Yesterday morning, after the I, Veruca post husband and I went to the clinic to meet with the new doctor. She's a little on the hyper side, but I'd say more perky than hyper. So perhaps Dr Perky? Not sure yet.
Anhoodle, I was wearing my stirrup socks, made by the lovely Eva (a picture of the socks, someday), and I was just about on the edge of being an asshole to my husband. I'm usually pretty nice, but I was S-T-R-E-S-S-E-D! So I pulled off my knickers (getting all British on you now), and hopped on the table.
We looked at Righty first: 8 antral follicles! That is a increase from 4 last month to 8. Would you math whizzes out there call that a 100% increase?
Drum roll Please: INTRODUCING LEFTY, THE MAGICAL TRANSFORMING OVARY!!!!!!!!!!!!
15 antral follicles on lefty! That is up from 6 one month ago. A bit more than a 100% increase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I quote "These are donor egg quality numbers"
Now we all know I'm not gonna make 30 eggs with a bunch of frosties, but it was sure nice to hear some positive feedback on the girls. Poor things have been through the ringer this year!
Overall, I have 23 antral follicles. If I get pregnant with my next IVF Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) will be in the running for a girl or boys name. I think we can come up with adequate nickname, but the first day of school is gonna be a killer.
Now the big question is what to do. Dr Perky suggested that we go ahead with an IVF in March. That would mean estrogen priming starting about March 6th, and stims starting around March 14th, with retrieval and transfer around the 4th week of march, or early April. Or we could do an IUI in March with progesterone supplementation, and if it doesn't work, do an IVF in April/early May. Starting estrogen priming April was our plan walking in, but when we saw the great numbers during the ultrasound, we started thinking about moving it up. If we do go with moving it up, the plan is that we'd go in for an ultrasound in 4 weeks, see if the antral count is still as high, and then start stims with my period. It seems Dr Calm is shying away from any pre grondapins suppression, but we won't know for sure until we talk to her.
Dr Calm is on vacation (maybe for another week?) and we want to talk to her about whether or not postponing make sense. Essentially, Mr. Science (also known as Husband) wants to make sure that the same processes that make the antrals activate are those that are involved with them responding well. So basically, is it possible to know whether seeing this many antrals means that we've gotten the full effect of the DHEA, or is it possible that these antrals would benefit from having more time to get more receptors activated, or can that even happen. I, Veruca, want to plunge ahead. Luckily, I have him to restrain me.
So I'm heading off into the weekend lightened and refreshed, not contemplating anti-depressants, and pleased that doing something (DHEA) didn't turn out to be yet another pointless futile step along this journey. Of course I want it to result in a real live human baby, but for the moment, I'll be really pleased with just more antrals.