Yep! You read that right. I never thought I’d be writing that lol. But this infertility journey has me doing all kinds of things. Usually cramps for me mean Aunt Flo is headed to town. Usually I do an internal pout and hope beyond hope that she isn’t. This time, I’m thrilled.
So, it may not have come as a surprise to you, but it certainly was to me to find out the first step in this IVF process was going on birth control. Fortunately we have an awesome nurse and a great RE and her staff to explain things for us. According to them and their site, I take birth control pills because it will decrease the chances of creating cysts that could interfere with the cycle start. It also allows our RE to control the timing of the cycle. That’s actually a good thing for me because I have been known to have a few cysts just hanging out around my ovaries from time to time. I don’t want anything to stop us from moving forward.
Oh! Another benefit is the medication is to put my follicles on one accord. Everybody will be on the same stage ready to be retrieved on a date our doctor and we choose. No overachievers here lol. I need everyone to cooperate.
I called my nurse today when I started cramping and told her I was a bit nervous that I would start early. I wanted to know what to do. She was great and calmed my fears. I would just call her when I started and come in for my CD3 blood work and ultrasound. (Ugh…anyone remember how much I dislike the trans-vaginal ultrasound when on my period). I wait for a call from her confirming the results are what they want to see and then I start the pills that evening.
Then, there is a HOST of other stuff to get taken care of, but I’m ready. I’m so very ready! Keep us in your prayers everyone.
Have a great day!