IVF #1: Holy Sh*t, We Are Doing This!


Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! You guys, it’s on.

I had my baseline ultrasound today. All weekend I was having some pretty wicked pains on my lower right side, so I thought for sure Dr. G. was going to tell me that my cyst had gotten bigger or that it was at the very least still there. But nope. It’s totally gone. There was another, small cyst near, but not on, my ovary that she said was no big deal and shouldn’t be causing me discomfort. She couldn’t tell me why I was having pain but asked me to let her know if it didn’t go away. Everything else looked great. There were follicles aplenty. I’m not sure of the exact total because she was counting them pretty fast, but I think maybe somewhere around nine on each side.

This afternoon I got the call that my bloodwork looked A-OK, so tonight I had my first injections of Menopur and Follistim. Everything went fine! I may or may not have been so nervous that I got snippy with Tim when he asked me a benign question, and Tim may or may not have accidentally took the Menopur needle out at an angle and made me bleed. As advised by many, I did ice my skin prior to injecting Menopur, and it did not burn too badly. It was, however, hard to push the plunger down.

So yeah. IVF numero uno has officially begun! Despite my excitement, there are some things I’m worrying about. Like the random pain in my right side. Or the fact that I’ll likely have to get two more root canals during this cycle. (True story: these last few root canals have been because my daughter accidentally rammed me in the teeth with her hard little head. The teeth got inflamed and some of them died. Love hurts, people. Like, for real.) But after months and months of trying to get my health in tip-top shape and my teeth all fixed up pretty before beginning IVF, I’ve finally realized that there will never be a time when everything is perfect. Never. My teeth are always getting jacked up, and if it weren’t my teeth it would likely be something else. Life is imperfect and life happens right along with IVF. I can only do what I can do and the rest will unfold as it’s meant to.

I also find myself a little bewildered. As this IVF kept getting pushed back, a part of me started to believe it might not ever happen, and now that it’s actually begun it feels surreal. Mostly, though, I’m just jazzed to be kicking it off. I could be pregnant by Christmas. By August, I could be holding a newborn in my arms. Dare I hope it?

Yes, I do. Actually, I double-dog dare it.

Because right now hope is my best friend.

18 thoughts on “IVF #1: Holy Sh*t, We Are Doing This!

  1. Yay for being back in the game!! (boo for the repeat dental work. No fun!)

    As for the menopur, is the ice to lessen the burning? I tried, after a suggestion from my nurse, mixing the menopur and letting it sit while I do my other injection, then injecting the menopur after it has more of a chance for the crystals to dissolve. I found that there was zero burn sensation anymore, and I never iced. Good luck, and congrats again! I’m really hoping I’m joining you on Friday after my baseline!!

  2. Wishing you the best on your very first IVF cycle!! This sounds exciting and terrifying all at once. But, I love that you are holding on to hope! I think that’s your best way to get through the next few weeks!!

    1. Thank you! Yes, you have totally nailed it – exciting and terrifying all at once. But I am sooooooo ready, and now that I have one night of stims under my belt, it feels just a wee bit less scary. Xo.

  3. Ugh. That Menopur needle sounds yuk. Nice that you can get Tim to do it. Eric offered but I’m too much of a control freak for that to happen. I could just imagine myself screeching “You’re not doing it right you fecking idiot” LOL. So wasn’t going to happen. Good luck! Be kind to yourself and enjoy the preparation. This part goes sooooo quickly. May your follicles go wild! hehe

    1. Bahaha, well, I actually DID inject myself (for the same reason you stated above – control freak), but then I couldn’t get the plunger down because apparently I have the world’s weakest fingers? So Tim had to step in there. Be kind to yourself is good advice. I often forget to do that. Here’s to a bunch o’ wild and crazy follicles, woop!

  4. I am so excited for you! I hope to be joining you any day now. I am sure Tim will get better at the injections lol. Undecided if I will do own or let my husband lol. Sounds like you are off to a great start anyway 😀 x

    1. Ha, I did inject myself, but then I couldn’t get the plunger down, so Tim had to step in. Hopefully tonight I’ll be able to do the whole deal by myself. I just feel more comfortable that way. Tim can be all mad scientist and actually mix the meds. I have no desire to do that! Xo.

  5. It’s exciting to start, isn’t it? Obviously I wish I has been able to get pregnant via IUI but once I realized it wasn’t going to happen I was psyched to start IVF, Best of luck to you. I look forward to reading progress updates.

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