IVF DIARY VOL I: 07-10 Aug 2015

IVF_Diary_Vol1fMedication(s) administered and dosage(s). 
 Progesterone 1ml, vivelle dot estrogen patches 0.1mg x2.

The progesterone injection sites tend to ache for about 24 hours, just in time for the other buttock to start aching!  In some ways, it is only painful in that it feels like I have just had a really good gluteus maximus workout (I wish that were the case!!)

Medical procedures undertaken. Nil – hooray!

How do I feel today?For the last few days I have been too busy to think about infertility or being pregnant until proven otherwise!  We have done quite a bit of siteseeing which has helped occupy my mind.  I am now on a work road trip with my mum in DC so we have filled our time well so far.  I’m feeling not too bad.

I am also feeling lucky!!! After my last diary entry I forgot to write that the evening of my embryo transfer I was on bed rest so I could not go to see Cirque du Soleil (I had booked front row tickets as a Birthday gift for my mum).  So we gave my seat up to Chris’s friend and instead my friend came over to keep me company with pizza and a movie.  The show started at 8pm, so you can imagine my surprise when I heard someone fumbling with the front door at 9.15pm.  Chris and mum were back early.  They started telling me some story about how short the show was and that it was pretty disappointing.  I was upset!!!  But then they told me the truth…the show had been cancelled due to the Storms!!  How lucky am I?? I don’t get to miss out on seeing Cirque Du Soleil after-all!!! So I rebooked the tickets for next weekend (no front row tickets available 😦 ) Talk about luck??? I just hope I haven’t used up all my luck just yet ;-P

What are my symptoms? Bloated still, but the pain from my ovaries has reduced.  I feel constantly dehydrated despite drinking about 4 times the amount I ordinarily would. Of course this means I am peeing 4 times as often.  My weight….I am hope it is not a symptom, but there is definitely a weird correlation!!! See below for surprise trends.

How does Chris feel today?  I don’t really know because he is back at home 😦 But I do know he is super happy that he has finally booked our campervan for our road trip out West in October.

Any results? We did not hear from the clinic today whether the two other embryos made it to freezing.  I am really disappointed at the lack of communication from them.  Especially as we received a questionnaire in the post today requesting feedback on their customer service for this IVF cycle.  Seriously??! My cycle isn’t over just yet!

What’s next?  Keep calm – I’m pregnant until proven otherwise.

Weight. So my weight is still lower than when I started this cycle, not by a huge amount, but enough to put me on the border of having the ‘underweight’ BMI label.  I do not want to be underweight, this is not good for trying to conceive. So I have dutifully been eating more, but with the bloating and re-hydrating there is just sometimes no more room left in there!!!  If you look at the chart below you can see my insane waist to weight ratio.  It just makes no sense.

Waist.  Trying to wear comfy clothes to let the bloat hang out.

Boobs. Tender and filling out a bit.

Hours of Sunshine 🙂 We had some beautiful weather on Sunday, I now have a slight glow to my pale skin!


*Notes.  I take First Response Reproductive Health multi vitamin gummies (pre-natal) and CoQ10 200mg gummies daily.  NSTR = Nothing Significant To Report.

5 thoughts on “IVF DIARY VOL I: 07-10 Aug 2015

  1. audreylain says:

    my clinic was awesome at communicating – Shady Grove Fertility. I know you live in Virginia and they have some clinics in Virginia, bu it’s mostly norther virginia. We had a day 5 transfer and we were waiting to see if 2 embryos would make it to blast in day 6. Only one did, and our doctor personally called to tell us they were freezing one blast.
    I really took the communication for granted! would drive me nuts without the updates.


  2. thegreatpuddingclubhunt says:

    I am really disappointed, I really like the nurses and how all of my monitoring appointments went well…but it kind of went downhilll as soon as it was egg retrieval time. If I ever have to do this again I think we will have one last consult and make a decision whether to stay or try somewhere else 😦 Chris called last week to check whether our embryos made it to freezing – we still haven’t had a call back….so frustrating.

    Thank you for the info on Shady Grove, they are a little distance away on the I95 and I hate that road so much!!! But I wouldn’t rule out traveling if it meant I found a clinic I would be happy with 🙂


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