Tonight I decided to sit down and look at some information for IVF. I’m desperately trying to learn all the acronyms and information so that I am not clueless. So far… I am clueless. I do actually know what the four in the subject line mean so I guess that is a start!
I have the mock embryo transfer this coming week. It is simple and easy from what I have heard, but I am still nervous. Thankfully, Kevin is able to go with me to distract me some. Soon I will have the HSG (Hysterosalpingogram) test (they will light me up with dye and look for any potential issues). I am not looking forward to that test! The good news we have is that they will freeze some of Kevin’s sperm. This way we will have something to fall back on if something goes wrong in the fall.
I am glad that they are being proactive with everything. We are getting all of these test out of the way so when we are ready, we are actually ready. This is a uncanny mix of emotions. I think we have figured out a roughly estimated time frame for when we want to do the transfer (not sharing the date so we can have some sort of surprise down the road). It is exciting to think that this time next year we may be in a completely different situation. It is also scary because nothing is ever guaranteed. We are just going to keep trucking through this and maybe make myself an infertility dictionary in the meantime! I just hope we can get a picture of when they do the ICSI so we can put it in our children’s baby books. How amazing would that be to have the very picture of when you started? Just a clump of cells that look like nothing to the eye. Maybe that is weird… At least if my kids hate it, I can use it as blackmail in the future?
As scared as I am about this process, I am completely amazed by it too! How cool would it be to have a job where you literally start life? I am envious… but I do not like college that much!
I know a lot of my family and friends read my blog. I put the definitions of all the weirdo terms so it can help you understand what I am talking about, plus it helps me keep it in my head.
IVF – In Vitro-fertilization – The eggs are taken out and placed into a dish with the sperm, where they do their own thing.
ICSI – Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection – the eggs are injected with a sperm. This is done when there is not enough normal sperm and what we will be doing.
HSG – Hysterosalpingogram – the test where they put dye into you so they can x-ray and look at your reproductive organs. They are looking for blockages and any other potential problems.
RE – Reproductive Endocrinologist – fertility doctor