Quick Update

I thought for my donor dilemma that I would make a pros and cons list for each. Well that didn’t quite go as planned. Both have many pros but only one has one con. Option 2, the new option had ADD as child. That’s the only con for him. And to me that’s not a huge deal or at least shouldn’t be. Of course if it was, at least it would make my decision easier.

What I might do is call the donor bank and see if they can shed any light on both of these donors that maybe I don’t see in the online information. Plus they both have “yes” for pregnancies and it would be nice to know how many each have and when they first signed up with the donor bank.

So I’ll let you know if they can help me decide.

On to other news, I had my pre-IVF evaluation appointment this morning. Because it’s a weekend, I can’t go to my regular location, I had to go to another one that is open seven days a week. I’m not fond of going there. The wait is usually longer. I don’t know the nurses or doctors. And today I decided I don’t like their scale. It has to be off because I did not gain that much weight. Blah.

The ultrasound portion of the appointment went well, but so did the last one that ended up being canceled. My lining was nice and thin and she didn’t really count but when I said to take a guess, she said probably about seven follicles. I usually have more but I have to keep reminding myself that I’m only about 16 days into my cycle. My other cycles I’ve been on BCP for about 20 days. This time it was only 14.

I ran some errands before getting home, just to have to wait until the afternoon for the call. Usually they call between 3-4 but they called around 1:30. The nurse said that my bloodwork was good and that I can start!!!! I was like “wait, what?”. She repeated herself and I said okay!

Tuesday morning I begin injections.

AM – 300 gonal-f

PM – 150 gonal-f + 2 vials of menopur (I can’t remember the units)

I return on Jan 2nd for a monitoring appointment and hopefully there will be more to report on.

Chat later…goodnight! 🙂

Pre-IVF Evaluation

With every IVF you have to go in after you finish the birth control for what they call a pre-IVF evaluation. They take your blood and do an ultrasound to check things out. If all is good, then you can move on to the next step in the process.

Mine was yesterday (Friday) morning. I got to the dr’s office just before 7am and was seen right away. No matter how many times I’ve had my blood drawn, I still don’t like it. There was a room available so I emptied my bladder and went into the exam room. The technician came in and she is my favorite one. She’s just very social and always remembers past conversations.

She inserts the ultrasound wand – don’t know the technical name for it – and checked it all out. My lining was nice and thin, no cysts, and she saw 10 tiny follicles – five on each side. Wow! That’s the most I’ve had so far!

My nurse called me later that day to tell me all looked good and to also express excitement about the 10 follicles. She looked back in my charts and IVF#1 I had 6, IVF#2 there were 8 and this time there are 10. She asked me what I was taking. I told her vitamin D, prenatal, and CoQ10. I just couldn’t bring myself to tell her about the DHEA. If I ever get pregnant, I’ll share with her then, just in case it would be used to help others.

In my heart of hearts I believe that it’s all helping me.

I begin the injections on Monday.

  • AM: 300 Gonal-F
  • PM: 150 Gonal-F and 150 Menopur

I’ll do this until Thursday, taking Thursday morning’s dose and then going in to check and see how it’s going. The hope is that all 10 follicles have grown.