Thursday, May 31, 2007
Not only is the entire minimal stim process shorter than a regular IVF cycle, but I don't have to go in as often for monitoring. Fewer ultrasounds - yeah! And, the cycle may be even shorter than I expected. This morning the nurse told me that with the minimal stim protocol ovulation often occurs sooner and that they could end up doing the ER in less than 2 weeks. Of course, as with anything to do with infertility, one can't be too happy about anything for very long. I was quickly reminded of the down side of this protocol-- fewer eggs, higher cancellation rates. As my doctor walked down the hall after my exam this morning he told me "good luck" in a tone that seemed less than enthusiastic. I looked at the nurse and said "well that didn't sound too encouraging" and she said he's always tentative when they're trying something new with a patient. Sometimes it would be nice to be allowed to at least pretend to be innocently optimistic for awhile.