This used to be an infertility blog, right? Anyone ready for a return to the regularly scheduled freak-outs that that topic encourages? Yes? No? Well, it's coming anyway.
I seem to have neglected to blog about our visit to Dr Candour when Pob was about five and a half months old. He told us not to stop breastfeeding in order to get pregnant - that a few months would not make a big difference, and no one ever wished they'd breastfed for less time. He considered that we had a good chance at number two, given that I've responded fine on three IVF cycles, we have a few embryos frozen (I think about 6 although some are crappy looking), and Pob is the evidence that there are good eggs in there somewhere. He ordered an hsg and a scan for when my periods had returned, and we went away happy.
I've now had three periods since I stopped breastfeeding. Each time I've had clear signs of ovulation, we've made the most of that opportunity, and my period has sadly showed up 12-13 days later. I'm back on my usual schedule. I had the hsg and the scan during my last cycle, and both were fine. The scan even showed a very healthy set of antral follicles - at least 5 on each ovary - which delighted me.
We reviewed those results with Dr Candour yesterday, and agreed that the next step was a fresh IVF cycle, starting with my next period. It all seems a bit sudden to me. And oddly enough, while I have hope each month we try that I'll get pregnant again spontaneously, I'm not that hopeful about an IVF cycle. Dr Candour says their stats for women my age are 22% for an IVF cycle, whereas the chance for trying naturally is certainly no higher than 10%, if that, so, in his words, "IVF is a lot more efficient in a specific month than trying on your own." He recommends trying a fresh cycle, partly to see what my ovaries are capable of, and partly to keep those frozen embryos in reserve, given that they aren't getting any older, while my ovaries clearly are. He also recommends trying as soon as possible, because at this point, months probably do count.
This was the same conclusion H and I had come to before we showed up in his office, but I left the meeting yesterday feeling just matter-of-fact - this is something we have to try, not something that I put a lot of hope in. Which is correct, because 22% isn't that good a statistic, no? And let's face it, IVF hasn't exactly been the golden ticket for us previously.
So I've got the prescription, and we've got the consent forms, and H is off to do a sperm test early next week. I really really want another baby. I have hope that there is a possibility we might have one, not a lot of hope, but some. I'm just not sure that IVF will get us there. But it's worth a try.