Based on my last post, my guess for trigger would be 9 days of stimming. I ended up being a bit off. In total I have stimmed for 11 days. I took my trigger shot last night. What this means is that my estrogen level is sufficiently high enough, and I have enough follicles for a retrieval. I took my trigger shot at 10pm last night, and will report to CNY at 9am Friday morning for a retrieval at 10am. What the trigger shot does is over the next 36 hours it artificially tells my body that it should prepare to ovulate. So it quickly matures any eggs within decent sized follicles (typically between 16mm and 22mm). Then, after that 36 hours it will have my body ovulate. Hence why timing on this part is very precise. When my body is ready to ovulate I will be under a general anesthesia and will have a doctor inserting a needle through my vaginal wall to aspirate the eggs from the follicles before they are released into my body.
Awesome visual, right?
At that point, Bill will also have deposited his sample and once my eggs are collected they will be whisked away to the lab where they will wash everything and then place sperm and eggs into petri dishes and see how many fertilize. If things don’t look good, they might even choose a sperm and place it directly into an egg through a process called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). I will then receive a call on Saturday letting me know out of the number of eggs collected, how many have fertilized.
I should then also be scheduled for what is called a 5 day transfer on Wednesday, meaning I will be back in office and the embryo’s will be placed back into my uterus with the hopes that they will implant and grow.
All in all at this point I am at the most uncomfortable portion of this stage, as well as the most stressful. Tomorrow I will find out just how many eggs my body has produced and what quality they are. Saturday I will find out just how many fertilized embryo’s I have. Fingers crossed this part goes off without a hitch. They say it only takes one, but I’d really like 2 to transfer and 2 to freeze. Not getting my hopes up though.