Meeting with my RE

So today was my first post-op meeting with my doctor. I had a beta HCG level taken first…and then the chat.

So the bad news is that for the first time in his dealings with the lab that tests embryos post D&C they were unable to get a result. I’ll never know if it was a boy or a girl nor will I know the reason it stopped growing. I was a bit sad about this – but in a way it is probably better for me that I don’t have that information. It would only make me sad. We’ll just have to assume it was abnormal.

I came clean with him that I was thinking about going to CCRM and that I had concerns about the quality of his lab. I think we left it that I would do another IUI cycle and change my med protocol. I’m not sure how I feel about this – it seemed like a great idea and I really like my doctor but I think I’ll go to CCRM.

I told the doctor that it felt like I had ovulated yesterday – he told me that was not really possible but that we would know what is up when we get the beta level back. He said that he anticipated my level to be somewhere in the hundreds and that if I don’t get my period in the next three weeks, he would induce it with progesterone pills. On my way out I asked him “what if my beta is like 5” and he said that wasn’t going to be the case. Guess what? My beta is NEGATIVE and that means that I did ovulate either yesterday or will do so today (I know the signs). We’ll try the old fashioned way – hey what the heck? I’m so happy. Now I’ll be able to cycle and soon – and that makes me very, very, very happy.

I need to really decide what to do now – do I try a few more IUIs (potentially wasting my precious time) or just go straight to CCRM? Internet – if you have an opinion please speak now or forever hold your….


One thought on “Meeting with my RE

  1. Hi Suzanne,

    I just read your comment on my blog and decided to drop by. Picking up your story in the middle, I don’t feel qualified to offer advice, but I will say I’m so sorry for your recent loss, and all the others before it. And I wish you the best. And I heard a story on NPR the other day that a new study shows women 35 and under who do IVF 8 times (!) have an 80% success rate. For women 40 and over, the success rate goes down to 40%. I find these statistics more distressing than anything, for both the younger and older women. But the gist of it remains the same – try try again. For as long, and in whatever method, feels right for you.

    In the meantime, while you’re deciding, I hope the old-fashioned way does the trick.

    Best wishes again,

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