The base ultrasound was yesterday. There were no cysts, which is awesome. We jumped right back into it and I started stims immediately after the appointment. We are keeping the same protocol as last time.
Yesterday, I asked Nurse H if anyone actually gets pregnant on the first cycle of Follistim. She quickly answered, “Yup! Lesbians do.” She wasn’t trying to be funny. Apparently, their lesbian clientele has the best luck getting pregnant on the first try. When you think about it, that does make sense. There hasn’t been a history of trying on your own and being unsuccessful. The only thing preventing their pregnancy is the missing half (sperm).
Ryan and I haven’t been able to get pregnant on our own for years. For people like us, Nurse H said most successes are during cycle 3 or 4. Some people get pregnant on cycle 2, but 3 and 4 are the most common. When I asked if our busted cycle 1 is any indication this treatment won’t work for us, she adamantly declared, “No way!” This was encouraging.
So I am doing the injections again. Yesterday, I learned the importance of taking the time to make sure the medicine is room temperature before injecting it. Holy cow!! I thought I had waited long enough, but I guess not. At least an hour outside the fridge! Not a minute less.
The main side effect this time (so far) is an excruciating headache. Maybe there are other things too, but I can’t notice them because my head is pounding so hard!
Doing this stims will be interesting this month, as I am leaving for a work conference. I have to take a cooler with all my ‘gear’, which is a little awkward and embarrassing. Have infertility, will travel! I am trying to keep a positive attitude about the whole situation.
All it takes is a moment to remember all the years I *DREAMED* of doing this process, and I instantly become okay with whatever I have to do to make it happen.