I need to be better at documenting this whole IVF experience. One day I know I will look back and be thankful to have gone through this whole process. I figured it would also be helpful to others who are considering assisted reproduction. Also I can show my future kids how much I had to go through for them. LOL
Andrew and I went to our first consultation with Dr. Mendiola of Kato Repro Biotech Center- an IVF center here in Manila. The meeting was short but it went very well. We left feeling confident and very well informed. I was given provera pills and Andrew was given instructions to abstain for his semem analysis on our next visit.
I finally finished my 10 days of Provera (a type of female hormone similar to the progesterone that your body naturally makes and is given to replace the hormone when your body is not making enough of it) that my doctor prescribed for me. Hallelujah ! I really hate that drug. It made me breakout ( think cystic and painful acne) suppressed my appetite, made me very emotional and very mean ( Andrew can attest to this haha)
Now I need to wait for my period to start then I go back to my doctor and we start follicle and endometrium tracking. I am dreading this check up because it’s a trans vaginal ultrasound during my second day of period. I’ve done this before with a female OB but my IVF doctor is a man and I just can’t. WAHHHHH I know I know I need to stop being a baby and just push through haha! For those wondering they need to do this on the second day of my period — They do it to check the ovaries and measure the thickness of the lining and make sure everything is as it should be at that point in your cycle. They should be doing blood work too to verify hormone levels. Of course Andrew is not off the hook. He goes in for a semen analysis. Praying that his little swimmers are top notch! He’s been taking some supplements like multi-vitamins, vitamin c, zinc and selenium. He was taking gingko biloba for a while too but I didn’t buy a new bottle when he ran out.
My period finally came in 7 days after my last Provera pill.I went it for a follicle and endometrium tracking. The nurse took 5 vials of blood from me. My blood tests all came back normal thank God!
I also went in for a trans v on my second day of period which is probably the most mortifying thing in the world. Imagine bleeding heavily while the doctor waving some wand in your lady bits. Doctor Mendiola said that I have 5 follicles on my left ovaries and “some” follicles on my right. This is a good thing but he gave me some medication -Femara and Clomid and started Gonal F injections ( 300 UI- 100 per day for 3 days)- This is basically a follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) that stimulates the development of ovarian follicles in order to produce more eggs. In IVF the more eggs the merrier!
I was worried that I would mess up using the Gonal F pen but thank goodness it’s really easy to use and pretty much painless. They say if you’re afraid of needles IVF will either make or break you. Thank you Lord I’m not afraid of needles or blood. ( my own anyways) And I like to think my pain tolerance is pretty high.
Went in for an ultrasound – Dr. Mendiola this time …DIES. I knowwwww I need to grow up right? Hahaha. But seriously, does this ever get less mortifying? LOL The ultrasound shows that both ovaries have follicles and is growing. But not fast enough.The biggest one is currently 9.5mm and I was informed that for IVF it should be at least 17mm.
Sooooo he prescribed me more meds and another round of injections. Menagon this time, with legit syringes too 😦 The first shot was administered at the clinic but i’d have to do it myself for the net two days. Wish me luck!!!