Discovering Me

Me on having babies, losing babies, trying to have babies and hoping to bring this one home.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Saw Dr. BM again today. Went over the IVF cycle and the associated details. What happened, what went right, what went wrong...why. And, what's next.

So, I guess the ectopic thing happens 1% of the time. I thought if it happened once, your risk was much higher of having another. Not as bad as I thought. Our risk is about 15%. Not bad. Better than 50%. I guess to stim the ovaries into producing so many eggs, they overload you with estrogen. In some people that means an irritable uterus. It can cause the embryo to get up into the Fallopian tubes and then not get back out. The risk of an ectopic in a frozen transfer is much, much less because you're not dealing with such high levels of estrogen. In fact, the rate of pregnancy for our clinic is higher (and the rate of miscarriage is lower) with FET than it is with a fresh cycle. AND, they've never (knock on wood) had an ectopic with a FET cycle. They think because the body is so full of other crap, that it sometimes just can't deal with a pregnancy on top of it.

That's the way I understood it all anyway.

I finally asked about the endo he found when the tumah was removed. He said it was pretty severe. All over my uterus, tubes and ovaries. It's also started to get onto my intestines. That right there made me feel like less of a freak. I don't have a ton of trouble with periods, but let me just tell you about trying to get your intestines moving when they are all adhesed to other parts. Not cool. At least that is not explained.

We decided to do the FET right away. Approximate transfer date is February 7. We've started calling our last little embryo "Ali". He's our little fighter (thanks Kenna!). I'm very hopeful that he'll fight his way through and be with us in September.


  • At 2:51 PM , Blogger kati said...


    I wish you a super happy ending for the upcoming FET cycle!
    I have my baseline ultrasound for my first IVF cycle tomorrow. Still can't quite believe it.

    Sorry about the endometriosis. Never fun.

  • At 9:06 AM , Blogger KB said...

    You're not gonna be thanking me when he's 18 and I'm still calling him Ali, are you? ;) That is REALLY INTERESTING about the body only being able to take so much. Makes a lot of sense.

    Sending you all the positive vibes and baby dust I've got!!!

  • At 9:57 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

    Those sound like logically "good" explanations for what happened during your IFV. Its good to at least have some medical undderstanding for peace of mind.

    And thats great that the FET can happen so soon! I'm not totally up on protocols for FET so i didn't realize there was so much less lead up time compared to IVF. I'm already wishing you the best!

  • At 10:41 AM , Anonymous Amber said...

    I am rooting for you like CRAZY! Go little Ali! :-)


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