Here’s an update on our IVF Cycle #2 and what’s happening. Cycle # 2 started when I received my LH surge using the home digital ovulation kit. I called the center nurse and she instructed me to start wearing Climara patch #1, exactly eight days later. I was to change the patch every other day until the infamous period came or if no period came by the fourth patch, I would have to just go in to the office. I wore the patches as instructed through the 3rd patch when Day 1 came. So on Day 2, I went in to the office to start my monitoring. During this visit, I met with an IVF nurse who reviewed my protocol and answered any questions. If the blood work and ultrasound looked good, I would get the green light to start. In this 2nd IVF cycle, my doctor did make some changes for hubby and me. One change is the addition of Clomid. Hopefully, Clomid will enable my body to find the best quality eggs for this IVF cycle. We won’t know if the Clomid provided any benefit until my doctor sees the embryos to assess for quality. Luckily , all my results were good so we could proceed with the protocol. This is what the first half of the 2nd IVF cycle looked like thus far:
Day 2: Blds, U/S, Start Clomid 50mg x 2 tabs between 7-10pm
Days 3-4: Clomid 50mg x 2 tabs each night same time frame
Days 5-6: Clomid 50mg x 2 tabs, 300 IU Gonal F, 150 IU Menopur each night
Days 7: Blds, U/S, 300 IU Gonal F, 150 IU Menopur
Day 8: 300 IU Gonal F, 150 IU Menopur
Day 9: 300 IU Gonal F, 150 IU Menopur, Cetrotide x 1 cartridge
Day 10: Blds, U/S, 300 IU Gonal F, 150 IU Menopur, Cetrotide x 1 cartridge
Days 11-12: 300 IU Gonal F, 150 IU Menopur, Cetrotide x 1 cartridge
Day 13: Blds, U/S, 300 IU Gonal F, 150 IU Menopur, Cetrotide x 1 cartridge
At this point, I do have 4-5 follicles growing in the Right ovary varying in size from 9-12mm. My Left ovary has only 1 follicle slowly growing. I did have a nice break during days 2-6, but this week, it’s daily visits with monitoring by an Attending physician.
Day 14: Blds including a CBC, U/S, 300 IU Gonal F, 150 IU Menopur, Cetrotide x 1 cartridge
Day 15: Blds, U/S, 225 IU Gonal F, 150 IU Menopur, Cetrotide x 1 cartridge
Stay tuned for the rest of the cycle! And wish us luck!