This morning I had my CD14 ultrasound and follicle check, and it went as well as can be expected. Based on my ultrasound my RE wants me to administer the HCG trigger shot tomorrow night at 10:00 pm and I’ll have the IUI Friday morning.
The Clomid for me has been doing its job, which is good to hear!! According to my RE the “goal” is to get as many follicles between a 16 & 20 without them getting too big before the trigger shot. And he estimates that by tomorrow (when I trigger) I’ll have 3 mature follicles and 1 almost mature (15, 16, 17, and 20). He said he’s able to estimate this because after they reach size 12 they grow 2 mm per day. Also, he said the lining of my uterus looks good, it’s a good thickness to be able to get pregnant. So I seem to be in a good position for IUI#1 on Friday…..although the possibility of triplets scares me a LOT. I don’t think I’ll even mention this little tidbit to R, because he would DEFINITELY be freaked out! Since our problems are male factor we’re just “giving his sperm more of a target to shoot at”, so more follicles increases the odds that at least 1 will be fertilized.
After I met with the RE a nurse showed me how to administer my HCG trigger shot. It is pretty intimidating and I have to “jab” the needle into my thigh…..she said if I iced my leg for about 10 minutes before it wouldn’t be as bad. I got a little out of breath just learning about it, so I hope everything goes okay with that. I’m a little nervous, but I think I’ll be fine because I just keep thinking about the end result.
So Friday morning I’ll have R drop off his sample at 8:00 am, they’ll run a SA on it and then wash it for the IUI, then I’ll show up at 9:45 am for the procedure. The IUI itself shouldn’t take too long, I should be in and out relatively quickly. Then I’ll be starting progesterone daily Saturday (did I mention these are vaginal suppositories, fun fun!), and I have a follow up appointment Nov 21 to see if I’m pregnant or not. If I’m not pregnant then I’ll stop the progesterone and we’ll work on a plan for my next cycle, he said there are different things they can tweak each time in order to improve the odds.
If you’re the praying kind please include us in your prayers these next few days/weeks. I have a feeling the upcoming 2WW is going to be the LONGEST ever! I’m very hopeful that this will work for us though, and trying to remain as positive as possible! 🙂