So evidently, my pregnancy tests were all negative (after trying on our own) and we decided to start IVF Cycle #3. In my earlier 2 posts, I talked about the IVF Co-Culture I went through at Cornell. In this cycle, they did draw an extra vial of blood for the Co-Culture process. I’ll provide an overview of what’s transpired already in this 3rd IVF (hoping it’s the last!). My RE did say this protocol would be more similar to the first protocol I had but ultimately she did make a minor tweak in the Menopur dosing. Instead of 150 IU, she increased it to 225 IU.
DAY 12 – LH SURGE
DAY 20 – START CLIMARA PATCH #1 (8 DAYS AFTER SURGE)
DAY 22 – CHANGE TO PATCH #2
DAY 24/ DAY 1 – CHANGE TO PATCH #3. NEW PERIOD STARTS
DAY 2 – GO IN FOR BLDWORK + U/S. SIGN CONSENTS. PAID FOR CYCLE FEE. INJECT GONAL f + MENOPUR 225 IU EACH X 4 NIGHTS.
DAY 6 – BLDWORK + U/S. INJECT GONAL F + MENOPUR 225 IU X 2 NIGHTS.
DAY 8 – BLDWORK + U/S. 4 -5 FOLLICLES SLOWLY GROWING. EXTRA VIAL OF BLD DRAWN FOR CO-CULTURE (ABOUT 25 CC). INJECT GONAL F + MENOPUR 225 TONIGHT, THEN ADD CETROTIDE 1 CARTRIDGE TOMORROW NIGHT.
DAY 10 – BLDWORK +U/S. SAME FOLLICLES STILL GROWING. CONTINUE PROTOCOL X 2 NIGHTS.
DAY 12 – BLDWORK + U/S. SAME FOLLICLES SLOWLY GROWING. CONTINUE GONAL F + MENOPUR 225 IU AND 1 CETROTIDE CARTRIDGE.
DAY 13 – BLDWORK + U/S. SAME FOLLICLES NOW ABOUT 15-16MM IN SIZE. 1 SMALLER FOLLICLE AROUND 12MM. INJECT GONAL F +MENOPUR 225 IU AND 1 CETROTIDE CARTRIDGE.
Today is DAY 14 and so far I am waiting for my phone call from my nurse. As of this morning, retrieval date could be this Wednesday or Thursday. I saw my RE last week and asked her who would be performing my retrieval this week (of course this was the main thing on my mind!). she informed me it would not be the doctor who performed my last retrieval and that she would not put me through that just because she thought it would be too traumatic! (like thank goodness).
As it turned out, I did see the doctor who performed my last retrieval in the hall (I don’t think he saw me) and as I waited in the room, I could feel the fear hitting me as my thoughts drifted back to December last year. I could feel my eyes starting to feel funny like when you’re about to cry, but somehow, I held it together and brought myself back to the present. No one thinks this complication I had in December will happen again, so I am counting on them to be right. I’m just taking it day by day right now and when retrieval day comes, I’ll just have to to brave (GULP!).
So that’s where I’m at now. Wish me luck! I hope this IVF cycle’s the last!