Wednesday, April 29, 2009

84 - Life in numbers...

That is what life in the world of infertility is - even post positive pregnancy. Up until Monday I was getting my blood drawn every other day in an attempt to wean me off the meds. No weaning now until after our second ultrasound on Monday. My progesterone looks fine (I'm on the supps. and they are pleased with anything over 6), but as you can see, my estrogen is all over the place. They finally gave up on the weaning and gave me the week off from blood draws. For the first time since mid March, I can enjoy a week without numbers.

Estradiol and Progesterone (* indicate no reading)

1300 11
550 17
1100 15
1600 *
450 *
850 18

I know estrogen numbers are lower with frozen embryo transfers, and I always keep in mind what Phoebe says about how it is more important what is in the uterus than what is in the blood stream (very helpful, Phoebe), but does anyone have any additional insight about the estradiol? I really don't understand its role.

I feel stupid. I really thought that I would either not get pregnant from this frozen embryo transfer or get pregnant and that would be it - a "normal" pregnancy to just sit back and enjoy. Bahahaha! I am not complaining - I am so grateful we have gotten as far as we have, but this is so far from a normal, naturally conceived pregnancy.

For those of you who don't know about frozen embryo transfers (and for those who do, please correct me if I'm wrong) - my body was basically "shut down"(via birth control pills) and then restarted (via artificial hormones) prior to transferring the embryos. In a natural pregnancy, your body is already producing progesterone and estrogen from your natural cycle. But since I didn't have a natural cycle, these artificial hormones are all my body has until the placenta kicks in (I think between 9-12 weeks). Hence, the close, obsessive monitoring.

Monday we'll have some more news with the ultrasound - here's hoping for a heartbeat and good growth...and 7 more months without so many numbers!

8 comments:

Sue said...

I can't wait to hear about your second ultrasound! I really am so excited for you! I'm glad you told me about the FET hormone levels, as is, it was a lot of monitoring after the fresh IVF with a BFP, so I was wondering how they do the weaning from an FET (I thought they'd wait longer!).

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

Hoping for continued wonderful news on Monday!

Christi said...

I did a FET too (cgh) and I didn't wean til 12-13 weeks. They tried to wean me at 8 weeks and everything dropped and I had to go back on my original doses. It is such a stressful time weaning off those meds, I hope your numbers stabilize soon!

Retro Girl said...

Christi - that makes me feel better. They really started weaning me at 6 weeks. I felt like something was wrong when everything started to plummet...maybe they were just too early.

Blossom and Her Fruit said...

I can't wait to hear the good news on Monday. I hope you can enjoy that ultrasound to the fullest

Jill M. said...

Best of luck on Monday, can't wait to hear the HB numbers! =)

onwardandsideways said...

Not sure what the fluctuations mean... but your progesterone is rising, and that is really good! I am hoping for a great u/s for you on Monday. So hard to wait, but you'll get there.

DAVs said...

I know nothing about numbers like this...I've never had a frozen (or a pregnancy for that matter!). Hoping hoping hoping for a fabulous ultrasound on Monday!!