Saline and Mock

Well, everything went great today! I was worried for nothing, which does tend to happen.

We started off with a consultation with the doctor.  He is great and I really enjoy him as a person and a doctor.  He went over the procedure again, from the meds to the transfer.  There was something I was surprised to hear though.  I have read and heard that a lot of women who go through IVF are on birth control while they do the meds.  This is the wrong way to go about it.  I mean, each clinic has their own way of doing things, so shouldn’t say it’s wrong, but my doctor pointed out that if you do that, your lining is not growing like it needs to because the birth control won’t let it plump up like it needs to.  Huh.  Wonder why other places have women stay on birth control while they do the meds?

I also learned that he is fearful that because of my PCOS and my past experience with meds for IUI (the first round I was on the lowest recommended starting dose and I produced 9 follicles), he is worried about over-stimulation.  He says there are a few ways to handle that, which will come if and when we need to worry about that, but that might mean I’ll need more monitoring visits.  $300 a pop.  Eep.

I couldn’t get into a nursing class until September 11th.  Kind of stinks because I wanted to start, like, today!  It’s okay though, that will give me time to finish getting rid of this blasted cough!  It still lingers….

The saline showed that I had no cysts on the ovaries and my uterus has nothing strange in it.  He said it looked perfect.  Nice compliment for my baby holder.  Hopefully it will want to hold a baby or two for me.

The Mock also went well.  He had a little trouble with the bend in the catheter to get it to go in nice and smooth, but that is why they do the mock, so that they have the perfect measurements, bends and catheter size for the actual transfer day.  Don’t want any hold ups with your little embryos hanging out in there!

Both the Saline and the Mock gave me some wicked cramps.  I also wasn’t aware of how quickly the saline was going to revisit me.  I peed right after and I thought that should have got rid of the majority of it, but as I was checking out I felt it all come down.  Luckily you could only see it if you were really looking.  And if you were really looking, you’d think I had peed my pants.  Lovely what we go through for babies!

Now I sit here and wait.  I’m going to skip my next period by just continuing onto the next BC pack.  Then after the nursing class, i’ll stop the BC and start the meds.  He said I may bleed a little, but that it would not be a real period and the meds would stop it from coming all the way.  Then after about a week and a half of meds, they will do the egg retrieval.  They said by the time I wake up from the anesthesia, they will know how many eggs were retrieved.  Exciting to know so soon!  By the next morning they will know how many fertilized and by day three they will know how many are looking good.  He said worst case senerio would be that only 2 or 3 are still fertilized and looking alright on day three, and that means they will just go ahead and implant those on day 3.  If we have a lot and they are progressing well, we will do a day 5 transfer.  Let’s hope for a day 5!

Oh, and check out all the free swag I got!  He said it wouldn’t be enough for the cycle, but hey, every little bit helps!  I am very appreciative!

Preliminary Tests Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is our IVF consultation (#2 — our first consultation was over six months ago, so we have to do it again), saline ultrasound and mock transplant.  I decided to read up on both of them to see if there is anything I need to do tonight to prepare.  Looks like everything is pretty simple.  The saline ultrasound is to check to make sure there aren’t polyps, scar tissue, or anything else that could obstruct implantation.  The mock is to make the the right catheter is used for the distance into my uterus for when they transfer the embryos.  Neat!

The only thing that concerns me is that they say the saline is usually done at the beginning of the menstrual cycle.  Days 5-12 typically.  I’m not sure why that’s important, but I hope it’s not actually important because i’m at the end of this cycle (about day 22).  The lady who scheduled the appointment did not ask about where I was in the cycle, and my doctor only said to make sure that I was no longer bleeding when I came in for the appointments.  So I’m hoping the “early” thing is more of a suggestion and not the rule.  I’d hate to be postponed because someone forgot to ask the right questions!  The office I go to is usually really good about this sort of thing though, so I’m not too worried.  I guess it’s normal to be worried about every tiny thing at this point though?  Eh?

I’m also a little worried that the amount of medication I’ve been on recently might factor in somehow.  I’m on nasal spray, mucinex and alternating nights between Tylenol and Nyquil. I’ve only been dosing myself up for about four days though, so I imagine everything should be somewhat normal.  My mucus might be a little thinner down there from the mucinex.  Sexy.  *Wink*  I tried the mucinex thing when we were naturally trying to conceive. You know, thins your mucus to the guys don’t have to struggle to swim up stream so much?  I hear it’s very effective.  Too bad I didn’t know that mucus was the least of our problems.

I’m assuming the doctor will have me wait until after my next cycle anyway.  I’m not sure why I’m kind of freaking out about this right now.  It’ll be about 12 hours before I know exactly what is going to happen and when…. I’m just so antsy!