Three days till I start down regulation! In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been given my start date, been into the clinic for Teach and bloods etc. and had our drugs delivered and they’re all in the fridge chilling out. We’re all set!
They’ve made some changes to my protocol. Last time I was on 0.25 Buserelin for 2 weeks – that’s completely stayed the same. But they’ve changed the Gonal F (last time I started on 300 and they upped this to 375) to Menopur (450). They’ve also upped the trigger shot – giving me two packets of the stuff rather than the one packet of Pregnyl I had last time.
Last time I got 8 eggs from 8 follicles but 5 were immature. I am going in to see the doctor on Friday so I am going to ask questions about my protocol – I don’t want to change it – I trust what they are doing – but more ask why they’ve changed certain things and their reasons why for my own peace of mind. I also want to know if they’ll do anything differently this time if I get a positive pregnancy test…(e.g. aspirin, steroids, more scans – yes I am being slightly neurotic) I’ve read stuff about Menopur being good for people with low egg reserves/with immature eggs upon collection but on the other hand, I’ve also read stuff about high doses of Menopur creating more eggs but of a lower quality. I’m not going to get fixated on all the things I’ve read though – and just going to try to trust the process and that the doctors have actually done this before…
Other things I’ve been doing are eating really, really well. I’ve cut out all processed food etc. and been following a Paleo diet. And I’ve been exercising like a crazy beast. I feel really good for the dietary changes and determined to keep it up during this cycle and not turn to my old friend ‘Cake’ when the hormones strike. I want to keep the exercise up as much as I can too. Last time I stopped running 3 days before Buserelin started and I felt ‘yuk’ and the weight piled on during that cycle. But I’ve been doing a lot of strength/interval/circuit type training with a trainer since mid September and not that much running since my 10k. I think some of what I’ve been doing may be unsuitable once I start stimming, just because last time I was so very uncomfortable once my ovaries started blowing up. But my trainer knows this is happening and will modify my training plan accordingly. We shall just see how long I can exercise before the ovaries start to get in the way of it all…What have other IVFers done about exercise during a cycle? Have you stopped completely, kept on as usual or modifed it in some way? I know not to run during stims and for a while after due to the risk of ovarian torsion but not sure about other forms of exercise – have read various opinions.
Have started on the water increase this week too – I’d forgotten how hard that was and how many toilet trips that involves until my body gets used to 3 litres a day. But now replacing my decaf coffees (which also can’t be a bad thing) with water, having hot water and lemon first thing and using my ‘IVF jug!’ during the day that holds a litre and a half (twice) with some yummy lemon added and just chugging it down. I remember really wanting to drink water last time the Buserelin started and it not really being too much of a problem really.
Our First Wedding Anniversary falls during this cycle and although we may do something at the time, we decided to sort of celebrate early and have a ‘last naughty meal out before IVF’ with vino this weekend. We had such a lovely time. We went to Bem Brasil and ate so much meat it was unreal (sorry veggies…). Then we had desserts (I’m not entirely sure where I found room for dessert – but I ate every mouthful). And wine. It was a lovely, fabulous night and I’m glad we marked the start of our cycle in this way by having a fun time together. It’s been a while since we’ve been on a proper date!
We didn’t take any photos of the main course, as we were just that busy eating and chatting etc. But these were our yummy desserts…Hubby had cheesecake and I had chocolate fudge cake with icecream. Yum.
And how I’m feeling about this next cycle? I don’t really know to be honest. I’m just getting on with it. I promised myself I wouldn’t get excited, but I am actually ever so slightly giddy with the possibility this cycle could make our baby. I’m also shockingly terrified of what could happen (negative cycle, another miscarriage). But I’m just talking it out, taking one day at a time and just getting on with it. We shall see how that approach works once the hormones are involved…
Have a nice day x x