I've been on BCP for about 6 weeks. (I bled for 9 days during it and that wasn't supposed to happen, but the clinic didn't seem to care). Next monday, Nov 3, I stop the BCP pills. Thursday I have the first U/S of the cycle to determine if there are cysts or not, and that night I am supposed to start the Lupron. I know it's all going to turn into a whirlwind after that first doc visit. If cycle goes as planned, I should have an egg or two growing by Thanksgiving. I haven't had babies too much on my mind the past couple of months, so I suspect I need to go look at some pics; also visualizing my future baby should help get me excited.
I finally received them all they came via FedEx, UPS, and USPS . The nurse told me the retail value was almost $4000!
Almost everyone of these drugs has a warning label, "Do not use if pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant" ???? This does not play well with my psyche.
I am almost finished with my first pack of BCP. The nurse told me to skip the blank ones and move on the next pack. "What, no period?" She said I didn't have to have one. Well that just doesn't feel natural. I am accustomed to having my period. We're given periods for a reason in nature, right?
I will do as I am told and not question the authority on the matter. I will take these drugs that all have warning labels .
We spent the better of 4 hours at the clinic today for the IVF meeting, and it was my best day there yet! I was under the wings of the awesome IVF Coordinating Nurse Debbie. She insured my blood was drawn on the first prick, that we didn't have to wait around for anything - like the normal 2 hour waits. We sat in her office for an hour going over the protocol and calendar. She's down to Earth, a straight Shooter, and very intelligent on her subject. (I am very happy to report this b/c I have had stressful experiences with my very busy docs and the clinic - the only one in the state- and I did have a bad taste in my mouth about it)
I had a mock transfer that went well and again, the docs told me that I have the ovaries of a 25 yo. (20+ antral follicles?) The proof will be in the quality of the eggs that they ultimately harvest. Daren had to have blood tested and his soldiers were analyzed further.
I have to go out of town to a bz meeting the first couple days of Nov, so they are going to start stimming me on Nov.6 . They predict the transfer to happen right before thanksgiving week.
So basically I have the Month off! Whoopee!
We did decided to freeze the successful embryos that won't be transferred back to me.
So here's my protocol: Microdose Lupron (all our tests have been normal with the exception of an iffy high estrogen test once. Hence this is the protocol the doctor chose)
9/23 - 11/3 = Birth Control Bills - to suppress my ovaries 10/2 = Daren and Virginia take antibiotics to knockout unknown/hypothetical infections 11/8 = start Lupron for suppressing 11/10 = start gonal - f for ovarian stimulation continue both of these (suppressing and stimulating at the same time??) 11/18 = take ovidrel to release eggs, take anti-biotic to prevent infection 11/20 = Egg Retrieval 11/20 = start steroids, progesterone and estrogen 11/23 = Embryo Transfers continue Progesterone until first trimester complete.
This is subject to change of course and only skims the surface . The Lupron, progesterone, ovidrel and gonal - f are injections. Some are twice daily!
We are trying to conceive our first. We have unexplained infertility. We tried naturally for 2 years. In May 08 we started with a fertility clinic. After two failed IUIs we are moving on to IVF because our insurance covers it in this mandated state (and serendipity brought us to this state at the top of 08). This blog begins with the first instructions for our first IVF. you can email me: maproom (at) mindspring dot com