That thing stings every time.
My Day 12 follicles met triggering criteria this morning — so trigger I did, at 8:00 pm on the dot.
For those who want numbers — I'm talking to YOU, current and future IVF-ers scouring the Web to obsess about how your follicles compare to others' — here's my size breakdown:
The Presumptive Leaders
3 follicles at 18–21 mm
The Still-in-the-Running Hopeful
1 follicle at 16.5 mm
The Scrappy, Ready-to-Come-from-Behind Underdog
1 follicle at 15.5 mm
3 follicles at 9.5–12.5 mm
The "Less Thans" (actual clinic-speak)
3 follicles at less than 7 mm
My E2 today was at 1,600, only slightly higher than my trigger-day E2 during IVF #2. But it's a better number (I think) because I have many fewer mature-looking follicles, which are the ones that give off the measurable E2 reading. So, relative to the last cycle, the reading is higher in a potentially desirable way. I think.
In any case, this is the thought process that's allowing me to feel not so glum about having less than half the seemingly mature follies I did last time. It's also keeping me from letting my mind revisit the time where we thought we had 4 follicles at retrieval but got nothing. These 4 follicles are different from those 4 follicles.
Please, please, please, please don't let these 4 follicles be empty. Please.
My personal best-case prediction is that we can possibly get 5 eggs with 3 acting mature.
ER is Friday morning at 7:30.