So far this cycle has been moving along at lightning speed. Today is already day 7 of stims and for a typical IVF cycle stims usually happen for 10-12 days. We are inching closer and closer to retrieval and I think we will more than likely be set for that this coming weekend!
So far I’ve had 2 monitoring appointments since starting stims last Tuesday the 1st. At my first appointment on Friday the ultrasound tech said everything looked good. I didn’t ask how many follicles I had at the time. They called me Friday afternoon with further instructions & told me I would need to come back on Sunday. We got up before sunrise & headed back to Gurnee (a 2+ hour drive from home) for another appointment. Once again I was told things were looking good. When they called me for further instruction I asked about my follicles. She said so far I have 20; 4 of them were 10mm, 2 of them were 9mm, and 14 of them were >8mm. I am happy with the number, but we need to see some major growth over these next few days. Only follicles 14mm and higher are considered “mature”.
They upped my dose to 250iu x day (125iu AM & 125iu PM) from 200iu and upped my low-dose HCG from 7 to 8, I started with 6. I think I am on a pretty good track, just praying for all of these follies to start growing more! Last night I also added Ganirelix to the mix. I have to take it at 10pm so I have to set a separate alarm for it because I’m always sleeping at that time. Ganirelix is used to suppress the LH surge & prevents ovulation. I will continue this each day until trigger.
So far I’m feeling pretty good about this whole cycle. Honestly with work, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in the mix I haven’t really been able to dedicate much thought to any one thing. It’s honestly a nice distraction. I know that I am in good hands and I’m in the best condition that I have been during a fresh cycle so I don’t think I have much to worry about anyway. What I’d really like to see is between 15-18 eggs retrieved & mature so that we have a nice number fertilize for testing. I am hoping for at least 6 to be sent off to testing. I hope that I’m not being overzealous with that number. I am also really hoping that the 3+ months of Ubiquiniol CoQ10 that I have been taking is helping increase the quality of my eggs. From what I’ve seen, most people who have been on CoQ10 have had much more successful cycles so I hope the same goes for us as well.
Everything else in my life has been good. We’ve been decking our halls & it has been so much fun finding places for everything. I am obsessed with how cute my whole house turned out. I am really proud of myself this year (tooting my own horn here!) but I really enjoy Christmas decorating. We recently adopted a new pet in the Ridley home too. We got a cat from a farmer and named her Scout. She’s a little shit, but she’s so cute and cuddly we just love her. Franks not really sure what to think of her.
I hope everyone is having an amazing holiday season so far! Remember this time of year is about spending time with family & be thankful for all that we are blessed with.