We are taking a little break from the IVF clinic until next year, but will see what the holidays might bring if we decide to get drunk. lol just saying! My neighbor next door brings over Smirnoff's blueberry lemonade and I'm totally addicted, but I'm more than anything glad we have great neighbors. Sometime last Feb. we got a bfp and I would give anything if I could remember what we did differently. I remember not being on Clomid that month for one thing, and that month I followed an idea ( in using Robitussin) which I got from a nurse. I had talked with this nurse when I was going in for a physical for my BlueCross Blue Shield Insurance. She had struggled too and even went through 6 miscarriges. Anyway I gathered what doctors used to do 30 years ago was recommend Robitussin to improve fertility.
Robitussin when used before ovulation time actually helps to thin out CM (cervical mucus) so the swimmers can reach the egg a little easier). I remember that she told me to carefully inspect the ingredients list to make sure the ONLY active ingredient was guaifenesin. Not sure if this really helped, since I have tried it again after our mc and it hasn't worked the second time around. We also baby danced every other day, which my RE laughed when I told him that. He said the Robittussin makes sense, but he had never heard the lingo "baby-dance" before. So I said let me rephrase that for you intercourse...lol and my husband's face
(and probably mine too) was blood shot red! You would think RE doctors know the lingos we use! BTW I wonder who created them, maybe it was one of us!
Justsolost, I also heard about the pineapple, and tried that around the week of embryo transfer but it had no effect on me, probably ate way too much pineapple which explains why I'm not much into pineapple anymore. Who knows, maybe in moderation?
About the follicles, the more the better. From what I gathered the eggs grow in the follicles and each time you are monitored she will be measuring to see how much they have grown. Follicles over 18 mm is really good and once they look "ripe" they will give you a trigger shot for ovulation and somewhere between 36-48 hours later you'll go in for embryo retrieval. It all happens it seems so fast, and then we have to wait the forever longest two weeks to find out it work, but anything worth having is not meant to be easy and we've learned perservance really means EVERYTHING in the IVF world!
Kylnee, we all will be sporting an itsy-bitsy polka-dot bikini this June on the beach and dh will be thinking what have I done? Sooo glad we have supportive husbands that are truly there for us every step of the way.
All I know right now, in spite of everything that has happened, this has made us closer and certainly stronger!
Have a good week!