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Trigger Injection Tonight

Went in for my scan this morning and I have one follicle at 22mm (20mm Friday) and 1 at 16mm (14mm Friday). Even have a sneaky one at 6mm (not that that’s going to do anything). Lining is up to 9.3mm and oestrogen levels up to just over 900 (as of Friday bloods!). Ideally I think they should be 1000 but have had some more blood today and was given the option to go ahead or to cancel. At this question I burst into tears… and I was doing so well at holding things together.

As my response to the maximum dose stimulation has not been that great it’s hard to know if I would respond worse or slightly better on a future cycle. My age and my AMH are not really on my side and I am only really ever going to be looking at 2-3 eggs on a cycle of stimulation.

Things are indicating hopefully the presence of one egg and it could be that there is two. We won’t know until I go ahead.

So I’m going for it. For full IVF. I think I will always regret it if I don’t.

Tonight (Monday) I take my last doses of Busceralin and Merional as usual and then my trigger shot of Ovitrelle at 23.30.

Tomorrow no jabs required just a relaxing day.

Wednesday will be the day of egg collection so nothing to eat or drink from midnight and an early trip up to London with huge thanks to my parents for accompanying me.

General Anaesthetic and a long needle later and when I wake up they should be able to tell me how many eggs were successfully collected. 2, 1 or 0.

Whatever the outcome, the benefit of going ahead is that I will have more information. They will be able to look at the quality of any eggs collected and also determine if they fertilise when the sperm is led into a Petri dish to say hello.

I’ll check back in at some point on Wednesday. Still more stages to go (I hope). If you are following my journey thank you. It’s an ongoing one, full of uncertainty that I don’t think will be over until you are holding a baby. Then the fun would begin!!

Day 6 IVF Update

So I’m 6 days into my IVF journey already and here is what has been happening so far.

People of a nervous disposition may not want to read on as needles and … bloody periods … will be discussed.

As I said on my last post my period finally started on Sunday and boy did it make up for being late. I think it’s probably my first proper one since stopping the pill and I literally lost all of my blood Sunday and Monday morning. Was just glad Sunday wasn’t a work day as I felt like I spent most of it on the toilet!

Sunday night I did my first injection of Busceralin. This is a downregulating drug that is given in short protocol throughout at a standard dose to stop you ovulating. I decided to do this one in my thigh. Alternating left and right each night.

I was more scared about drawing up the correct dosage and did this by guidance over FaceTime with comments such as ‘how did you get an air bubble in it again!’ given as encouragement 😂😂.

The giving of the injection itself wasn’t too bad though and the fine needle slides in pretty smoothly but I found you had to use a fair bit of pressure to inject the solution.

Almost immediately I get a small injection site reaction that is around the size of a small sting that itches for around half an hour and then goes down. Sometimes I am left with a bit of a bruise. Sometimes not.

Tuesday night I added in Fostimon. This is a Follicle Stimulating Hormone that basically encourages your ovaries to grow follicles that hopefully will contain eggs. This drug comes in a power solution that you mix up with solvent and is actually quite fun to see dissolve. (Trying to keep focusing on the positives). This one I do in my stomach and I again alternate sides but match up with the side I am injecting my thigh so I don’t get confused. This one doesn’t seem to react however the second night I obviously caught something because I bled a tiny bit and bruised after. The following day I felt a little nauseous for most of the day but that could be due to a variety of other things.

Today I went for my Baseline scan (?if it is classed as an ultrasound) just to check everything is as it should be. As I’m not too many days away from my period we aren’t expecting the follicles to be too noticeable and want the lining of the womb to be thin (less than 5mm). Mine was 2mm and I had one leading – also referred to as juicy – Follicle on the right ovary (around 10mm) and another 3 tiny ones and 4 tiny ones on the left. I also had some bloods taken to check hormone levels.

So ok news so far. Not a super amount but not insubstantial either. I have another two doses of Fostimon tonight and tomorrow and then I switch to another similar drug called Merional. I currently have 7 days of this drug to take but depending on how the follicles develop I may need to take more or even less. I have another scan Wednesday morning to see how everything is progressing. We are hoping for growing follicles and a fatter womb lining. Thanks to my friend Jay for coming to my scan with me.

Also a huge thank you to Natasha for this lovely IVF care package from Apple and Pips which included the trying to conceive community symbol IVF pineapple necklace (which I will be wearing to my appointments) and the IVF milestone cards you can see used in my pictures.

I think in my next post I’m going to talk about the process of sperm donation as I received a comment on one of my posts that indicated that not everyone is aware of how this works – or indeed agrees with it.

Any questions do ask.

Thanks to everyone who has expressed their support and sent me messages of encouragement. Still got a journey ahead but so far it’s been ok.

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