat stuff–a wok at the Calphalon store, a dutch oven at a different kitchen store, a new Fossil watch for me at the Fossil outlet, some new Adidas socks for dogwalking, and a few other things. Then we walked around Manitou Springs at the base of Pike’s Peak, which is something we did in April during our ODWU stay. We also walked around the Garden of the Gods and took a bunch of pictures. I am pooped, so pictures will have to wait! We’re going to our favorite Denver Thai food restaurant tonight, A Taste of Thailand. It is a hole-in-the-wall across from the Swedish Medical Center, but it’s soooo good!

Tomorrow I have to go back to CCRM for bloodwork, and then we’re heading to Rocky Mountain National Park for the day. It’s going to be yet another gorgeous day, so I”m sure it will be absolutely beautiful there. It’s our last real day in Denver (at least until we return in January for the transfer), so we plan to really enjoy it!

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Possible Trigger Tonight!

Posted by auntiem10 on October 1, 2010

It looks like we may end up triggering tonight instead of tomorrow as scheduled! I didn’t get the measurements of all of the follicles, but my nurse told me they expect to retrieve 21-25 eggs. She said on average, 75% of the retrieved eggs are mature. We’ll see if these statistics hold true for us!

We’ll get the official instructions later. I injected one vial of Menopur today, but the nurse thinks I’ll skip Follistim tonight. I will update when we get home from a full day of sightseeing!

Posted in Follicle Scans, IVF Take Two, Testing | 5 Comments »

Slowing Down the Stimming

Posted by auntiem10 on September 30, 2010

We just got the call a little while ago–tonight I’m reducing the dosage of Follistim to 75 units, and tomorrow morning I will only inject one vial of Menopur. I did ask about my estradiol level today, and it is currently 2487. Last year on the eighth day of stimming, I was ready to trigger and my estradiol level was 3431. I obviously stimmed way too fast last time (with the microdose lupron protocol), so I’m thrilled to see the huge difference in my estradiol level. I’m not sure what my estradiol level was on Tuesday when I last had my blood drawn, but apparently today’s result was a huge increase, and that’s why Dr. Surrey reduced my dosage by half.

We go back to CCRM in the morning for another monitoring session, and then we have our IVF cycle review. Tomorrow I plan to ask how close to trigger we are. Physically I am feeling perfect except for a little bit of pressure in the ovarian region. Last year my ovaries were huge (as a result of stimming too quickly), and they made the stimming process very uncomfortable. I’m amazed by how good I still feel eight days into stims, and I feel very fortunate to have few side effects. I am very impressed at how well Dr. Surrey has controlled my estradiol level, and I hope this difference will lead to some good-quality embryos!

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Back in Stirrups

Posted by auntiem10 on September 30, 2010

This morning we headed in for another ultrasound at CCRM. Today is my eighth day of stims. I wasn’t very happy with the u/s tech today; she didn’t really share any details with me and rushed me right on out of there, ignoring my questions along the way. I mentioned to the nurse that I would appreciate a little more information, and she gave me the report that the nurses receive after the u/s. This document had way more detail.

My left ovary has 6-8 follicles, along with 3 smaller ones that probably won’t make the cut at retrieval. The six that were measured today were 16.5mm, 14.5mm, 14mm, 14mm, 13mm, and 13mm.

My right ovary has 8-12 follicles, with the leading six measuring at 17mm, 17mm, 16.5mm, 15mm, 15mm, and 13mm. Even though it doesn’t matter because we’re doing a freeze-all, my lining is 12mm with a triple stripe pattern. This is good to know for later, when we get closer to the transfer. Everyone seems universally pleased with how everything is going for us. I then had my blood drawn and will receive those results this afternoon.

Then my DH went downstairs to provide his back-up sample, and I headed to the other side of the main lobby to check in for my IVF physical. First they weighed me, and then I was asked about the medications I’m taking. My temperature and blood pressure were recorded, and lastly they pricked my finger to test my iron. Then a nurse practitioner came in and asked me a few more questions about my medical history and then gave me the pre-op instructions. The only appointment lasted about 15 minutes and was no big deal.

Finally, I met up with my DH and we checked in for the genetic counseling session. A counselor named Danielle met with us, and she was fabulous. She was very thorough in her explanation of the process, and she made us feel at ease by getting to know us a little. Their current success rate for euploidy (normal) embryos is in the high 70s/low 80s. She told us that based on their statistics and our age, we can expect about 50% of the fertilized embryos to become blasts, and about 50% of the blasts to be “normal.” Overall, she sounded very optimistic, although she did let us know the risks and the possibilities that things might not go our way. We signed about as much paperwork as we did when we bought our house, and then we were done. She was nice enough to write down a few restaurant recommendations and talked to us about our plans while we’re here. I loved her!

We’re now heading out to grab some lunch and explore downtown Denver. Later this evening, I’ll update with tonight’s dosage instructions. At least from the follicle measurements, it seems like I still have at least a few days to go before triggering, but we’ll see what Dr. Surrey thinks! My calendar lists Saturday as the tentative trigger date, so we’ll see if that sticks. More later!

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Same Old Dose

Posted by auntiem10 on September 28, 2010

The call came a little late, but my nurse finally let me know that all of my doses will stay the same tonight and tomorrow. I had an appointment scheduled for tomorrow morning, but Dr. Surrey feels that I can take the day off and just come in Thursday morning. I was kinda hoping to be monitored daily from here on out, but I guess they have their reasons for letting me take a day off.  I still don’t know my estradiol level, but it must be rising appropriately since they haven’t adjusted my dose of Follistim. That is good news!

Tuesday and Wednesday: Synthroid, 2 vials Menopur, Antibiotic, Prenatal, 150 units Follistim, 5 units lupron, Antibiotic, Dexamethasone

Thursday I have monitoring at 8am, then my IVF physical while the hubby provides his fun back-up sample, and then we have our genetic counseling session. We should be out of there around 10:30 a.m. and can then go explore!

Today I went to the Park Meadows Mall. Wow, it’s a pretty upscale place! Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn (and Pottery Barn Kids), Crate + Barrel, Armani, Swarovski, etc. Inside it looks like a hunting lodge with skylights and wooden beams everywhere. I bought some fall decor from Crate + Barrel and some carry-along antibacterial soap from Bath & Body Works, and managed to control myself in all of the other stores. : ) This mall has a pet store (which I strongly oppose), and my heart dropped in my stomach to see all those puppies. : ( It has been VERY hot here today, so the best place to hang out was definitely inside. One funny thing: I grabbed a sandwich at the mall’s food court, and they gave me one of those little round discs that vibrated when my order was ready! The mall in my own metropolitan area is considerably less ritzy. : )

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On the Sixth Day of Stimming

Posted by auntiem10 on September 28, 2010

I went back to CCRM this morning for my second follicle scan and blood draw. The clinic seemed VERY busy today! The personnel were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. The u/s tech saw 12 follicles on my left ovary and at least 11 on my right ovary. Of those, she thinks at least five will definitely be mature on the left, and 11 on the right. She was quick to remind me, though, that more follicles could still catch up as the stimming continues. The largest follicles were 15 and 16mm.

Then I had my blood drawn and am waiting to hear my dosage instructions later today. I also randomly met and chatted with an online friend in the lobby! (Hi, Jen!) : )

My hubby flies in tomorrow! It’s been a little bit neat to just have alone time, but at this point I’m ready for him to get here. The big plans we have so far include a tour of the Denver Mint, a trip to d Bar Desserts for their infamous “Cake and Shake” (we’ve seen every episode of Food Network Challenge, and one of the judges {Keegan Gerhard} owns this establishment), a trip to Rocky Mountain State Park, and probably another trip to the Garden of the Gods. We’ll be taking plenty of pictures, so stay tuned if you want to see more of the Denver area!

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Staying the Same

Posted by auntiem10 on September 26, 2010

Last night I didn’t sleep well–a combination of being away from home and my hubby and my dogs, hearing too many noises around my room, and feeling hot. So after I wrote my last post, I rested in bed and fell into a pretty deep sleep. About 30 minutes ago, the nurse called, and I answered it even though I wasn’t really awake yet. I felt so groggy and spacey, but I managed to comprehend that I’m supposed to stay on the same dose for tonight and tomorrow. My next scan and bloodwork will take place on Tuesday morning.

So on Sunday and Monday, I’ll take: Synthroid, Antibiotic, Prenatal, 2 vials Menopur, 150iu Follistim, 5 units lupron, Antibiotic, Dexamethasone.

I’m choosing not to specifically ask for my estradiol level for this IVF cycle. Last year my estradiol increased dramatically, and it caused me a lot of anxiety. If the nurse volunteers this information, then I’ll report it on here; otherwise, I’m just not going to worry about it.

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Posted by auntiem10 on September 26, 2010

This morning I dragged myself out of bed (it’s amazing how wiped out one can be after a long drive) and headed to CCRM for my first follicle scan and bloodwork.

I snuck in my camera and snapped a couple of photos…

Here is one angle of one of the monitoring rooms.

Directly across from the bed is a TV monitor on which you can see everything on the u/s screen.

Here is a quick photo of one of the little consultation rooms in the main hallway, where you meet with your nurse to discuss your cycle.

My follicle scan went really well. The u/s tech saw about 19 eggs this morning!!! I can’t believe it, since I haven’t been feeling much of anything in that region. She measured the largest eight follicles, all of which are 9 or 10mm. She told me that is a little ahead of schedule; they would normally expect the lead follicles to be about 8mm by the fourth day of stimming. The other 11 follicles were smaller and weren’t measured, but they could still stimulate and catch up. My antral follicle count was 19-21 in April at our ODWU, so these results are right in line with what I expected. The nurse cautioned me to drink tons of water because she thinks I may overstim, so that is something we will have to watch.

After my u/s, I had my blood drawn. I won’t receive those results until later this afternoon or early this evening. The nurse said she doesn’t expect any of my dosages to change, so we will see how it pans out.

I picked up a few things at the grocery store and am now back at the hotel. I’m not sure what I’m going to do today. There’s not a cloud in the sky and the high is 88 degrees, so I may find a park and wander around. I also might sit by the pool and read one of the many magazines I brought, or drive to Barnes & Noble to find a book. Tomorrow I am meeting a fellow CCRMer for lunch, and I’m excited for that! : )

On the way back to the hotel, I snapped a few pics of the mountains while stopping at stop lights. They are so pretty!

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Nine Hours Later

Posted by auntiem10 on September 25, 2010

Here I am in Denver! Whew, what a day. My DH and I woke up early to meet with one of the petsitters who will be staying at our house next week. Then we went out for a good breakfast before I hit the road. I left my house at 10:00 a.m. and arrived in Denver at 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. Mountain Time) I stopped twice along the way to refuel my car and grab a quick lunch during my 599.8-mile drive, but I estimate I drove 8 hours and 40 minutes total (excluding breaks). I woke up this morning in one of the flattest parts of the country, and I will go to bed tonight with the Rocky Mountains hovering in the distance! Pretty neat.

Interesting things I saw along the way: An Oz museum (perfect destination for “Auntie Em,” right?)… a Greyhound Hall of Fame (not at all a fan of dog racing, but I just found this to be really random)… the first section of interstate built in the country. An 1887 opera house. A farm inviting passers-by to see a 6-legged steer and the world’s largest prairie dog. And a whole lotta flat land! When the Rocky Mountains finally appeared in the distance (hazy, but visible), they took my breath away. So beautiful!

I’m staying at the Staybridge Park Meadows. It is nice enough! I am planning to take some photos and write a review for future reference, but it will have to wait until my brain is functioning a little better. It appears to be in a nice area with plenty of businesses nearby, but I’ll wander around and learn more in the coming days. Hopefully it will help those who find my blog in the future.

Tomorrow at 8:15 a.m. is my first follicle scan and bloodwork. Last year, during IVF #1, I could feel my ovaries “brewing” within the first few days of stims. This time, I’m not sure if I feel anything yet. That makes me a little nervous that few eggs are growing, but I know that my current protocol (standard lupron) is a lot less aggressive than my last protocol (microdose lupron). All along I felt that my previous RE fried my eggs by having me stim too quickly and aggressively on MDL, so maybe I should take it as a positive sign that I’m not feeling much yet! Slow and steady wins the race, right? I just hope there is some activity going on in there! I won’t really believe it until I see those beautiful circles on the ultrasound screen.

More tomorrow! Thanks for following along with me on this journey! : )

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Stims Begins

Posted by auntiem10 on September 23, 2010

Today I start stims. I woke up actually excited to pierce my abdomen with a needle. The things IVF will do to a normally sane person! My calendar indicates that I needed to inject two vials of Menopur, so I reconstituted both vials and injected. Hopefully my ovaries got the message: It’s “Go” time, ladies!!! : )

I also took my regular dose of Synthroid (50mcg) and 100mg Doxycycline pill just after injecting the Menopur. About 30 minutes later, I began to feel extremely nauseated. I flopped down on my bed with my two dogs and just rested for about 20 minutes, then dragged myself back up and finished getting ready for work. I hope this was just a fluke! I took Doxycyline after the hysteroscopy at our ODWU, and I don’t remember any nausea. I’ve never taken Menopur before, and I did read in the instruction leaflet that 60 people in a study felt nauseated. Hmm..

Tonight I take 150 units of Follistim and 5 units of Lupron. I continue this exact same drug protocol until Sunday, at which point I’ll inject two vials of Menopur in the morning and then wait for instructions on the Follistim dosage later that day.

The hubby and I decided that I’m going to travel to Denver on Saturday instead of Monday, and I’ll do all of my monitoring at CCRM. Originally I planned to have my first follicle scan and bloodwork performed locally because I didn’t want to miss any more days of work than necessary. We would have had to pay OOP for it locally–the ultrasound would have cost $252 and the bloodwork another $250 or so. Since it worked out that my first follicle scan is on a Sunday, I can avoid missing more work, spend $200 to extend my hotel stay (instead of $500 in doctors’ bills), and have my first monitoring appointment on Sunday at CCRM, where it’s part of the fees we’ve already paid. I called and made all the reservations this morning, so it’s a done deal. That means that 48 hours from now, I’ll be driving to Denver. So excited!

I don’t know what I’m going to do from Saturday-Wednesday when my hubby arrives. I want to keep my spending down so we can explore Denver together when he flies in. I’m also worried that my little doggies will think I’ve abandoned them! We really debated back and forth about bringing them with us, but at the end of the day we decided it’s better for them to stay in their comfort zone at our house. They would be nervous in a weird place, they would have to be left alone while I went to appointments, they might bark and disturb other guests, and they’ve never traveled in a car for more than a couple of hours at a time. They are relatively high-energy dogs (terriers) and might not adjust well to such a long trip. Instead, we hired a professional petsitting company to arrange for one sitter to stay overnight with them from Wednesday – Friday, and another sitter to stay overnight with them from Saturday until whenever we arrive home. There will be someone at our house with our four-legged friends from 7pm – 7am every single day that we’re gone, so it’s not like they’ll be lacking for attention. But I still feel terrible about being away from them for so long, since they are very bonded to me (and I to them). My reasurring DH keeps reminding me that we’ve done this before (our honeymoon), and he’s right. I need to just let go a little. He doesn’t leave until next Wednesday, so they’ll really only be with the petsitters for about five nights. Now do you see why we have to watch our own spending? The service is a little pricey, but it’s worth it for peace of mind.

So the next few days will be busy… I’m wrapping up projects at work, trying to get things organized so that I’m at a good stopping place. I’ll also be starting to pack tonight. I may not have time to check in again until Saturday evening after I’ve arrived in Denver or Sunday after my first scan, but by then I’ll have lots to say (and hopefully lots of eggs brewing)!

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Houston, We Have Liftoff

Posted by auntiem10 on September 21, 2010

Yesterday I rescheduled my suppression check from Wednesday to today, because I couldn’t handle the suspense! And I’ve spent today in tears because I was so confident that we were going to be canceled again based on this morning’s results. I was wrong! I received the call this afternoon that Dr. Surrey has signed off for me to start stims on Thursday… FINALLY!

My local RE performed my u/s this morning, and he found a 15x12mm cyst. He measured my endometrioma, and it appears to have increased in size from 32mm to 39x36mm. I was sure that the 15×12 cyst was the same one from last cycle, the one that had elevated my estradiol level to 293.4 at my last suppression check (when it should have been less than 50). I left with a knot in my belly that refused to untie itself until I got the go-ahead this afternoon. As it turned out, my estradiol level today was only 67, which is still elevated but at least within an acceptable range. CCRM apparently averages out the dimensions of cysts, and since mine was under 15, they aren’t concerned about that either. My body definitely tried to foil this latest attempt at suppression, but it didn’t succeed this time around!

So here’s how the rest of my week will go, from a medical standpoint:

Wednesday: Synthroid, Antibiotic, Prenatal, 10 units Lupron, Antibiotic again, Dexamethasone

Thursday: Synthroid, Antibiotic, Prenatal, 2 vials Menopur,  5 units Lupron, 150 units Follistim, Antibiotic again, Dexamethasone

Friday-Saturday: Same as Thursday

Here we go!!!

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New Calendar (Redux)

Posted by auntiem10 on September 20, 2010

I just scheduled my latest suppression check, which will be Wednesday morning. I wanted to give my body a couple of days to rid itself of this dumb cyst! Hopefully this is the last egg retrieval calendar I will EVER receive (click to enlarge)!

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Why Hellooo, AF

Posted by auntiem10 on September 19, 2010

I hate the tired old phrase “Just relax and it will happen,” but it worked for me this weekend! Obviously it had nothing to do with pregnancy, but AF finally showed this evening! I fretted over its MIA status for a whole week, and the minute I resigned myself to letting nature take its course, my unfriendly visitor showed up. Pretty sure this will be the worst AF I’ve ever had, but at least we’ll get to start making plans! : ) Hopefully the cyst has its eviction papers!

It’s been such a nice, relaxing weekend for us. Yesterday we toured a local cider mill and enjoyed some root beer, apple cider, and a cider doughnut. Then we walked off a few bites by walking all over a nearby large arboretum, admiring the flowers and wandering the trails. It was great to just soak in the sunshine and go on a date of sorts with my hubby! : )

Off to watch A Streetcar Named Desire and then Mad Men! We devoured all of the seasons and are all caught up and looking forward to tonight’s episode! Me + Don Draper = ❤ ❤ ❤

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Friday and No AF

Posted by auntiem10 on September 17, 2010

Cramps, cramps, cramps, but still no AF. My last AF started August 8, and today is September 17. Surely it has to arrive soon. This will probably be one of the last times I ever excitedly anticipate AF’s arrival! In any other circumstance, I wouldn’t mind going six weeks between AFs. This entire experience has been a huge test in patience!

This week, I’ve felt very off-balance emotionally. The mood swings are in full effect, y’all. I go from laughing to crying to feeling outraged in 0.8 seconds flat, rinse and repeat. I think this may be why some people call it “loopyron.” Of course, the stress that this delay is causing is obviously not helping my emotions, but I fully believe that the lupron is the main culprit. I’ve felt lucky to dodge the headaches that many women have to endure, but it seems I haven’t dodged the hormone-induced wackiness!

