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IVF CD5- Grow, Follies, Grow & Estrogen Overload

I wasn’t too far from the house when I realized that I’d left both my badge and wallet at the house this morning.  That’s what I get for shifting my wallet to S.’s diaper bag instead of my own.  I couldn’t turn around.  I was right in the sweet spot of making sure I would make it to my appointment on time.

Timeliness is no small feat in our area.  It seems like no matter how early I leave, I’m always about 5 minutes to 30 minutes late because of the traffic.  It drives me crazy because I hate being late and make it a point to try and be at my appointments 15 minutes early.  But, if there is rain or any reason for traffic to act crazy,crazy it will be.  So, just turning around and trying again later was not an option.  I plugged on and made it right on time (Whoo hoo!)
So, after my blood draw, I went in for my transvaginal ultrasound. Almost immediately, my ultrasound technician smiled and spoke of how great my follicles were growing!  She counted several on my left side at 9.7, 9.8, and 9.5.  My right side decided to join in with 9.7, 11.2, and 12.7!  That’s awesome.  My ultrasound technician said that they (the office) would probably be seeing me more than what I’d planned that week.  Awesome news, right?!
Right and Left Follies!

I don’t know if it was the knowledge of things growing or mind over matter, but I’ve still been cramping all day and having these pretty sneaky on again/off again headaches.  I figured it was just the Menopur.  Then, I got the phone call.

Our nurse A. called me this afternoon and asked how I was feeling.  I told her a little crampy and a tiny headache, but nothing major at all.  She informed me that the doctor was reducing my Gonal F by 75 ius and adding Cetrocide to join the party starting tomorrow morning.  When I asked why we were reducing the amount of Gonal F, she informed me that my estrogen count was 724!  That’s much higher than they want it to be on stim CD4, so they need to calm some things down.
I also have to go to back to the office tomorrow for more blood work to make sure the levels come down.  It also looks like the RE’s office is going to be my new favorite visiting spot this week.
Here is today’s breakdown

Stims Day 4

  • Gonal F- 150 iu
  • Menopur- 75 iu
Stims Day 4 Side Effects/Symptoms

  • Slight headache that may or may not be related to the injectables (or estrogen)
  • Feeling pretty consistent cramping in my abdomen
  • Easily irritated today
  • Bloating/Weight Gain (1.4 pounds)
Stims Day 4 New Developments
  • Estrogen levels have increased to 724
  • Gonal F injections reduced by 75 iu
  • Addition of Cetrocide starting 4 Oct
Next Appointment
  • Blood work and Ultrasound-IVF CD6
See you then.

-K

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