Well, well, well….here we are AGAIN,

Full IVF #3….it’s interesting to me when people count FET cycles as IVF cycles…because if I were to do that, it would be IVF #9 or #10…and that just sounds…overwhelming!! Yikes…so I’ll stick with my calculations….

And this is IVF #3….

So, I know the deal….but I still don’t like it.

The whole reason why we decided to do another IVF is that after 6+ cancelled FET cycles, we needed to do something new. Something different to see if my lining will grow with these stim meds and I am getting older…I’ll be 38 this year…(omg). So my RE is getting concerned about the quality of my eggs and frankly we don’t even know if the embryos we have frozen are viable…and, again, this flipping lining. I mean, it is just an absolute MESS….so here we are.

As some of you read, this cycle started out with a hiccup. My sonohystogram had a little “bump”. Basically it looked like a small polyp or scar tissue or blood clot or something. My RE didn’t seem too concerned but I certainly was. He said if my lining cooperates then there would be no reason why we couldn’t transfer one embryo to see. But obviously, I want to give my babies a really good chance. I’ve never had a transfer and I don’t want to have my first transfer with questions going into it.

So here we go with IVF#3. I also only have one ovary so he’s treating me with a DOR protocol. I did NOT take BC pills before this cycle…only Estrace (IVF#1 I used BC pills and 5 eggs retrieved, IVF#2 I used Estrace and 11 eggs retrieved)

Stim Day 1: 450IU Gonal-F and 150IU Menopur–I had to give myself these shots since the hubby was out of town…booo…but I did it and only minimal bruising…that is a win! btw..I always ice and always take the meds out of the fridge about 1-2 hours before I give myself the shots so they are not cold going into my body…ouch!

Stim Day 2: 450IU Gonal-F and 150IU Menopur-Once again, giving myself the shots…o.k…I’m fine and feel like a pro (I guess I kind of am by now!)

Stim Day 3: 300IU Gonal-F and 150IU Menopur-Hubby is back and gives me the shots. Headaches ensue and bloating begins.

Stim Day 4: Bloodtest to check E2: 422. RE says that is a good number(I think it’s a little high for 3 days of stims??) and I continue onΒ 300IU Gonal-F and 150IU Menopur. I start to get weird under my ribs feeling in my stomach.

Stim Day 5:Weird pressure under ribs feeling so I go to acupuncture (every week for the past 2 years!) to get the blood flowing and see if she can help with the pain in my stomach.Β Ultrasound: 3-5 eggs seen and lining non-existant with fluid πŸ™ I am seriously SO over this. I don’t understand what is wrong with me?? πŸ™

So, that is that. My lining SUCKS. Pretty much no matter what I do…it sucks.

I didn’t cry. I didn’t get upset. I just took a champ. I’m going to focus on these eggs. And screw you lining!

So eggs, please grow into my future children. I can’t let the stress of my lining never cooperating to hinder this process. I’m in it now and just have to keep going to retrieval.

So, who knows if I’ll ever be able to transfer. More and more I think that, unfortunately.

I just won’t put my embryos in a place where they are destined to be doomed. A 3-4mm lining with fluid is exactly that. They wouldn’t have a chance.

So I’ll focus on the good.

For some having 3-5 eggs in an IVF cycle would be depressing.

Not being able to transfer during their fresh/frozen cycle would be defeating.

And never being able to transfer after almost 3 years of trying would be devastating.

But this is my life. And I am o.k. and even happy.

I am happy that I live in 2015 where IVF is even possible. I am happy if I even have ONE viable, healthy embryo that becomes my child. I am happy that my husband and I work hard to be able to pay for these treatments and sacrifice not owning a home. And I am happy that I have the faith to be o.k with all of this…the good, the bad and the ugly(lining).

Because I have a focus…and I might not be able to see the finish line….but I know that it is there.

I will focus on that finish line that I cannot see. I know I will have my child at the end of ALL of this. And that is all I will think about. When I think of that…all is good and this mess is just a means to the end.Β If all of this gets me to my child…every tear, pain, money, stress…will be worth it and I wouldn’t change a thing.

So friends….that’s my game plan. I may not see the finish line but I will keep going, and going and going.

I mean…what am I running…an ultramarathon??? I didn’t sign up for this!

I’ve never even ran a half marathon…but I’m in this and I’ll finish.

Mark my word…I will see that finish line and I WILL FINISH THIS RACE!!!!

24 Comments on IVF #3—Stim Days 1-5

  1. ugh I wish I could share some lining with you or something, anything to help! But you have the best attitude possible. I just know if you keep going you will have your child(ren) one day πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much rachellarae26! I figure I can either cry myself to sleep or just keep on going. Gotta try to stay positive through all of this mess…thanks for always being there to support! xoxo

    • Yes mamajo23! If you’re ever in the L.A. area then we will need to meet up! I’ve only got my optimism left…so I’ve gotta stuck with it through all of the crap. Thanks again for always supporting me!! xoxo

  2. I am so sorry that your lining is not cooperating! Seriously. Just once!!! I hope the IVF in itself goes well. At least you are doing something this month, although I can only imaging how frustrating it is for you.

  3. Sometimes I wonder how it’s even possible to keep going. It’s one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, but I know the payoff is immense. I believe this will happen for you. I just truly believe it. You are so strong, but I’m just wishing you didn’t have to be. Sending lots of love and strength through the next few weeks. I’m one of your biggest cheerleaders. The day you announce your pregnancy, I will rejoice! πŸ™‚

    • Yes girly! I agree…how much of this are we supposed to “take??” I know the payoff is immense and I just have to keep believing that this is all happening for a reason…to bring the children into this world that we are supposed to…in this way…how tough it may be. I am one of your biggest cheerleaders too and I just KNOW one day we will finally meet up with our kids…it will happen…I believe!!!! πŸ™‚ xoxo

  4. I admire your strength and am cheering you on! You will get your precious baby one way or another, and that will be so amazing and so worth it! Thinking of you and praying for you, especially during this cycle.

    • Thank you so much Jennifer! You have definitely inspired me and I’m just going to keep going until I get my babies…however that may be…keep going! Thank you for always supporting me πŸ™‚ xoxo

  5. I read with sadness about your lining have you considered natural products to boost your lining ? I will do some research for you if you want?, you can email me privately if you prefer, iv been following your blog and im all the way from South Africa, you give evryone hope and courage and strenght, im proud someone like you exist, your a fighter your a survivor, and dont you worry “if you never give up you can never fail my friend”.😘😘😘

  6. Your strength is shining through. Hoping you at least get the viable embryos your hoping for in this cycle. With your perseverance, you’ll end up with a baby in your arms one way or another. Cheering you on at the finish line!

  7. Love your blog. Currently going through Ivf. Been trying for 4 years now. Been through 3 unsuccessful iui’s now on day 4 of stims. Thank you for taking the time to posts your process. It really helps! I will follow you on instagram! Best of luck and lots and lots of baby dust and prayers your way!!

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