Depressing Scan

Today was my third monitoring appointment. After 7 days of stims I have a whopping 3 (14-18mm) measuring follicles, that’s it. My left ovary is complete asleep.

At this point we may cancel or convert it into an IUI. I usually get 10 eggs, so my RE doesn’t think we should continue to move forward with IVF.

We have some insurance coverage, so this cycle has already been paid for. I am not sure how much we would get back (assuming it doesn’t count as a cycle since we didn’t get to the retrieval)

Whatever we got back could be applied to an IUI (again not sure of that cost) and whatever was left over could be applied to another IVF cycle (probably not much at that point).

Is it possible that the 3 follicles I have are actually a better quality compared to the 10 ok ones I usually get?  If we did keep going with this cycle, I would need a 100% fertilization rate and 100% to make it to day 3. We typically see 90% so even if two made it, would it be worth it?

What would you do- continue the cycle as an IVF, convert it into an IUI or do nothing?

AMH

I posted a week or so ago about my FSH:LH being off (as in not 1:1, but more like 2.5:1). My AFC on CD7 was 13. I didn’t have it done on CD3 so not sure how accurate that is, but just got my AMH back and it’s 2.70 ng/mL.

Given my age, I don’t think that my AMH is bad. But looking at my crap FSH  (FSH- 8.5
LH- 3.7 ). I am wondering if it is possible that even though I have eggs left, they are just crap or my body is lazy and making them takes a lot of work.

I know I am a poor responder and it takes a lot of meds to get my follicles to grow. So frequent IVFers, is there anything I should be taking to help to get them to grow? Mind you, I am already taking DHEA (50mg) Ubiquinol (300mg)and Melatonin (5mg), along with the pre-natals and Vitamin D (which by the way, finally got up to 40ng/m!! That is the highest it’s ever been-is it weird that I am proud of that?)

I am thinking of ordering royal jelly and adding that in now in hopes that it will also help.

Mock Transfer, Scratch and HSG Day

This week has been busy with appointments and procedures.

On Wednesday, I had to go in for the mock transfer. I don’t know why I keep having to do this since at this point they should know exactly what my uterus looks like. Anywho, while I was there the RE asked me about getting a biopsy/scratch. She (sadly knows me well now) said she thought last time we did the mock, we also did the scratch. As a matter of fact, I actually mentioned to M that I didn’t think I had a biopsy scheduled. So we held off on the mock and checked with my nurse/RE and sure enough they said do it. I really should have been prepared and taken some Aleve before I went. It wasn’t awful though, and the best news from that appt was my AFC was 13. Woot woot. Still waiting on my AMC results.

Today was HSG day. The last time I had this done was three years ago. I knew what to expect. Or at least I thought I did based off of what happened three years ago. It was easy breezy. Dye was injected in and we watched it seamlessly flow through my uterus and out my tubes. Today was very different. Holy hell. I had cramps, fine. But then the tech/nurse (whoever does the procedure) couldn’t see if the dye was spilling out of my right ovary. That is when she asked for the balloon. Now, I don’t know what was exactly going on down there, but what I can tell you is it HURT. I got dizzy and was in serious pain. It seemed to last for a few minutes while the other tech was taking pictures. It was finally over and balloon was removed. I think they were scared I was going to pass out. It felt like I just woke up from the retrieval. I was light headed and crampy. The good news is that the balloon forced all the dye out, so I got the all clear.

Today is CD9, so I expect to ovulate in the middle of next week. Once I get my surge I will call my nurse to get the ok to begin the estrogen patches on the 10th day. If everything goes according to plan (ugh, am I tempting fate now?) , the retrieval should be around 9/7. Eek.

 

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg

Textbook cycle, people. Ovulated on cd 14 and got my period 13 days later. 

That being said this marks the beginning of the end, our 5th and final cycle. 

I called my nurse to let her know we are ready to start this last cycle. I have a mock transfer on Wed and a HSG on Friday. After that I wait for a positive OPK and will start estrogen patches. For those who have done an Estrogen Priming protocol, can you tell me about it? Mine has me taking Ganirelix on the patches, does that seem normal?

Speaking of patches, I asked my nurse if she knew how much they were since I’ve never used them before. She said she had a new box in the office that I could have. Score! I was like, in that case, if you any donated meds please let me know, I would be glad to take them. She said she will see what else she can find. After 4 cycles, I think she gets how damn expensive this has been. And every box of meds helps. 

Hoping for an easy mock, clear HSG, and maybe even some meds this week! 

Still Here…Still Struggling

There were two pregnancy announcements within the last few weeks. Hooray for fertile lucky people.

I, on the other hand, have started a new cycle. Today is CD7 and I just bought some OPKs. I’ve started my new regime of pre-natals, vit D, DHEA, and melatonin and also started trying to get my fat a** to the gym three days a week.

M is also taking his supplements and working out.

I am not really sure if any of it makes a difference to be honest.

We should probably talk about when we want to do our last cycle. We need a lot of the blood work repeated again, and I am supposed to be getting a HSG before I start again. I should get my period again in early Aug so I guess that is when we will start prepping and maybe complete the cycle by Sept/Oct. It sounds so far away but it’s July already. How did that happen? I am lacking motivation to start again. I am not sure if it’s fear or I am just running out of energy pretending to be hopeful.