Round 6: Cycle Cancelled
Wahhh Wahhhhhhh. Let me just start off by saying that this was the best cancelled cycle we’ve had. Confusing? Well… this was our first cycle with my new doctor and I REALLY like him. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he’s A-OK with me running, which I’ll get back to. He is much more attentive and INVOLVED. I literally see him EVERY appointment. HE does my ultra sounds and checks my follicles. I think I mentioned in my last infertility post that at my old practice I only saw the doctor when I was willing to pay an $80 consultation fee. Everything else had to go through a nurse.
We are self pay, meaning our insurance doesn’t cover a dime of infertility and needless to say, it isn’t cheap. My new guy is willing to work with us and always keeps that in mind… not so much before. The whole experience is much more individualized and he knows who I am… I’m not just a number or folder. For instance running… he know’s that I enjoy it and that it’s my stress reliever. He also knows (bc he’s a doctor and actually looks at my records/test results) that running won’t affect my situation.
Moving on to what happened this round… round 6. The plan was to go low and slow to avoid any hyperstimulation. Hyperstimulation is when the meds end up helping me grow TOO many follicles. The hope is that each mature follicle has an egg, so having 1, 2 or even 3 mature follicles gives you a good chance to have a baby (or 2!), but having 4, 5, 6 or more is a recipe for higher order multiples- ummm NO.
Back to the plan. The idea was that by using a lower dosage, we would have to chance to catch any crazy growth before it got out of hand. I was on 75IU of Gonal F one night and then 75IU Gonal F + 75IU Menupor the next, going back and forth. I did this for 10 days and only had 9.1mm and 9.8mm follicles. We continued that protocol and 4 days later I had a 16, 15, 15, 14, 14, 14, 13, 13, 12. That’s 9 “larger” follicles. We decided to stop the meds for two days and see what would happen. They definitely shrunk, which was good, but now we had to get them to start growing again. I did half doses for 2 nights and they grew a bit so we did two more nights of half doses, but my estrogen hadn’t risen, meaning they weren’t growing how we needed them to so he cancelled it.
While it TOTALLY SUCKS and yes, I cried, this has been the best cycle yet. I was a totally different person during the injection phase, much happier and more knowledgeable. Being able to run and talk to the actual doctor kept me from stressing and kept me sane. It’s definitely taking a financial toll, but I whole heartedly believe that it will be worth it for Kara to have a sibling.
She is my world! So the plan is to wait until I get my period (about 2 weeks) and then start another cycle. I’d be lying if I didn’t say this was still an emotional roller coaster… I called my mom crying on the way into work today, but overall I feel like I’m staying strong and positive <3
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