Diane (not her real name) has embarked on the journey of becoming an egg donor at CNY Fertility Center and will share her thoughts during the process in her blog here. If Diane’s journey and stories that she shares compels you to look in to becoming an egg donor we would love to get you started. The first step is to fill out our Donor Eligibility Questionnaire – click here to begin.
Wednesday was Day 5 of being on the FSH. I had a check up at CNY Fertility Center. We started out the regular way, with a blood draw to check my estrogen levels and then an ultra sound. The ultra sound was far more interesting on this visit. The follicles were significantly larger and actually a measurable size. They measured about 8mm, and the nurse explained that once they were about 18-20mm the egg inside would be mature. She said the size of mine was right on track with where they should be. I would continue with taking the recently increased dose of FSH unless they called to tell me otherwise. She asked how I was feeling and if I was experiencing any side effects yet. I am happy to report that so far so good. I do not feel that my abdomen is swollen at all and I have yet to experience any PMS symptoms (physical or emotional). My next appointment is set for Friday, which will be day seven of taking the FSHs.
Just returned from my Day 7 check up. Had another blood draw and fascinating ultra sound. The ultra sound showed a thickening of the uterine lining, which is normal and expected. The follicles were measured and had now increased to 12mm. Because they are getting close to maturing I was now going to also have a second shot. This other injection, called Cetrotide, would prevent my body from prematurely ovulating. The nurse gave me my first injection of the Cetrotide while I was there. This is also given around the belly button area. I have to admit, this injection did sting more than the shot for the FSHs. For the next two days I have to administer both the FSH and the Cetrotide to myself, then I have another appointment on Monday. I am happy to report that I am still side effect free, although the nurse said as my estrogen increases the PMS type side effects may still kick in.
This continues to be such an amazing experience. I am learning so much and gaining a lot of perspective on what it means to couples creating families. Just being an egg donor is an involved process and big commitment, I can only imagine what the recipient must also go through. Again, I am humbled by the dedication and perseverance of couples experiencing infertility and of the fertility staff guiding them on this journey.