Hey, dudes. It’s been busy ’round these parts. Since my Dr. Braverman update, I went on vacation, work turned into Crazytown and I lost my friend to cancer. And, oh yeah, I did a stim cycle. Retrieval was almost two weeks ago at this point.
I’ve been meaning to update you guys on the cycle for ages, so here’s the breakdown.
What we did differently this time vs. last time
I was on a much lower dose of stims. You might recall that for my last IVF I was on the atomic bomb dosage of meds, so I was initially very worried about this decrease.
The doctor added Clomid to the Menopur and Follistim cocktail.
He also threw human growth hormone into the mix. (Yep, just like A-Rod.)
I did a double trigger. So instead of just HCG, I also injected myself with Lupron as well at trigger time.
I took my Dr. Braverman supplements throughout the cycle.
I worked with a fertility coach and she helped me change my entire headspace. Although I had a few relapses, I made it through the cycle with minimal anxiety. I’ll try to write more about the work we’re doing together soon. She’s awesome.
Instead of doing a fresh transfer, we froze everything on day 1. The embryos will later be thawed and grow to day 3 or 5 before being transferred.
How it turned out
I stimmed relatively fast — only 8.5 days
They retrieved 11 eggs. My first cycle they retrieved 10, and my second cycle they retrieved 8.
9 out of the 11 fertilized with traditional IVF! My first cycle 6 fertilized via traditional IVF, and my second cycle only 3 fertilized using ICSI (insert sad face here). So, HOT DAMN, 9 is pretty amazing for my bod. Dr. Braverman promised me that my embryos would be better quality now that my endometriosis is no longer hanging around, and I’m hoping the high fertilization rate means he’s right.
Since the embryos were frozen so early, we’ll have to wait until they thaw and grow to really know if they’re good quality. I believe in them, though. And I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to say this, but: I’m beginning to believe in my body again, too.