Day 48 (cycle day 20) – Fertilization!

November 9, 2006 at 8:34 pm 8 comments

OK, so they called my husband this morning with the fertilization report which he was only happy to relay to me.

Earlier in the morning we made our guesses as to how many would fertilize, right before we said a little prayer as always. I guessed 10 and he guessed 13.

We were both wrong! 15!!!
15 fertilized, 1 is a “maybe”, 5 fertilized abnormally and 4 were immature. That’s how 25 eggs broke down.

I was thrilled, although we know that this is not the number we’ll have by transfer time.
I am just taking the news one day at a time. And am actually happy that tomorrow is a break from the news. They will not be disturbed tomorrow and will be evaluated on day 3 (Saturday). The aim is to go to day 5 if possible. The embryologist did say that given my age and the number that fertilized, day 5 would be very likely.
But you never know.

The other good news today is that we returned my unused meds to the pharmacy. The doc had originally ordered 3000 units of Follistim, for a typical 10 day stimulation at 300 a day. We ended up using only 1575 units total (a 900 and a 600 cartridge – they are overloaded by over a 100 units, so we actually had a little left over in the 600 cartridge). This means we got to return the rest (one 600, and three 300 unit cartriges).

For anyone interested, the pharmacy (which we got GREAT service at) is The Apothecary Shops 877-792-7684

They let you return any unused, unopenned, refrigerated cartriges for a 90% refund.

Since we had literally half the meds left over, that’s a lot of money and we figured its best to go for the refund. If we need another cycle, we’ll have to just buy them again, vs being left with 1000 dollars worth of unused medication should we be successful. By returning them we further lowered the cost of the cycle which always helps.

Today I am cramping a little and definitely not ready to run marathons or do anything like that just yet, so have opted to take it easy, even though I was told that mild exercise is OK. Still monitoring for OHSS – no weight gain this morning.

Drinking gatorade and eating salty snacks. Oooh, and gotta run drink my baby aspirin (another thing I was told to do to avoid OHSS).

Overall, so far so good. PIO starts tomorrow!


Entry filed under: All Posts, Day by Day.

Day 47 (cycle day 19) – ER! Day 49 (cycle day 21) – First PIO shot and more.

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jess  |  November 9, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    Congrats on the great fert report!

  • 2. Heather  |  November 9, 2006 at 10:07 pm

    Congrats with the fertilization report. Things are looking good!

    That’s cool that the pharmacy lets you return the unused drugs – I still need to figure out what to do with my unused drugs, especially that Gonal-F that costs a wee bit of money.

  • 3. Lut C.  |  November 10, 2006 at 2:02 am

    Another hurdle overcome! Good luck with the next ones.

  • 4. beckyZ  |  November 10, 2006 at 7:38 am

    15 is so great! good luck!!

  • 5. AL  |  November 10, 2006 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this blog on your journey! DH and I read your story, and feel less anxious/more “normal” about the feelings we have towards our coming IVF adventure. Please, keep writing!

  • 6. Josie  |  November 10, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    Great news! Let’s hope for some excellent blasts! Try to keep busy or distracted during the wait and not let your mind wander too much.

  • 7. Leslie  |  November 10, 2006 at 4:59 pm

    Hey!! That is wonderful news sweetie. I am so excited for you.

    Ensure helps with the OHSS stay away too. I found the Chocolate was the best and to drink it icy cold and as fast as you could.

    Also, I liked the lemon-lime gatorade and added salt to it. Mmmm.

  • 8. Jys  |  November 10, 2006 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks so much ladies! It feels so awesome to have someone stop by and read and care. I can’t describe.
    Leslie, thanks for the Ensure tip – I’d heard about that! Need to get some.
    AL, I’ll keep writing all the way – and good luck on your own journey!!!! Let me know if you have a blog.
    Becky, Lut, Heather, Jess, Josie – thanks so much for stopping by and for your support!!


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Expecting Number 2… :)

My TTC History

Started TTC May 2005
RE diagnosed as unexplained in Feb 06.
natural IUI #1 March 06 - BFP, m/c :(
natural IUI #2 May 06 - BFN
clomid IUI #3 July 06 - BFN
femara IUI #4 August 06 - BFN

Skipping suggested injectables,
moving to IVF
Bloodwork: Oct 12 for lupron
ER estimated 1st week of Nov

25 eggs, 15 fertilized.
1 blast transferred, 6 frozen.
Precious baby Girl born in July 07.

After 2.5 years of Bliss since that BFP...

April 2009: Start of TTC #2.
(Going back for the embies I left)
Apr 15: Start of Natural FET cycle.
May 1: Transferred single blast
May 11: BFN :(
Straight to Natural FET #2
May 29: Transferred single blast
June 4: BFP!!!!
June 8: 1st beta - 177
June 10: 2nd beta - 506

Healthy baby Boy born 2010!

Fast forward several years...

June 2013: Surprised with a completely natural and completely unplanned BFP!
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