Left of Center

First off, I just want to say how much I love you guys and that you all seriously rock! I had  some questionable feelings last week about this whole IVF thang. But within mere minutes of my Debbie-downer post, you guys sent so much encouragement my way—from across the city, across the country, and even across the pond! I haven’t personally responded to your many awesome comments, but please know they meant the world to me and lifted my spirit. I think I’m in a better place this week.

One thing I didn’t mention in my last post was the intense left-sided pubic/groin pain I’ve regularly had since my transfer. Dr. C was concerned enough about it last week that I ended up with an unexpected pelvic exam and ultrasound, which—much like planets orbit a sun—showed seven nasty looking cysts surrounding my ovary. Even crazier, the formation of the cysts on the u/s screen looked just like those Scream masks you can purchase at any Halloween costume store:

screammask

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

While having functional cysts after stimming isn’t that uncommon (or so I found out the hard way. Note to new IVF-ers: no one warns you of this), having so many of them apparently is. Who knew that one could fit seven cysts in her pelvic area?! The lowdown is that a growing uterus coupled with multiple cysts take up a lot of space, all in an area where everything’s pretty condensed to begin with. Since there’s no room for everyone to fit nicely and get along, the cysts are pushing down onto my groin/pubic area. Combined with the vaginal area pain that Crinone can cause, it’s become the perfect cystic cocktail. Cheers!

Today’s u/s scan showed the same face-shaped cysts, albeit smaller. Dr. C assures me that the cysts will take “awhile” to disappear completely, but they WILL eventually go away on their own.

Today I had my third beta. My hcg level has jumped in one week from 214 to 2,102. I also has an ultrasound to see where things stand. I could see the black spec of the gestational sac on the u/s screen and it was all very exciting to me. Dr. C kept measuring and re-measuring one particular area though. He’s concerned that the embryo has implanted “very slightly off center” (his words). He wants to keep an eye on this. He also couldn’t see the yolk sac within the gestational sac. The sac itself measured at the size of a 5w1d sac; I’m currently 5w4d. Unfortunately I have to return in two days for follow up u/s. When my nurse called to give me the stats for today, I grilled the poor girl about the meaning of all these things for a good ten minutes. She assured me that a lot can change in two days. It’s still so early, sometimes I think they shouldn’t even be doing ultrasounds this early in.

One step forward, two steps back.

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