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My journey: 3 years later … let’s thaw some embryos

Now that you know the whole back story –

Its time to talk the present.  I have been kinda dying to get to this part and share whats going on right now!  All of this ties into my running and racing as I will have to postpone some of my race plans for 2014.

VC and I always talked about having 3 children. But after the fun of our 2 for 1 deal I wavered a bit. We have a boy and a girl, why more? But slowly as the Gs grew that desire to have a 3rd came creeping in … we talked about it a bit, and decided that we would start the process after Boston 2014.

And then I had a miscarriage and it changes everything. I was 100% ready to have another, I didn’t want to wait until after April. I was also super emotional and saying things like “Karmically I think this is a sign that we should have a baby now” This is my brain on estrogen and loss.

On January 27th 2014 we met with Dr Grifo, our fertility specialist. Obviously I could get pregnant on my own, but what were the odds that it would happen again? What state was my body in? My instincts told me that I was far from being able to naturally conceive.  I hadn’t had a regular cycle since the G’s were born, and other than that miscarriage there were no signs that I was suddenly functioning. My instincts were right, as determined by an ultrasound and blood test my estrogen and progesterone levels were way low. Whats more was that my uterine lining was very thin, meaning that the chances of an embryo “sticking” was very low.

Without hesitation, we dove right into the process for a Frozen Embryo Transfer.

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Remember those 11 embryos that were highly graded? 2 of them became the Gs and the other 9 have been waiting for us on ice in the NYU lab. We elected to have all 9 sent to a lab for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Screening (PGD/PGS). This extra little bit of testing on the embryos detects genetic irregularities in embryos prior to embryo transfer and affords an opportunity to test the embryos that we select for transfer. The reason why we went forward with the extra testing was that we wanted to have the healthiest embryo transferred. That reduces the risk of another miscarriage and also a stronger embryo is less likely to split – making another set of twins. No more twins. One set is plenty :)

The next few weeks went like this

Once the paperwork and all that good stuff was done, our em-babies were scheduled for a defrost in the NYU lab.
Each of the 9 em-babies had a sample taken from what will be their placenta.
All 9 samples were sent to another lab for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Screening (PGD/PGS)
The 9 em-babies were then ReFrozen

On Valentine’s Day 2014 we received a call from the lab. 6 of our em-babies were healthy embryos.

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Hip Hip Hooray for healthy Em-Babies!

During this time, we needed to prep my body for the Frozen Embryo Transfer so I was put on a relatively high dose of birth control pill. This would give me a boost of estrogen and hopefully start to build my lining. This also sent me into a really terrible Crohn’s cycle, which isn’t fun but when you look at what the outcome will (hopefully) be, its something I can endure.

On Sunday (2/16) I went in for my first testing to start my Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) cycle. I had blood work and an ultrasound that determined I had a long way to go. Thankfully we know from the OHSS that I respond to the medications well … so we began. Estrodial 2mg 2x/day, for the next 2 weeks.

Estrodial has had some serious side effects on me. I am nauseous and vomiting – think first trimester- and having trouble leaving the house for too long. For the first week this was the only side effect and then all of a sudden I swelled up like a ballon. My chest is twice its normal size and my belly feels super heavy. I pride myself in being a tough gal, pain and discomfort for the most part is temporary and I really try to endure it. Especially when I know that the end goal is a beautiful as this.

But on Tuesday this week (2/25), after a really bad night my tolerance to endure the discomfort was gone.  I called my doctor and they told me to come in immediately. After a blood test and an ultrasound it was determined that my estrogen levels had spiked over 200 points in 10 days and my lining was now thick enough to safely hold an embryo. I was about 4 days ahead of the normal. #jackpot

The next step is to start the dreaded progesterone injections and then schedule the transfer.

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Side note … this is an awesome tutorial for Intramuscular injections.  Thank you Dr. Meggie for the recommendation.

This brings us to today :)  I am on day 2 of the progesterone shots.  They are not fun, I am sore … but if I am being honest I somehow feel more level that I did on the estrodial.  The swelling has gone (somewhat) down and my anxiousness is much much less.  That could also be because we now have a transfer date!!

On Monday afternoon I go in for my FET transfer :)

Send us some good thoughts and cross your fingers and toes!

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10 thoughts on “My journey: 3 years later … let’s thaw some embryos

  1. I love hearing about your journey. And i’m having SUPER high hopes that Monday is THE DAY. Mostly because, Monday, I am starting this fertility journey as well (again – it’s been 14 years), and my first appointment is Monday at 6:30 pm. So here’s to babies!
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  2. Gia, i love reading your story and look forward to more updates! Good luck on Monday; i’ll be sending lots of positive vibes your way!

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