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Fort St John, BC, Canada
My husband, David, and I had been trying to have a baby since November of 2007. After 'letting things happen', we got the amazing news that we were pregnant in June of 2008. Sadly, that pregnancy ended at 9 weeks with a natural miscarriage. After two more chemical pregnancies, we turned to fertility treatments in 2009. That decision was a disaster, with lousy medical care and poor monitoring. In December of 2009, we made the huge decision to move onto IVF. Things fell into place like magic and we began treatment on January 15, 2010. After a blighted ovum in March, we did a successful FET in June, only to endure another blighted ovum in July. We kept up and underwent another IVF in September/October of 2010 with the arrival of our son, Brogan in July of 2011! After our lovely success (finally) we decided to undertake yet another IVF treatment and hope for a sibling for our little red headed boy. Well... so far it's worked. Our story continues below!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Weighed. Measured.

Yesterday we got the final go ahead on our IVF schedule.  My numbers from the tests are great, ovaries are perfect size and uterus is great shape with a smooth interior.  The doctor was very happy to say that we had ten antral follicles on the left ovary and twelve on the right.  Dr. Havelock said that he looked for ten as a good indicator and was very pleased with the twelve on my dominant ovary. 

So they called us on the 31st and gave us our drug protocal... and schedule.  We officially start the process on January 15th with a 7:30 a.m. baseline ultrasound and bloodtest.  Then I start my drugs that day with two injections daily.

Here's our schedule: 
January 8th - Pay remainder of cost
January 14th - Fly to Vancouver, BC
January 15th - Baseline blood & ultrasound - start meds:  150 IU Bravelle - 75 IU Menopur
January 17th - Blood test & Ultrasound
January 19th - Blood test & Ultrasound
January 21st - Blood test & Ultrasound
January 23rd - Blood test & Ultrasound
January 25th - Blood test & Ultrasound
January 27th - 30th - Egg Retrieval
January 31st - February 4th - Egg Transfer

My CD3 FSH was a level of 7:  FSH is a blood test. It is the hormone that drives your antral follicles to grow. As a follicle grows (up to 16-24mm in size), it is helping to mature the egg inside. You need FSH to grow your eggs.  If you have a good ovarian reserve, your body doesn’t need to make very much FSH to start the process of egg maturation. A number less than 10 IU/L is good; less than 8 is ideal. Greater than 12 is a worry.

My AFC on left ovary was 10 / right ovary was 12:    Antral Follicle Count (AFC) The AFC is an ultrasound test. The ideal AFC is 10-15 over the two ovaries. If your AFC is <10, your ovarian reserve (on that cycle) is low. AFC is as good as, and usually better than, FSH levels when predicting ovarian reserve.


  1. Things sound like they're perfect! What a great FSH!! I think that and your AFC will work strongly in your favor. Also: Happy New Year!

  2. I have a really great feeling about this!!!!!! Happy New Year & TONS of BABY DUST. I'll be watching!

  3. We are getting closer! How are you nerves? It sounds like you should have a great response.