After all the excitement, stress, and relief of finding out how many eggs were fertilized we were now waiting for the next pivotal step…knowing the # of frozen embryos.
Since the change in plans with the embryo transfer, we were hopeful that there would be a sufficient # of embryos for freezing. Because the embryos need to meet a certain criteria before freezing, they are given a few days to grow before they are rated, measured, and frozen.
So, as a little reminder, there were 10/12 eggs fertilized. Five days later I was notified by phone that 6 of the 10 eggs were frozen. (More on that # in a later post.) I felt blessed and relieved because I knew 6 was more than sufficient. You may be wondering if I had to pay $1,500 for freezing, after all, we agreed to freeze any remaining embryos. Nope! We didn’t have to pay for the freezing, yet. If our IVF cycle went smoothly or as planned, we would be paying for the freezing immediately after the embryo transfer. Since our embryo transfer was postponed, we did not have to pay for the freezing. Once we do the transfer we will pay $1,500 to have the remaining embryos frozen.
I’m not sure how many embryos will be transfered, nor do I know how many of the embryos will survive thawing. Only time will tell.
Well, I received a calendar specific to the embryo transfer (ET). I was surprised to find out that the ET was scheduled for July 25th. I assumed that I would be doing the ET on the next cycle. I was disappointed that I had to wait 2 months but after I thought about it and looked at all the medicines I still had, I knew it would take more than one cycle.
I was instructed to call on Day 1 and see the doctor on Day 3. He wanted to see how the lining of my uterus looked. So, of course, when I go in for my appointment, the lining looked great. Lol. And as usual, I had blood drawn. The doctor also put me back on the birth control (active pills only) to maintain the lining of my uterus.
Two days later, I was informed (by an IVF coordinator) that my thyroid was low and I needed to take a blood test. I, in turn, informed my PCP and did a blood test that same day. The results revealed that my thyroid was in fact low…meaning I needed to increase my dosage. How frustrating. I knew it was related to the medications and changes my body experienced because of it. The main reason for the frustration is that it usually postpones everything. The thyroid is a priority but it can be frustrating when progress depends on it. If you have to take thyroid medicine, you’ll know what I mean. And, if you change dosages you pretty much lose a month. The thyroid medicine takes 4 weeks to know whether it’s the right dosage or not. If not, it needs to be adjusted and then another 4 weeks. I hope that makes sense.
Since my ET was scheduled for July 25th, I had time to take care of my thyroid. It was good and I was able to get my thyroid within the normal range. 🙂 In the meantime, I was still taking the active birth control pills. During this time, emotions are quite calm and relaxed because there’s a lot of wait time.
A month before my scheduled ET, I followed my calendar and went in for an appointment. I was surprised to find out, upon arrival that I was not on the schedule. It was definitely a miscommunication. Apparently they were awaiting the results of my thyroid test, which I received but had not given to them. So, that day, I called my PCP and asked that the results be faxed to the fertility specialist. My PCP’s nurse called me requesting that I sign a consent. I was like, seriously? I drove to the clinic, signed the consent, and it was faxed. As soon as my IVF coordinator received my tests results, she called me. She emailed me a new calendar (2nd) and scheduled my next appointment…exactly a week later. My IVF coordinator informed me that the doctor would be doing a scan and SIS – test.
Blood is drawn each appointment and you squeeze the stress ball. At one of my appointments, the lady who drew my blood asked if I wanted to take a stress ball home. I reluctantly agreed. It’s quite funny, I think. Here is a picture of the stress balls. I hope you get a great laugh, like I did! 🙂
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