IVF Diary Vol III: 14-16 Apr 16

Medication(s) administered and dosage(s). Transfer Day!!!!  PM Progesterone in Oil 1ml Intra-muscular injection, vivelle dot estrogen patches 0.1mg x2.

The past few days Chris has been giving me my progesterone in oil injections because I have been too sore to turn around and attempt to give one to myself in the behind!  Last night I prepped the medication as per usual, I iced my backside, then usually I go lie on the bed face down ready for Chris to inject, but this time I decided to secretly attempt to inject it myself!  I stood with my side facing the bathroom mirror (which I didn’t actually use in the end). I held the needle like a dart, but it’s very difficult to get a true dart like action when doing this to myself! There was no hesitating this time (I must have tried this about 10 times last cycle).  Rather than ‘dart’ it in, I placed the needle on my skin and pushed a little – it didn’t break the skin! I couldn’t feel it because I had iced the area anyway, so I pushed harder.  You definitely have to push that thing in a whole lot harder than you might think!!!  Anyway, it went in and I started to inject the oil.  Chris walked into the bathroom as I was doing this and for a second ignored me…then realised what I was doing, I hadn’t told him I was going to do it!!!  He was super impressed!! After I took the needle out I realised that there was quite a lot of blood with this one – typical!!!  I hadn’t got the gauze ready.  I felt a little dizzy, but not too bad.  I put my heat pad on the injection site as usual and gave Chris a high five!  Can I give a high five to all my lovely supporters who have cheered me on with this injection!!!  You helped me do it! Thank you so much!!!

Medical procedures undertaken. 5 Day Embryo Transfer!!!!! I was very nervous that we would arrive and the procedure would be cancelled because I was still feeling the OHSS symptoms.  We arrived at 0700AM at the clinic and we were second in line – there were only two of us patients in the OR today.  Learning my lesson from previous transfers I did not drink anything when I woke up and ensured my bladder was as empty as it could be by the time I arrived at the clinic.  I started sipping my water about 40 mins before they took me in.  They recommend drinking 24oz, but seriously my bladder can barely hold 12oz and with the OHSS the past few days I have only been able to drink about 8oz at the most before needing to pee.  Once I was in the OR the doctor told us we had two beautiful embryos to transfer today and one potential to freeze.  Once I was in the stirrups, the doctor placed the speculum and the other doctor used the transabdominal ultrasound on my tummy. OH MY GOODNESS it hurt!  And this time not from a full bladder!  The Doctor exclaimed ‘Oh yes, you do have super enlarged ovaries!’ I just laughed out loud because I could tell him that without the ultrasound.  Anyway, the canula tube that the embryos would be transferred by was inserted into my uterus and we were ready to go!  The embryologist checked my identity, and went back into his lab and showed us the embryos on the TV screen, confirming they were ours – one of the blastocysts had started to hatch since he took the photo earlier in the morning (a new thing the clinic does!!!!  Very cool because before Chris would snap a pic of the TV screen with his phone!).  At this point I was crying because of the pain from the ultrasound!!! We watched the embryos on the ultrasound screen ‘arrive’ into my uterus 🙂  We had the same doctor do our transfer for our Positive result last year…not that this should make a difference…but….this is a good sign!!!!!

Any results?  The two embryos we transferred were graded 3BB and 3CB (Here is a useful link to find out more about blastocyst grading).  There is one blastocyst that might make it to the freezer (FINGERS CROSSED!!! This would be amazing so it can join our other frozen embryo!!!) Sadly the other 7 embryos are highly unlikely to make it to the freezer 😦

blastocyst 3BB blastocyst 3CB.jpg

The one on the right is the 3BB the one on the left is the 3CB –  we haven’t decided on a name for them yet!

What are my symptoms?  Still suffering with OHSS, but the important thing is that it is not getting worse.  Now we have to hope that it doesn’t get worse if I get pregnant (OHSS can either appear or get worse as hCG levels increases once you actually get pregnant)…so we are still on the watch.  I am really getting bored of not being able to do anything other than a gentle walk – and that is a short distance gentle walk too 😦

How do I feel today? I was feeling really anxious last night about today’s transfer and I did not sleep well at all.  I had awful nightmares about the Brussels attacks too.  I woke up from them and couldn’t stop thinking about it for about an hour or so before I fell back asleep.  Today I am feeling relieved that we had at least two to transfer and all those emotions came bubbling up in the form of tears as we left the clinic – a true mix of happy, scared and pained feelings!

BUT I am PUPO! (Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise) and for that I am truly grateful.  We will be over the moon if this one blastocyst also makes it to the freezer.

What’s next? The two week wait…..eeeeeeek!!! To pee or not to pee (on a stick)…..that is the question!!!!

The Final Countdown!!! 



