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We had many struggles spread over 4 years to have our son Victor in 2012. We are now continuing our infertility journey to give him a sibling. I decided to start a blog after realizing I have only been able to make it through my TWW's (two week waits) with the help of Google and with the openness of other women suffering from infertility sharing their own stories and giving others hope. I have time and time again found my exact symptoms on other women's blogs and felt an overwhelming sense of calmness they provided me. I thought it was time to pay it forward and hopefully provide this same thing to other women on their own journeys.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monitoring Appointment #1

Three days of stims (100 follistim, 75 menopur) under my belt as of yesterday.  Monitoing appointment today went okay.   I have a lot of follicles (they still haven't given me a count) but I'm a little worried.  Some are way bigger than others.  I think I saw a 13mm one and most were like 5mm.  I hope that's okay.  I know in IVF they should all be the same size so they grow at the same rate and can get harvested at the same time.   Don't have a good feeling about this cycle.  It will either be cancelled or changed to a stimulated IUI I bet.  :(  I'm so upset.

Friday, October 17, 2014

IVF #3 Stim Calendar

Baseline Complete

I had LOTS of antral follicles.  I asked how many and she said she only measured the first 10.  I wish I would have counted all the black dots.   I swear I saw at least 15 if not more.  I am super pumped!  A few follicles looked way bigger than the rest so hopefully they aren't too big.  They are all supposed to be roughly the same size so they grow evenly!  Now I wait for CC to call me back.  That should be between 1 and 4 this afternoon.   I'll update the blog with what they say when I hear!

UPDATE:  E2 was 33!!  Woo hoo!  Let's get this party started.  Start stims tomorrow for three days then repeat a monitoring appointment Tuesday.   My starting dose is 100 follistim and 75 menopur.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

IVF #3 Underway

Full red bleed today so I called the clinic at 8:05 am to let them know.  The receptionist took my call and said a nurse would call me right back.  Am I cursed?  It's now past noon and still no call.  Sorry that I always sound like I'm bitching....I just feel like there have already been a ton of bumps with this cycle.  I hope this communication shortcoming thing comes to an end soon.  Luckily, I anticipated this happening and booked a baseline appointment at my local OB for tomorrow (internal sono to count antral follicles and bloodwork to measure e2 levels).  Hopefully they say that's okay (when they call back) and don't make us drive to Cleveland for the baseline (1.5 hour drive for a 10 minute appointment).  I am beyond nervous to hear the antral follicle count.  I have been on DHEA for over 100 days and that supplement alone should increase egg count and quality.   I only had 10 antral follicles in February and retrieved 13 eggs.  I hope they see at least that if not more!

UPDATE.... still haven't heard from my clinic at 4:07pm.  Are they TRYING to give me a heart attack?   Thank God I am a veteran at this shit and made my own appointment with a local OB for tomorrow morning?   Pardon my French.  You don't mess with a woman who just got her period.   Cleveland Clinic..... Y U no call me?

UPDATE 2:  They called at 4:15.  Baseline Friday is fine.  Start stims Saturday.  Recheck follicles/e2 next Tuesday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CD 30

More brown spotting, maybe some burgundy.  I need it to change to red so I can call the clinic and see when they want me to do my baseline ultrasound and bloodwork.  If my period full on starts today, I would think the baseline would be Friday (day 3) and I would start stims that night.

Update (4pm):  PRACTICALLY red but still considered burgundy if you ask me.  It's not "bright red" that they are looking for.  Come on full on red!  If you don't come today, we'll have to drive 1.5 hours on Saturday to baseline in Cleveland and back (instead of baselining Friday in Erie).

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CD 29

Cycle day 29. No sign of AF at all. Not a single cramp. Last month was 33 days. All three months before were all 27 days. Why did it have to get long all of a sudden to screw with my mind? lol. As soon as it starts I can start stimming!

Update:  started spotting brown around 3pm.  Come on red!   It has to be red to start!

Also, my drugs came!!!!!!!   It's like Christmas!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vitamin D and IVF Outcome

This study, "Vitamin D Deficiency and Infertility: Insights From in vitro Fertilization Cycles", made me super paranoid to get my Vitamin D levels checked.   Noteably, this result grid says it all:

Luckily, I am good to go!   Here are my Vitamin D results: