IVF Update

I think the saying is Loopy on Lupron! I actually haven’t been feeling badly at all, but my moods do go nutso every now and then. I feel irritable one minute then happy as a clam the next. Poor Husband. He must be wondering why I get so crazy. Of course, Mother’s day was not easy to get through, so I had another excuse for my moodiness.

Mother’s day is hard only because I’d have a baby by now had I not miscarried so many times. It’s also hard because my MIL had passed away, and I think she’d have enjoyed being a part of my husband’s journey to having a family with me.

Back to my meds. I’m a pin cushion and the pricking isn’t going to stop yet. I’m now on Lupron and on Follistim. The Lupron, I think, just kind of prepares you for the Follistim. The follistim is what tells your ovaries to make multiple, mature follicles (follicles grow an egg inside each one). One thing that does happen with the Follistim, is your ovaries bloat a bit because of the multiple eggs being produced in there. A side effect from that is bloat and soreness. So far, I’m lucky enough to just feel sore with a little bloat. Some people have pain and weight gain. I’ve only been on Follistim since Saturday, so it’s still early in the treatment and I could end up one of the people in pain. The nurse practitioner told me to drink tons of water. Oh great, I’ll be spending most of my time in the bathroom peeing away instead of learning. Oh well, I can read and that’s what the teacher does… read from the book. I have a final on Wednesday so I hope I’m able to study ok.

After the follistim has done what it’s supposed to do, I’ll be injecting ovidrel soon that forces an ovulation of the multiple eggs. At that point, the doctor will be retrieving what eggs I have made and fertilizing them that day in a petri dish. He will be putting two of them back about 3 days later and progesterone injections will start up and will continue to the tenth week of my pregnancy…assuming, of course, that I get pregnant from this. Otherwise, the progesterone will stop when the results are in.

I’m seeing my IVF nurse practitioner on Wednesday to find out how many follicles I’m making. I hope it’s a good number. For someone who had no problem making eggies on her own, I’d be surprised if I don’t have a lot in there. I just hope it’s not too over crowded in there. I understand if you make a lot of eggs, you tend to feel more pain. I just don’t want this to interfere too badly with school, but family comes first. If I have to take off from school, then I will, but I shouldn’t be feeling the pain after they retrieve the eggs anyhow and that’s in about a week or so.

Already I know that this is not going to be the most comfortable feeling for me. Please, oh please, let this week go by without much of a problem. I just want to do well on my tests and get through to next term!

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  1. Well I’ve had 2 ultrasounds since I started on the Follistim. I have 6 follicles, 4 of which are closest to maturing.

    I should be making at least 8 or more. This is so disappointing, but at least there’s somethign to work with.

    I’m going ahead with the IVF procedure anyhow. I hope it works the first time!

  2. Ok so I had the egg retrieval on Tuesday, and they grabbed 5 eggs. Pretty good! They fertilized only 3 of them because one of them was unhealthy and the other one didn’t fertilize…they tried though!

    So now, with the assumption that all 3 have divided appropriately and are still healthy, I will be receiving 2 back and I’ll freeze the other. I’ll find out tomorrow how that goes! 😉

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