Tuesday was my hysteroscopy appointment with my new doctor in Springfield. Of course it was snowing and it had been freezing rain for a couple hours before we left so we had to take our time getting there. We saw a few semis, one overturned in a ditch and one jackknifed in the middle of the interstate so we were happy to be taking our time. Once we got there they had to draw blood for a pregnancy test and we had to wait an hour for the results. Around 12:30 the results were in and I was prepped for the procedure.
Basically they set you up like they would for a pap, then they take a long, skinny, metal instrument and attach a camera to the end of it. They actually allowed me to see what was on the screen so that kind of distracted me to a certain extent, but the cramping was pretty intense. If you’ve ever had an HSG or needed a catheter for any reason, it’s a similar pain. Basically what they are looking for are polyps or fibroids in the uterus that could affect implantation. Good news, nothing was found! Once the procedure was done he told me that he had done an endo scratch too. He said he doesn’t usually tell people that he’s going to do them prior to the procedure because it sounds painful. I couldn’t even tell that he did it. An endo scratch is basically where they scratch the lining of the uterus with the catheter. It’s been said to aid in implantation because the lining will go into “repair reaction” which may increase embryo implantation rates.
Both of these, the hysteroscopy and the endo scratch were things that I had asked my previous doctor about after our second failed IVF cycle that he was not willing to do. I am so happy that this doctor, without me even asking, wanted to do both of these things! I also had several vials of blood drawn for the RPL (recurrent pregnancy loss) panel. The RPL consists of a multitude of tests, some of which I’ve already been tested for and others I haven’t.
Next on the agenda is the endo biopsy. Once I get a positive LH surge (by using an ovulation predictor kit) I will go in for the biopsy. They will send the sample in to a lab to be tested for the beta-3 integrin protein that is needed for implantation to occur. If I do not have this protein then they will add a medication to my protocol, if I do then we have ruled that out as an issue. I will also do the blood/glucose test at this time as well. Once the results of the biopsy and all the bloodwork come back (about 10 days) then we can hopefully move forward with our IVF cycle! We are making so much progress and I’m so excited about this cycle and feeling really positive about it all!
I wanted to thank you all for your sweet words on yesterday’s post. You’re all so sweet and so encouraging and you all are such a blessing in my life. The blogging community is something I couldn’t even fathom would be this wonderful. Thank you all so much! Your support and love is truly appreciated!
I want to remind everyone, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the 2 It Works Wraps and a weeks’ worth of Greens! These wraps really do work and they will be perfect to use in the next couple months when the weather gets better and bikini season hits! The giveaway ends Friday!