Here we go, y’all. Day one of my last DEIVF cycle is here.
After a day full of parsley tea to encourage things to get going, I got my period last night and therefore tonight will be the first delestrogen shot. It’s always funny how you have to call the RE to tell them you got your period. For some reason it feels like I’m posting it on social media, it’s such a random thing to call someone for – hey, I got my period!!! Yay for me!!! Tell your friends!!!
Anyhoo. In a journey that’s had many first, the last birth control pill has come and gone, that was the last time I have to make that kind of phone call. I picked up my last box of home pregnancy tests with butterflies, and made an assembly line out of my syringes, needles, alcohol wipes and bandaids for the plethora of intramuscular injections that will make my bum lumpy and sensitive and so fun to sit on by the time we’re at April.
Above is everything for this final cycle. For those who are interested, here’s the rundown:
- Synthroid 175mcg – thus far this dose has kept me slightly hyperthyroidic which my endocrinologist recommended so that when the estrogen hits my system I’ll be at a standard TSH level. We are monitoring it closely and I’m re-checking next week.
- Pure Encapsulations Prenatal – I take this brand of prenatal twice daily, which has no folic acid in it. It’s been shown that folate is better than folic acid (there is a difference) and that if you have the MTHFR gene that can contribute to infertility, that you should avoid FA as it has the opposite effect. My ND moved me onto this prenatal as a precautionary measure as the MTHFR test is pretty spendy and this is one of those things that with or without the gene, it’s a good prenatal and you just take a folate supplement instead.
- Thorne 5-MTHF – Folate once daily as per the above explanation.
- Thorne D-5000 – Extra Vitamin D once daily in the IVF cycle has been shown to improve implantation rates.
- Calcium/Magnesium/D – I eat very little dairy beyond butter inside foods, and so I take this supplement. Because calcium can interfere with thyroid, I take two in the afternoon after my Synthroid has been absorbed.
- Fish Oil – Twice daily – Highly recommended in regular life and even more so for embryo health during IVF.
- Vitamin E – My prenatal doesn’t have the RDA for E so I take this additional supplement once daily for its antioxidant qualities and overall embryo health.
- Baby Aspirin – For blood flow and anti-inflammatory properties, once daily.
- Prednisolone – For 5 days leading up to transfer, to help with immunology and those with history of miscarriage (so your body doesn’t consider the embryo a foreign object that must be expelled at all costs).
- Bromelain – For 5 days leading up to transfer to encourage implantation, because I hate pineapple and therefore refuse to eat pineapple core so my Acu gave me this!
- Delestrogen – Intramuscular injections in the bum once every 3 days. It’s considered the gold standard compared to pills, suppositories and patches.
- Vicodin & Valium – For transfer day since my cervix gets manually dilated and this keeps me chill. Because of the excruciating pain of ERA #2, he’s going to give me a shot of demerol as well to ensure success and a mellow Aimee 🙂
- Progesterone – Intramuscular injections daily, with 6 instead of 5 doses before my transfer, as per the ERA biopsy results which showed I was pre-receptive on 5. May the force be with us, y’all.
And yes, that’s our new lucky pig in the background.
So here we go, folks. The weather is slowly warming, the ducks are growing like weeds, my back is STILL in a rough place but I have hope that this time next year, our lives will look very, very different.
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
~ Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption