October 31, 2017
In order to be better prepare my body for the embryo transfer in December, I spent most of October putting my body through a hormone induced mock cycle. The cycle uses the hormones (estrogen and progesterone) in the hopes of thickening the uterine lining.
For seventeen days, I took a dose of 6 mg per day of estrogen. After ten days a vaginal ultrasound was performed to see how well the hormone therapy worked. The last five days of the cycle were the estrogen with the addition of 800 mg of progesterone.
A thick uterine lining is an essential component as this is the area in which the developing embryo implants in the early days of pregnancy. The ideal thickness of the lining is from 7 to10mm. I fell on the lower end, with 7mm by the time of the first ultrasound. With this information in hand, my doctor is Spain made adjustments in the dosage of Estrogen for the real cycle.
For anyone who has endured hormone therapy, you feel my pain and discomfort. For those who have never experienced these treatments, it is best described as an emotional and physical roller coaster. Every day was a challenge both emotionally and physically. I am pretty sure that there were days Jeff was ready to strangle me.
Thankfully for Jeff, October is the baseball playoffs. There were many days that we barely saw each other. A blessing for our marriage :-).
In all seriousness, people rarely speak of the impact on the spouse not undergoing the fertility treatment. These amazing individuals have to endure the wrath of the hormones, and can never truly empathize with the patient’s plight.
My refuge was exercise. My friends and family can attest to the fact that I am a gym rat, and enjoy the endorphins of exercise. I am never one to complain about heat and humidity, but I was experiencing a double summer with the side of effects of the hormones, compounded by the unseasonable warmth of October.
Once October 20th came I was happy to give my body a break.
Stay tuned for the next blog in which I explain the birth control pill cycle.