So we went in for one of our pre-retrieval appointments today and there is good news and bad news. Good news is that DW has follicles and they will be retrieved on Thursday. Bad news is that her progesterone has started to surge showing that her uterus is at the peak to take the eggs. Which means we can't transfer them; basically, her follicles and eggs are so good and strong that her natural progesterone is overtaking the drugs used to suppress it. So she is out of sync.
What will happen is that the RE will retrieve the eggs, fertilize, freeze, DW will get AF, go on birth control, then we will do a FET in June.
We are a little bummed ("a little" means hugely disappointed), and so are really focusing on the positives.
- We already have a big kid and a "together" baby! That's, like, an heir and a spare!
- DW can make eggs
- DW's uterus is seemingly stoked to get some embryos
- Our IVF is covered by insurance, making this problem something that never would have occurred a year ago because a year ago it wouldn't have been covered and we would have had no IVF treatment at all
- We are capturing DW's nice, young eggs
- I have a good uterus still, if DW's won't take the FET
- Our RE is a good one who identified this issue and isn't wasting our time and money and hearts putting good embryos in a less than ideal environment.
- We don't have to have all the drama all at once--this is just the "taking out of the egg" time. The "are you pregnant" drama will be weeks from now.
- DW's work is a big deal now, so she can focus on that and not the stress of holding on to embryo/s
Has anyone else experienced this? How did you feel? How did you deal with it? I've heard of people not getting enough follicles, but not the conversion of a cycle in this way.
TIA. Y'all rock.
Sidenote: we took DS with us to the RE clinic. They freak out with glee when they see him. They are a wonderful clinic and we are so happy to have DS, and it gives us a lot of joy to share him. We just can't thank the nurses and assistants enough for all they did for us. He is a ham and a busybody and likes to run up and down the halls screaming, if we let him. We know it can be hard for other patients to see a baby in these clinics, so we try to: A) be discreet with him; and
have him bring good karma to the clinic. It is why he exists and we are so thankful.
Here is a gratuitous photo because he makes us feel better.
37, married to my favorite person in the world, DW! One darling surfer-girl (12) and one darling, sweet boy born 3/16/13.
5/2013 Started TTC #3, DW's turn: 5/2013: Diagnostics (shg) and surgery (polyp rem.) for best chances. July-Oct: IUI # 1-4, medicated, monitored, triggered. All BFN. IVF in Jan May. Sheesh. Whoop! IVF#1 cycle started 4/2/14. 5/1: 19 eggs retrieved, 8 matured, ICSI'd. 4 fertilized. Only 2 to transfer/freeze stage. 5/6: Two embryos transferred. 5/15: Beta #1 9dp5dt is 134! BFP! 5/19: Beta #2 13dp5dt is 672! B'erFP! 5/21: Beta #3 15dp5dt is 1853. Yay!
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― Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing