Schrödinger’s Embryos

Ahh, ’tis right smack in the middle of the dreaded Two Week Wait! (2ww)

I believe this phrase is appropriated from TTC (“trying to conceive”) message boards. I’ve landed on those once or twice during moments of googlemania, and let me tell you what, there’s a lot more sex going on in those than there are on the assisted reproductive technology-focused boards! There is never any sex on those boards!(Though there’s a decent amount of reference to male partners giving samples. I hear that’s not as sexy as it sounds, though). Read More »

The Phantom Of The Opera Is There Inside Your Womb

The embryology lab called me this morning and told me that they were able to freeze 9 embryos! This incredibly fertile woman just keeps impressing me more and more! Really hope this is a good sign that the two embryos I’m chilling out with at the moment will stick around. I’m in the midst of drinking some sort of disgusting green juice so I can be all healthy for them or whatever, so they’d better appreciate this sacrifice. Read More »

The Ol’ College Try

I was just reading an article about the “baby deadline test,” which is apparently the media’s new nickname for the Anti-Müllerian Hormone test. That’s the blood test I took at my diagnostic visit that was an indicator of the amount of eggs I had left. Although it’s been used for a while to help diagnose infertility, apparently it’s got a new use: helping any woman predict how long she can realistically wait to start trying to get pregnant, and/or whether she’s a good candidate for egg freezing. Read More »

Fresh Eggs By The Dozens!

Our donor’s egg retrieval was yesterday and I got the update call this morning. They retrieved 29 eggs, 19 of which were mature enough to inject sperm into, and 17 fertilized properly and are now zygotes! WOW! That is awesome!! Unless things go horribly awry somehow, they expect I’ll have a good amount of 5-day-old embryos (aka blastocysts) from which to choose the best-looking two, and probably a bunch to freeze for subsequent cycles (if necessary) or donation to another recipient(s)/research (if a baby happens this time!). Read More »

ART’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Long ago (ok, like eight years ago), my ex-husband got into watching the show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on FX. I thought it was absolutely heinous. It was basically a show in which every single character was an incredibly, unapologetically horrible person.

Then, as with many shows I eventually grew to like, the more I endured hearing it in the background, the more I had to bite the bullet and admit that I was kind of a horrible person, too, because I had started to find it hilarious. Read More »

Your Mama’s So Fertile, She Ovulated On The Pill

My new donor is everything I want. She doesn’t look as crazy as the other ones! She isn’t a carrier for genetic disorders, she passed all her psychological and FDA testing requirements, and has the cleanest bill of health across three generations that I can possibly fathom. She’s donated before and was willing to do so again on incredibly short notice, so she’s unlikely to back out or screw the whole thing up. Read More »

“You Can Always Adopt.”

Scientific advances have opened up a plethora of new family-building possibilities during the past three decades. Prior to that, infertile couples could either choose to adopt/foster or choose to not become parents (of course, there were always people who got creative – hell, there’s even a story about that in the Bible). Those options remain, along with medical interventions such as intra-uterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, donated gametes, gestational surrogacy, fertility medication, gamete cryopreservation, and reproductive surgery. Read More »

Fresh vs. Frozen: Not Just For Vegetables Anymore

Today we experienced a setback when we found out that our donor did not pass her FDA-required infectious disease screening and is now disqualified from continuing our cycle. Tomorrow, I’ll speak with the doctor about what we should do next. As I understand it, our options are to choose a new donor who is able to start her cycle pretty much immediately; ditch this cycle, stop taking my meds, choose a new donor, wait for her to be available, start my meds all over again, and pray that nothing goes wrong this time; or order frozen eggs from an egg bank again. Read More »

Infertility, Irritability, and Job Compatibility (in a Heath Care Facility)

I’ve been experiencing a lot of difficulty at my job. I’ve worked at the same place for almost three years, but many transitions have been occurring since July 2015. I began my first faculty position, the college of medicine where I work was purchased by a corporation, and they built and transferred me to a new clinic funded by the state’s behavioral health authority. Read More »