I just got done chatting with a friend on Facebook about her IVF cycle. They ended up having to cancel the cycle before the egg retrieval. She had three on her right ovary around size 18, and a few on her left ovary only measuring between 5-7. So, since there was no way to have those little ones catch up before the others were too big, the cycle was canceled. To say that she is disappointed and highly frustrated would be putting it mildly. Now she’s going through all of the questions like “will my ovaries ever produce follicles consistently enough?” “If not, how many will they allow to do the retrieval?” “Will my body even do this?” Ugh, I feel for her.
One of her main problems is that this is the first time she’s been on injectables. She was on pills for her IUI’s (three failed) so they didn’t really know how her body would respond to Follistim. They had her on 50mg AM and 150PM with 10 units of HCG (not sure what that means… anyone else?) The two things that make me maddest are these… 1. She thought that the reason the medicine wasn’t working was because her body was confused coming off of birth control. I had to explain to her that that has nothing to do with it, since that is the protocol for everyone. And 2. She thought that her high estrogen level was bad. No one explained to her that the high estrogen level was great. I know she’s going to one of the highest rated place in our state, but geeez. I can’t help but feeling like she’s not getting the answers she needs. The place doesn’t even have a visit to show you how to do your injections, they just send you home with a piece of paper with pictures on it.
I just really hope they can get her dosage right and that she can have a little more hope that all of this is going to work. I know it’s a little harder on her because she and her husband have absolutely zero medical reasons why they shouldn’t be able to conceive. At least I had reasons… lots of them. I think it would be harder to keep hearing there is nothing wrong, yet you still can’t get pregnant.
They are going to try timed intercourse with the follicles that have been made. Let’s send out some good vibes for her and maybe she won’t have to go through anything else! That is my hope for her.