Plan D

I made a mistake in my post about progesterone… Despite the suppositories, AF showed up a few hours after my last post. So yesterday morning I snuck out during my students’ final to call the clinic right when they opened.

C and I had decided our plan was to do a baseline ultrasound on cycle day 2 or 3, and see how many antral follicles were visible – if it was 3 or fewer, we would do medicated IUI again; if there were more, we would try for IVF. But when the advice nurse called me back, she said that Dr. Y wanted me to come in on Tuesday – too late for medicated IUI.

When I explained our ‘plan’, she said that upon further reflection, Dr. Y really felt that IVF was our best option and we should just go ahead with that. At this unexpected disruption in the plan – and to my complete surprise – I burst into tears on the phone. (I should probably mention that I have never been a very emotional person. For our first year together, C teasingly referred to me as ‘The Robot’. But infertility is doing its damnedest to change that.) Anyway, the nurse ultimately relented and said they could squeeze me in at 4:30.

The ultrasound showed 6 follicles (lame by most standards, but tied for my best count). It also showed a small cyst (Dr. Y said that wasn’t surprising after coming off a medicated IUI cycle), which means we couldn’t do medicated IUI this cycle anyway. We all agreed to move ahead with IVF, assuming the cyst goes away before next month. (We need a month to do our IVF ‘homework’ anyway.)

Once again, it feels good to have a plan, and to feel like we are moving forward (to what, I don’t know, but I’ll settle for movement toward anything at this point). I would title this post ‘Plan B’, except IVF was certainly not our plan B. By my count, we are on Plan D. Here’s a summary of our plan/backup plan/backup to the backup plan, etc:

Plan A: Pull the goalie and get pregnant β€œthe old fashioned way.”

Plan B: Timed intercourse, using charting (phase 1), charting + OPKs (phase 2), and charting + OPKs + Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor (phase 3)

Plan C: Medicated IUI with Menopur

Plan D: IVF with my (scarce, presumably crap) eggs

Plan E: IVF with donor eggs

Plan F: Adoption

Plan G: Wait for Guy on a Buffalo to drop off a prairie orphan. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click below.)

Plan H: No idea. Suggestions?

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  1. Sara

     /  May 4, 2013

    I just found your blog and love it! I am a high school chemistry teacher (started as a biology teacher) and love that you include the chemistry in your blog. I am in the middle of my 3rd IVF cycle, egg retrieval was today. I will continue to follow your blog as you begin IVF.

    • Welcome! So glad to know there’s another chemist out there reading. πŸ™‚ Best of luck to you. 3rd IVF cycle! I’m impressed!

  2. That sure was a funny video! I hope you don’t have to resort to plan G. πŸ™‚

    • Isn’t it? There are three other ‘episodes’ but that one is my favorite. πŸ™‚

  3. My plan B has the same phases as yours…

    • Cool. Makes me feel legit to know I’m going about it the same as the expert! (And just in case you have the same Plan G, I call dibs on the first available prairie orphan…)

  4. Thank you for introducing me to the guy on a buffalo. Hilarious! I equally liked Episode 1. I haven’t watched 3 yet. I have to say, I was weirdly jealous of that “barren” lady. However, I also don’t have to worry about my baby being eaten by a cougar or bear. So it’s a trade-off.
    Best of luck moving forward with your Plan D! I can imagine it’s hard to have it sprung on you like that, and it will take a few days to have it sink in. I’m already on Plan C without even realizing it.

    • Thanks much! I think we should reclaim the word ‘barren’ as an empowerment thing! πŸ˜‰
      Best of luck to you with Plan C; here’s hoping you don’t make it to D, and that none of us makes it to G…

  5. Glad to welcome another DOR blogger to the gang, although I’m sorry that you find yourself in this boat with us at all. Strange how you end up at Plan D without even really thinking about it. I’ll be following along and wishing you good luck!

    • Thanks Aramis! As much as I’d prefer to remain blissfully ignorant of all this stuff, it’s a huge comfort to be connected to women going through the same thing on the other side of the world (well, on the other side of the continent anyway)!

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