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All you need is one good one…

Over the last few months I have tried to educate myself about the IVF procedure, what numbers mean and more recently became part of the IVF community on babycentre.com. I have read stories about women being overstimulated suffering from ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS), others who go on to have full cycles (with positive or negative results) with a good number of eggs (> 5-8 mature follicles), and then others who are low responders with few follicles and even fewer eggs.

For us, one of our fears starting IVF was to be in the first or the last category because both categories push couples to make the tough decision of whether they should go ahead in the IVF cycle and take that added risk or cancel the IVF cycle altogether.

I’m not sure as to where we will fit in amongst these three categories but I am guessing over-stimulation seems a bit far out for us at this point in time. On day 6 of stimulation today, I had 6 follicles in total that could be viewed on the scan and other small ones. Of these, Dr.N believes that only two were growing as expected while the others were yet too small so he has upped my dose of FSH and Menotropin.

I have another scan lined up on Saturday. I will admit that I didn’t receive the results of my scan quite well. DH made an earnest effort to make me feel better that didn’t quite work (feel bad for him sometimes dealing with all my hormones – but I do think he should know better by now).

I made amends with my (our) situation and am trying to stay positive. In the end, all it takes is one good egg from one mature follicle! Well, that is what I am hoping for at least. ­čÖé

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A step forward

Our visit to Dr. N on day 20 was positive. The scan showed 3 follicles on each ovary and all of them were in the range of 3mm-5mm (yes! the 9mm ones from day 10 had shrunk!).

All seemed fine according to Dr. N who wants to begin stimulants on day 23 (small bummer about not starting on day 20). Our IVF calendar so far plus a week ahead looks like the picture below. There is still a tad bit of uncertainty as to when the egg retrieval and egg transfer will be but we’ll know more next week after 5 days on stimulants.

Until then, look forward to starting stimulants tomorrow. That means two needles pokes everyday (one Lupride4 and another FSH shot) but it also means a step forward in our IVF cycle!

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Strangely excited about starting stimms

After several days, I am strangely pepped up today. Why? Because today hopefully signifies a step forward in this IVFcycle.

If all goes well (and my follies have gone down in size) we will start stimms today and with that the Lupride4 dose goes down. I hear that the menopausal side effects of Lupride4 get a lot better once my stimulants begin.

Keeping fingers crossed and staying hopeful.