Well another day, another transfer. I am now up to cycle number 11. I thought it would never happen to me but it has. I can’t believe I am up in the double digits now. I don’t have a good feeling about this one either.
I have a feeling that I ovulated a day later than what my clinic thinks I did. I noticed a stronger LH surge on my ovulation test strip a day after my blood test at the clinic. Which means I think the clinic has put a Day 5 embryo, four days after ovulation instead of 5. Somehow I do not think this is a good thing. Next time I am going to insist on having a trigger injection so at least the clinic can be sure of when I am ovulating.
On top of that when I went to the clinic and spoke to the Embryologist, the scientist told me that the Embryo survived the thaw but was only 80% okay. Apparently this is not a bad thing as the cells are amazing in rejuvenating themselves and the clinic sets a limit on what is and isn’t acceptable. After 10 cycles, it was the first I had heard of it.
My next piece of evidence is that I don’t think the clinic tests the lining of my uterus. They must evaluate when they do they transfer but I can’t say I have ever seen them measuring the lining. In talking with a friend of mine who got pregnant after her second attempt at IVF, she tells me that she had a different protocol. They measure her lining before they proceed with the transfer and they don’t give her a blood test! All I ever seem to have are blood tests. The clinician at my last test was unable to find a decent vein (mine have gone into hising now) and left me in the seat while she went for help to find it. Trouble is she left me with with a strap on my arm for nearly 10 minutes – apparently that is not a good thing and makes the veins even harder to find.
And don’t let me get started about the blood test I had before that. This was just a simple little test for lupus etc which I have had before but they thought they might just do again. I think they extracted eight vials of blood that day and I recently received a letter informing me that they were unable to get any results from my blood and I have to go in again so they can redo the test.
One might think after reading this blog that I am over IVF. I think I nearly am. I think I might do one more stimulated cycle before giving myself a well deserved break.