Looks like I’m about a month ahead of you. Just completed first full round of IVF with day 5 ET yesterday. In the last year, we attempted two other cycles but hit roadblocks, including RE (who we love) recommending that we consider egg donor due to low ovarian reserve. After working out other health and insurance issues, we finally started a cycle in late June and are now waiting for pregnancy test next weekend.
I can’t even begin to describe the emotions of this past month -each bloodtest/ultrasound was an obstacle to overcome before making our way to the next obstacle. We were thrilled to have been able to finally complete a cycle, especially with only 6 eggs retrieved, four fertilized (ICSI) and 2 making it to a day 5 blastocysts. Seems like quality is in our favor - embroyologist referred to one as “gorgeous” and the other as “good” – so we are optimistic this may work for us this time - will find out in a week.
My only advice is remember you’ll shooting for quality not quantity, and to try to relax as much as possible and take each day for the rollercoaster ride that it is. The shots soon become just a part of the day (although the first time mixing the meds can be nerve-wracking) and I was fortunate in having limited side effects. Gets lots of sleep, moderate exercise, and sustain a healthy diet. I changed my diet per a book I purchased on line – pretty much cut out all processed sugars (yes, including chocolate), caffeines, and processed carbs (all bread products, including wheat). Been eating lots of fresh fruit and steamed veggies, and all natural meats (well, as much as you can buy them). This has taken much more time to prepare meals (been to the grocery store 3-4 times a week when I normally go once a month) but I feel so much healthier - and managed to drop a few pounds too. I never thought I’d have the will power to change my diet so drastically - especially when DH eats chips and candy in front of me but this experience has made me realize how very much we want this baby and what I’m willing to do to get there. I’m not suggesting this is necessary but it can’t hurt and so far, our results have been good. That being said, there are so many “dos” and “don’ts” on the internet - you have to make deliberate decisions as to what you feel is best for you. My RE’s office is amused by all that I’ve been doing (or not doing) due to what’s on the internet…
Sorry for rambling - just stay focused, as calm as possible, positive and know that you got this -esp when you start your first stims. Feel free to PM me - I’m still a newbie at this myself but my experience is fresh. I also felt quite alone during the process as only DH really understood what was going on - it can be a lonely experience and with the increase in hormones and natural anxiety involved, it can seem magnified at times. Take care and good luck! :grouphug: