Sunday, June 19, 2011

Blind Sided

I went into the RE today as a follow up from my ultrasound on Thursday. Previously, I had 3 follicles at 13 and a bunch of little ones. They reduced my dose of Bravelle and I took my last shot yesterday. 
Today I went in and had 15 mature follicles and a ton of small follicles. My ovaries are the size of grapefruits (which explains my intense discomfort). They took blood work and told me my options are canceling, doing a follicular reduction under anesthesia and then IUI, or converting to IVF. I've done two Clomid cycles, one IUI, and had to cancel my IUI last month due to no follicular growth.
I was speechless, I broke down and cried. I was not expecting this. They had told me on Thursday everything was looking perfect and now this. Money is definitely playing a role, as well as my health (I have POTS Syndrome and this is taking a toll on me).
After thinking about this for a while longer I'm still blind sided, but this is much more positive than not being able to create follicles. I went back in to the doctor an hour after so that they could give me a shot to stop me from ovulating tonight. I'll go back to the doctor tomorrow so he can look at my ultrasounds and let me know the costs for IVF. They said that with the amount of eggs that follicle reduction probably won't be possible. With IVF it will be better than doing it from the beginning because we've already gotten to the mature follicle phase, so it won't be AS expensive. But still not cheap at all.
We are scared but going into this open-minded. This was definitely an unexpected Father's Day surprise on a day that we are hoping to make my husband a father. I'll update tomorrow with what we decide. If anyone has experience with IVF I'd love to talk to you.


  1. Good luck with whichever path you choose!

  2. Good luck good luck good luck!! I wish I had some helpful advice to give you! Can't wait to hear what you decide to do. Thinking about you!