Grab 'n Stab: Day 11

I was reading on a few forums recently how the stimming portion of IVF is different for every woman. I was always told it would be 12 days, which could either be adjusted higher or lower depending on my response to the medication. As of Friday's blood draw, I heard nothing - so we're full steam ahead. Tomorrow is day 12, the day of the final scan/big ultrasound, and I am wondering if it might well be the very last day of Puregon?

Starting Friday night, I began feeling pretty awful. Same thing happened last night. My stomach gets swollen, my arm was throbbing from the crazy blood draws, I felt so much pressure and.. just off. I notice my ovaries a lot, which is something I'm not used to - they're usually pretty useless during my cycles, let's face it. The time when I really notice that I'm 'full' is when I sit down to pee. It's like gravity pushes everything down and I can almost feel them just hanging out in all their glory. It's not pain, so much as it's discomfort.

I take my Puregon shots in the morning, so I've decided that's why I feel so rubbish by late afternoon/evening - the shot has been doing its stuff all day, and I really feel the effects a good few hours later. I'm so lucky we've been in school holidays for the majority of these injections. I really hope I can get through the first few weeks of school going back, starting tomorrow.

I'm still completely in the dark about how many follicles I've managed to grow for this IVF cycle. The only information I've managed to get were those initial E2 and progesterone levels, and I don't even have Friday's results to compare them too and see a difference. I'm so scared that I'll have a really low number of follicles/eggs - I just really, really want to get 10+. If I can hit that magic number, I think I'll be okay. Less than that and I can guarantee you there'll be tears.

Anyone want to place bets on how many follies they'll see at tomorrow's scan? Leave them in the comments!

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Unknown said...

I'm not putting a number on it! I'm just hoping that you have enough to make a teeny tiny Jaguar!

sass @ (In)fertility Unexplained said...

Thanks for your comment! I hope you're almost done with the stims and can trigger soon. Best of luck with your cycle!

I'll guess 19 eggs. (Most of the woman with PCOS I've followed have had a lot of eggs on retrieval day.) Of course, all you need is one, right :)

Mrs Green Grass said...

It's kind of nice having the info that I have, but it also kind of sucks, because it's all I think about.

You too, will have tons of info tomorrow...yay! And probably a retrieval really soon.

If your E2 is fine and you're feeling full. I think it sounds like every is going great!

(Let me know when you get your socks! I officially sent them on Thursday.)

Anonymous said...

Hm...I'll say 20! I honestly don't know much about it (I'm learning the basics from your blog!) but I have a really good feeling you're going to do great. :)

- "Mittenstrins" Molly

DandelionBreeze said...

Hoping for your 10+... thinking of you for your scan and FXd for you and your lovely ovaries xoxo

CBrain said...

Term 2, 2012 is going to be a great term. I can feel it in my bones...or should I say uterus?

Danielletoendure said...

Hello fellow ICWLer! I'm hoping for a great scan for you tomorrow!!! 10+ sounds very possible with the way your ovaries have been feeling!! Look forward to hearing how your scan went! Take care.

Unknown said...

I just found your blog! As I embark on my first IVF this summer, I'll be following your journey closely and routing for you BFP. My guess is 12 beautiful follies that produce wonderful, sticky embryos. Good luck today!

Shelley said...

Hi Aly, I'm here from ICLW. Hoping you get a ton of pretty follies tomorrow! I'll be following along with your journey now and wishing you the best! -Shelley, Tales from the Waiting Room

CandyGirl said...

Over from ICLW...

I definitely need to go read more of your blog! I think I knew on some level that everyone responds differently to the stims, but I'm still very worried going into our first IVF in the next month, so it's great there are blogs like yours that detail the details.

I'm hoping you get at least 15 follicles out of this, and that they're all great quality. I'll be rooting for you!

Non Sequitur Chica said...

Yikes those drugs sound painful!

I don't want to guess a number but I am sending LOTS AND LOTS OF FOLLICLES/EGGS thoughts your way!

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