Posted in the journey, tagged ashermans, fibroids, implantation, infertility, IUI, IVF, polyps, saline sonogram, tests, TTC on July 7, 2009|
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I went to my clinic’s IVF info session this evening. Was packed with lots of information but nothing really I didn’t know. I just want to get the show on the road at this point. Before I start with the IVF program, there are a few tests that are mandatory that I need to do. One is the saline sonogram of the uterus. They do this to rule out fibroids, polyps and Ashermans or any other abnormalities in the uterus that may affect implantation. Also I’m probably going to have to do some blood tests for diseases. There are some other hormone level testing that is required but I’m hoping that the ones I did for the IUIs will cover those. I spoke to the IVF pre-cycle coordinator today and she is going to call me to let me know what labs I still need to do.
Assuming I pass all of these tests, I’m wondering how soon they’ll let me start the program.
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Ugh. I am depressed.
I went in for the CD11 ultrasound today and found out that:
a) i have a 22mm follicle (but i’ve got only ONE follicle!)
b) i have a 5mm polyp in my uterus
WTF! I am so fucking pissed off. I’ve never had a problem ovulating so if all clomid is going to do is give me the same ONE egg and then on top of that give me a fucking polyp which I’ve never had before, this is bullshit! The Dr who did my ultrasound said that it probably wasn’t a big deal but she would send a message to my doctor about the polyp. PROBABLY not a big deal…but possibly maybe a big deal? From what I’ve read online, polyps are common but they can affect your fertility. 5mm is not terribly big in polyp standards but still…what wasn’t there before is now there and I blame the clomid! It doesn’t look like I’ll be able to do the IUI this month as I’m leaving for Mexico on Thursday so this will be a timed intercourse cycle. But with the same old single egg and a polyp, the chances of pregnancy have only decreased from a non-clomid cycle. Frustrated does not begin to describe what I’m feeling right now.
Update: read somewhere that 22mm follicle is a mature follicle and that clomid doesn’t necessarily produce MORE follicles but helps with producing bigger and BETTER follies. so fingers crossed that this single 22mm sucker is a superb follie.
Newer Update: The IUI coordinator called and said that I have two follicles that we are shooting to get mature. They are each at 13mm and 14mm right now so she wants to give them a few more days to “ripen” and then wants me to take the HCG shot tomorrow night. Apparently the larger 22mm follicle is considered to be too large and of no hope. I’m not sure why the u/s technician and the IUI coordinator are telling me different things but I like what the IUI coordinator is telling me better! Unfortunately the IUI needs to be scheduled for Thursday but we are leaving town then so it’s definitely going to be a timed intercourse cycle unfortunately.
Newest Update: My RE says that he thinks that I really did only have one mature follicle. Which is it motherfuckers! Stop telling me different things!
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(image as seen on medline plus)
do you like the visual?! so i got the ultrasound this morning. i drank a ton of water to fill up my bladder beforehand as told, and then couldn’t hold it and had to go and then drank more to try and fill it up again in time for my appointment but it wasn’t quite there. the technician commented on it. oops sorry, technician lady.
the ultrasound over the belly was nice. the technician pointed things out to me as she saw them and it was really educational. then she made me put my feet in the stirrups and said, “i’m going to insert a probe inside of you. it should feel something like a tampon”. she then grabbed the giant stick that she alluded to as a “tampon” and i was like WTF! that ain’t no tampon. it looked more like a…dildo. the internal ultrasound was actually more interesting though. she at one point asked me if i exercised a lot and i said yes (well, i used to). she said, “yes, i can tell because your veins are very prominent”. she said this was a good thing as this meant that i had good blood circulation in the area. one of the slightly awkward moments was when she told me that i had “gas”. it was true. i did. but i was embarrassed that we could actually see it moving around up in there. she also showed me the matured follicle in my right ovary. she said, you either have, or are going to ovulate from your right side this month”. that was kind of exciting because i just got a + OPK this morning and usually its just this stupid smiley face looking up at me, and this time i actually got to see the real thing.
all in all, i supposedly passed with flying colors. no polyps, no cysts, a smooth lining in the uterus. no obvious endometriosis that i thought i would have. i am thankful and now am thinking that exercise is a good thing. more blood circulation in the area is no doubt a major help.
i have one more blood test this month on CD21 to measure progesterone levels and then the hysterosalpingogram during my next cycle.
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