20 March 2007

But will it put hair on my chest?

Julie posted some interesting links up on her blog the other day. Unfortunately, it was in the context of coming to terms with no longer trying IVF for a second Batboy (or girl).

But the articles resound very strongly with me. You don't remember, because I never got that far in my tales of woe story, but with my last, first and so far, only, cycle, in spite of a plethora of healthy follicles waving "HI" to my shocked doc, the follie union called a strike just as I was cycling and don't you know, those buggers wouldn't cross the picket line.

So many follies, so little eggs.

I wound up with one ovary turning shy and going into hiding behind my uterus, and the other producing what looked like maaaaybe 4 eggs. There was a lot of:
"Cancel this cycle"
"Wait, don't cancel, your numbers are up!"
"Never mind, you should cancel"
"It's really up to you - what do you want to do?"

which maybe I'll go into more some other time. Anyway, those 4 turned into two actual eggs, only one of which fertilized. But it only takes one, right?

Yeah, but apparently not that one.

The docs all labeled me a "poor responder." Which ticked me off, because I've always been a good student. And I scored freakin' high on the CBC's Test the Nation IQ test.

Boy, am I digressing. My point in all this rambling, is maybe these male hormone treatments might be something I should bring up with my RE. And maybe it's something I should try. But do I go "normal" for the first cycle, and male hormonal for the second? Or should I just dive right in and convince my doc to let me get my fix right off the bat? Are there long-term effects? Can male hormones taken pre-natally affect the fetus? (Feh, look how positive I am, talking about a fetus. As if all this might actually, possibly work.) Are there side effects for me? Will I suddenly have an urge to drink beer, watch football, shove my hand down my pants, take the entire New York Times to the bathroom and announce to everyone in the room I'm going to "the library," leave my underwear on the floor right next to the laundry basket, and yell "Nice ass!" to every hot chick that walks by?

Maybe. But isn't that worth it for the end result?

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At 20/3/07 9:11 p.m., Blogger Lut C. said...

Lots of follicles, few eggs, that's so frustrating!

Perhaps you could bring the issue up at the first meeting, and hear what he has to say.

Those side-effects don't sound too bad. Don't forget you'll no longer feel the urge to keep the house in order, do laundry or grocery shopping.

At 21/3/07 2:02 a.m., Anonymous projgen said...

omigosh, I don't have those urges NOW! lol! Now, if I lose the urge to shave my legs, that's something to talk about ;)

At 21/3/07 6:41 a.m., Blogger Bea said...

I would totally read the paper in the toilet if I thought it'd do any good.

The trouble with changing protocols is always the constant worry about whether you're doing the right thing, or the best thing. I know it's often tweaking and 20/20 hindsight, but sometimes I just think there's got to be an easier way.

Hope you can achieve some level of certainty and decisiveness on this one after talking to your RE.


At 23/3/07 11:28 p.m., Blogger Just another Jenny said...

I don't know too much about the male hormone treatment but it sounds interesting. I would at least bring it up to see what your RE has to say.

At 27/3/07 12:16 a.m., Blogger Miriam said...

I think, if I were you, DHEA would now be on my shopping list! Wow, that one article I looked at was quite, well, intriguing.

At 28/3/07 5:08 p.m., Blogger Miriam said...

Just popping back in to wish you well for tomorrow... and if your doc does tell you to go on a diet, well, Pesach is the perfect time to jump start a diet anyway, because there isn't anything to eat!

No, really, if you eat real food and go easy on the cottonseed/palm oil laden imitation nosh, the potatoes and matzo, you'll probably lose weight in spite of yourself. It took me years to figure out why I always lost weight over Pesach. I finally figured out that the way I eat on Pesach is more or less the South Beach diet. Go figure.

At 28/3/07 11:15 p.m., Blogger projgen said...

Thanks Miriam! And thanks for the advice, although I've never known anyone who lost weight over pesach - too much matzo brei!! lol!


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