Last night was night 11 of my BCP, the amount that this cycle would allow in order for me to do this before the end of the year. Normally the BCP protocol is around 20 days for me. I’m sure it varies by person. Today I had my baseline ultrasound and blood work. The u/s tech said my lining was nice and thin and I have 7 follicles on the right and 5 on the left. That’s two more than the last cycle, at my baseline appointment.

But…

Later I got a call my a nurse (not my nurse) informing me that my estrogen is at 97. They like to have it below 50 before starting. I wasn’t upset only because I was prepared for it. I knew going into this that my levels might not be ready enough for me to proceed.

However…

She said she spoke with my doctor and she said for me to continue taking BCP for another three days and then return on Thursday for more blood work to see if that 97 has come down. I’m not convinced that it will with only three days more of BCP.

So…

Tonight during my acupuncture session, I gave her an update. She did points around hormones and to balance them out or reduce them, not sure which. Either way, she was doing points around the hormones. She still did some belly, ears, and forehead. She also has been keeping a heat lamp on my belly and will do this each time until the egg retrieval. Then the heat lamp moves to my feet.

Now I wait until Thursday. I’ll know then if this IVF cycle will continue or if I wait until next menses cycle. Fingers crossed!

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