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We had our egg retrieval (ET) on Saturday. We checked in to the hospital bright and early for our 8:30am appointment. After checking in the nurse there took my height and weight (ouch!) and then my blood pressure. My bp was a little elevated, I guess it was the nerves so they asked me to changed and lay down on the bed to relax a bit. I’m really not a fan of those gowns with my a*s hanging out for all to see! Then the chirpy anaesthesiologist from the last time I did ER came to the room to get the IV going. I LOVE her LOL… she’s so nice and upbeat and it made me feel very at ease and calm since I really hate having the IV put in, great thing we got her again; I almost didn’t feel a thing.

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There was only two retrievals scheduled the same day and I was no 2. When my time came they wheeled me to the OR, nurse S and dr H was also there and said hi. It’s nice to see familiar faces.  I was pretty calm, may be since this is my second time so I can anticipate what was going to happen. They oxygen mask on me and ask me to take deep breaths, and then I was in lala land. I woke up a couple of time and again this time around I keep hearing “no eggs, no eggs”… not a good thing to hear!!

When I came to they informed me that we got an even dozen, 12 eggs. I was really happy with the result since on the last follicle count I had only had 6 at the right size. After a bit of rest and some food, we got ready to go back home. I was feeling fine after the procedure a little achy, but if you’ve gone through ER before you’d know the day after is the worst. The pain actually started the night of the ER, I could hardly stand! I feel like I’ve been kicked in the stomach and the bloat is no joke. I lived on water and Gatorade which helps. By the third day (the day of transfer) the pain was almost gone and I felt much better.

If you are having your ER soon, my advice would be to stock up on Gatorade and make sure you drink a lot of water to counter the bloat. I’ll write on the transfer soon!

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N

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I had our embryo transfer yesterday. We transferred two beautiful 8 cells embryos on day 3. I’m not on bed rest but I’m taking it easy since I’m still quite bloated after the egg retrieval. Will write more soon.

 

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N

I triggered with Ovidrel last night at 8:30pm. The sweet nurse at the clinic kept reminding me to do it on time. She even made me send her a text message once I’m done to make sure I did on time. I was so scared that I’d forget that I set 3 alarms on my phone and made hubby do the same; one at 8pm, another at 8:50pm and then at 8:30pm LOL!

The ER will be on Saturday at 7:30am. I’m hoping and praying for good quality eggs this time around which in turn result in good quality embryos. Wish us luck!

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N

Yesterday I went for my Dr’s appointment to see how my follicles are doing and to see if I needed top up meds after Elnova. There are 6 follicles on my left side but only 2 or 3 on the right and all are between 11mm to 14mm size and my lining was at 11mm. My right ovaries doesn’t seem to be responding much L  I needed the top up meds so dear Dr put me on HuMoG 150 I.U and Foliculin 150 I.U. The nurse gave me the shot when I was at the clinic and I did one myself this morning. It’s not as simple as the pen or the pre-filled syringe. This one has to be mixed, there are 2 vials of powder and mixed with one vial of solution. DH did the mixing this morning and I was nagging him all the way about not doing it right and clearly the guy was nervous and I feel really bad for making him feel worse. Bad wife! The jab itself was ok… it burns a little but not too bad.

Right now I’m on this stim meds and also Orgalutran to prevent premature ovulations. I have a great big bruise on my tummy the size of 4 fingers. It came from the jab a nurse did at the clinic and not by my hands!! It’s all black and blue, the first time I saw it I tear up a little. Not that it is painful or anything, I just felt sad that I have to make my body go through all this… I didn’t know if we were allowed to jab on the bruised area, so I’ve been giving myself the jabs only on my left side. I asked the nurse about it and she says maybe I should stick to one side till it heals a little. But I’m running out of clear space to poke people!

The Dr is monitoring me every other day. I have another appointment tomorrow. I really hate to get off work for this dr visits but when you must, you must.  Grow follies… grow…. Think healthy mature, great quality eggs!

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N

So it’s been 5 days since I had my Elonva shot and I feel normal. No bloating but I do get headache that comes and goes, but nothing too bad. I have a little tiny bruise at the injection site on my tummy, nothing like the battle scars I had during my first cycle with daily jabs.  I hope it’s doing its job and my body is responding well and making lots of healthy eggs.  I don’t feel like I’m cycling at all really. Maybe after our first scan it’s going to feel more real.

I’ve been researching supplements to take during this IVF cycle. I read that people usually will start at least 3 months prior to their IVF cycle but some of the supplements I’m taking now, I’ve just started them this cycle. I guess it won’t hurt to try since I don’t have the luxury of time. So here’s the list:

• Fish Oil – Omega 3 (this one I’ve been on since forever)
• Folic Acid (since day 1 TTC; so that many years ago)
• Co Q10 (Starting this cycle)
• Multivitamin (Starting this cycle)

I hope the supplements helps with egg quality and we will get better embryos quality this time around. I hope everyone on the IVF/IUI/TTC train this cycle is getting positive results and a take home baby at the end of this journey. Babydust!!!​

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N

Back from Hari Raya break. Selamat Hari Raya my dear readers! I had a lot of fun this festive season.  Getting to spend time and have a visit with the in-laws, grandma, aunts and uncles and spend time away from work is always good fun. I might have eaten way too much though… sigh…

AF has decided to come early – a couple of days before we went for the break. My cycle is usually 32 days but this time it’s 26. Maybe it’s because AF arrived a little late last cycle since I didn’t want to stop Duphaston when I should because I didn’t want to get AF until after the first day of Ramadhan. I guess my body still follows my natural cycle which is fine with me. So we had a visit with dear Dr for our CD2 appointment on our travel day.  Everything looks fine and I was to continue taking Progynova 2mg once a day for the next 3 days and come see the Dr when I get back from the holidays.

That takes us to yesterday. We went to see the Dr to see if everything was going along… there was a tiny residual cyst but the Dr wasn’t concern about it. I was sent to get a blood test to make sure the cyst wasn’t producing Estrogen and it wasn’t so we are good to go. This IVF cycle like the last time, we are doing the short cycle. I’m on a different stim meds though; they put me on Elonva 150mcg. With Elonva instead of the daily injections I get one shot of Elonva which will last me a week. It is much easier since I will not need to administer the shots every day. I’m hoping my body responds well to the new meds. So far no side effects…  I wouldn’t know the outcome till my next appointment on Saturday. I’ve been trying to get information on this meds online but there is not much personal experience with the meds that I could find so there is not much reference on what to expect. I will write more about it once I’m further along in this process.

So I guess things are moving quickly this cycle. Wish us luck!​

Love​

N

We went to see the Dr for our Post FET consultation. The Dr told us he was surprise that the embryo didn’t take considering it was a good quality embryo and that my lining was good. But then again it is never straight forward … Perfect embryos + perfect lining doesn’t always equal pregnancy. So I told him I wanted to discuss our way forward; how do we proceed or do we proceed at all. The Dr told me that he has no doubt that we should go on trying. But he also told me that if this journey has been difficult on our marriage and our emotions then may be hubby and I should work onthat before deciding to move forward with our next round.  Hubby and I know we want to keep on trying and soon. I’m not getting any younger and the fact that the time taken between our first IVF and our FET took a whole year makes it feel like we’ve wasted a lot of time already.

I asked the Dr about my previous cycle were I managed to get  only 9 eggs which turned into 8 embryos but from that 8 only 4 managed to get to 6 to 8 cells at day 3; which to me is really sucky.  He advised me to get on Coenzyme Q10 and one multivitamin. He says there’s no proof that it helps with egg quality but it won’t hurt to try. Since we are starting our next cycle right away I don’t know how much a difference the supplements will be able to make in such a short time but I’ll try anything.

I was on CD24 during the appointment so Dr did a scan that shows that I’ve ovulated and he starts me on Progynova 2mg once a day for 5 days, then increased to twice a day until I get my AF and see him on my CD2 which I’m hoping will be sometime next week.

So it looks like we are moving on straight to our next IVF cycle. I’m excited and scared at the same time. I’m afraid I won’t be able to go through the daily injections; the egg retrieval… those two things about IVF scares me. I’ll power through inn sha Allah.

 

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N