So, just to get you all up to speed, my progesterone at 6 dpo last cycle was only 6.5. That's kinda low. No big deal, really. I was only at a 9 when I (successfully) was pregnant with my son. And, they were going to supplement me anyways, so it's ok.
I went in today for my cd 3 check. My antral follicle count (AFC) was 15 which is pretty good. I that in your twenties 10-15 is an average number, in the mid 30's it's 5-10 and in your 40's it's less than 5. AFC has also been shown to have a strong correlation with pregnancy rates despite age. Since I'm 37, I'm pretty happy with this number.
My next appointment is 3/6 in which Jim will give a sample for the SA and to freeze in case somehow he can't make the retrieval day. He also gets a bunch of bloodwork done to show he doesn't have any infectious diseases. I have to do a class on how to give myself a shot and they go over any questions I have.
So, I started birth control pills (BCP) yesterday and the dexamethasomne at 0.5 mg. I'm hesitant on the Dex (it's a low dose steroid). Some studies show no difference, some studies show a better response. So, I think I'll take it during stims and stop after retrieval. I know the doc will recommend I keep it through the early pregnancy, but I'm not comfortable with that. Every study sees no benefit of taking it after implantation and there's a study in which it was given to premature babies to help them with their breathing. It did that, but also caused long term lower IQ scores. .... I'm off track...
I should warn everyone. I tend to take my medical care into my own hands. So I listen to the docs, research their advice and make my own decisions. Please don't send me a message saying that I should "just listen to my doctor." Doctors aren't gods. They don't know everything and they certainly don't know you like you know you. It takes a smart doc and an informed patient to make the best medical decisions for you.
On that thought, I'm supposed to stop taking the BCP on Sunday, 3/10 and get my period Wednesday - Friday. But, I'll stop taking it Saturday and get my period Tuesday - Thursday. Let's get this show on the road. (For the finicky ones out there, I started taking the BCP yesterday which was a day early, so the total number of days will work out to be the same.)
The next week, 3/18, will be the busy week of bloodwork, ultrasounds and stims.
The procedure week should be 3/25.
And then hopefully, we'll have some answers....
My cd3 bloodwork came in from this morning. (I like how fast they are!)
FSH - 5
E2 - 21
LH - 7.2
(I don't like how my lh is always a little higher than it should be. I'm going to have to research that.)