When you’re tired of failure and decide to go all out, that’s the point we have come to.
Our consultation with Dr. Fisch was yesterday and it was twice as long as any we have had so far. Having been on this roller coaster ride twice now I had much more informed questions. (Tip: Before your consult, do your own research so you understand the terms and can ask about the different medications other women are using.)
Dr. Fisch says there is nothing wrong with my uterus or lining, woo-hoo! He says that our embryos so far have not been healthy enough to lead to viable pregnancies. The sperm are great because they obviously fertilized some eggs so we have no issues there. He brought up getting Paul’s genetic counseling done for the hundredth time, which is a little annoying. It’s like he thinks I somehow forgot about the question marks in our process. At the beginning of my pregnancy with Savannah I had a full genetic workup ran and I’m totally fine but Dr. Fisch gives me a blood work slip so he can see if there might be any clotting disorders. I had that done three years ago but hey, things change so who knows.
Paul and I knew going into this appointment that we want to transfer our last two remaining embryos at once. Yes, our chances of twins obviously goes up but Dr. Fisch reassures us that only 25% of people that transfer two end up with two babies. I’m extremely nervous at the thought of two but it’s like a two for one deal and I love a good deal. We are not charged per embryo that goes in, we’re only charged a fee for the process. I’m all for saving some money at this point!
Dr. Fisch agreed to try transferring two. I ask what happens if one doesn’t work, will that affect the other? Answer: Nope! They will not help nor hinder each other. I’m part of a local IVF Facebook group and have noticed that some of the women there are prescribed a ton of medications for their frozen transfers. I brought this up to Dr. Fisch because I really want to make sure we have a good medication protocol. I know of course each doctor does things their own way but I was still curious. He explained that he would rather go the path of less medications if possible. Sometimes being over medicated negatively impacts your process and sometimes you’re prescribed something that you really don’t have to pay for at all because it won’t be helpful. I specifically asked about Ganirelix, which I have seen some women take during their FET and some women complain about not getting. According to Dr. Fisch, Ganirelix is pretty pricy and is used to help stop ovulation. I’m taking estrogen during my FET and that stops ovulation so there’s no point in me having Ganirelix as well. We are set to stick with our estrogen shots, PIO, and progesterone suppositories, which is fabulous news because I have plenty leftover from the last frozen we did!
I celebrated the start of our third try by heading to Aldo and picking up a pair of heeled sandals and by taking my first birth control pill! I honestly have to say that taking the birth control pills might be the most frustrating part of this process. That’s an entire month of taking a daily pill and waiting around! Such slow process, such little patience. June FET here we come!