07 July 2017

IVF doctor call...

So we had our call with the IVF clinic doctor today!

The doctor was really nice.  One of the things he started out with was that he definitely doesn't think I am too old (which was one of the concerns I listed on my initial paperwork).  It's always good to hear that you're not too old.  I still feel young.  Neither me nor my hubby will every truly grow up.  But for baby-making purposes, I'm considered ancient.

He ticked off the list of things we have done (which are a lot more than I realized as he began to name them all).

The to do list:
- Letter from my neurologist stating I am cleared to get pregnant.  This isn't an issue as they already cleared me and had me stop my MS meds, I just need a letter confirming this.

- Establish with a Fetal Maternal high risk OB clinic.  I already knew this was a possibility and have my #1 choice for this researched.  Just need to call them next week to see if they're willing to schedule an appointment some time soon.

- Saline ultrasound.  Already knew about this too but cannot yet schedule it as my cycle hasn't returned to normal yet.  The IUD removal was 5 weeks ago.  This seems to about when most get their cycle but my OB warned it could take up to 2 months.  So fingers crossed that it happens in the next three weeks (never hoped for my cycle to start before now).

- And finally, meet with a therapist to discuss the issues that may arise from having a child that isn't biologically connected to you.  This is already in the process of being scheduled with a 5 minute test Skype next week and hopefully the hour or so appointment to happen within the next few weeks.

Assuming the Saline ultrasound is good, we'll be ready to start seeing profiles. One the short to do list is complete.

If the worst happens and they see something during the Saline ultrasound that needs to be dealt with surgically, it would delay our ability to start by at least a month.  On the one hand I don't expect anything.  On the other my cycles got really heavy just before I went on the IUD to control them, so in all of my reading and research, I would not be surprised if they found endometriosis.  Wouldn't be the end of the world, but am hoping there's nothing troubling there anyway!

I do think we'll transfer one instead of two embryos.  We'll discuss it some more.  Going into the call, I was leaning towards two as that seems to be what  people I have experienced online seem transfer. The risk of twins isn't terrifying but because I have the unrelated health concerns the doctor feels that I should do one.  If it fails, still do one.  On the third and final round (we pay for three tries or until you get pregnant, whichever happens first) then transfer two.  A twin pregnancy is higher risk, but that's not what scares us the most.  The chance of them splitting and becoming three or four, that is the real fear.  People who know my luck are probably nodding that one is enough, knowing my luck.

Assuming everything goes well, I could be pregnant within a few months.  I smile to myself every time I have that thought.



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