Tag: ivf cycle

When Things Don’t Go As Planned – My Sister’s Struggle With Infertility

These are my little sisters and me: Becky, Katie and Jessie.  We grew up playing House, Dress-Up, Barbies, riding our bikes, and having dance contests (I was always the judge, and coincidentally, I always won).  For as long as I can remember we wanted to grow up and have babies.  Well, we grew up and

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A baby in time for…which holiday?

Almost exactly a year ago, my husband and I were at just about our lowest of lows of our infertility story.  We had recently learned about my husband’s abysmal sperm count and were continuing testing for him. The term “IVF” was being thrown around, and I was devastated.  I remember going to the urologist with

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Expect the unexpected while you’re expecting

What’s more stressful than going through an IVF cycle?  Going through said IVF cycle while buying a house!   We had been looking…and looking…at houses for some time but, as it happened, the same month we did our IVF cycle happened to be the month we found, and closed on, our new house.  In fact,

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The silver lining of IVF

A baby?  Yes, I suppose a baby would be the ultimate positive spin and happy ending for enduring an IVF cycle.  But, my favorite IVF moment (and, yes, there is such a thing)?  Embryo transfer day. I was a mess of emotions on the morning of transfer day.  Fearful they’d cancel our cycle at the

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My IVF cycle diary: Week two

Day Eight: Monday Today’s ultrasound went well today (minimal discomfort!) and they told us we will trigger tomorrow!  I still can’t believe it all seems to be happening so quickly… Day Nine: Tuesday We triggered tonight!  Actually, at the last minute, they changed my trigger meds because they are still worried about ovarian hyperstimulation.  All

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My “delicate condition”

At the start of our IVF cycle, I was instructed to refrain from lifting anything heavy and to avoid stairs as much as possible.  Try this at home?  Sure, no problem.  Do this at work?  That’s another story entirely. My job requires that I do some heavy lifting.  When you make multiple one-hundred-pound batches of

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