Not a particularly encouraging morning. The follicles haven't grown AT ALL. Still five less than 8mm on the left, four less than 8mm on the right. That doesn't feel good on day 7 of stims. Dr ICU didn't seem too worried, but he did tell me to put up the dose to 400. The good news is the endometrial growth - to 8.1mm from 6.1mm on Friday. If that has happened, then it means the E2 must be rising. I asked Dr ICU if he'd ever seen the E2 rising and the follicles not growing, and he said no. So we must just be patient, I guess, and assume that when we go in again on Tuesday morning things will have started moving. Tomorrow we'll get the E2 result from today and that will give us some indication. I'm certainly not going to be underestimating the length of my stim - I've booked the week commencing 4 Sept off work, assuming that I'd stim for 15 days as I did last time. If anything I'm going to go longer this time, so it was a good bet.
Problem for me in making sense of this is we've never been scanned on day 7 before. Let's compare anyway, because it's a distraction
- On cycle 1, on day 5 my E2 was 82, and I had 9 follicles under 7mm. On day 9 the E2 was 482 (132 US units) and I had 12, 14, and two under 10 on the left, and four under 10 on the right. We ended up with eight possible, but only six collected due to the endometriomas. Six out of six fertilised
- On cycle 2, on day 5 the E2 was 253 (68 US units), and I had nine follicles under 8mm. On day 9 I had eleven follicles between 10 and 13mm, and the E2 was 1253 (341 US units). (NB this was an antagonist cycle, so the E2 number is not very indicative of what's going on). We ended up with 9 eggs, 5 fertilised.
So I think I should be staying calm. If they all grow between 2 and 4mm by Tuesday, we'll be in a similar place to where we were last time, and that turned out ok. But of course I am stuggling to do that. I'm freaking just a little bit. No, quite a big bit. What I should be doing is being all Zen and calm and remembering Ovagirl's mantra from the first cycle, picturing my follicles: "like coloured balloons, blowing up into beautiful rounded globes of goodness." I'll go and work on that now.