I told many, who knew I was going to CC.RM for my last cycle, that I was not doing a transfer at this time. Most patients of CC.RM opt for CCS (genetic) testing of the embryos which requires that they are frozen and a FET is done at a later time, after the results are complete.
But the truth is that because my ODWU AFC was so low (5) the chances that I'd have blasts to test was so low that I didn't sign up for the CCS testing (you have to sign up before the cycle starts)... and it's expensive! And it's the same price regardless of the number of embryos you have to test! My logic, as discussed with the doctor, was that I'd probably end up transferring however many embryos as I'm lucky enough to have available to transfer, and probably on Day 3 (CCS requires embryos make it to blast).
When my cycle turned around and ended up being so good, I seriously regretted that I had not signed up for CCS testing. I think I'm one of the very few who go to CC.RM and do not do the testing!
|1 9-cell and 2 8-cell "perfect" embryos|
|My Special Transfer Slippers!|
Not even a week into the 2ww I felt my usual lower back period cramping. I've been on so much progesterone and estrogen support that there was no way AF would actually show up before my beta. I've had no symptoms, just the period cramps which really crushed me. I was so crushed that I did not POAS AT ALL and if you've been reading for any length of time you know I'm a POAS addict.
First, I didn't want to POAS until after work Thursday because I needed to be able to try to concentrate. I collected my FMU on both Wednesday & Thursday but I didn't dip a stick. I decided I needed to wait until after my blood draw and if I had a confirmed BFN on HPT I'd be
My beta on Friday was 70! I was truly stunned. I was certain it was another BFN... that's all I know is BFN. Did they mix up my blood with someone elses? I spent the rest of the day in a haze. I went to Target but ended up just wandering without purpose unable to focus for a minute on my list of things I needed to get.... except for a digital HPT!
|11dp3dt - 11/11/11 Beta: 70|
HPT taken AFTER Beta results provided
Sunday I was a nervous wreck waiting on results from the 2nd Beta. I was paralyzed, unable to leave the house, or do much more than sit on the couch. The second beta was at 13dp3dt was 201, just 9 points shy of tripling! The nurse said no more betas are necessary. My first ultrasound is 11/28, I'll be 6w3d and should be able to see the heartbeat (God Willing).
I later dipped HPTs in the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday FMU collections that I kept by my toilet (collecting urine: desperate measures of a woman in the 2ww). After looking at the results, I will tell you that I would have driven myself insane analyzing the faint lines on the cheap sticks... AND these are the sticks that are supposed to read HCG as low as 10ml. Even the stick from my beta day was super faint. I'm glad that I waited, for a change.
So here I am... happy to report to my wonderful blog friends who have been such an amazing support through 10 ART cycles, that I'm a little bit pregnant! I'm cautiously happy... which is much happier than I've been in far too long!!
I've got my CC.RM miracle and if everything goes just right, there will be a healthy baby in my arms come July 2012!!!
**For my IRL friends who are reading, it's SUPER-EARLY... mum's the word. Thanks!!