July 20, 2009

How about a football team? ...IVF # 1 B/W & U/S Update

OMG… how about a football team? I had my 4th b/w and u/s today (July 20, 2009 – after 7 days if stims)… and I lost track of the follicles… but there were at least 15 follicles on each side measuring between 11 to 16 mm (Thanks to PCOS!). By the end of the whole thing, I realized that my eyes had slightly teared up (looking at all the possibilities, my eyes just decided to start watering). Jokes apart… I am praying hard that at least some of these 30+ follicles are mature and have good quality eggs (I guess in this game quality matters over quantity). I asked the RE as to what my chances were for getting cancelled off with this big team of follicles. She said we would have to watch out for OHSS for sure, but the whole cycle would not be cancelled out. She mentioned that if I do end up with a severe OHSS at the most we wouldn’t transfer (we would retrieve, ICSI, freeze and then do FET). That’s a relief!
During the scan we noticed that my right ovary had decided to move somewhat to the left… it’s much larger than the left ovary as usual. Overall I am doing alright so far. I am pretty bloated, constipated and tired as mentioned before, but mentally I seem to be stable! :) I can feel the pressure in my ovaries and I am having trouble pee’ing (i.e.: my ovaries hurt as my bladder empties – sorry if it’s TMI).
I am still waiting for the E2 and next appointment information… Here is the summary so far:
  • Follicle count: 30+ (both ovaries combined) measuring between 11 to 16 mm
  • E2: 2619
  • Follistim: 75 IU
  • Lupron: 10 units
  • Uterus Lining: 11mm (Type 3)
  • Next Appointment: Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Here is an update for 3rd b/w and u/s (July 18, 2009 - after 5 days of stims)...

  • Follicle count: 8 between 11 to 13 mm (several between 5 to 10 mm)
  • E2: 900
  • Follistim: Reduced to 150 IU (from 225 IU)
  • Lupron: 10 units
  • Uterus lining: Type 3, 8 mm
  • Next (4th) b/w and u/s: Monday, July 20, 2009

The RE decided to reduce the Follistim and thinks that the ER should happen around end of the week. I feel bloated, constipated and tired, but otherwise (generally) okay and very hopeful!


I had my 2nd b/w and u/s today (July 16, 2009 - after 3 days of stim).

  • Follicle count: 20-30 follicles in each ovary... all less than 10 mm
  • E2: 500
  • Follistim: Reduced to 225 IU (from 300 IU)
  • Lupron: 10 units (stays same)
  • Uterus lining: Type 2, 5 mm
  • Next (3rd) b/w & u/s: Saturday, July 18, 2009

I foresee my ovaries become the size of a football. From the looks of it, it doesn't appear like I will be under stimulated. I just hope that I don't have to be cancelled for OHSS or a very high E2. I feel like I am getting in to a nesting phase where I am organizing and prep'ing for next week... when I will be super bloated and lazy, and resting after the ER/ET. Have not had any breakdowns as yet (again)... hopefully that continues.... Have a "1st" birthday party to attend this weekend. But we are very close to the Mom and Dad of the kiddo and I don't feel the IF syndrome right now... also this is the first child in this group of friends that we hang out with it. So as long as none of the other couples declare that they are PG, I should be okay! :P


  1. Go-go-gadget follicles! I only had 7 today, but the woman recovering next to me (per my eavesdropping) only had 1. Needless to say, I am grateful for my 7 and hope that the quality vs. quantity theory holds up. BTW, the procedure was no big deal. I was ready for a full on panic attack this morning but it turned out just peachy, minimal discomfort, feeling fine. Something for you to look forward to!

  2. Holy Moly! It sound like things are going great! I hope OHSS stays far, far away- it is NO FUN. Thanks for your comment too!

  3. Wow, sounds like things are moving right along. I hope we both have good counts tomorrow!

  4. Oh my gosh - that is awesome! Thanks for the comment on my post.. very very sweet :)