Wednesday, January 23, 2013
My reproductive endocrinologist told me last week that if there wasn't any growth to my follicles or increase in estrogen, he might take me off the hormones I'm currently taking to force my follicles to mature and release eggs and just put me back on estrogen for a couple months to "prime" my system. I've been dealing with very low estrogen and going without a natural period for a year now (though a recent estrogen/progesterone combo forced one on me a few weeks ago...it was weird to have one again and feel NORMAL again!) and I guess my system is still adjusting to dramatic weight loss and disordered eating/exercising and whatnot. I've been taking those follicle stimulating hormones for a couple weeks now, and they are REALLY expensive, and hadn't been doing much so the doctor kept upping my dose and I was really worried that the medicines wouldn't do anything at all in the end....
BUT today's ultrasound showed that my follicles grew a bit (they're now about half the size of a mature follicle) and today's blood work showed that my estrogen levels are rising.
So I am staying on my medicines and going back to the doctor again on Monday to see if everything continues to progress.
WHEW. I know there is no guarantee that the medicine will make my follicles grow sufficiently, and even if they do, there is definitely no guarantee that any mature eggs will be fertilized. However, it's a huge relief to me to know that my body is not so messed up that it won't respond at all to these hormones. I'm not a hopeless case! My system is waking up a bit and responding to some extent! That by itself is a big deal to me. And maybe forcing myself to scale back on the exercise while still eating a good amount every day after the previous appointment did actually help, so I'll continue to take abbreviated runs and all that.
So anyways, even if my follicles don't make sufficient progress this time around, at least SOMETHING happened. And if I do make sufficient progress...then hopefully sometime next week I'll get to take my Ovidrel shot and let this brusque-yet-goofy 60-something Uruguayan man who is my doctor tell me and my husband exactly when to *do it*. Romantic! :)