My period started last night. Yay!
This morning I got my blood work done, and called the IVF nurse. She gave me the low-down on what the next 6ish weeks are going to look like. Meanwhile, my husband went to the RE to hand in a sample to be frozen as back-up. Brrr.
So here it is…
July 21st- start birth control for 21 days, until August 10th (Apri/Desogen) & take daily baby aspirin
July 26th- mock egg retrieval ultrasound with RE & teach session with IVF nurse on medication and IVF schedule details
August 6th- start Lupron injections
August 14th- blood work and U/S with RE
August 17th- (I wrote this date down and forgot to write the reason. Ha! Maybe Follistim? I’ll know more next week)
August 27th or the week of- EGG RETRIEVAL!
Ok. I’m very excited that this is all happening so soon. But it wouldn’t be a phone call with the RE if there wasn’t something that sounded like bad news to me. Last week at our consult, I had some initial blood work done, and they tested my AMH level (Anti-Mullerian Hormone). I’m no expert, but I know it tests a hormone that’s released in the ovaries that determines ovarian reserve/how well your body will respond to the drugs. So I asked her if my levels came back normal. She said above 2 is ideal, and I was at 1.13. Then she said anything below 1 is usually “bad”. Huh… 1.13 sounds pretty close to 1 or below to me. Then she said it just gives the RE an idea of how to adjust the doses of meds, etc. But all I’m thinking is ARE MY EGGS BAD? SERIOUSLY?
So I googled it (of course) to see what the normal ranges are. From what I saw earlier today, it said 20 was normal for my age. Holy shit! Two or below was extremely low on this particular chart. And I’m at 1.13? So I freaked out…. Until I just discovered that there are 2 different scales of measurement. If they test in ng/mL, I’d be in the range of normal. I’m going to just shut up until I talk to my RE. As per usual, my husband told me not to jump to any conclusions unless I heard it from the doctor, and he was right. Google, you’re gonna be the death of me.
Since I don’t have all the details of the cycle yet, I’m not really sure if this is my last period before we start the heavy duty stuff. But if it is, sweet!
Maybe this will be the last one for the next 9 months or so? 😉