Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Next time...

Talked to the doctor today. His take was that this cycle could have gone either way, he wouldn't have been surprised if I had gotten pregnant, but given the odds of any cycle working he wasn't surprised it didn't work. He wants to change two things for next time: the protocol, and adding co-culture.

The protocol will go from 450 follisitim and 150 menopur way down to 150 follistim and 75 menopur, keeping the estrogen priming and adding clomid.

The co-culture is basically a study they're doing that seems to show that with fragile eggs, growing the embryos alongside uterine lining cells really helps protect the egg and speed up the cell division (since I had one 4-cell, that could be important).

Talked at length to my friend Jessica tonight who had 2 failed cycles before going to Cornell for this same diagnosis, and who now has 3 kid under 3 thanks to or doctor. She was able to answer some questions and basically provide a lot of moral support and encouragement, so I'm ready to get back on the wagon in January, or whenever I can. The lab shuts down for the holidays until mid-January, so I might or might not be able to start right away in January with the uterine biopsy and EP. Worst case is I do that in early-mid February, and stims late Feb-early March. If I'm really lucky some of this could fall over my February break from school.

4 comments:

Nitsirk said...

It sounds like your doctor is right on top of things and you sound like you are handling it well. It always feels better to have a plan. Hopefully you can take some time to enjoy the holidays and that adorable little girl!

Angela and David said...

Cornell really is great. Glad it sounds like you can start another round quickly. I found the waiting between rounds to be incredibly frustrating. Enjoy the holidays synthetic hormone free and get emotionally strong for the next round. I wish their were some guarantees in this process! Thinking of you.

35life said...

Let's do this again, right? I'll be going back the second week of January, after our office/lab reopens. Good to hear you have some new ideas from the doc. I was a little disappointed to hear my doc wasn't going to change anything. To me that just feels like we're "winging it" again. Good luck to you! And like other posters said, enjoy the holidays. That's my plan too. :)

Anonymous said...

Clare, you amaze me. To pick yourself up and charge ahead like this... I just learn so much from you. All throughout our friendship. I am very grateful Jessica is in your life, too!! I miss you!!