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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!!

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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.

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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