While I would have preferred a day 5 transfer, I’m trying to look at the bright side of things. I love the number 3, so maybe that would bring me good luck. I will find out if I’m pregnant sooner because the transfer is happening earlier. Also, the fact that I have no embryos left saves me some money because I don’t have to spend $1000.00 to freeze & store embryos. Sounds good right???
The night before my transfer, I didn’t sleep a wink. I just sat up all night thinking about everything under the sun. I was scared about the transfer because my body was still in a bit of pain from the retrieval. I was nervous about whether all of this would work or not. I thought about how uncomfortable and annoying this whole transfer thing is and let me tell you why!
The main thing that annoys me is that everyone is telling you to RELAX! If I had a dime for every time someone told me I need to relax during this process, I could buy a kid on the black market!!! That was a joke people…I’m not crazy lol! Nothing about this process is relaxing…especially the transfer.
How can you relax when there is a cold metal speculum with no lube jammed inside of you? Sorry to be so graphic but it’s true. They don’t even warm up the thing and they say lubrication can harm the embryos. You would think after all of these years, someone would have invented a better tool…or some “embryo friendly lube”!
How can you relax when you are spread eagle in front of an audience? Even though my experience with this transfer was completely different than previous times, most of the time there are at least 2 doctors, 2 nurses and some students in the room…all focused in on your lady parts.
How can you relax when there are so many people around you saying RELAX, RELAX, RELAX? I’m sorry but that is not relaxing! It’s kind of like they are ordering you around and if anyone knows me…they know I don’t like to be told what to do!!! 🙂
How can you relax when you know you did all of this work to get to this point and you may be extremely disappointed? There is no relaxing when your mind keeps racing and you keep thinking about prior procedures and prior disappointments. You can’t relax when you think about the big ASS progesterone needle that you go home to every night!
That word…RELAX is a forbidden word in my book right now. To be honest…it’s more horrific to hear than the N-Word at this point! When I hear it, I cringe!!!
I do have to say that this transfer experience was as pleasant as it could have been. So during the transfer, you have one doctor who is right in between your legs with that speculum. Once the speculum is in, they clean your cervix which just feels like a douche times 10 and not painful at all. Then they put the catheter in and try to place it in the best spot for the embryos. While that doctor is down there, there is another doctor pressing on your stomach with that ultrasound machine so they can see exactly where the catheter is. This is really uncomfortable because they want you to have a full bladder and all you can think about is how you have to pee! When the catheter is in place, they do a “trial run” where they shoot a bit of water inside to make sure the catheter is working properly and it is being directed to the right spot. If that works out, they call in the embryologist who gives them the embryos and they put them through the catheter and into you. It’s cool to watch it on the monitor! Once that is done, the embryologist takes the syringe back and double checks it to make sure there are not any embryos left in there and if there isn’t, you are done! They remove all of these items from you and make you lay flat for about 30 minutes before they send you home. The whole process takes less than an hour.
The coolest thing about the whole transfer process is that when you are done, the embryologist comes in and gives you a picture of your embryos! If you get pregnant, that can be the first picture of your child…even if it just looks like a bunch of cells. I posted my embies so you can see. How cool is that???
I have to say that the doctors that are in the procedure with you make all the difference. I love my doctor but he isn’t the most relaxing person out there. My regular doctor was not there that day but I was really familiar with the other doctor that was actually doing the procedure. He’s seen me spread eagle before lol! But what was really great was the other doc who was doing the ultrasound. She just had a calming voice and instead of her barking at me to relax (like other docs do), she acknowledged how I was feeling and how hard it is to relax. She told me that when you go though this, a lot of this stuff is out of your control and you just have to kick back and trust the doctors to take over. That simple acknowledgement, as well as her calming voice and attitude made all the difference!
Now the 2 week wait until the pregnancy test begins! This wait is extreme torture so I’m sure I will post something that just deals with the wait.
For those of you who have a transfer coming up, here are some helpful tips:
1. They tell you they want you to come in with a full bladder. That’s a no no because they are just going to make you wait and the sensation to pee gets worse and worse and even painful. Just go to the office with a big bottle of water and keep drinking. By the time they actually do the procedure, you will have a full but comfortable bladder.
2. Bring your iPod/iPhone! Most places will have music playing in the background but you know what music will relax you. Make a playlist. I never did this before and decided to do it this time and it really helped. It was kind of ironic that as he was trying to get that speculum in, my favorite song came on and it went smoothly! FYI…it’s “Happy” by Pharrell Williams!
3. Take a deep breath in and blow it out as they put in the speculum. My friend told me this the night before my transfer and it really made a difference.
4. Eat pineapple core for 5 days after your transfer! Google this and you will read so much about it! There is some kind of chemical in pineapple core that helps with implantation. Go to the supermarket and buy a whole fresh pineapple. The trick to seeing if it is ripe is to try to pull the leaves out. If a leaf pulls out easy…it’s ready to go. Peel that bad boy and cut it into 5 equal parts (including the core obviously). Eat one part starting the day of your transfer and continue eating one every day until your finished. The core is kind of hard to eat so if you can’t get it down with the rest of the pineapple…just chew it up so you can get digest this chemical and spit it out. Who knows if this really works but it’s worth a try!
TA TA FOR NOW!!!