Hey guys! I have learned so much from this forum over the past months that I wanted to share my recent experiences with my IVF procedure in the hopes of helping others find answers to the myriad of questions this process brings to light.
For some back ground: My husband and I tried for 2 years (by our selves and with the help of my OBGYN) before being referred to our RE.
We are fortunate to live an hour’s drive away from one of the leading clinics in the US.
After rounds and rounds of tests, they only confirmed—once again— that we are part of the lucky/unlucky 20% of patients that have completely UNexplained infertility. It’s beyond frustrating.
So after ten days of Gonal F (225mg a day titrated down to 150 for the last day due to high estradiol levels), 5 days of Ganirelix, and antibiotics— we were finally ready for egg retrieval.
I checked into the surgical center within our clinic at 7:30 Friday morning, with the expectation that after experiencing “mild period cramps” for the afternoon I would be back to normal.
I guess I’m not normal.
First of all, the pain was worse than “mild period cramps”. I had 16 eggs retrieved and even driving over the speed bumps in our neighborhood on the way home was painful for me.
I almost passed out as soon we walked into our house (this was from anesthesia), and actually did pass out later that evening while sitting on the toilet— sorry if that’s TMI.
Pain meds helped, and I will say that “below the belly button” pain was fine as long as I lay relatively still. Urinating was painful at first, but was bearable by the second day.
What I was not prepared for was the incredible amount of bloating this procedure can produce. My stomach swelled like I had swallowed a basket ball (not OHSS) and the gas pains that accompanied it that evening were so painful I called the after hours nurse to be sure I didn’t need to go to the ER. She said she was unsure what was going on, but that everything should be okay unless I spiked a fever or began vomiting. It was a random stabbing feeling that radiated from under my ribs up into my neck/shoulders and back.
I am not a baby about pain, I have lots of broken bones to prove it:)!
After scouring this website I finally found a post where someone had a similar experience. After being slightly reassured by that post, I took more pain meds and finally got some sleep (sitting straight up in bed, as that was the only way I was comfortable).
Another side effect: constipation. WOW! I did not know I could fill by belly so full of fiber and not have a BM. Finally, on day 2 after the surgery, a strong dose of Milk of Magnesia (and a greasy breakfast biscuit) got things moving for me. Now, my stomach has begun to shrink, but still has that achy feeling you get after a severe stomach bug.
Would I go through it again? ABSOLUTELY!!! WITHOUT A DOUBT!!! I’ll just be better prepared if there has to be a next time:).
We have transfer tomorrow morning. My husband and I are taking a limited approach to IVF based on our beliefs. We had 12 mature eggs, 1 border line egg. Of those, we fertilized 4 good ones and the so-so one via ICSI.
Of those, 2 have begun dividing as they should and will hopefully be extra “sticky” tomorrow morning for our day 3 transfer:)
Prayers and baby dust to you all… :bsv: