IVF #1...and waiting!
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|Thu, 05-09-2013 - 5:27pm|
Wow, it's been so long since I've been on the boards. It looks like everyone's been keeping busy! Here's a not-so-litlte update from me:
After our 3rd IUI about... a year ago.. (eek! is that right?!) - we took a looong break. I was training for a few half marathons, worked on cleaning up our diets (still a work in progress), and started acupuncture/herbs. I found a new RE earlier this year, recommended by my acupunturist. Turns out they refer patients to each other all the time, and he lets her come in and do acupunture pre- and post-transfer. He had me come in on my next CD3 to check my FSH, and we'd move forward if it was less than 10. The first time was 15, and on 4/22 it was 9! So I got the green light.
I spent the whole following day getting a u/s (4 antral follies!! this is abnormally low, but I've always only had ONE, so it was huge for me!), calling a medical loan company, talking to HR about taking time off, buying a trunk full of meds. It was a long day. But I started stims that night 4/23. We actually did a "mini-IVF," which is just smaller dosages, and only aiming for a few eggs. Since I'm a poor responder, he figured that high dosages still wouldn't yeild a dozen eggs, so why try? The plus: half the cost!
After 10 days of stims, I had my retrieval last Friday, 5/3. We got 2 mature eggs out of 3 follies. Both were fertilized with ICSI. The embryologist was nice enough to update me Saturday and Sunday mornings via email... before 10am. You better believe I was checking my email every 30 minutes! This past Monday 5/6, we transfered both embryos - one 8-cell and one 7-cell. They didn't tell me the grades, but from the pics they sent me, all the cells looked the same size and there wasn't any fragmentation I could see - but I'm not an embryologist. :)
After a few days of having my nurse friend do my progesterone shots, my husband tried and does pretty well! Beta is next Wednesday. I have one FRER in the house. And I'm too scared to use it that day! I also didn't test out my trigger. :(
I had acupunture again today, which helps me relax a ton. It was great to have it done just before and after the transfer. I also have been listening to the Circle and Bloom series for IVF. Anyways, only our closest friends, family, and a few co-workers that need to know actually know. I've been wanting to post on here, but the more I'm on the internet, the more stressed and obsessive I get!!
Wish me luck & I'll be sending baby dust right back at all of you!
PS - attached is a pic of our embies!!