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The Joy of Pessaries
As many of you know, after egg collection, you face the joy of pessaries and the ever embarrassing back door or front door debate! To be honest, the thought of either ‘door’ sends a shudder down my spine, but without giving it too much thought, I settled for the front door! The pessaries (cyclogest) contains progesterone, which is a female sex hormone. It is essential to help establish a pregnancy after IVF.
Following egg collection, I was in a bit of pain, feeling bloated and just not myself. So, when the joy of diarrhea was added to the mix, I felt even worse! One of the many side effects of the pessaries! Of course, I couldn’t write this post without talking about wind! Oh the wind! My poor husband! Sharing a bed with Miss Windy Universe!
Since egg collection, I had been unable to sleep through an entire night. It was impossible! Night sweats, wind, up and down to the toilet. I found that I was waking up at the same time every night. 1am, 7.30am and then eventually getting up at 10am. You know those films you see sometimes, when the woman is all alone, lying in bed, in a dark room, a rickety, paint peeling wooden window in the background. She looks at the alarm clock, 1am. She woke at the same time every single night of her life. Then one night, she woke at 1am and found she wasn’t alone. A murderous, ghost like figure leans his frightening shadow over her bed and launches his body onto hers…..blah blah blah! Completely, off subject, I know but waking at the same time every night like that reminds me of those types of films!
Another Scan. Friday, July 22nd 2011
I was glad that our embryo transfer wasn’t until Monday. It meant that I had more time to recover from the pain of egg collection. I had another scan on Friday, 22nd July 2011. The consultant just wanted to check and make sure everything was ok. The scan went well. I still had some fluid in my uterus but no more than at the previous scan which was good. My ovaries were still on the big side but at least they weren’t any bigger.
Embryo Transfer. Saturday, 23rd July 2011
The morning of embryo transfer arrived and I was feeling a little nervous and scared. I hoped and prayed that it wouldn’t hurt like egg collection did.
My husband and I arranged for me to have acupuncture before and after the transfer. We didn’t know if it would help but it made me feel relaxed and most of all it made us feel like we were doing something positive to help.
Before the transfer went ahead, my husband and I were taken to a private room to wait for our turn. Two other couples were having embryo transfer that day also. The walls were quite thin and although we couldn’t hear what was being said in the next room, the sound of the woman crying told me it wasn’t good news for them. My heart was racing. What if none of our embryo’s made it? What would we do? How would we move on from that?
As the minutes ticked away, we waited and waited. About an hour later, the embryologist entered our room. My breath went short, my stomach did somersaults and I think my heart may have actually stopped for a minute or two. The words from his mouth…..”9 of your embryo’s have made it to blastocyst.”
He told us that they grade embryos 1-5. 5 being the best and they give them letter grades as well. ‘A’ being the best. (Please note that different clinics have different grading systems). My husband and I had our minds set on having two embryos transferred. I know this is not for everyone but we understood all that it entailed.
The embryologist told us that one of the embryos he would be transferring back was a grade 4AA and the other was a 3AA, so they were both good quality. He then went on to explain to us that two of the seven embryos left would definitely be frozen. One was a 3AA and the other was a 3AB. He would call us tomorrow to confirm if any others would be frozen.
What he said next made my husband and I cry….
“I’d be very surprised if you don’t get pregnant”
This totally caught us off guard and opened up the flood gates!
|Our Beautiful Babies|
My husband came in the room with me and held my hand throughout. The embryologist put a ‘live stream’, so to speak of our embryo’s on the TV screen in the operating room, so we could see them before they were transferred. My husband took a picture of them (right).
The transfer didn’t hurt at all. I was amazed when the consultant did an ultrasound scan as I lay on the table and we were able to see our embryo’s inside me! I cannot explain how emotional we felt. I couldn’t stop crying.
So much hope, longing and rightly or wrongly desperation that this would work.
The consultant gave us a scan picture of our embryos and I’d like to share it with you (below)
|Our embryos back where they belong|
See those two ‘white dots’ in the middle of the scan? That’s our embryos!
After the transfer, I had acupuncture again and the consultant told us that our official test date (OTD) would be August 5th 2011. She did however, also say that we could test on day 10 (August 2nd 2011).
We were officially PUPO (Pregnant until Proven Otherwise) and we were now on the dreaded two week wait (2ww/tww).