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Smiley uterus – sad left ovary – #IVF Update

Not huge amounts to report today – have had 2 days of drugs at the different levels.

According to my scan it looked liked my uterus had a big grin so hoping this is a good sign.

Left ovary still a grump who is doing nothing.

Right ovary follicle progress:

The leading one that was 16.5mm is up to 20mm so that’s where they’d like it to be.

The one that was 10mm was up to 14mm and ideally they’d like to see if it can go a bit further.

Wednesdays bloods were borderline. Indicating possibly one egg. They’ve been done again today.

Womb Lining is up from 7.3mm to 8.3mm so that’s good.

Having two more days of Merional ordered so they should be delivered tomorrow (Saturday) so instead of finishing Saturday will def have another dose of both Sunday and possibly Monday too.

Back for another scan on Monday at 10am where a decision will be made. Consultant will actually be around so will be able to speak to him. If I can progress to egg collection that would likely happen Wednesday. But it’s still a waiting game and could go either way.

Looks like some tidying distraction is on the cards for the weekend.

I just want to do a shout out to all my family/friends for their practical support and to everyone who has sent me well wishes. I’m lucky to have some fabulous people around me. Thanks all.

Scan Number 2 – #IVF Update

I’ve been taking the Merional since Sunday and today (Wednesday) I had my second scan to see how things were going along.

First the good news. The juicy follicle on the right that was around 10mm at Friday’s scan was around 16.5mm (needs to aim for 21mm) and one of the tiny ones on the right is up to 10mm. Lining was thickening up but I blanked on by how much.

Now the not so good news. No sign of any more. Nothing on the left. Had bloods taken again

(oops I guess I didn’t press down hard enough)

The nurse was honest in saying she didn’t know what the consultant’s advice would be because, although you only need one egg to make a baby, the more eggs the more chances. Plus there’s no guarantee that each follicle contains an egg.

They got back to me to say that the recommendation was to reduce the Busceralin from 0.5 to 0.2 – I guess to see if we can wake the ovaries up a bit or at least to see if that 10mm joins in a bit more positively. I’m already of the full whack of the Merional. Back for another scan Friday afternoon to review.

It’s odd because since around 11.30 Thursday I’ve been feeling quick stabby pains down where my ovaries are and have been feeling a bit sicky and that’s continued today. I was hoping that that meant good things were happening. It’s odd how you can be convinced your body is doing stuff it might not be. I almost had myself convinced I was pregnant last summer but that was a no too.

So it’s not completely a no

Yes I had a blub

Yes I’m likely to have more blubs

But I’m trying to stay positive and remind myself that…

Will review again on Friday. There’s still potential steps that can be taken so trying to take things just one day at a time.

Thanks for reading

Now off work for the rest of this week and next and am wearing my pineapple on my wrist.

Telling a donor conceived child how they came to be

I know I’m early in the process (Switching from Fostimon to Merional today) so this post is jumping the gun, but if I am lucky enough to have success with IVF I have every intention of telling any child how they came to be and this was one of the things I chose to discuss in my counselling sessions so I thought I’d share my early thoughts on this here.

I am hugely interested in the concept of identity and have studied the whole nature/nurture debates as part of my training as an Occupational Therapist.

I think there are some similarities between this and telling children they have been adopted however I suspect that the question of parentage is likely to come up if I remain single (especially after sex education lessons at school).

As I noted in my previous post I actually have a fair amount of information about the donor I have selected and I have every intention of sharing this with a child when it is appropriate.

I think the earlier you start and the more you can normalise something hopefully the more natural children will find it. How I will do this and at what age I think would depend on the specific child and how they relate to the world. General comments can be made at any time but I think being open and honest at the point questions are asked will be the most important thing.

Also I think it will be important to clarify the difference between the concept of a donor and a father/dad.

There are a few support websites that include stories from parents and also donor conceived children. One account from a donor conceived woman I read initially said she didn’t understand why donors had to be open because she had never felt the need to contact her donor, but then on reflection she acknowledged that everyone is different and having that option available might be necessary for some.

Donor Conception Network

Does anyone reading have any experience or advice with regards this topic?

Some picture book recommendations from a friend:

Little Treasure

The Little Pea that was Me

Why Don’t I Have a Daddy?

Back to the books tomorrow with the Blog tour for Double Felix by Sally Harris. Next IVF update will be after my scan on Wednesday.

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