Monday, February 25, 2013

My IVF experience

I had a request to share my IVF experience and all the things i had to do for it, so i decided that it would be good to write it all down and have on my blog for the future!
 So here we go,
In December we were ready to start In-Vitro, we went into the Dr.s office and did an ultrasound and took some blood. We thought we would be starting that month but as the blood results came back i had an Ovarian Cyst that was producing too much estrogen so i had to be put on Birth Control (BC) for that whole month to try and get ride of that cyst.
 Friday January 11 I started my day One!! Travis and i got instant butterflies and were so excited for what was ahead. We got to go in and see my Dr that day! He told us that the cyst was gone and we could go ahead and start the process! AAHHH YAY!! We decided with the Dr's help that with my age being still very young and my body being healthy, besides the aweful scar tissue which was messing everything up, from blocking my ovaries from letting any eggs out to be fertilized, that we would go with the low stim IVF ($7,800-$10,000 ours ended up costing about 9,200 because we had to buy more out of state meds twice, because my body wasn't responding to the normal single dose), also it was much cheaper that Traditional IVF(any where from $17,000-$25,000)!

Day 1: Dr's visit, ultra sound and blood draw
Day 2: relax
Day 3: start oral medications; 2 Chlomid in the morning, 4 Femera at night
Day 4: 2 Chlomid in the morning, 4 Famera at night
Day 5: 2 Chlomid in the morning, 4 Famera at night
Day 6: 2 Chlomid in the morning, 4 Famera at night
Day 7: 2 Chomid in the morning, 4 Famera at night (last day for Famera)
Day 8: 2 Chlomin in the morning
Day 9: 2 Chlomid in the morning (last day) Start Doxycyclin 2 a day (oral antibiotic for egg retrieval op) Dr.s visit were he said my follicles weren't growing as well as he would like to see. He showed us how to give injections and told me to start taking 4 vials of Menagon/REpronex a day and to come back in tomorrow, if they haven't responded to the hormones by tomorrow we have to stop there and wait til next month to do Traditional IVF
Day 10: Doxycyclin 2 a day, 4 vials Menagon/Repronex,  Drs appointment at 9 am the follicles responded and grew from 5's to 9's!! told to continue 4 vials of Menagon/Repronex until they said stop.
Day 11: Doxycyclin 2 a day, 4 vials Menagon/Repronex
Day 12: Doxycyclin 2 a day, 4 vials Menagon/Repronex, Start Antagon in abdomen.
Day 13: Doxycyclin 2 a day, 4 vials Menagon/Repronex, 1 Antagon, Drs appt. 10 am still checking on follicle growth not wanting to miss their window.
Day 14: Doxycyclin 2 a day, 4 vials Menagon/Repronex, 1 Antagon, another Dr.s visit 11am
Day 15: Doxycyclin 2 a day, 4 vials Menagon/Repronex, 1 Antagon, Drs visit at 9 am!! Egg retrieval Schedualed for day 17 Sunday Jan 27! Take HCG trigger shot and Ovadryl injection at 9:30 pm on the dot!(this was to keep me from ovulating so they could retrieve the eggs before they were released.)
Day 16: Doxycyclin 2 a day, no food or drink after 10 pm
Day 17: Egg Retrieval 9 am!! they did an ultra sound make sure that my body hadn't ovulated yet! Then i was taken back to the OR room where i was put under anesthesia while they did they Egg Retrieval. How they do this is the use a special vaginal ultra sound wand that had a needle at the end of it, they use this to poke through the uterine wall and through the ovaries to collect the eggs. Thank goodness i was asleep! While i was in the OR room they had Travis give them a sperm sample. After the procedure I had some light bleeding after and some very light cramps, not bad at all. I started 1/2 CC of progesterone
Day 18: 1/2 cc Progesterone Dr's office called all 7 eggs were fertilized and 5 looked almost identical which was really good! Egg Transfer date scheduled Day 20 Wednesday Jan 30!
Day 19: 1/2 cc Progesterone
Day 20: 1/2 cc Progesterone, Egg Transfer at 10 am, i was told to take a Valium half hour before appointment and to have my bladder half full to make the transfer go more smoothly. Before we had the transfer the Embryologist showed us our fertilized embryos!! It was amazing he even told us to take pictures of them through the microscope!! I was super excited about that! It was hard to pick the very best 2 from almost perfect 5 but we were able to find little differences in each which helped us to decide which 2. We put 2, 8 cell grade AB embryos into my body. I was so relaxed and woozy from the Valium that it was awesome. The Transfer was painless and so cool to see those little embryos from the ultra sound being put into my uterus!! I stayed lying down on the table for 20 min after that and then was told i could get up and go. Scheduled pregnancy blood draw 12 days from today. Monday Feb 11 at 9 am.
Day 21: 1/2 cc Progesterone, Start of 3 day bed rest, Dr's orders do not get up unless to pee, no sugar or greasy oily foods. Only happy movies, no drama, no intense or scary movies. :(
Day 22: 1/2 cc Progesterone, Bed rest day #2
Day 23: 1/2 cc Progesterone, Last day bed rest yay!!
Day 24: 1/2 cc Progesterone, able to get up and do normal activities but still keep good diet and no exercising just yet
Day 25: 1/2 cc progesterone
Day 26: 1/2 cc progesterone
Day 27: 1/2 cc progesterone, This stuff is SO THICK that the needle for it is huge, it also puddles in your body if you don't rub it in good enough and you get huge painful knots, even if i rubbed them in good i still got huge painful knots!!
Day 28: 1/2 cc Progesterone
Day 29: 1/2 cc Progesterone
Day 30: 1/2 cc Progesterone
Day 31: 1/2 cc Progesterone
Day 32: 1/2 cc Progesterone, 9am Pregnancy blood draw and progesterone level check!! This was the quickest Dr's visit we had ever had, in and out within 5 min. We ended up waiting 2 hours for their call and we couldn't wait any more so we drove back down the the Dr.s office where the Dr. got to tell us himself that anything over a 5 is pregnant and we were at 169!! So we were for sure pregnant! He also told us that with levels being this high its possible that there could be twins in there, or just one really strong one, it could go either way! So we set up our first ultrasound for 2 1/2 weeks from then, being Thursday Feb 28th at 9 am! We were also told to start taking only 1/4 cc Progesterone injection for 4 more days then we would check the levels again.
Day 33: 1/4 cc Progesterone
Day 34: 1/4 cc Progesterone
Day 35:  1/4 cc Progesterone
Day 36: 14 cc Progesterone
Day 39: Went in got blood done, turns out my levels were great and i got to stop taking the Progesterone shots!!!! YYYYAAAYYY!!!
This whole month i was pretty much trapped in the house because i wasn't allowed to stress and with being on these hormones everything stressed me out, i mean EVERYTHING it was insane. Glad to report that has gone away quite a bit and i feel pretty normal with stress :)

