This week we checked almost everything off our pre-IVF checklist. We had the blood tests and ultrasounds on Monday. This morning, I went in for a pap test and the trial transfer. I didn't need a full bladder and I completely forgot to take any pain relievers before I left, but it wasn't too bad. Uncomfortable and overwhelming, but not painful and it only lasted a minute or two. Dr. M said that everything looked great and he made notes for whichever doctor will be performing the embryo transfer for me.
We also had the official IVF consult with Dr. M. It was kind of silly (especially considering that it cost several hundred non-discounted dollars) because we already went through most of the information at the consult with the IVF nurse, but I get why it's important. We made some big decisions - for example, we'll almost definitely be doing a single embryo transfer - and we talked about things like ICSI, assisted hatching, and genetic testing. For now, we're just having Seth do the Recombine carrier screening since he has insurance coverage and then we'll make some more decisions based on the results. We decided to leave most of the other stuff up to the embryologist.
Dr. M also decided on my protocol. I'll be doing a Luteal Protocol which means that I'll be taking BCPs from CD4 to CD20 (January 18th). On CD16 (January 11th) I'll start taking 10 units of Lupron and I'll keep doing that until the nurses tell me to stop. For stimming, I'll be mainly using Gonal-F but Dr. M is still waiting on the results of my AMH test to figure out specific dosages. On January 22nd, I go back in for ultrasound and E2 and hopefully I'll start the stimulation phase!
Finally, we had to pay our bill. We had to pay the total bill for the IVF cycle (minus meds and anesthesia) before we start any medications. It was scary as fuck. I don't even want to think about it right now, but it's done so that's good.