We met for our follow-up appointment with our doctor yesterday. There were no surprises. Which is a good thing! So the plan of attack is a fresh round of IVF…get a couple more embryos frozen:
- Schedule a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG – if you would like a refresher what this procedure entails, check out my post from last time here) – I will do this as soon as I start my period (who knows when that will be!!!). It is very unlikely that my fallopian tubes will be blocked, but she wants to be sure. Fair enough. However, I am NOT looking forward to this test. Last time I was completely naive to the potential pain ahead for this particular procedure, now that I know exactly how much it can hurt I’m a wee bit nervous!
- Plan to start Birth Control Pills to regulate my cycle in December with an egg retrieval date for early January 16. There is a period of 3 weeks that the embryology lab is closed over the Christmas period. Seriously – how unlucky am I?? Last time my cycle was delayed because the embryology lab was being refurbished. Oh well – I guess everyone needs a holiday.
There is a potential chance we could start Birth Control Pills in November, and do a retrieval before Christmas, but I think it will be close to my 3 month period of ‘no baby making’ because of the methotrexate shot I had affecting fetus development. I have been researching this, and I would be willing to go ahead a week or two earlier because doctors are overly cautious with this 3 month time stamp. As long as I keep taking my folic acid I should have no problems. However, this is something to be discussed once we have a better idea of a) when my period is likely to be and b) assuming my HSG test is all clear!!!
There will be no change to my protocol, perhaps a slight increase in some of the medication dosages to mature more of my eggs. As a reminder from our first round we had 9 eggs retrieved, 6 of these eggs were mature, 4 of these eggs were successfully fertilised by ICSI, 2 good 8 cell embryos were transferred on day 3, and 1 of the 2 embryos made it to Day 5 blastocyst and was frozen. Our doctor mentioned that she would consider waiting to Day 5 for the transfer this time around, especially as our frozen one is Day 5 – she wants them to be the same. We like this plan!
This gives me some time to concentrate on work for a little while, get my body healthy and start growing some strong eggs! What is amazing is what the horrrorscopes says for me next week…
I was already planning on going back on my sugar free, healthy diet next week! Freaky! Sooooo….which old friend should I Skype on Sunday next week and wants to reveal a long-held secret to me??!!!?!
6 thoughts on “IVF round 2 – December/January 2016”
Good luck and good horoscope! Have you read the book “it starts with the egg” by rebecca fett? It is full of good suggestions of vitamins & antioxidants to take (the “right” ones) to improve egg health, including vit c, D, E, r-alpha lipoic acid, Coq10, melatonin, etc. I don’t think you had an issue with egg health last time, but it could help with getting over the methotrexate. Good luck!!
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I was about to recommend this book but I see you are all over it! I cannot recommend it enough. She quotes scientific research too which you will love.
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Glad the follow up went well and was uneventful. I hate the HSG too. I didnt realize how it would be the first go round and since that time I now take valiums ahead of time!
I second the it starts with the egg comment. Crossing fingers you can slot something in before Christmas!!
I’m a Capricorn too! Zodiac signs unite 😉 Wishing you all the best in the weeks to come! I hope you continue to get the free-and-clear and maybe get the chance to squeak out a Christmas retrieval!
Yay, how great to have a plan in place. Hopefully you are able to get something in before christmas. Wishing you the best. xo