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Hello Lovelies,

My IVF appointment with Dr. Green-Eyes is fast approaching. As in, it’s this week fast. This is the appointment that we’ll use to determine the protocol for IVF #1. It will also give me all my newest hormone levels and AFC (antral follicle count). I’m very excited/anxious to get my hands on those numbers as I’ll be looking for any marked changes from the levels from last year. Especially as it was the only test last year that raised alarms. This will also be the first result for the AMH test (anti-mullerian hormone), which should tell us much more about my egg quality. I don’t know much about protocols, but I’m hoping for a flare cycle. My body’s very sensitive to hormones, and the last time I came off the pill my body freaked out and wouldn’t cooperate. So I’m scared I might down reg too intensely and my eggs won’t respond as well to stimulation. Also, since we know I’m working with early DOR, they’re likely to be poor responders anyways. All the more reason to flare. We’ll see what Dr. Green-Eyes thinks on the topic.

Joy of joys, I also started my period a day before the appointment so I can expect to start down regulating pretty much immediately after the protocol is chosen. Oh yeah, and to be a bundle of hormones as I wade through all the information. Thanks, PMS. This period turned out to be more emotionally charged than my last few. I had a full on melt down this CD1. Guess I was really hoping for a miracle BFP before treatment but no luck.

I’ll update you Thursday of the intended protocol and how the good Dr. felt about my test results. Until then I ask that you hold me in positive thoughts, or send prayers, or light candles, or whatever you personally do. I need it and very much appreciate it.

Love an overwhelmed and expectant,
Unpregnant Chicken

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25 thoughts on “Micro Post: Gearing Up to Gear Down

  • February 9, 2015 at 6:04 am
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    Sending good positive thoughts for a good appointment and protocol you feel confident in!

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    • February 9, 2015 at 6:10 am
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      Rachel,
      Thank you!
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • February 9, 2015 at 7:19 am
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    Hi Kaeleigh. Sending good vibes on your way! All the best to ya. You are in my thoughts xoxo

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    • February 9, 2015 at 7:55 am
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      Kristen,
      Thanks hun.
      XOXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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    • February 9, 2015 at 7:55 am
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      Parul,
      Thanks, Fingers crossed all numbers are good!
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • February 9, 2015 at 10:23 am
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    Honey I am sending all of my positive thoughts and prayers your way ! ((((HUGS))))) Tracy

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    • February 9, 2015 at 11:32 am
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      Tracy,
      Thanks! You’re an awesome Mother-in-law!
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • February 9, 2015 at 12:54 pm
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    Wishing you all the best with the appointment!

    And yes, please connect with me about the podcast. I think this would be an excellent fit.

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    • February 9, 2015 at 4:34 pm
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      Cristy,
      Thanks! E-mail sent.
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • February 9, 2015 at 7:07 pm
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    Sending lots of good thoughts for this appointment!

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    • February 10, 2015 at 6:44 am
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      Mel,
      The nerves! ACK.. I thank you for thinking of me.
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • February 10, 2015 at 5:30 am
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    Just letting you know that my fingers are crossed for a great protocol that you respond to really well!

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    • February 10, 2015 at 6:44 am
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      Gil,
      Thanks! Me too.
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • February 10, 2015 at 6:55 pm
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    Oh, good luck with your appointment! Never be afraid to advocate for a protocol and ask why a particular protocol wasn’t chosen. It can make a difference in your care if you question everything (politely of course) to better understand your care and the decisions being made. Doctors are human, and humans aren’t perfect. I hope you get the protocol that is best for your body and leads to no more CD1 meltdowns… (totally understandable). Good luck!

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    • February 11, 2015 at 7:18 am
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      Jess,
      Yes. Good reminder. It’s important to feel like you understand your treatment and why it was chosen. I also hope this is the last of my CD1 meltdowns. HAHA they are getting so old!.
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • February 11, 2015 at 1:58 am
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    Sending you a ridiculously large amount of warm thoughts, lots of prayers, and biggest of hugs!!! Anxious and excited for you all the same!! Xoxoxo

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    • February 11, 2015 at 7:21 am
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      Lisa,
      Thanks hun! I’ll take that hug and your warm thought. I’ll put ’em in my back pocket to help later, too!
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • February 11, 2015 at 4:12 am
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    Thinking much positive thoughts for you! May you get many answers and not have too much longer to wait for your chicken.

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    • February 11, 2015 at 7:21 am
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      JustHeather,
      Thanks! I hope it’s a fast egg, too! lol
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • February 11, 2015 at 11:30 am
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    Keeping you in my thoughts this week, good luck xoxo and I’m happy you are including us in your new journey and to hear how it goes.

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    • February 11, 2015 at 4:30 pm
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      Iris,
      Thank you! Appointment went well. Check back tomorrow to see all the new plans.
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • February 11, 2015 at 9:03 pm
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    Wishing you the very best. I remember feeling unusually free and hopeful during my first cycle. Finally my husband and I weren’t doing it alone – there was a third person (my Fertility Guy) there to help us. And as weird as that sounds, it didn’t feel weird at all! I hope you can feel that too.

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    • February 12, 2015 at 6:34 am
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      Mali,
      I believe I could! I’m feeling a lot of hope already just knowing it’s coming.
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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