7 December 2012
We had our second ultrasound scan after five days of injections, and while the results aren't fantastic they were certainly more positive than the equivalent scan last cycle. Last time we were told there had been little change and the egg collection may need to be cancelled unless the follicles reached 13mm. This time around we already have one 15mm follicle and a couple of potentials. Even though we may harvest a similar number of eggs this cycle, but I'm hoping they might be of higher quality this time around.
After the ultrasound scan we started the Cetrotide injections, which stop you from ovulating until the eggs are ready for collection. The first injection was awful, it itched like mad and swelled up into a large lump. I was a bit worried I was having an allergic reaction, but the second injection only bruised. Since then the Cetrotide has continued to itch, but not nearly as bad.
Unlike the Buserelin and Menopur cycle, the Fostimon and Cetrotide injections can't be given at the same time. The Cetrotide has to be given in the morning and the Fostimon is administered in the evening. I expected this to make things even more stressful, but the first injection is so early in the morning that there's no time to anticipate it.
Though it's only been a week of injections this time around, they've felt more draining than the month we did last time. I constantly feel exhausted and fairly irritable, which I hope is just a side effect of the extra hormones.
We have one more scan planned for tomorrow, when we'll hopefully confirm the date for the egg collection. If everything goes well, we should have all the technical stuff finished by the end of next week - then we just cross our fingers and wait.
This was originally written for the Emma's Diary Blog.
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