Engorgio! (or, grow follicles, grow!)

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Halfway through the stims phase of my first round of Mini-IVF, and I'm feeling hopeful! Today a miracle happened - my ultrasound tech found my right ovary immediately. Like, as if it were any other regular old ovary, not hiding behind a giant endometrioma! No pushing and shoving, no pressing down on my belly, no using the wand like a joystick in an old-fashioned video game. The whole ultrasound took less time than it usually takes for them to find my ovary.

Anyway, the real news is that I had 6 solid follicles and one more that was just slightly too small to count. Given that I only got one follicle out of my medicated IUI cycle, I'm pretty excited about that number! This round the doc prescribed Gonal-F instead of Menopur. I'm not sure if that is an IVF vs. IUI thing or what, but it seems to be working so I'll take it. It also hurts way less! In a couple days I hope to know when my egg retrieval will be. In the meantime, I'm doing as much research as I can on the question of which anesthesia to use. The clinic recommends none at all - but that's their thing. As little medication as possible. In the meantime, I'm a decent-sized wimp and I'm not sure if I can handle that. Right now I'm between local and general - obviously there is a decent gap in the expense of those two options. I guess I have a week to figure it out! Any advice for a newbie like me?

Impedimenta! (or, egg retrieval on Saturday!)

L'Shana Tova (or, Happy New Year!)