I've been on stimulating medications for 7 days now. I keep comparing every part of this cycle to my successful and unsuccessful IVFs (not that we got pregnant, but the one's where we got "healthy" embryos). On my good cycle (IVF2), I was done stimulating my ovaries on day 8. I got 5 mature eggs and they all fertilized.
This cycle is so different. Today at my ultrasound (which was lovingly attended my Super Uterus <3) the nurse said that I would probably need 3-4 days more of stimulating medication. The "stims" as we call it in Infertility Land are a mixture of FSH and LH (Follistim and Menopur). They are synthesized version of what a woman's body would make to normally make an ovarian follicle grow. Here is what my right ovary looked like today:
The size of each follicle is measured- the one measured here is 17.54 X 13.83 mm. I'm not super impressed with the grow of the follicles in 2 days. I want to say that I remember a nurse telling me that follicles grow at 2mm/day?? Anyway- below is a graph of my follicles from the left and right ovaries after 5 and 7 days of stimulating.
The clinic initially reduced my dosages of stimulating medicines because my estrogen levels had risen too high too quickly. Since then I've been coming in daily to get my blood drawn and evaluated by the doctor to determine a new dosage. Here are my pokes! so many holes! Really feeling like a pin cushion right now.
One interesting thing to note is that my uterine lining is as thick as it's ever been on any other cycle, at almost 7 mm. A good thick lining helps an embryo implant and grow into a baby. Previous cycles I have used all sorts of awful to increase the size of my lining to no avail. Now, without assistance, it is as large as it ever was even with help. For reference- Super Uterus has a lining of 11.4 mm as of yesterday which is how fluffy a healthy uterus should be.
I'm finally starting to like my clinic-- in spite of all it's odd practices. In this cycle, they really studied the results of my blood work and adjusted medication- and had me in for blood work until they got the dosages right. For the most part- I haven't waited too long in the waiting room even though they don't make appointments. The staff are incredibly nice (southerners) and do a great job- even the blood draw lady who scared me the first day. I love when Carla, an IVF nurse, calls after I've been worrying all day and tells me that my numbers are fine. I wish she would call me every night.
ok hope this hasn't been too blathery. Just wanted to give you an update. More graphs to come.