This past Saturday I took my last birth control pill, so Wednesday I had an appointment for an ultrasound and blood work to confirm down regulation. That basically means that the birth control was supposed to turn my ovaries off (i.e. no ovulation). This time around, we’ve decided to use my OB’s clinic for the outside monitoring. The ultrasound tech was so nice and asked me tons of questions about our IVF story and IVF in general. She was so careful in making sure she got all the pictures Dr. Memphis would need. Unfortunately that meant a longer than normal ultrasound. It almost felt like she should have bought me dinner first. But her care was appreciated, especially since outside monitoring can be stressful. In fact, later that day it became EXTREMELY stressful when my OB’s nurse called to let me know it would take a week for my Estradiol (blood work) results to come in. “Well that won’t work,” I thought. Dr. Memphis needed my baseline Estradiol report to determine my dosage for the Estradiol pills I’d be taking over the next two weeks. Timing is everything when you’re trying to make a baby, and even more so when you’re making one like we are! So for the next hour Brennen, my mom, and I played phone tag with clinics and hospitals, trying to find a way for me to get my Estradiol ran that day or early the next morning. Finally, at 4:40 (20 minutes before closing time), I was sitting in a chair at a local hospital with a needle in my arm (for the second time that day) saying, “Now you’re sure you can get this to Memphis tomorrow morning?” Whew! If this transfer works, that day is a day I’ll remind my kid of when he/she gets sassy. “Do you know what I went through on April 12, 2017, to get you here?”
Finally, on Thursday morning, Nurse Memphis called with instructions for the next two weeks. Basically everything has been pushed back a day.
Friday, April 14th – 1 Estradiol pill twice a day
Friday, April 21st – Increase to three Estradiol pills a day
Thursday, April 27th – Ultrasound and blood work to verify good levels and a thick lining
So today, I started taking that little blue pill. No, not that one if that’s what you’re thinking. I almost forgot to start taking them though! Even with the reminder on my phone and telling Brennen, “Don’t let me walk out the door in the morning without taking my Estradiol,” I did just that. I realized it about 4 houses down, so I put the car in reverse and called Brennen just before he settled in for his morning bathroom break. All I had to say was “Estradiol.” He met me at the door. You’d think we’d be better about this with it being our third go at it!
Over the next two weeks, these Estradiol pills will have two very important jobs: 1) preventing me from ovulating like the birth control did and 2) fluffing up that lining to get it ready to take on an embryo. If everything looks good at the April 27th appointment, we’ll get instructions on when to start progesterone injections and will get an official Transfer Date. (This is starting to feel like deja vu.) As of now, the tentative date is May 1st, only 17 days away, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we get bumped back a day or two. We’ll see. For now, I just have to remember to take those little blue pills!