Tuesday, April 24, 2012

IVF#1 - Ultrasound 4 (and trigger!)

I got the official word that we trigger tonight for retrieval on Thursday morning.

Here are the new stats:

There might be a couple of others; it was hard to tell.

The NP said that the size on trigger day was the best predictor of maturity and she said they like them to be above 15.  Hopefully the two 15s will grow a bit before I trigger tonight, then I can expect 9ish mature eggs.

I'm very excited to get to the real part of this process!

But some of my irrational fears are also starting to set in:

  • What if they shrink before Thursday?
  • What if I ovulate on my own?
And I'm starting to think about the rational fears too:
  • What if the eggs don't fertilize?
  • Will I have any to freeze?
  • Will the embies make it to a 5 day transfer?
I'm going to go schedule a massage for this evening and celebrate my last shot!


  1. Good luck with triggering! Thinking good thoughts for you!

  2. Hello from ICLW ! Good luck with the trigger and retrieval.

  3. They won't shrink, and you won't ovulate. You've come so far and all the drugs you've injected will ensure that the timing is perfect.

    Try not to worry too much about the other stuff. One step at a time, my dear. (So much easier said than done.) It sounds like you have some fantastic follicles growing. Glad you're triggering soon!

  4. I am crossing my fingers for you! Good luck hun!

  5. Looks like a good amount of follies. Lots of luck for tomorrow!

  6. I completely missed that we are cycle buddies! D'oh. I hope we both have great retrievals on Thursday! I completely understand the rational and irrational fears. I was very apprehensive heading into my first retrieval. It's so hard to feel like it's all out of your hands, yet the only thing you can really do is accept that it is out of your hands and hope all goes well. Enjoy the massage!

  7. You are going to be JUST fine - everything will time perfectly for you. I'm so excited that you'll be over soon, and I just really, really hope I can join you soon!!

  8. Here from ICLW - Just wanted to say good luck and that those follicles look great!

  9. Good luck!! A massage sounds like an excellent idea!

  10. Like Sass says, "one step at a time". The mind can get all twisted up about this stuff, but I guess you just have to let the knowledge and experience of the doctors give you some confidence that they will get the dosages and timings right. I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you and look forward to following along with your journey.

  11. Good luck! Fingers crossed for you!

  12. Here from ICLW! Hoping that the follies continue to grow and that your appt goes well!