answers?

Some of you have asked some good questions…so I thought I’d answer them to the best of my current abilities.

1) Both of the RE’s who have dealt with my cervix have said that it is very narrow, narrowing to almost nothing – the line that is the “tube” disappears on u/s for a short bit. In addition, it curves in one direction at the beginning (which they can navigate), then after the closed bit, it takes a 90 degree turn in a different direction. They have both printed multiple pictures, and drawn maps and angles of entry. Truthfully, I can see the turns and closed bit, but I have no idea what that 2D picture means in 3D. Blood comes out during my period, so that’s got to mean something, right?

2) My RE thinks (hopes?) that the dilation the day of retrieval will open the cervix enough, and that it will stay open long enough to be able to do transfer. He says he has done it before, and that it has worked. If he doesn’t feel the dilation is successful, I believe we will try laminaria (a dried seaweed stick that gradually absorbs water and makes your cervix expand) placement for up to 24 hours. He is also (I will remind him) supposed to make sure that they don’t book a transfer on top of mine. That way he doesn’t feel rushed to move to another patient.

3) My clinic does not do retrievals, transfers, or bloodwork in house. All retrievals and transfers are done off-site at a hospital. So he doesn’t have abdominal u/s machines at the clinic. That will be changing, but not for several more months.

4) I think doing a lap the day we are supposed to do transfer would be a hasty decision. I think the risks of an ectopic pregnancy would be significant. I am hopeful that we will not reach this point. If we do, my choice would be to freeze any viable embryos and explore other options. In addition, I shudder to think of the additional cost of a lap – out of pocket. During my consult, my doctor told me that he has not had to do an “emergency” lap to transfer embryos, and I am going to have to believe that his 16 years of experience mean something here.

5) I don’t think he is as concerned as me because he has been doing this for 16 years. He’s done thousands of transfers. I can’t fathom the number of patients he sees per day. And though I’d like to think I am special, I know I am not. I am probably overly worried. But this is my body, this is my cycle, these are my hopes and dreams. Somehow I have to give up control without knowing whether or not the outcome will be a good one. But isn’t that the case with this entire IF process? This is no different – it just happens to be the issue I will fret the most about.

It really won’t be long until we know.

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~ by Larisa on March 12, 2006.

7 Responses to “answers?”

  1. It sounds like there are a number of options. Your RE is without a doubt experienced in these matters. You have good reasons to be hopeful and I hope you’re not too stressed out.

  2. Hang in there. I so hope you’ll get to look back on all this worrying and just laugh. How are the stims going?

  3. I’m at the same place as you in my IVF cycle. It’s my first also. I just did my first shot of Gonal F last night. So far…nothing. I’m glad I found this blog.

  4. I’m at the same place as you in my IVF cycle. It’s my first also. I just did my first shot of Gonal F last night. So far…nothing. I’m glad I found this blog.

  5. Hugs, You know I have my prayers with you sweetie.

  6. Hugs, You know I have my prayers with you sweetie.

  7. hey there. just found your blog and i wish you the very very biggest bucket of babydust. i am also doing my first IVF cycle. have not done stims yet, am just at the BCP phase but received my meds today. visit when you can. hugs.

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