According to this morning’s ultrasound and blood panels, we’re aiming for embryo transfer next week. My uterine lining measured right at the targeted 10mm. I’ll continue estrogen, heparin, and baby aspirin until Friday, when I’ll add progesterone. On Friday, the embryologist will thaw five eggs and attempt to fertilize them using ICSI. Then we will do the transfer on either Monday or Wednesday, depending on how the embryos are growing.
I can’t believe the pace of this protocol – so much faster than a regular IVF cycle! I guess the actual timing isn’t all that different (if you leave out the month of suppression), but it certainly feels quicker to have only two appointments in the weeks before transfer instead of a dozen. It’s easier to stay excited when I don’t have to drag myself to the clinic day after day. Not carrying around a hyperstimulated belly full of egg-laden ovaries – well, that helps, too.
Please pray that the logistics (coordinating fertilization and transfer with our work schedules, etc.) come together smoothly, that the eggs survive thawing, and that the right number fertilize. We appreciate your faith on our behalf!