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IVF Update | Record Breaking Egg Retrieval

You wont believe how many eggs were collected on Friday’s surgery! Since my shots were pretty much cut to zero half way through the stim phase, we all expected half the eggs to grow and the other half to just be there, immature. None of us expected the outcome to be this positive! 48 follicles were drained! Now we’re waiting for the freezing report in a few days.



Time To Lay Some Eggs – Egg Retrieval Preparation and Expectations

Its today!! Im just laying here… Waiting for them to take me. Husband and I made a bet, we’ll see who wins:

Dani: 25 mature eggs, 21 fertilized, 10-15 million sperm count

Andy: 18 mature eggs, 15 fertilized, 90-100 million sperm count (so optimistic on his numbers huh? Lol)

Wish me luck!

The Day Before Egg Retrieval

I am so sick!! I can’t believe this is happening! I wanna puke so bad and have a massive headache… this never happens to me, I don’t know what to think of it. I had my pills this morning and they didn’t go down very smooth. It felt like they got stuck in my throat and I hate that feeling, it kinda lingers all day. I went to the lab to draw some blood, and then I went to work still feeling icky from the pills not going down right. An hour later I had one of those probiotic drinks and ate a fresh mango. And that was it… I started to feel like I needed to vomit, and I just did, which made me feel better but not less nervous.

Should I tell my doctor? I don’t want him to cancel my retrieval tomorrow for anything in the world!

The (Endless) IVF Cycle Overview – Egg Retrieval Due Next!

ivf egg  retrievalThis is my IVF Cycle Summary… so far. I thought I was a poor responder to stims and boy was I wrong! The normal starting dose of Follistim for IVF cycles is 225IU but because I have a lot of follicles my doctor decided to start me off with a mere 175IU and somehow, my body ran with it…it ran a marathon, producing 55 follicles! As a result my cycle almost got canceld which was nerve wrecking. Doc decides we can still proceed but that we need to reduce my stims. From that point on I was either taking 100IUs of Follistim (which some people do on an IUI cycle so you can have an idea) and 76IU of Menopur, or I was taking nothing… just giving time for my eggies to grow on their own.

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IVF Cycle Update – CD 9

Last few days have been stressful… Doctor wanted to cancel my cycle, didn’t get a hold of me to update my meds, my ovaries are ginormous and I’m scared I’m developing OHSS. I’m one of those people that can’t live without a plan, and right now everything is up in the air… and it kills me!

55 Freaking Follicles!! Wish I Could Birth Them All!

IVFQuick update on this IVf cycle! I’ve just returned from the doctor and she counted 20 follicles on the right ovary and 35 on the left. Holy shit that’s a lot! Their size was Ok too, the largest one was 9×6 cm, so I still have a few good injections to get them ready!

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I Messed Up My 1st Day of IVF Injections… Oopsie! O_o

Don’t be alarmed! It was all taken care on the following day after I called the doctor. The momentary freak out of day 1 of injections is now in the past and I’m starting to feel like a pro at this already! I’ve done 3 days of injections already and I feel invincible, like I can probably do it all with my eyes closed… Challenge accepted!! LOL

Ready… Set… Go IVF!


Aloha Kākou!

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.

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IVF Tales – You Choose The Ending

imagesWhen I finally felt like this was it, it’s gonna happen, it’s now or never… Doctor swoops in and pushes the whole thing back by 2 months!! The jury is out, I’m going insane in 1, 2, 3…

We made the decision to move forward with IVF and we envisioned that by July we would know if we’re pregnant or not. I was surprised to find out that the first step is to take birth control pills… I mean, really? Sounds so counter intuitive especially to desperate mom wannabes such as myself. But it’s OK, I’ll take one for the team…

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9DPIUI – Cycle Update

Today is actually 10dpiui and I don’t think that this cycle worked. I had sore boobies for a few days and felt some ovary pain, some cramps too, but I don’t feel anything anymore, except for moodiness….   so I’m thinking PMS. I’ll be very surprised if the test comes out positive considering the low count we had, but I guess anything can happen. I’m choosing to accept that this is a bust cycle so my disappointment isn’t so great when I see that BFN.

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