I also have zero libido, and honestly haven’t since starting prometrium. So not only is my wonderful hubby having to deal with my moods, but he’s also dealing with my lack of interest. He deserves a gold star or maybe even a gold medal–putting up with me lately probably takes as much energy as completing a decathalon. : )

So this weekend, I’m planning to focus on relaxing and showing the hubby some love. He so totally deserves it. We plan to watch college football and enjoy Mexican cuisine from our favorite place tonight, visit local gardens tomorrow, take our dogs to the park, and bask in the sunshine. It’s going to be beautiful here. Hope you have a great weekend as well!

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Posted by auntiem10 on September 16, 2010

Thank you for the vibes the other day! Unfortunately, AF is still MIA. Today is day 5 after stopping prometrium, and I’m getting impatient! Leave it to my body to refuse to cooperate. I just desperately sent an e-mail to the nurse inbox, asking if there’s anything else that can be done to induce AF. I know the nurse who reads it will most likely roll her eyes at me, but I figure it doesn’t hurt to make sure all bases are covered. The instructions I was sent explaining this protocol did say that AF would take 1-2 weeks to show after stopping prometrium, so I guess I should have expected it to take longer than a couple of days. Maybe the nightly lupron causes a little longer delay, or maybe my uterus is just stubborn.

Yesterday was a difficult day for me. It was very dark and stormy and yucky all day, the perfect analogy for how I was feeling on the inside. I was feeling upset about our delay, but the day was made worse by my DH’s sister talking to me incessantly about my pregnant SIL. The baby shower is scheduled for January 2nd. They find out the gender exactly 14 days from today, and everyone thinks it’s a boy. She is really starting to show now, with a huge difference from last week. My MIL plans to accompany them to the gender reveal, but she’s going to let them find out privately and then come in toward the end of the ultrasound so that they can celebrate together. And on and on. I am happy for them, honestly, but I wish it was us celebrating these milestones. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again: happy for them, so extremely sad for us. It’s amazing how my heart can be so full of both emotions at the same time. I feel very optimistic that our time is coming, but it’s so difficult to hear about these things while feeling so frustrated about our seemingly endless delay. No one in his family seems to have any grasp on being the least bit sensitive to how incredibly difficult this is for us. They are truly wonderful people and mean us no harm (they love my DH more than I’ve ever seen a parent love their child), but they are just clueless about the pain of infertility. I think my DH has made it clear to his parents that it’s not a topic for discussion, so they never broach the subject, and it feels as if they don’t care. It makes me feel so resentful toward all of them, and then I feel guilty for feeling that way. It’s a vicious cycle. I don’t want to say anything because I’m afraid that they’ll misinterpret what I’m saying and will start walking on eggshells around me. Plus, I firmly believe that it’s my DH’s place to set the boundaries about this subject to his family. I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place.

I’m doing my best to stay positive. I’m wearing light khakis today at work, hoping that light-colored attire will entice AF to show! : )

All of the stars have to align for us soon!

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AF, Where Are You?

Posted by auntiem10 on September 14, 2010

This is kind of a silly post, but I’m hoping that posting this will cause AF to show up! : ) I feel my reproductive area “brewing,” which usually happens just before AF makes her appearance. I may have mentioned this once or twice (or a million times) before, but I am SO ready to just get the show on the road! Please send me AF vibes!

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The Dim Light

Posted by auntiem10 on September 9, 2010

Thank you to all who commented on my last post. It was definitely a rough weekend! I feel that infertility has robbed me of my typical “glass-half-full” mentality. I’ve shaken off the funk for now and am refocusing on the light at the end of the tunnel. Right now it seems so, so dim, but it is there. Because of the two months of depot lupron after ER, I believe our embryo transfer won’t occur until at least January 2011. That seems SO far away right now! But in reality, it’s just around the corner.

