My "Low Stim" Retrieval Protocol

Hello!!

I have exciting news!  I received my retrieval protocol.  Jump to the bottom if you'd like to see it.

I haven't written for a while as I've been pretty tired from my recent procedures.  My last post talks about my laporosocpy and I also had my tongue tie corrected (aka frenectomy) as soon as I completely healed from the lap. I'll have to talk about my frenectomy in another post.  But, I was run down after having those procedures back to back - I also just didn't have much, fertility-wise, to talk about -- until today!

My period started last Saturday. So, today (CD4), I went in to have my blood drawn and sonogram done to check out my ovaries.  I am happy to say the doctor saw some nice follicles in there.  I had about 2-3 on the left and 3-4 on the right.  For a grand total of about 5-7.

And, I just received the relevant portion of my retrieval protocol. I am super happy to say we are doing a natural start, which means no birth control pills.  I love this because birth control pills make me loopy.  HOORAY!!

Also, I was told my protocol would be "low stim." AND, it is IF you compare it to my last cycle but this much gonal-f could probably blow a very fertile person's ovaries up. So, we are using "low stim" relatively here. Hopefully, for me it's just the right amount.

I am super excited to start and am feeling very optimistic.  

Below you can see what drugs I will be taking.

Today 4/17: 

  • Letrozole-Letrazole 2.5mg 2 tabs at bedtime.

4/18:

  • Letrozole-Letrazole 2.5mg 2 tabs at bedtime
  • Prednisone- 10mg daily

4/19: 

  • Letrozole-Letrazole 2.5mg 2 tabs at bedtime
  • Prednisone- 10mg daily

4/20:

  • Letrozole-Letrazole 2.5mg 2 tabs at bedtime
  • Prednisone 10 mg daily
  • GT-Gonal F 300 units
  • Rx Scripts-blood & sonos

4/21:

  • Letrozole-Letrazole 2.5mg 2 tabs at bedtime
  • Prednisone 10 mg daily
  • GT-Gonal F 300 units

4/22

  • Letrozole-Letrazole 2.5mg 2 tabs at bedtime
  • Prednisone- 10mg daily
  • GT-Gonal F 300 units

4/23

  • Letrozole-Letrazole 2.5mg 2 tabs at bedtime
  • Prednisone- 10mg daily
  • GT-Gonal F 300 units
  • Rx Scripts-blood and sono    

4/24

  •  GT-Gonal F 300 units
  •  Prednisone- 10mg daily

4/25

  •  2 Ovidrel injections
  • GT-Gonal F 150 units
  •  Prednisone- 10mg daily

4/26

  • Prednisone - 10mg daily

4/27

  • Retrieval day