Well, I’m officially off and running on this final FET. My start-cycle visit was Monday.
Back in June when I had my saline-infusion sonogram (SIS), Dr. E noted that my ovaries looked as though I had “mild” PCOS. The “string of pearls” of small cysts that are one of the criteria for PCOS were evident. I was ovulating based on seeing LH surges and having regular periods, but I knew that in SIS I had the cycle before I conceived M without medical assistance, my ovaries had shown no signs of the “string of pearls”. I dug out my notes from that time and put myself back on the same medication/supplement regimen with a couple small tweaks (prior to this, I had been using lower doses of the medications/supplements that seemed to get me ovulating but obviously hadn’t totally cleared my ovaries of the cysts). I hoped that with three to four months, perhaps my ovaries would fall in line. I figured even if we were using the final frozen embryo as opposed to trying to conceive without medical assistance, the more in-line my hormones got, the better the chance for a good outcome.
I’m happy to say that when the ultrasound tech scanned my ovaries Monday, there were none of the little cysts. My ovaries looked like normal, healthy ovaries. It’s interesting – I had wondered if the cycle where M came along was a fluke, but it appears that possibly with the right combination of medications, I may be able to put my PCOS into a sort of remission. I don’t know if that’s reality, since getting proof would mean serial ultrasounds/blood draws, but it’s certainly hopeful.
I took my first del.estrogen shot Monday night, and that is the thickest medication I’ve ever seen. As someone who has injected an awful lot of oil-based meds into my rear, that’s saying something. Not much fun, but at least it’s small amounts of oil (0.3 mL per dose) and only every 4th day. I started the dexa.methasone Monday night as well. So far, I’ve been able to sleep (steroids tend to give me insomnia) but I’m only two doses in, so we’ll see.
Next ultrasound/bloodwork is scheduled for Oct. 17 with transfer now tentatively scheduled for Oct. 23.