Today I am 7 days into down regulation for our first IVF attempt. I am so excited and cannot believe we are at this stage, but also so incredibly aware of how things can easily not go to plan and that it may all be for nothing. Right now I am holding onto hope and trying to visualise a positive pregnancy test, a growing bump and knitted booties, but I do have one nagging fear that I’m trying my best to ignore;
I have reduced ovarian reserve and don’t really ovulate, I turned 29 this week. I am on the long protocol of IVF simply because of my age and because they will have more control over the cycle with that protocol than with the flair which is apparently plan b… but due to my fertility problems I am scared that being on down reg will permanently tip me into the menopause and then, well its game over. Argh!
Side effects wise I’m doing ok. I’m on Suprecur 0.5ml via sc injection daily. Prior to starting down reg I was getting some serious night sweats and other menopausal symptoms like constantly feeling nauseous and heaving especially in the mornings!! And feeling foggy and like I was walking through treacle sporadically. Since starting down reg I haven’t yet had any nights sweats which is amazing as they’re truly horrible and ruin my sleep. The past few days I’ve had a mild headache and today I have a funny taste and slight numb feeling in my mouth. I feel a bit flat and quite tired too though that could be because I’m back at work tomorrow after a few days off for Christmas!
Exercise wise I’ve not done much since starting down reg except two 5km runs and a daily dog walk, this is mainly due to Christmas rather than deciding to stop and my classes start again today so I’m back to meta fit and spin tonight, with weights class Tuesday, 5km run sat and spin Sunday. I did have a vague plan of maybe starting to do the daily insanity dvds until I start on menopur…but then again maybe not!
All in all I’m pretty pleased just to be starting on this adventure.