Saturday, cd11, I went in for my first monitoring appointment – and in my mind, the launch of the FET. An icy hour plus commute to the clinic, a new book (having done the commute before, a good book is absolutely essential) and my card to scan in upon arrival. I was prepared and sort of excited to see how my body is doing on its own.
Here’s what I found out:
- Instructions on how I’ll need to pee (in 2 hour intervals) in a cup after they determine I’ve ovulated and just prior to transfer
- I’m still not able to watch when they stick me with the needle to draw blood
- My lining is currently a low, but respectable 5.5 mm
- I have many small follicles, predominately on the left around 8 mm
- I am carrying a 37 mm (!) cyst in the right ovary
- My estrogen is very low – 33
The doctor didn’t seem too worried about the cyst, since it was ‘new’ (as in not there in September during my last IVF cycle) and clear.
The mid-afternoon call from the nurse confirmed that I don’t need to come back in until Tuesday morning and that they aren’t worried about the cyst. They think this might just be a long cycle.
We have house guests this weekend and so I spent a nice day with my brother & sister-in-law (who miraculously made it in despite Friday’s snow storm). Since I had been spotting I put in a panty liner before dinner. During the early evening and dinner I started bleeding pretty heavily – AF heavily.
So since there was presumably nothing I could do about it, I decided to compartmentalize my fear and just enjoy being with my family and friends. But the bleeding got heavier. I had to buy a new liner from a bathroom attendant at the bar.
Trekked home with DH at 2 a.m. (yes, the latest I have been out in … a long time). Freaked out a bit, cried, decided that I would call the doctor first thing on Sunday, grabbed a tampon.
This morning I called the clinic’s answering service and spoke to a doctor (who called me back quickly!). The good news is that he didn’t seem too worried, said this is pretty common and that I should plan to come in still on Tuesday to see what’s going on. He ordered a progesterone test on yesterday’s blood draw and said (this is the bad news), since I’m doing a natural FET, this may just be cd1 again – my body’s way of hitting reset.
Relieved, but sad…