Our Journey

2002 Uterine Fibroid Surgery #1

2003 1st consult with an RE, you know, just in case

2003 Got Married (at 37 (me) & 34 (DH) years old)

2003/2004 Naturally conceived pregnancies BFPs #1, #2, & #3 and miscarriages #1, #2, #3

2005 Uterine Fibroid Surgery #2

2005 IVF #1, BFN #1

2005 IUIs #1 and #2, just because, BFN #2 & #3

2005 FET from IVF #1, BFN #4

2006 Exploratory surgery to remove scar tissue from fibroid sugery #2

2006 IVF #2 (w PGD), BFP #4

2006 Emergency cerclage for IC @ 16w6d (5 months + 1 week of complete bed rest at home ensues)

2007 Our son is born @ 38w by scheduled c-section

2007 IVF #3 for baby #2, BFN #5

2007 IVF #4, BFP #5, miscarriage #4

2008 IVF #5, BFP #6, miscarriage #5

2008 IVF #6, BFP #7, miscarriage #6

2008 DE IVF #7, BFN #6

2009 DEFET #8, cancelled, embryos don't thaw

2010 Decide to adopt domestically

12.17.10 Profile is live with our agency

November 2011 Consult with RE re: donated embryo cycle

Early January 2012 Cleared to proceed with deFET

January 2012 Freeze our profile

1.20.12 deFET begins
2.12.12 eSET of one compacted morula
2.22.12 BFN

3.23.12 deFET #2 begins
4.14.12 transfer 3 embryos (1-8 cell, 1-5 cell, 1-4 cell)
4.22.12 + HPT
4.24.12 Beta #1 = 48.4
4.26.12 Beta #2 = 125.7
4.30.12 Beta #3 = 777.8
5.11.12 1st U/S - Singleton!
7.12.12 It's a Boy!
12.26.12 C-section: Baby G is born, 9#5oz, 20.5"



Not Where It Needs To Be

My usually uncooperative lining, with its better than usual performance at last week’s check, has decided to return to its regularly scheduled uncooperative programming.  My lining grew to a whopping 8.1mm from 7.6mm last week.  A lot of REs would schedule transfer with a lining of 8.1.  However, mine is not one of them.  I will say that I do respect and appreciate that he wants to give us the best chance of success given all we have done to get to this point.  And, these precious donated embryos ARE the pot at the end of our rainbow and should not be transferred frivolously.

In addition to two Vivelle patches and 3 doses of Estrace a day, a .2ML delestrogen injection will be joining the estrogen fracas.  That’s the trifecta of estrogen delivery mechanisms.   My E2 was 322 and P4 was .24, so my blood serum levels are fine (not that that amounted to much in the way of lining growth).

In my 7 pregnancies, my lining has been anywhere between 8mm-12mm, mostly non-trilaminar.  Given that, I could have pushed him to proceed with transfer, but given that this is only Day 14 of meds, I am willing to go another week.  However, I will not continue beyond that because I do not like the idea of prolonged estrogen as, even if the thickness of the lining can be artificially maintained for a longer period of time, I do believe the quality of the lining is compromised.  So, owing to his “give us the best shot” philosophy, beyond 21 days, it’s time to cut bait, shed this lining, and try again.  That’s the silver lining of FETs, yes?

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.
~Author Unknown

4 comments to Not Where It Needs To Be

  • Hi,

    Hope all is well with you … for some reason, I thought of you when I saw this:

    It’s a writing contest about the journey to motherhood. Thought you might be interested. Might be a welcome distraction in some ways?


  • Good lord, it is amazing all these ways our bodies are still called up to perform even for something as passive-seeming as a frozen cycle. Estrogen is the only thing I have been ‘lucky’ enough to experience only in pill form so far, so I applaud you for being such a trooper (don’t they also make a version to inhale, or is that something else?). Anyway, thinking of you and glad you seem to be working with very wise and ‘with-it’ professionals.

    Hope your back behaves itself!

  • Tireegal

    Sounds a little disappointing but the fact that you can do it over if you don’t get the best results is I suppose a relief. Ugh. Hope you are hanging in there, you brave gal!

  • Sarah

    Ugh. I’m a thin lining gal myself–my clinc went with form Over numbers. I hope things are clear. Muddy ivf decisions are the worst.

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