Well I was hesitating sharing my experience again since I never posted about my 2nd IVF cycle. But decided to blog about it since this has become my personal journal. Let me take you back to my second IVF which was back in November of 2014, where all I did was take progesterone and hormones just to get my uterus ready for the 2 frozen embryos I had left (boy & girl). During that time things were not going great at work and I was stressing a lot. Sadly the embryos did not take and I was heartbroken once again. So after many talks with my husband we decided that things at work were not going to get better and if we wanted to truly give IVF a real chance again, then i would need to quit my job. So i did the unthinkable and quit my job. I stressed about it for 1 month but after seeing that I din't even get pregnant, to hear those terrible words, "Sorry, you're not pregnant" was all that i needed to hear to convince myself that i definitely needed to quit.
I took a few months off trying to make a baby to kind of get myself back on track again. With 2 failed IVF's, quitting my job due to the stress, I felt a little overwhelmed. Then in March of 2015 I decided to move forward. Talked with my specialist and my OBGYN & had a hysteroscopy and A&D per their advice just to make sure that my uterus was ok and that I didn't have anything bad going on down there that would keep me from getting pregnant. Everything looked good, I had 2 cysts but both were benign and I was scraped clean and ready to begin IVF for the 3rd time. On May 16th I began BCP again and after 3 weeks of taking them they found i had a cyst on my right ovary so my IVF was put on hold. I took BCP for 3 weeks and felt crummy and all for nothing. Yes I was annoyed and frustrated because I wanted to start right away with my shots but I needed to listen to my doctor and hope that the cyst goes away on its own. I was to contact them back as soon as I got my period again.
7/8/15 I finally got my period and contacted my doctor's office to schedule an ultrasound and make sure that the cyst went away. 7/10/15 had my ultrasound and the cyst was still there. My doctor said that I have an Endomitrioma Cyst and it will not go away on its own. So she suggested we start IVF - skipping BCP and going straight for the shots and that she would just monitor the cyst. The only way to get rid of it would be by a laparoscopy but i can't do that because of my kidney being behind my belly button or open surgery. She confirmed that the cyst was on the back side of my right ovary and that it would not or should not interfere with my IVF process. On that note she also suggested I take growth hormone for this cycle since I still had the cyst. So I began taking the 3 shots nightly as you can see from the picture above. Gonal 225, Menopur 75 and Omnitrope 25cc.
And here you see my blotchy looking belly after being given the shots. It's never fun to get the shots and I'm almost positive that it's not fun giving them either - Poor Robert!
First week of taking the shots I began to feel cramping right away but not as bad as my first IVF. I guess each time it will be different.
The growth hormone's side effects were swelling or swollen legs/feet and joint pain. Guess what? I immediately began to swell up. My legs were hurting bad and were restless. My ankles were nice and swollen too, or like Robert likes to call them now, "My Kankles". It's been an interesting week. I have been limping around the house all week. I feel like an old person, limping around and my ankles are swollen and my knee joints were hurting. I do have to say that this time around the side effects have been different. I have not had really bad cramping and nausea which is great, my biggest complaint has been the swelling only. Everything seems tolerable this time around.
7/15/15 I went to my second Ultrasound appointment to see how my follicles were doing. I had 4 on my right ovary and 2 on my left measuring between 10-12 mm. The number of follicles were definitely a lot different then last year. I guess as i get older the less follicles i make.
7/17/15 went to my 3rd Ultrasound and things are looking better. The cyst is still the same which is good and I had a total of 15 follicles (11) on my right ovary and only (4) on my left ovary. But we are currently watching the big follicles which are at 10-13mm. There are 5 on my right ovary and 2 on my left ovary which we need to try to get to at least 15mm so that i can do my trigger shot.
I am now to add a 4th shot to my nightly routine. Cetrocide which will stop my ovulation. It's a pain to have to get 4 shots a night. I got a little emotional when Robert gave me 4 shots. I think it's more emotion then pain. You put your body through so much and you say to yourself, "why me, why us?" Sometimes it just seems so unfair. But Robert quickly makes me snap out of it. The prepping of the shots takes a while too. All this IVF stuff is very complicated. Side effects I'm getting now is breast tenderness and I still have the swelling of the ankles. I am to go back on Monday for another ultrasound at the West LA office this time since my doctor will be at a conference. That day i will be told whether I retrieve my eggs on Wednesday or Thursday. I am hoping for Thursday because that's when my doctor is back from her conference. I am extremely nervous about the egg retrieval. Just to know you're being put under and hoping that they can get the most amount of follicles is really nerve wrecking.
I leave you with...
"The pain that I've been feeling can't compare to the joy that's coming. "
Hi, I am Hereta (pronounced Eretha) and I am your typical dog loving - candle maker. Since dogs don't have a voice, I believe it's our job to speak on their behalf. "Don't shop or buy while the homeless die."