Next Up…Follistim!

I had my follow-up ultrasound this morning to see how the Letrozole treated me. My lone follicle on the right ovary fizzled out along the way and disappeared, but I gained TWO beauties on the left ovary instead. Yay! They are still on the small side (I think about 11-12 mm) so no trigger shot or IUI just yet.

The doctor gave me two options: let me “coast” until Monday and see if the two follicles grow on their own by then, or start Follistim to give them a boost. Since this is the point where my ovaries tend to “give up”, I didn’t want to take the chance of one or both follicles disappearing over the weekend. So $300 later, I have my Follistim pen in hand and I’m starting 75 IU of Follistim tonight through Sunday with labs (estradiol) and a follow-up ultrasound on Monday morning. I’m trying not to get too optimistic or overly hopeful, but we’d be really excited to be ready to go on Monday!

Although I was hoping I wouldn’t have to do injectables, I really think this protocol gives me a great chance, especially if I can hang on to both follicles (please please please please). The Letrozole worked far better than Clomid ever did for me at recruiting follicles and I didn’t have crazy side effects from it! I’m so glad there’s a chance at two follicles this time, too! The doctor also said depending on how I take to the Follistim, I could even have more. I know he won’t do an IUI with more than 4 follicles, so really two is great for me.

So, that’s where we are at. Both J and I feel good. We’re happy the Letrozole worked and excited about the Follistim (just not the cost). If all goes well, we could be having IUI #3 next week. Finally!

After talking about all of this today, J and I ended up talking about how we have been seeing a lot of white butterflies around. Like, I know it’s spring, but there’s been tons. Curious, I Googled the meaning:

I’d say getting pregnant is a pretty darn important moment on the path of life. So, lead the way, butterflies. Lead the way. 🙂


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DeCaf
    May 07, 2015 @ 18:26:15

    My doctor also won’t do inseminations if there are more than four follicles too.


  2. My Perfect Breakdown
    May 07, 2015 @ 18:45:34

    I love the note about the meaning of the butterfly! 🙂


  3. g2the4thpower
    May 07, 2015 @ 19:33:19

    I’m sending you all my grow grow grow vibes!


  4. nikster1979
    May 07, 2015 @ 22:17:08

    So glad your body responded well! Here’s hoping for an IUI early next week!


  5. TheChroniclesofaNonBellyMama
    May 08, 2015 @ 08:35:00

    How lovely is the meaning behind the butterflies…I hope that the follistim works out well for you…i know that when my ex and I were TTC, the Clomid, and letrozole did not work for her, but the Follistim was like, WOAH!! Sending growing vibes to you and hoping that this insem is it!


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