I have five Prometrium pills left (200mg taken twice daily), so I’ll finish those out on Saturday night. Then I will start the wait for AF. Trusty Google says that AF arrives for most women about five days after stopping the pills. My very tentative calendar estimates that AF will arrive seven days later (on 9/18). We shall see. I also started 10 units of lupron daily last night. I will continue with the full dose of lupron (10 units) until the day I start stims, at which time I’ll reduce the lupron dosage to 5 units per day.

Once AF starts, I’ll go to my local RE’s office for the suppression check. HOPEFULLY, I’ll get to start stims this time! I still feel the off-and-on pinching that I believe the cyst is causing, so I hope it goes away with AF. I’ve definitely learned not to count my chickens before they hatch. All confidence I had in my body cooperating is gone, and I’ll go into that suppression check in a few weeks with a belly full of butterflies and two hands full of crossed fingers!

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Yet Another in a Growing Pile of Calendars

Posted by auntiem10 on September 3, 2010

Here we go… Calendar Number 5109890. (just joking, ha! Kinda feels that way though.) Obviously I removed our personal info and it’s not very detailed because everything is so tentative until AF shows up after this whole prometrium business, but it gives me an idea of when to expect the ball to start rolling (click to enlarge).

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Prometrium-Lupron Overlap Protocol

Posted by auntiem10 on September 2, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, one of the CCRM nurses sent me the document below, which explains the Prometrium-Lupron Overlap protocol. Taking prometrium and lupron concurrently should help me both to get AF a little sooner and get my pituitary gland to cooperate! Hopefully others who search for this protocol in the future can use the image below as a guideline. Click to enlarge.

Note: The last paragraph is apparently Dr. Surrey’s orders, and not part of the protocol!

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Another Delay and Protocol Change

Posted by auntiem10 on September 1, 2010

Ugh, what a day. Progesterone level is only 0.7 (CCRM was looking for 5.0 or greater). Apparently the HCG trigger injection did nothing for me, and I haven’t yet ovulated on CD 25. Now Dr. Surrey wants me to try a “Prometrium/Lupron Overlap” protocol to finally get suppressed and hopefully cyst-free. Tomorrow I’ll start prometrium twice/day for 10 days. On the seventh day of Prometrium, I’ll start lupron. Four to seven days after stopping Prometrium, AF will arrive. Since I’ll already be injecting lupron, I’ll just need to have a suppression check and then can start stims. This change of plans will mean a delay of about 2-3 more weeks. I’ll get a new, very tentative calendar in the next day or so. It will probably change since they can’t really pinpoint when AF will show.

Is my body trying to tell me that all of this isn’t meant to happen? I am starting to wonder. It is clearly NOT wanting to go through with this. I never even let myself get too wrapped up in the thought of a September retrieval, so I am not all that upset–just annoyed and frustrated!

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Posted by auntiem10 on August 31, 2010

Well, tomorrow is Hurdle #1 of this second attempt at IVF–a progesterone level check. I’m hoping that the HCG trigger shot flushed out the cyst that canceled our first attempt, but something has been bothering me: a pinching sensation near my ovaries. It literally feels as though two fingers are taking a piece of my ovary and giving it a good pinch. The feeling comes and goes, but I’ve been feeling it occasionally for at least a month. Is it the endometrioma, or is it the cyst, refusing to back down and go away? Or am I just a hypochondriac? I will soon find out.

My last AF started on August 8, so that makes tomorrow Cycle Day 25. Even if the trigger shot didn’t do its job for some reason, I should have ovulated by that point in my cycle. CCRM is looking for my progesterone level tomorrow to be greater than 5, indicating that ovulation took place. If tomorrow’s result is good, then I’ll start Lupron either tomorrow or Thursday (my calendar doesn’t specify) and will schedule Hurdle #2 (suppression check) for a week from Friday (9/10). That will be the real test–please, cyst, be gone!

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