Yes! That’s a count down! In T-23 days I will be starting my first Frozen Embryo Transfer or FET or IVF #5 depending on how you want to look at it. I prefer to look at it as FET #1, I know a lot of women may not agree, and perhaps I’ll change my mind once FET #1 is over. But somehow, it just doesn’t feel right to call it an IVF. For starters, its not nearly as tough physically, what I mean is, there’s no awful stimming process and no egg retrieval and I know I shouldn’t think like this, but lets be honest, the success rates of FET’s are way lower than fresh cycles as well, so I’d prefer to distinguish between the two. The starting point of an FET will seem almost like an anti climax in comparison to a fresh cycle.

Not that I’m expecting my FET to be a walk in the park either. There will be a few changes to my FET, a couple of things I haven’t had before and I’m hoping that these will be the little bit of magic we’ve been missing, its also the two things that are going to make my FET a bit harder going, physically, that is. The first one is daily Gestone (progesterone injections) and Primogyn ( estrogen injections). The problem with these two injections that both are intramuscular which means they have to be administered high up on the buttocks. Now if any of you have had an intramuscular injection before you’ll know they’re generally a bit more tender than a sub cut injection. I’m betting that I’m going to be having a hard time sitting on my butt by the end of my 2ww but I’ll suck it up for that all important BFP and will continue to sit on one butt cheek at a time and continue on with these injections throughout the first trimester should I be successful. The second problem is that W will have to administer these shots and each time I mention it to him he gets rather pale. There is also a chance that he may be away for a portion of my FET cycle and Lord knows how I’m going to inject myself? I’ll also be having one Intralipid infusion around the time of ET and then again should I have a positive pregnancy test.

We are extremely fortunate, in that because of the number of embryo’s we got in our last IVF, we have enough embryo’s frozen for 2 FET attempts. We have 4 embryo’s on one fern (what the clinic refers to the storage of frozen embies) and another fern containing 3 embryo’s.  We’ll use the fern containing the 4 embryo’s first and I’ve already told W that this time I’m going balls to the wall, whatever shows division after the thawing process I want transferred, if that is 1 embryo, 2 embryo’s, 3 or even 4 embryo’s, I want them all put back. I mean lets be honest here now, FET doesn’t have the highest success rates and what are the odds of ALL of them taking anyway?

So I’ve started my preparation phase, the eating still not so good, but I have started taking all of my meds and vitamins every day, something I haven’t done since my IVF failed in March. I’m also busy mentally preparing myself for what lies ahead in T-23………….

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  • Reply Denise

    Good luck hon! I’m super excited that you didn’t make this a private blog and we can all share your journey with you!

    August 18, 2009 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Gail

    Wishing you all the best! Make friends with a sister at a Lancet Lab. They can administer your shots for you.

    August 18, 2009 at 12:02 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Hi Gail
      Thanks so much for the wishes! Its really so appreciated. I was actually thinking about asking my GP who lives just around the corner from me to administer my shots for me. You know the stimming shots are fine cos they go in the tummy so they’re easy, but the butt shots I don’t know how you do yourself!
      All the best for you new job!

      August 18, 2009 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Beth

    Good Luck with the FET. Will be holding everything that it works for you. My husband got pretty good at the IM shots, wasn’t phased at all by them, luckily!

    Also wanted to thank everyone for their lovely comments on my guest post, but I see all comments on your old blog are closed.


    August 18, 2009 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Hi Beth
      The comments on my old blog are closed, however they have all been migrated across to my new blog so you can go into your guest post and see all the comments there on the new blog!
      Thanks for the wishes!

      August 18, 2009 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Sian

    OK, cool! I’m holding everything for you. I said the same thing about ET to DJ the other night. Whatever thaws goes back!

    August 18, 2009 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Wow, wow, wow…only 23 days. I am hoping and praying this time is the magic bullet for y’all!

    August 18, 2009 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    There seems to be some success with FET lately so this is it. I feel it in my water 😉

    August 18, 2009 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply Lea White

    I know I always say it, but now more than ever I’m offering my prayers and thoughts. I pray that this will be your moment! I remember from when Bianca had to get intra-muscular injections into her legs how incredibly painful they were for her, so I can just imagine how incredibly painful they must be for you too. I pray for strength as you face each day!

    August 18, 2009 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Lea White

    Oh and I love this background too. It certainly is so much nicer than the selection I have to choose from 🙂

    August 18, 2009 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Hollie

    HEY GIRL! Like your new digs! I can’t wait to hear about your BFP from FET! I know the stats, but it can happen, LOOK AT ME! Wishing you nothing but the absolute best for this go around. HUGS!!

    August 18, 2009 at 11:22 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    T-23….! One day at a time. And the cycle is mUCH less demanding…much less hoopla. But yikes…I don’t know…if I had any needles involved I might increase the status back up to IVF level. Ouchies.

    Cheering you on all the way….

    August 19, 2009 at 1:13 am
  • Reply Abbey

    Going to be praying every night for you Sharon and holding everything that can be held! I totally agree about putting anything that shows division back. The more the merrier! I know it’s scary but you have so many people supporting you and you already know that you have what it takes to do this. I’m here if you need anything at all!

    August 19, 2009 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Amanda

    Good luck Sharon! Hope this works out for you guys!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Kirsty

    Keeping my fingers,toes and legs crossed!! GOOD LUCK!! x

    August 19, 2009 at 11:03 am
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