Sunday, October 23, 2011

IVF The Remix (Update #3)

So yesterday sucked. That about covers it. For those of you who are playing along at home and require more in depth analysis of the game thus far...

Saturday AM monitoring revealed:

Lining: 7.2mm (Really? How did it get thinner?)
Estrogen: dropped to 164 (drop ascribed to Ganirelix)
Left ovary: 2 follicles at 14-15mm, 5 follicles at 7-8mm
Right ovary: 2 follicles at 13-14mm, 3 follicles at 5mm

This is very disappointing. Even the RE seemed a little bummed by these numbers. I'm stimming more slowly than anticipated given the total lack of suppression with this cycle and the 4 months of preparatory DHEA. We're basically looking at four follicles of viable size. Yes, there are several little ones hanging back. Yes, I know "it only takes one". But. The doctor basically dismissed the 5-8mm follicles as not viable and that abysmal AMH level from last year is haunting me. I just don't have many eggs left, and apparently all the gonadotropins in the world aren't enough to really get my ovaries in gear.

They've upped my Menopur dose to 225. Still at 300 for GonalF. And FYI, Ganirelix has a sneaky afterburn to it. At least the Menopur headaches have gone. Look at me finding a silver lining.


  1. I am really sorry. I only got four eggs at my pick up and I was devastated. The worst thing to hear is that it only takes one, you can hear that after you get a positive.... Just stay strong and continue your jabbing, you never know the rest might come up a bit you still have time for the others to grow.

  2. I am so, so sorry. I know the two times that I only had one embryo with my IVF's, a lot of people told me, "You only need one!" Yes, it's true... but my feeling was A) I paid for more! and B) When you're fertile, one is doable. When you're not fertile, you want as many as you can get. So, that being said, I understand how you feel. I'm not going to give you a pep talk but I'll say this, I for one am still hoping for a happy ending for you. I've heard crazier stories that have worked out so you just never know. Much, much love my friend and hang in there.

  3. That has to be so frustrating! Keep your head up as high as it can go.

  4. Hey Slackie O, I have been following (re: stalking) your journey for a while now. I wanted to give you a shout-out of encouragement. I know how freaking frustrating this is, and I know how annoying it is to have fertile people chirp "It only takes one!" I'm sending you lots of positive thoughts right now for strong ovaries and a sane mind...

  5. Oh hon I'm so incredibly sorry.
    here's hoping the one will be this cycle.

  6. I'm so sorry things aren't progressing as you hoped. I'll be crossing my fingers that things turn around somehow. Sending you big hugs (and healthy embryo vibes)!

  7. Well suck. I'm sorry it isn't going as you'd hoped. Hopefully the increased dose will get things moving along in there.

  8. I haven't done any cycles yet so I'm not really good with all the meds and numbers yet. Hoping and and praying everything turns out for the best!

  9. I'm sorry, dear :( I hope that the ones you DO have are strong and give you the results you want. Hoping the extra dosage also helps. Sending hugs.