Sunday, April 10, 2016

IVF Baseline Appointment

This morning, bright and early, we had our baseline appointment for our IVF cycle! What this means is I went into the office for both a blood draw and an ultrasound, to make sure everything looked good for us to start our cycle.

I decided to do bloodwork first, since I get a little nervous about that. About 6 months ago, I had some trouble having blood taken and the blood literally would just not flow out of the veins! They tried both arms, about 7 different times, and two separate people tried. No matter what, they couldn't get a drop. That had never, ever happened to me before, and now I always have that experience in the back of my mind anytime I've had blood drawn. But ever since that day, I've had zero issues. Today was no exception, thankfully! My lab slip wasn't in the computer yet, since AF had decided to show on Saturday and I had to show up without an appointment, so it took a little longer than usual to get my blood drawn.

Next, I headed upstairs to sign in for my ultrasound! Thankfully, there was only one person in front of me. I had to wait for only a few minutes before being called back. They took my height and weight, and then I got undressed for the ultrasound. Having an ultrasound during AF isn't the most fun thing in the world, but they have you sit on a sheet and keep you covered up. They even dim the lights to make you more comfortable! The ultrasound was really quick. My lining was thinning nicely and my ovaries looked quiet.

After the ultrasound, I met with one of the IVF nurses to go over everything and get our next steps. We were cleared to start my meds tonight! And my egg retrieval is tentatively set for April 19th, but that may change depending on my response to the medications. I'm having a little bit of extra monitoring during our cycle (bloodwork sooner than normal) because I'm on a higher dose of Gonal F and they want to ensure I don't over respond. We asked a few questions, such as how many patients end up using the Lupron trigger vs the HCG trigger, and we were told a lot. Apparently, my fertility center was one of the first in the country to regularly start using Lupron as a trigger and they are very good at using it effectively. Set my mind at ease!

The only thing that made me worry slightly was my antal follicle count. The person who did the ultrasound barely looked, and simply wrote down >5 for left ovary and >5 for right ovary. So I really have no idea how many follicles were actually there. When we met with the IVF nurse afterwards, said that the person who performed the ultrasound probably just didn't want to look for all of the follicles. I really wish she had though :\ I have found that when I go in on the weekends, appointments are more rushed, because once they are done with patients, they get to leave for the day. Keeping my fingers crossed that the rest of my ultrasounds fall on weekdays so I get a little more information! I was just so glad that the nurse didn't rush through our appointment at all, and really assured me that if there was anything concerning, they would tell me immediately.

Our next steps is to do my first injection tonight! Really excited to move forward!

Poke Count:
Arms: 1    Belly:1    Ultrasounds: 1

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