*Notes.  I take First Response Reproductive Health multi vitamin gummies (pre-natal), 5mg Melatonin at bed time and CoQ10 200mg gummies daily.  NSTR = Nothing Significant To Report.

37 thoughts on “IVF Diary Vol III: 14-16 Apr 16

  1. TryTryAgain says:

    This is so exciting!!! I’ve been loving your countdown updates! Really hoping that your ovaries calm down and you can get out and about a bit more, and of course I’m hoping for brilliant news in a couple of weeks – fingers are firmly crossed for you 🙂 xxx

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      • Pip says:

        I am good thanks Dani, 9 weeks to go- eek! Seems a long time ago that we were going through the injections and dreaded two week wait. I am so impatient but somehow managed to wait the whole 2 weeks. So grateful I didnt your latest injections they sounds horrid (i had gels). Hope the time goes quickly and it’s your time. Sending hugs and positive vibes x

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  2. dinksbydefault says:

    Do NOT pee on a stick until the morning of your beta (if you must)! The self inflicted shots will be easy some days and not so easy others. I found that the less I thought about it, the less it hurt so just do it as quickly as possible. Get used to blood (there is no way to dab it quickly when it is just you, despite what the freedom fertility med video will have us believe). Fingers crossed, big hugs and baby thoughts to you guys!! Best wishes 🙂


  3. ashleykyleanderson says:

    Wow, so many exclamation points in this post!! I will add some more: YAY!!!!! Your embies look beautiful, and it’s great you have another on ice! This has been a really tough cycle for so many reasons, so make sure to take extra good care of yourself– like more than you even think you need. It’s really important for both you and the embryos. I’m hoping with everything in me that this is it for you guys! Good luck!!

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    • thegreatpuddingclubhunt says:

      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hadn’t spotted that!! Thank you!! Sadly, we didn’t get any frozen from this round 😦 BUT!!!! I have a feeling…*starts singing – oooooohhhhooooooo!*….that this time is going to work.


  4. lovingthemarriedlife says:

    YAYYAYYAYYAY!!!!! SO many things are awesome in this post! 1st yay for doing the pio yourself! I never darted it in I did it the same way as you by just putting it on the skin and then pushing it in also make sure you aspirate don’t wanna get it in a vein which I did probably 6-7 times throughout my 8 weeks on it! but practice holding it and pulling the plunger back with one hand before you actually stick it it helps big time! You can even leave the cap on so that you can twist backwards to see where you would put it and how the best hand holding position would be! I’m so proud of you I know the first few times doing it yourself is the worst for sure!
    2nd yay for beautiful embryos those little babies are gonna snuggle in and find home and soon you will get good news yay! Take it easy!

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    • thegreatpuddingclubhunt says:

      I nearly passed out last night when I did it on my own (i.e. no Chris to rely on) !!! For some reason I felt something weird going on which made me feel a little queasy! I think it was prbbly the act of doing it by myself thing that did it. But I did it truly on my own!!!!

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  5. notpregnantinrezza says:

    Great result getting two good embryo and crossing my fingers that the third makes it to freezing. Sorry you’ve suffered with OHSS. The PIO injection sounds brutal so good on you for doing it yourself. And I always home test. I can help it but I personally prefer to have an idea before beta day to prepare my self. I guess you’ll know what’s best for you. Good luck!

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  6. Amy M. says:

    I was too tired to comment on this last night, so I’m back!!
    Hooray for you getting that PIO done yourself!! It’s a bit tricky, but manageable. I always sat on the couch to do it, because I would often feel a bit woozy. Something about seeing that needle go all the way in! I only had the blood a hand full of times, hopefully you will too! And congrats on your 2 little embies!! I hope the other one made it to frozen. Good luck on your TWW!! Don’t test too early and freak yourself out like I did lol!! Hope your OHSS takes a hike for you soon. Wishing you the best of luck!!

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    • thegreatpuddingclubhunt says:

      That’s a great idea!!! I felt like I was going to pass out last night when I did it on my own (truly on my own this time, there was no Chris to save me!!!)

      Haha yes, there is definitely a balance to be made about testing too soon ;-P BUT because I generally am good about not testing until the very last minute I am kind of intrigued what it might be like to perhaps test a few days before 😀

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      • Amy M. says:

        I don’t know if you remember my drama week lol!! I tested I think 5dpFET and got the faintest squinter, which stayed for about 36 hours then disappeared. I was sure it was a chemical or something, but then a couple days later I had been having horrible lower back pain and my friend convinced me to test, so I did, then I had that absolute BFP. It’s such a mind game…just try not to drive yourself insane!!


  7. Nara says:

    Ooh that’s amazing! Well done Dani for the injections and well done Dani and Chris for the beautiful looking embryos! Congratulations on being PUPO and I’m waiting with excitement on the next instalment!

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