Whether I am on my stimming meds (injections) for 10 or 12 days, I am already halfway done! Today was day 6, and I’ve already done my injection for the night. I had an appointment on Saturday for my first check up since starting my injections, the appointment involves doing an ultrasound of my uterus (to check the thickness of the lining), and my ovaries (to check the status of my follicles).
I was SO NERVOUS for the appointment, because I was so afraid that I didn’t have enough follicles (each follicle contains an egg), or that I was over stimulating. One of the biggest risks to being on these meds is OHSS, or ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome. This is a condition where the ovaries become enlarged, swollen, and painful. It can cause fluid retention leading to rapid weight gain, and shortness of breath. It is extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant, and it could put off an IVF cycle for a few months.
Fortunately, I had lots of follicles (between 20 and 25) and the doctor said I was responding to the meds “quite nicely.” They all measured between 4mm and 6mm, and the doctor told me he wanted me to go back to the office on Monday so they could keep a close watch. So today I went back in, and now my follicles are measuring between 6mm and 10mm. My doctor is very pleased and says I am right on track, and he’s keeping my dosages the same. Tomorrow I am starting ganorelix injections in the morning which will prevent ovulation from happening before the follicles are mature and ready. My next appointment is on Thursday where I will be monitored again.
So how am I feeling? I am feeling excited since everything is going according to plan. I have been having some hot flashes, but I haven’t been having many mood swings which is good. Bloating is starting to kick in, though, and that is only expected to get worse within the next 2 weeks.
it will all be worth it though, as long as it leads to a sweet little baby 🙂