Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Starting to plan

We just had our WTF call with our doctor to discuss the last IVF cycle and miscarriage, and talk about future plans.

Unfortunately we don't have the karyotype results yet from the miscarriage, so we don't know for sure that it was a chromosonal issue. That said, our doctor is confident that it was, since we went into the cycle with my immunological issues well controlled. He thinks I have a great uterus (hee!) and a great lining, and both times we've transferred embryos I've gotten pregnant. And I responded well to the estrogen priming/antagonist protocol we switched to last time. So it really comes down to making sure the embryos we put in are good ones. Which means doing genetic screening, even if we only have one embryo to consider.

It's an easy answer, luckily. Yes, it's more money, but fortunately that's not a major issue for us. And saving us the emotional and physical burden of a miscarriage, not to mention the delay in starting up another cycle, is priceless. (There's a Mastercard commercial in there somewhere...)

One unexpected piece of good news -- I had assumed I'd have to have a full natural cycle after I get my period (which hasn't come yet post D&C -- the bleeding stopped around 10 days ago, and my hair is now falling out again when I shower, which is a sign my body doesn't think it's pregnant anymore). But my doctor is going to have me do the estrogen priming at the end of this first full cycle! Which means starting stims around the end of February instead of the end of March!

It's funny, it feels so close now. I had set myself up mentally to think about end of March, so it's a (good) readjustment.

I have a couple of posts bubbling in my head, so will get those out soon.

Thanks for following along!


  1. Hoping the karyotype results bring you some answers...take care.

  2. You sound really confident in this plan, which is great to hear. I am crossing my fingers and toes that this next cycle is it for you. Glad you are on the same page as your RE.

  3. Wow, that's really soon!! I can't bear the waiting so can imagine how chuffed you are to get started.

    It's nice to read you have total trust & confidence in your RE, I feel that we are passed from pillar to post at our hospital (although maybe that'll change once we've used up our free NHS go!)

    Good luck!!

  4. I hope that you get the results soon so you have some answers and I'm glad you get to start your next cycle sooner as waiting sucks!

  5. So glad that you can start with the next cycle earlier than you expected. I hope the karytyping gives you some answers... And I love the Mastercard commercial - so true!

  6. You and me in March - sistas again.

    Great news!

  7. So pleased you have a plan in place and that for once it requires waiting less than expected.
    I guess hearing the karotype results will help and it sounds like your Dr has you well looked after. I like that.
    PS - How cute is it that your Dr said you have a great uterus!!

  8. I hope doing the extra genetic testing does the trick. Yea for getting to start early! Thinking of you.