Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Post Surgery Update

I'm sitting in the Denver Airport waiting to depart for home.

I had my surgery yesterday. I think all in all it was a success.  I feel pretty good, minus the cold I'm sure I got from someone coughing beside me (not into his sleeve-ew!) on the airport shuttle.

 The plan was for Dr. Schoolie to take a look around and ligate or remove my left tube if it was blocked. The surgery ended up only taking 20 minutes because he chose not to ligate or remove the tube.  I'm happy to have my one in a million chance of still getting pregnant naturally from that tube. 

He said the tube was slightly dilated and abnormal.  He also said that he did the die test again to see what was shown the first time. He said that the tube swelled at first, that there were likely "cob webs" at the end, but the dye did spill, albeit slowly.   He also said the cyst was gone on my left ovary and that he could see the corpus luteum from where I ovulated.

He said we could start the pre-meds for a cycle as soon as my next cycle! When I asked him if he preferred DHEA or the testosterone for my protocol, he said testosterone. He said it was studied more and more well proven.  That was interesting to me because I took DHEA last time because the nurse said the doctor didn't have a preference. I think I will kindly mention this to her the next time I talk with her so she doesn't say that to anyone else.  It's not a huge deal, but I think it should be mentioned.

All of this means that our actual IVF cycle could be as soon as early April. For that, I am very thankful. Dr. Schoolie says if we can make a normal embryo he feels we have a good shot with my uterus.  I'm very thankful for that too.


  1. Glad the surgery went well. That's great news you can start your IVF cycle so soon. I haven't heard of taking testosterone. What is it supposed to do? Always looking for different things to try.
    Safe travels!

    1. I don't know exactly how the Testosterone is supposed to work. I know it is part of a priming for next month's IVF.

      My protocol is for very poor responders. Here's what I take:

      CD1 - start 2mg of estrace orally, baseline blood work including total testosterone levels, CBC and chemistry panel.
      CD4 - start testosterone patch (2mg per day from 9pm to 9am)
      CD 14 - repeat blood work to check how my body is absorbing the testosterone.
      CD17 - add progesterone suppositories 200mg vaginally morning and bedtime
      CD 26 - stop estrace, progesterone and testosterone.

  2. Glad you have the all-clear to get started again!


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