It’s here! The month we will transfer baby Frost (our frozen embryo) 😍.
I went for my first blood work & ultrasound on Valentine’s Day 💝(funny enough) and there were a few follicles growing with the largest being 0.9mm. Now the goal is to watch for a dominant follicle to grow and reach 1.8mm in size and watch for a LH surge indicating ovulation or potential for ovulation. Then plan is to take Ovidrel to trigger and ensure ovulation does happen when ready.
Currently my LH was 13 on Thursday which the nurse said is high but my hormone levels seem to always sit on the elevated side. Because of this ovulation predictor kits may be unreliable and we need to rely entirely on the ultrasounds and watching for a spike in my LH levels. I’m hoping my elevated levels won’t lead to any issues with preparation for transfer.
I go back again tomorrow morning to re-check bloodwork and see how that dominant follicle is growing. Then plan will be to continue going down to Toronto daily until the RE feels I am ready to trigger ovulation.
We have chosen with the doctor to do a natural FET. What that means is we aren’t going to use any hormones leading up to the ovulation shot to see if less stress on the system works better in our favour. Because I have always had fairly regular cycles, good estrogen levels and no concern with my uterine lining thickness there was no concern with trying a less medicated route (and since I have always been on such high doses of hormones it is a welcomed change).
The plan then after trigger is to start progesterone twice daily for 6 days and on the 6th day they will thaw our frostie and embryo transfer will happen that day. Our embryo was a day 6 embryo meaning it was grown for 6 days and then frozen. The embryo once thawed is transferred at the same stage of growth that it would have been if natural conception had happened during this cycle in utero. The goal is to trick my body into thinking that when I ovulated I got pregnant so that my body will support this embryo. Progesterone which is important in sustaining a pregnancy then continues twice daily for up to week 10 of pregnancy or until a negative beta (pregnancy) test.
Now statistics show 10-20% of frozen ❄ embryos do not survive the thawing process. This is really scary as that means 1 in 5 embryos don’t make it. That’s a pretty high statistic but we need to continue to hope and believe ours will beat the odds 🙏.
Will keep you all updated as we get closer to transfer date.
February is the month of Love, and there’s a whole lot of love to go around so we are feeling this month is meant to be the month for baby Frost 💙🍍🤞
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