Two weeks ago I failed IVF #6. It was a bit of a surprise for me but I’ll save that for another post. Today I am day 8 of an IUI cycle (intrauterine insemination). Normally I take a very high level of medication to stimulate my ovaries. I’ve never been on any other protocol…so this time I decided to ask my RE to lower my dosage in half to see how I might respond. So far it hasn’t been that bad. I’m on stim day 6 (have not taken the meds yet) and I have four measurable follicles. In fact, I’m quite pleased with this result. At the end of this cycle (Friday or Saturday) I’ll get a trigger shot and C’s sperm will be injected – two times, a few hours before I ovulate and then again the next day. Given our low rate of fertilization I don’t have high hopes but…you never know! It is all about hope and I’m trying to muster some up. In the meantime I am interviewing every IVF clinic in the Atlanta area. So far I’ve learned one thing – I’m my own advocate. Seems like the more you know the more you realize that this is just a crap shoot…you need to be on the right protocol of medications, have your body respond to those medications, have the Gods of fertilization on your side, a good thick lining and an normal embryo to implant in your uterus and continue to grow. It really does surprise me, given all the factors involved, that pregnancy ever happens at all…and yet most of the world doesn’t need all this – they just have sex. Remarkable!
If this cycle doesn’t work I’ll be having surgery in December to remove a polyp in my uterus..and then beginning IVF again in January.