Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cycle Day 1

And we get to start the estrogen priming cycle. Which actually doesn't involve all that much. Around CD 9 (ha! optimists!) they want me to start using OPKs to watch for my surge. 10 days after the surge I'll start taking estrodial pills to hopefully jump start my follicles for next cycle. I'll also do shots of ganirelix.

I also take my first shot of Humira on Monday, and the second one two weeks later. Which means I couldn't get a flu shot today since it takes about a week for it to work its way into your immune system. I'll do bloodwork around October 18 to see if the Humira worked as well as it did in the spring.

I had a dermatology appointment today for an unrelated issue, and also asked the doctor about the faded bruising I still have on my tummy from the heparin back in March/April. He said it's not bruising, it's damaged tissue. And it's not surprising given the amount of low level trauma to the area. It's likely to fade over time, but may not ever fade away completely. The tenderness, which I had assumed was part of the bruising, he thinks is also linked to the constant low level trauma.

Starting to feel like I'm slowing moving forward again, which is nice. All this waiting sucks.


  1. Just catching up... Good luck with this cycle! Really hope this is the one for you!

  2. I just found your blog. Good luck with IVF 2. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

  3. Ah, the joy of day 1. I remember it well... or was that because I had so damn many of them.

    Let's put all the things we learned in round 1 to work.

    What extras are you doing? Acupuncture? Yoga? Food mods?

  4. This is something like my 40th CD 1. :P And this one can't even result in a pregnancy (instructions to abstain or use condoms).

    I do acupuncture, which I'm restarting next week -- probably twice during this priming cycle, and then weekly during the stims cycle (with sessions before/after transfer).

  5. I'm your newest follower! Looking forward to reading about your upcoming IVF! I'm so sorry to hear about what happened with your first. But this IVF will be the one to bring you your baby(ies). I'm sure you're so eager and excited! I'm doing my first IVF in a couple months and I'm so nervous. How do you mentally and physically prepare yourself? I'd love to know! :)

    ~Bobbi @

  6. Sending you positive vibes for a great IVF #2 cycle. I am sorry for your loss.

  7. Oh the damaged tissue does not sound fun. Hopefully it will fade and won't be provoked by this cycle. Wishing you the best of luck with this cycle. Have you gotten a positive OPK yet?