Fertility Cycle Schedule

  • Oct 08 – Cycle start
  • Oct 28 – Start inhaling GnRH (gonadotrophin releasing hormone) that suppresses pituitary function to prevent premature ovulation prior to egg retrieval.
  • Nov 05 – Cycle start
  • Nov 09 – Visit the clinic at 8am to get a blood test, an ultrasound, sign all the consent forms, and pay up.  Blood results by 12:30, and if all is well, receive training on self-injections of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), to stimulate plenty of eggs to start plumping up.
  • Nov 10-12 – Self-injections at home
  • Nov 13 – Visit the clinic for a blood test, results at 12:30, followed by instructions for FSH dosage schedule.
  • Nov 14-20 – Blood tests & ultrasounds, potentially every day, until it’s time to stop, and they give me an injection of HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) to trigger the final “ripening” of the egg harvest.
  • Nov 22 – Egg retrieval!  Start taking progesterone.
  • Nov 25 – Embryo transfer!
  • Dec 9 – Pregnancy test.  (drum roll please) PREGNANT!  Due date: August 16, 2011
  • Feb 15/16, 2011 – miscarriage due to incompetent cervix & failed cerclage procedure.