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Let me explain... - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Let me explain...
So due to a combination of factors (feeling down about the whole thing, escaping into Warcraft, not being able to post during lunch at work) I have not been keeping my blog updated with my misadventures, reproductive and otherwise. Time to post an update already.

Due to Jedi mind tricks we will be trying an antagoist cycle locally. No lupron, Menapure instead of Follistim, and an antagon to keep me from ovulating too early. If this doesn't work the local folks are pretty much ready to wash their hands of my eggs. Then we try a cycle in New York, assuming that clinic will take us. If that doesn't show any better signs of working there is another option.

Margaret was up here a few weeks ago with her husband and Kaden, the world's mellowest baby. Margaret, as it happens, is three years, eight months and four days younger than I am. She is also apparently willing to turn herself into a human pin cushion to help me out. Of course she would need to get her period first, which is not going to happen until after she quits breastfeeding sometime in January, but considering we plan on two more attempts with my eggs that's fine for scheduling if it ever comes to that. Have I mentioned I have the best sister in the world?

In the mean time the nice people at Harvard Pilgrim have approved IVF#4. That's value for our health insurance dollars right there. My drugs are orded and due to arrive on Tuesday. I should get my period Friday, give or take a couple of days. Of course I will be driving to Long Island on Friday evening, driving back Sunday afternoon, and then getting on a plane for a week long conference in DC Sunday evening, so there are plenty of good opportunities in there for the red stuff to strike.</ljcut>
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enugent From: enugent Date: August 20th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, we're pretty close together on this one. I am also doing an antagonist cycle, but I'm redoing day 3 labs and starting BCPs for a few weeks tomorrow. (It turns out that Lupron is implicated in triggering MS flares, so my doctor wants to start with an antagonist cycle.)

That's absolutely wonderful of Margaret! (She may well get her period back before she stops breastfeeding - I got mine back at 12 weeks postpartum, and nursed for a full year thereafter - but I don't think the drugs are recommended until she weans anyway.) You are very fortunate to have such a great sister.

Good luck, and keep us posted!
jaedian From: jaedian Date: August 21st, 2007 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
She doesn't necessarily need to stop breastfeeding to ovulate. I conceived while nursing and got my cycle back at 12 mo, most people are sooner. Supposedly frequency of night time nursing is a big factor.

Although that is a good point about the drugs, she would likely want to stop before getting those.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: August 21st, 2007 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm guessing you guys haven't seen my sister recently if at all. She's 5'8" and wears a size 2. She will not get her period again until she stops nursing. I'd be willing to bet large sums of money on it.
enugent From: enugent Date: August 21st, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never seen anything saying that body weight has anything to do with it. The cited factors are always frequency of nursing, amount of calories from other sources, and length of sleep at night.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: August 21st, 2007 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I was wondering what was going on since you had not posted for awhile.

I am not quite sure what an antagonist cycle is, but I hope it helps.

You are so lucky to have a sister and such a generous one at that! Is the idea for her to do egg donation? The neat thing about that is that while not your DNA precisely, as sisters it'll be close to your own.
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