Wednesday, May 16, 2012

IVF Protocol

Last week started the beginning of our IVF cycle. 

On Tuesday, I had my baseline ultrasound and bloodwork. On Thursday, I met with Dr. Allemand to discuss the IVF checklist. Brandon was out of town, so Joy came with me. We had discussed much at length about IVF with Dr.A previously, so the office visit with him was not too stressful. He did discuss each step of the IVF process at length, and answered the few questions that I had.

My antral follicle count was 14 at my baseline ultrasound. Dr. A thinks that I'm a great candidate for IVF, and that I should produce many healthy eggs. As of now, our plan is to transfer two embryos. If for some reason I have poor quality embryos, we will access whether to transfer more then.

My IVF calendar arrived in the mail on Saturday.  The next few months are going to be crazy for us!  I will write a post later describing the process of IVF for all my friends reading who are not familiar with all of the terms.
The Calendar


Court's IVF S3 Protocol
5-5:  CD 1
5-8:  Baseline appointment; Start BCP
5-10:  IVF Checklist with Dr.A
5-29:  Precycle visit with Janet (IVF nurse) at 9am; begin 10 units of Lupron daily (injectable)
6-1:  Take last BCP
6-6:  Office Visit/ Suppression Check; Cycle payment due; Signed consents due to office
6-10:  Reduce Lupron to 5 units daily (injectable); Begin stims:  Follistim 225 units (injectable, Menopur 75 units (injectable)
6-14:  Office Visit
6-15:  Possible Office Visit
6-16:  Possible Office Visit; abstain from intercourse for the duration
6-17:  Possible Office Visit; begin antibiotic
6-18:  Possible Office Visit
6-19:  Possible Office Visit
6-20-6-21:  Tentative Egg Retrieval (ER); ER will determine Embryo Transfer (ET) and Beta (if we're pregnant or not)

Like I said above, I will post more later about the specifics.  We will not know the actual date of the ER and ET until I have began my stimulation medications.  Please continue to pray for us!  The next months will be exhausting mentally, emotionally, and physically.

8 comments:

  1. I am thinking of you as you enter this new journey. When you first get your calendar, it can seem a little overwhelming. Your RE office will help you remember everything and keep it running smoothly. Good luck!

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  2. So exciting (and overwhelming) when you finally get that calendar. Praying that everything goes smoothly and according to God's plan. (((HUGS)))

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  3. I've missed you friend! I'm praying for you!!! I'm so, so happy that you are on this track.

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  4. Praying for you both... Love and hugs. And positive thoughts.

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  5. I love following those that are cycling around the same time I am. I am right behind you on the IVF train, but since I am not doing lupron it looks like I will be retrieving a little sooner. Good luck!

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  6. For sure praying for you! Its just so crazy to look at it all put out on a calendar like that...

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  7. Oh wow I'm sure getting the calendar made it feel real! It's finally here, you are starting your IVF journey that will hopefully end up with a beautiful baby(ies)!!! I am hoping and praying for all the best as you and your husband embark on this adventure! xx

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  8. And you're off! I'm right here rooting for you. Two embryos ... so perhaps there will be twins in the future! That would be amazing. Good luck - as Joanna says, it's truly an adventure!

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