Friday, May 13, 2011

All Quiet On the Ovary Front

My baseline appointment for ICSI was on Friday, May 6th.  I arrived at the lab at 8:30am for a blood test.  Right afterwards, I went several doors down to my Doc's office.  After waiting just a few minutes, they took me back to the same room where I had previously met the internal ultrasound machine.  The nurse asked me to get undressed from the waist down.  Luckily, I once again got to cover up with the stylish paper blanket left folded neatly on the table.  Pretty soon Dr. Larry King came in and the fun began.  The doctor asked Hubby to turn off the lights and come stand by the table so he could see the monitor.  He looked at my right ovary and then moved it to my left one, stopping to look at my uterus in the middle.  You know, like stopping for coffee on the way to work.  He stated that my uterine lining looked extremely thin and my ovaries looked "quiet."  Both of these, apparently, are very good. I still feel kinda lost every time I go in.  They tell me things and I have to ask whether it's good or not.  Quiet ovaries means there's nothing going on, which is what they want before beginning stimulants.  And they also want the uterine lining thin because that signifies nothing's going on.  All quiet on the ovary front.  I told the Doc that this was the first time in my life I've been called quiet.  He laughed and said that as long as my bloodwork came back OK, I'd begin stimulants the next day and he'd see us the following Wednesday.

That afternoon, I received a phone call from the IVF nurse.  She called to let me know that my estrogen level was excellent in the blood draw earlier that day.  She said that they wanted the Lupron I'd been on to make my estrogen level to be at 50 or below.  Mine was at 25.  I was responding extremely well to the medicine and needed to decrease to 5 units of Lupron each morning and begin stimulant shots the next day as planned with 1 vial of Bravelle in the morning and 2 vials in the evening.  Finally, something is going right.  Hallelujah!  She reminded me to begin filling out the daily drug chart and also to bring the Novarel to my next appointment (along with a cooler since it has to be chilled and I live far enough away that it would matter) in case they wanted to go ahead and mix it.  Good news!

This process is getting real real quick!  When she started talking about the trigger shot on the  I'm happy that things are moving along in a great direction.


  1. Congrats on your great baseline! Yippee. Now the fun part begins :-)

  2. Yay! Glad things are moving along for you!

  3. For once, nothing going on is a good thing. Great news!