Today i am at day 46 and have my ultra sound on this coming Thursday!! To say that i am so very excited is an understatement!!!
Some side effects that I've noticed would be, that i do pee a bit more often than usual, I'm a lot more thirsty, my chest is tender and growing!!! Bras are so uncomfortable!! I am a stomach sleeper and ever since the week i did the Egg Transfer i haven't been able to sleep on my stomach without waking up feeling sick! My abdomen area is very sensitive i cant wear jeans unless the waist is a little loose, leggings are my best friend lately! I get really tired every night at 10 pm, if i am in bed and i turn on my side and close my eyes, i am out within minutes, and i never used to fall asleep so fast before, EVER!
We don't know our estimated Due Date (EDD) just yet or how many weeks i am but from what i have read i think I'm about 7 weeks and due mid October.... but i guess our ultrasound will clear those questions up when it comes! :)  and that's pretty much my IVF low stimulus experience!! It got hard emotionally and physically some days but it was worth it 100 times over. I had a very big fear of needles and now i don't fear them nearly as much as i did before. This experience has made Travis and I grow even more as a couple, and i know that with the past 3 years of infertility we have SUCH a strong relationship that nothing could tear us apart we really have become the best of friends i could have ever hoped for.
I am so excited to finally be pregnant with our child, I'm already further along that i was with my first pregnancy so every day is a gift for us!!!!
Thank you all for reading hope this was interesting and informative! If you have any questions on IVF i love talking about it and would be glad to answer any questions!!

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  1. Thanks for posting this. I have been really curious. I'm so glad everything is going so great!!! I'm so excited for you!! Keep us updated!

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