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.

 

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Mock Transfer & Saline Sonogram

I had my mock and saline sonogram as part of the FET prep the other day. All went well.

I am a bit off my game this time around, but I think it’s because I have H to keep my mind preoccupied. I thought they would just be doing a mock, but they also did a saline sonogram as well.

My lining looked perfect (triple stripped, woohoo) and I had a 19mm follicle on my left side, so the tech said I should ovulate by Thursday. Going based solely on my fertility calendar, I expected to ovulate Friday/Saturday, so I was a little surprised to hear she thinks I will ovulate earlier. But hey, that means a few days closer to starting the FET cycle. The Dr. and tech joked that I am in great shape to get pregnant and if it happens naturally they still want credit. I said I would have no problem giving them credit. It would be a damn miracle!

My clinic is also in the midst of conducting a FET sustainability study which I may be eligible to participate in. The study looks at the effectiveness of PIO vs Endometrin. There are 3 groups: all PIO, all Endometrin, and Endometrin & PIO. My nurse just emailed me to let me know she is double checking to see if I can participate since my protocol will require baby aspirin and folgard for MTHFR. I let her know that I am not currently taking that, but she said I would start during the FET cycle. I guess that makes sense since I did it for the fresh cycle last time.

I also am waiting to hear back from my Endo about my TSH. I suspect she will increase that to 50mcg since it’s still higher than we all would like.

Mock Embryo Transfer- Check!

On my way to the mock transfer today, I started thinking about the real retrieval and transfer…what if my eggs are crappy or what if the eggs don’t fertilize? Then I tell myself we should be ok, I mean both my brother and sister have kids, and so do M’s. Even though I am scared I try to remain positive. After all, it’s just a trial right?

I am excited we are practicing today. It means we are getting one step closer to the real deal but more importantly studies have shown that women that had a mock embryo transfer process done before the actual transfer were more likely to become pregnant than those that did not.

I show up and have to sign some consent forms since it’s a minor procedure, then off to pee in a cup. I shake my head and laugh. Seriously people, I am NOT pregnant.

After that, I go back to the exam room and get ready. Since I am now a pro at taking my pants off in record time, I had a minute to take a quick picture. Fun times, huh?

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Dr. L and a nurse walked in and went over the procedure. They are going to measure my uterus with the catheter and take some u/s pictures. Ready, ok?

HOLY EFF!

They stick the catheter all the up to the top of your uterus which caused major cramping. I’m guessing he injected the saline at this point, but I was more focused on not cursing him out. It’s not his fault. Dr. L pointed out that I have a high cervix which makes things a little more painful since getting to it puts more pressure on my pelvic bone and bladder. After that the nurse took some u/s pics and then I was done. Everything looked good and I was told the real transfer should be less painful. I have some doubts, but I know what to expect at least.

After Dr. L left, the nurse handed me a pad and said “You are going to need this.” Awesome. Cramps and a pad.

So, I got dressed, I met with my nurse to fill out more consents forms. Yes, I want to use my husband’s sperm. Sure, you can have abnormal sperm or immature eggs to practice ICSI. We went over timing again- I can expect to go in for bloodwork and an u/s every other day until retrieval.

On my way out, I made my next appointment and paid my $535 co-pay. Silver lining- I have almost met my OOP deductible