Cycle Update.June 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Posted in IVF #6: Quiet Hope | 12 Comments
Got a call yesterday from my clinic which went to voicemail – I was at my acupuncture appointment.
My E2 was 2,545, and I have 18 follicles, 9 on either side.
They triggered me last night. Charlie got to do his first ever injection, since the trigger shot is done intramuscularly. And, honestly, it was EASY, mostly because I spent the afternoon in a state of near-panic at the idea of him giving me a shot in my ass. So by the time he did it, I had worked myself into an anxious state and was like, Wow, is that really it?
Then I had ice cream.
But wait. Can we talk about the numbers above for a bit?
I have NEVER had a response where I have a good number of follicles like this – without my E2 also being through the roof.
Let’s review, shall we?
IVF #1: E2 was 5,000-something when they triggered me. Ended up with moderate OHSS and a burst follicle. 18 eggs retrieved.
IVF #2: Cancelled due to E2 being over 5,700. 15-18 follicles showed up on my last scan.
IVF #3: oversuppression protocol at my request: double the Lupron and 100iu of Gonal-F. Triggered when my E2 was 1,800 and got 10 eggs.
IVF #4: E2 was 4,300, they got 28 eggs, and I had mild OHSS. Yuck.
IVF #5: Also an oversuppression protocol at my request. E2 was in the low 2,000 when I triggered. 12 eggs retrieved.
IVF #6: New protocol: E2 at 2,545 and 18 follicles presenting via u/s
I can’t tell you it’s the new protocol – after all, I am 36 now and my last IVF cycle was more than a year ago. Maybe age DOES play into E2 levels.
And I can’t tell you that this will make good quality embryos, either.
But I’ll take it, because at the very least it’ll be less of a recovery, right?
And we only need one good embryo.
Retrieval is tomorrow at 9:15. Which makes transfer Sunday.
And then next week we can go back to our regularly scheduled programming, where I complain about my lack of time for doing much of anything right now. 🙂