Monday, November 3

I just had my trigger shot.  8 follicles have grown – which is just amazing on such low dosages of medicine.  I’m not comfortable at all – I feel like my ovaries are huge bags of rocks.  My doctor gave me an extra night of stimulation drugs to get a few more to grow and it worked.  Tomorow afternoon we will have our first insemination and then on election day morning we will have the second.  I should ovulate at approximately 9:45am on Tuesday – 36 hours after the trigger shot.  Again, I don’t have a great deal of hope – the odds are something like 8% to 17% that this will work- this was more an exercise in medication experimentation and I’m happy with the results.

I do have to pinch myself when I start daydreaming that maybe, just maybe we’ll get boy/girl twins out of this but that would be like the Mets winning the world series.

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Update…follicular activity and C’s sperm

We now have approximately 5/6 follicles in the running..with a few more lagging behind.  This is fairly shocking news for me – this is the same kind of response I have gotten on max stims.  There is a theory out there (Dr. Schoolcraft in case you are wondering) that says more medication makes poor egg quality in older women.  I am doing this IUI instead of an IVF to determine how my body would respond on fewer med dosages and so far we are seeing that perhaps I don’t need all that extra medication..and maybe even the high dosages have been hurting my eggs.  I don’t have a great deal of faith in my husband’s sperm, however so this was always going to be an experiment.  However!  His sperm quality has dramatically improved (to the point where he is now considered a normal, fertile male rather than sub fertile).  He has huge volume, motility and 14% normal forms (up from 5% a few years ago).  Poor C will look forward to the day when he is allowed to sit in a bath again.

Looks like I am triggering on Saturday night…

I tried to vote today in Georgia but the line was about five hours long…and so I will wake at the crack of dawn on Tuesday and cast my vote for the only candidate in my lifetime that could inspire such action.

Up very soon – IVF #4, 5 and 6…..

Back to the present…

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.