Grow follicles, grow.

I will most likely trigger tomorrow, and there is small chance it will be pushed to Friday, for a Saturday or Sunday egg retrieval.   They’ve upp’ed my Menopur to 150IU  tonight, and a quick Google search shows me that Menopur stimulates and matures follicles.  Right now, I have a slew of follies that need maturing so bring on the Menopur. Here are my current stats:

Right Ovary: 1 @ 18, 1 @ 17, 4 @ 15-16, 3 @ 13, and 1 (or a few more) less than 10
Left Ovary: 2 @ 12 and 2 under 10
E2: 752
Lining: 10.4

While I know there are potentially 4-5 follicle growing days till my ER, I’m still worrying.    It’s an irrational too, as my follicles have grown significantly over the past 5 days.  However, I’m short on sleep, and on stims I feel like I have a lightheaded flu.   Egg count is the first hurdle, then it’s mature egg count, then fertilized egg count, then quality embryo count, then PGD’ed embryo count.  We need a decent number of quality eggs to start, because each step in this process will knock a few out of the game.   It’s an understatement to say this is a truly nerve wracking process.

I am curious to learn if the hubs sperm count has changed since he cut back on alcohol and started a new vitamin regime 3+ months ago.

Incidentally, a male doctor will be doing my retrieval this weekend, and I specifically sought him out today for my ultrasound monitoring.   And wouldn’t ya know it, he was a lot more gentle with the ultrasound wand than the 3 female doctors I have seen prior.   I was also comfortable with him.  Overall I still prefer female doctors for my nether regions, but I went out of my comfort zone today, and it was OK.

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A baby or a house?

A little background.

In 2009, I (today, age 36) was diagnosed with multiple clotting disorders:  MTHFR, the Prothrombin Gene Mutation, and the Lupus Anticoagulant.  I also have a few other #’s that aren’t fantastic, such as a high count of CardioLipin IGM Autoantibodies and a slight Protein S Dificiency.

In 2011 my husband (today, age 38),  was diagnosed with male factor infertility, specifically 1% morphology.

In July 2011, I had an early miscarriage.  And then a Saline Sonogram.  Both sucked.

In October 2011, we are scheduled for IVF with ICSI and PGD.  It will be an antagonist protocol, with Lovenox, but no Lupron or birth control.

And that picture above?  Those are my meds for the October IVF.    They just arrived.  I almost vomitted:  at the sheer amount of medications, but mainly at the overall cost.