IVF #1: Things Are Looking Up

Pro tip: if you want a cyst to go away, just scare the crap out of it.
Pro tip: if you want a cyst to go away, simply scare the crap out of it.

Just a quick update, as I am falling asleep while typing this. I had my ultrasound last week and my doctor said the cyst was tiny! Hooray! Also, my follicle situation seemed to correct itself—I had 18 total, as opposed to the 6 I had at my last scan. Phew.

I started my first pill of Estrace today. So far so good. I also had a root canal this morning and then worked until 7:30 this evening. Hence the falling asleep. Someday, I will write an entire post about my teeth problems and then you can all cry from boredom.

Anyway, it’s looking good for me to start injections on day 3 of my next cycle, which should be next week sometime. Eeeeeee! Could it really be happening? We’ll see!

In case anyone is interested, here is what I did to try and get rid of the cyst. Admittedly, I didn’t do any one of these things super consistently, so who knows what actually helped:

  • Heating pad on my abdomen
  • Apple cider vinegar (1 teaspoon mixed with a little water twice a day)
  • Herbs from my acupuncturist. No idea what was in those, but they tasted dead nasty.
  • Chamomile tea
  • Reduced sugar intake. I tried to cut it out completely, but I am not a strong enough woman for that. I can give up alcohol, caffeine, gluten and dairy no problem, but don’t mess with my sugar, peeps.
  • Visualization. The way I saw it is that the cyst was part of me, so I had to be gentle with it. I pictured holding it in the palm of my hand, watching it slowly shrink. And I also talked to it. Yep, I talked to my cyst. I told it that it was ok, and that it didn’t need protect me from anything anymore. That it was all right for us to proceed with IVF and we’d figure it out together. I win this week’s Coocoo Award, but hey, the cyst shrunk, so I’ll gladly accept.

That’s all I got right now. My head needs a pillow. I’ll leave you with a couple of photos so you can see what we’ve been up to lately. Merry Monday to all and to all a good night.

Family halloween shot.
Family halloween shot.
Matching sweaters. We are one step away from Laura Ashley florals.
Matching sweaters. We are one step away from Laura Ashley florals.

15 thoughts on “IVF #1: Things Are Looking Up

  1. I love that you have shared what you did to send the cyst on its way! It may help someone else. Did you have any symptoms or was it just quietly lurking? Great photos! 🙂 What a beautiful family.

    1. Thanks, lady! I had/still have crampy achey feelings on my lower right abdomen. When I first felt it I thought it was just side effects from the pill. Also, I was feeling super bloated, but again just thought it was from the pill. Nope, it was the cyst all along!

  2. Oh Tanya, I love you so much. Your creativity, your smile, the way you describe yourself. Just one question, did you go to the Zombie Ball? I wish I was there to hug all of you! Love, Aunt Susie

  3. Ooooooo yay! What fabulous news! I totally get you with the sugar thing. I was doing the I Quit Sugar program this month (it goes for 8 weeks). I made 4. I’m now right off the wagon. That family Halloween pic is dead gorgeous. What a beautiful family. Love your Laura Ashley comment on the matching pic. You are such a funny chick. Hilarious turn of phrase that tickles my funny bone. hehe

    1. Aw, thank you so much! I am completely blushing from all those compliments you just hit me with. 🙂 I have not heard of this I Quit Sugar program. I’ll have to look into it. 4 weeks sounds pretty dang impressive to me!

      I hope the Rockster is nice and settled in by now. I’m still keeping all fingers crossed for you guys over here…

  4. Oh my, look at the blond curly hair on your little pumpkin. She is beautiful. 🙂 And, yay for shrinking cysts. Oh, and I’ll read the teeth post. I have crappy teeth and want company. 🙂

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