We went to IVF orientation last Thursday. It was a whirlwind of information. Over the weekend we read through everything again and got a better handle on it all.
Leaving the orientation we were like two giddy kids. It's hard to believe that I could be carrying a baby or babies in the next 6 to 8 weeks.
Just to give you an idea of some of the things we have to do to prepare:
- Take HIV and Hep tests (both of us)
- Get started on low dose Birth Control
- Counsel Screen (to see if I am a carrier of any genetic disorders)
- Take antibiotics to rid our bodies of any bugs that may be trying to fester (both of us)
- Injectable hormones (some through stomach others through muscle in hip)
- Stimulation hormones (produces more egg follicles for ovulation)
- Every other day sonograms
- Semen Sample for freezing in case Mr. RFA is sick or unable to produce a sample on the day of the actual procedure.
That's not even the whole list, but you get the point. There will be much poking, prodding, and everything in between over the next month.
While explaining the process, the nurse had a moment where she said, and at the 8 week mark we will bring you in for your first ultrasound so we can see and hear the baby's heartbeat and to determine how many babies are in there. I think we both let out a collective "yay" at the sound of hearing our baby's(ies) heart beat.
So...today is CD2, which is now the start of the process. This afternoon I'm going in for my bloodwork, which will be tested for everything under the sun. Mr. RFA goes in for his blood work on Thursday. I start birth control tomorrow morning and we both start our antibiotics on Friday.
At the orientation they gave us a sample calendar that lays out the entire process, including what medication to take on each day, whether or not I need to be in the office for an appointment that day, etc. Once my cycle came on I went ahead and filled out the calendar to fit us specifically. It looks according to my calendar they will retrieve my eggs between April 17 - 19, and transfer two fertilized embryos into my uterus 5 days after.
We will take our first blood pregnancy test around May 4th to determine if the process worked. Whew...I'm excited beyond belief.
Mr. RFA wants to start doing videos of our journey...I may post them here. Aaaah....so excited!