We are starting IVF

Well it has taken over 4 years, but we are finally starting the IVF process. Last Tuesday morning I had the blood tests. They called me Tuesday afternoon and said that if I could get there to pick up my meds then I could start that same night. So I have been having injections ever since, I am on Gonal F 225 per day.

I was really worried about the injections basically because I do not enjoy needles, but thanks to a tip I picked up from My Brain’s Escape I have iced the area each night and have pretty much not felt the needles at all which is awesome.

The second blood test was on Friday and they said my levels all looked good and asked me to go in for an ultrasound and blood tests this morning. So I pack myself off before 7am this morning and get my ultrasound, apparently my specialists office did not make an appointment for me, but luckily they could fit me in. There was another lady from my doctors there and she hadn’t booked her in either. We got to talking and she mentioned that this is her 3rd attempt at IVF, I felt awful for her and wished her good luck. Then prayed that we would not have to do so many attempts.

I know that previously when we have been trying other things I have tried not to get my hopes up too high, but let’s face it, IVF was our hail Mary pass so I am hoping away 🙂

I’ll have to wait I think to get final numbers from the nurses this afternoon, from memory my lining was 5-7mm (on day 7 of cycle), I had 10 follicles producing on the right ovary largest of which was 16, there were a couple of 13’s and some 11’s, 10’s and a 9, I had 11 follicles producing on the left ovary, again the biggest was 16 and there were some 14’s and 13’s as well as some 11’s and 10’s. I guess it is early days, but are those numbers good? From memory of what I have read of others posts I think they are okay numbers. The tech wasn’t overly talky so I am kind of in the dark.

Fingers crossed everything is looking awesome. So nervous man I feel like I am going for a job interview every time I go in.

I think I am getting some weird side effects from this stuff too; I pretty much always have a low grade headache which has shortened my patience. T thinks it’s funny because he thinks my swearing is hilarious, if I swear when I get really frustrated some really random stuff comes out. His favourites so far include; ‘monkey ball hair’, ‘koala’s armpit’ and ‘vagina cakes’… I don’t know where this stuff comes from.

I also feel like I am coming down with something, but I have felt this way since the 3 day of needles, I am so very tired most of the time, sometimes nauseous, but mostly ravenous, I also get hold and cold flushes.

Would love to hear any advice on whether those are good numbers and also what (if any) side effects you got.



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24 responses to “We are starting IVF

  • beanie

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you! I don’t have experience with IVF, but I would assume that it sounds like you have a pretty good starting number to work with!

    AHHH I am so hopeful for you, babe!

    Also, those are weird swears. I have to admit that I’ve randomly cussed out “monkey balls” and “donkey dick” lol. Maybe even a “moose cock” lol. It’s weird to confess that.

    Sending you soooooooo much good juju your way ❤

    • DitchTheBun

      Thank you! Scared, but excited!
      Hahaha it’s good to know I am not the only one with random swears. I think it started because when I moved back to the city from very remote country I realised I swore too much (around too many boys where every second word was a swear) and tried to stop it LOL.
      Thank you so much. I will take all the awesome juju I can 🙂

  • My Perfect Breakdown

    I am so excited and hopeful for you!!! I also have no experience with IVF, but the numbers sound really good to me from what I’ve learned from other bloggers. Wishing you the absolute best! ☺

    • DitchTheBun

      Thank you!
      Thinking back to others numbers I do think these were decent numbers. Now that I need that kinda info wouldn’t you know it no one is blogging about follicles anymore hahaha 🙂
      Thanks so much for your kind wishes.

  • Caroline

    Good luck!!! Yes those numbers sound great to me! I know what you mean about IVF being the Hail Mary. Just try and relax and take it one day at a time. You will do great! Prayers your way💕💕

    • DitchTheBun

      Thank you so much!
      Thanks for the confirmation on the numbers, the tech really gave me nothing and when I spoke to the nurse she just said they were happy with my progress. So. Much. Vagueness. hahaha.
      Relaxing is certainly hard, but I am trying to be less anxious about the whole thing.

  • EmilyMaine

    Those numbers sound perfectly normal for where you are at in your cycle. I got super fatigued and irritable on stims so that all sounds normal to me too. I hope you get a nice smooth cycle with lots of juicy good quality eggs to fertilise xxx

    • DitchTheBun

      Yay! Thanks! It’s good to know.
      Oh thank god. I mean I am sorry you had to go through that, but it is nice to know that it is normal. I just have no get up and go and am looking to go to bed by 10 each night.
      Thanks for your awesome wishes. I am praying for juicy eggs also hahaha. xxx

  • cindysn

    Good luck!!!

  • sbach1222

    I don’t have any experience on the numbers. But those sound like some really great ones from some things I have read! Good luck! You are off to a great start!

  • Am I Thirty?

    Good luck! I’m excited for you. I really hope everything works out. You deserve it. ❤

  • Amy M.

    I couldn’t comment on this earlier when I read it, but…hooray! Glad I could help with the stims! Your numbers look great. Stims can make you feel all kinds of madness, so don’t worry about that, it’s all normal. If you have any questions at all just let me know, you know how to get in touch with me!!

    • DitchTheBun

      I was so very thankful for the ice tip. I have felt none of the injections up until last night when I had to add the orgalutran injection. Felt nothing when it happened, but there was after burn for about an hour. Weird drug that!

      • Amy M.

        I have no idea what that one is, but I’ll take your word for it!! Sometimes my Lovenox injections burn for a little bit after I do them…I don’t ice those though lol!

  • amybee1000

    Good luck! Tons and tons of good luck 🙂 And please keep sharing the swears: just hilarious 😉 xx

  • dubliner in deutschland

    Those numbers sound great! Lots of eggs growing hopefully. I mainly felt tired, bloated and yeah sort of run down sometimes, like I might be coming down with something. And a little more emotional/hormonal! Best of luck!

  • tinakmeyer

    Gosh, be excited in every second. If the cycle isn’t successful it hurts just as much whether you were excited or not. I’m so excited for you … It’s an amazing journey. 😘

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