Ready… Set… Go IVF!
It’s finally time to get this party on the road! We met with the doctor and she went over all the details of our cycle. We discussed dos and dont’s, risks, legal questions, and schedule. We are very excited to become parents and can’t wait. It feels really good to get to the bottom of things and to be able to move forward with a heart renewed with hope.
Dos and Don’ts
I’m already doing a lot of the things that were on the schedule so that’s a good thing! Every day I’ve been taking baby aspirin, pre-natal vitamin, CoQ10 3 times a day, and fish oil. I also take bee pollen, extra folic acid, and B-complex. Exercise in moderation but no abdominal exercises. Check! For pain I can only take Tylenol.
I can’t however consumer alcohol, drugs, coffee, or smoke. How am I going to live without my heroin?? I have to also avoid heavy weight lifting, big people aspirin, Advil, Motrin, antihistamines, and saunas or hot tubs. Great! Here is the hard part… I have to avoid the sun! What the fuck doc, I live in Hawaii!! Is that even possible? Will sun block do the trick?
Husband has it easy… all he needs to do is not drink for a while and take fish oil 3 times a day. It’s a hard life.
During the egg retrieval there’s a small risk that when they put the needle through the vagina to reach the follicles they’ll hit other organs like the bladder or intestine, and although the risk is really minor cuz it never happens it was the scarier risk of all the ones we went over.
There’s also the risk of OHSS, which apparently I’m a good candidate for because of my PCOS. Worst case scenario people lose their ovary and sometimes even their life. It doe happen, but I think it’s mostly when the monitoring isn’t there. In my case, the concern with OHSS is mostly how high my estrogen and progesterone levels will get after the egg retrieval. I’m just hoping and praying we get to transfer these embryos this month.
The last risk I feel should belong in the “positive sides of IVF list” but it’s listed as a risk on my paperwork so… Pregnancy with multiples. The list goes on and on about all the things that can go wrong with multiples but all I hear is “babies”, plural!
We also went over what would happen to our embryos.. What if one of us dies? What if we get divorced? We chose to let the surviving partner decide what to do with the embryos if the other one dies. As to the divorce, my husband said they were mine to keep. We had a good laugh about this at the office because I said i was gonna implant 10 babies and he would have to pay me child support for life! We’re not divorcing though, so we’re good.
The most interesting one was what would happen to our unused embryos… We chose that they should go to research but I left the office with a bad feeling in my gut. I don’t want my embryos to die… husband and I have a lot to talk about!
Birth control pills for almost a full month! Then I get my period and the shots will begin 3 days after the last birth control pill. The birth control pills are added to reduce the risk of OHSS, which is good. I like them a little bit more now.
I’ll be taking Menopur and Follistim at night for 10-11 nights and starting on day 6(estimate) I’ll add Ganirelix in the morning to stop me from ovulating early. Then 36 hours before the egg retrieval, its Novarel time. Egg retrieval and transfer date are unknown at this point.
IVF makes the 2WW seem like baby talk! IVF is literally the 2WW on steroids! The waiting will have to eventually end and hopefully I’ll have to news to share with everyone. Keep us in your prayers.
Hope your cycle is going well!!