Poor Responder

We went to the clinic this morning for my blood work and u/s appointment. My heart sank a bit when I saw that Dr. F is the on-call doc this weekend. He’s not my fave doctor, but he’s also not the worst I’ve met in the RE world. Anywho, Dr. F has me assume the position, and there they are: The Same Eight Follicles. Five of them were, in Dr. F’s words, “Hanging there in the background” and were very small and immature. Of the three potential follies, they have not grown any since my last u/s two days ago and still aren’t contenders. I could tell by his expression and carefully chosen words that Dr. F was very much not pleased, but didn’t want to completely destroy my hopes. He told me he’s upping my Menopur, effective today. I’m only upping it from two vials to three, so it’s not a drastic increase. I go back in on Labor Day for follow up b/w and u/s.

What all this means is that my ovary is NOT RESPONDING to the stims. Like, not at all. Not even to the super mega doses I’ve been bombarding it with every single day. What the what?! I’m pissed. If I didn’t need it so bad, I’d like to take my ovary out and kick its ass right about now. A few months ago I got the EXACT SAME FOLLICLE RESPONSE with four or five days of Clomid. Clomid, people! Even more so, I started this current round pre-stims with eight follicles. Meaning the follies showing are the ones I grew all on my own. Meaning all these stims have had absolutely no effect whatsoever.

Needless to say, I’m super upset by all this. It could change. The increased meds could help. It’s still early, I guess. I’m clinging to hope right now, praying to God. I’ll have to finish this post later when my head is clearer…

Prayers currently accepted.


Author: Marixsa

Resolving infertility as childless-not-by-choice and encouraging fellow endo warriors along the way.

6 thoughts on “Poor Responder”

  1. Oh, I am so sorry! How many days has it been? Sometimes it take a whiiiillle for the follicles to get their ass in gear. I feel like mine didn’t really start popping until like 8 days after stims the first time. I am holding out major hope for them. If worst case scenario they stop growing, let’s talk. I actually did Clomid with my recent ivf, along with MUCH lower doses of Menopur and Follistim and I responded really well. First two cycles I was on the max like you. My doctor said some people’s bodies do better on Clomid because the body is making the FSH vs. relying solely on the meds. I hope that your follicles get moving, though, so we don’t have to discuss that any further! Fingers crossed. I’ll be thinking of you.

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    1. Thank you! I’m on day 6. I’m sorta glad I go back so soon for recheck, waiting is no fun, even if it means driving all the way out there twice on a holiday weekend. I heart follicles.


  2. So Sorry 😦 Ugh!! come on crazy drugs… I mean crap they were giving you nausea- you’d think they’d be doing their job since they caused so much misery!! Hope your follow up goes well!!

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    1. Thank you! And I totally felt the same way. Good news is that the nausea went away after about 4 or 5 days. I know you’re gearing up for your first cycle too, I don’t want to make it seem like it’s all one big horror show. Are you getting close to starting?


      1. No! I think that it was I am more nervous about than anything is all the meds and how I will feel. I like to have an idea of what I am getting into. Glad you are feeling better 🙂 My IVF Cycle looks like it will start during the 1st week in October. Pretty crazy!


      2. If there’s one thing I’m learning through this process, it’s a lot of trial by fire. I like to feel prepared too… I’m sure you’ll do GREAT!


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