Today was the big day! Well, one of the big days. After 10 days of injections, I had my egg retrieval today. For 10 straight days, S injected me in the belly with fertility drugs. He really did an amazing job. It surprised me because he's usually pretty squeamish, but he stepped it up for this. I couldn't even look at the needles, so I don't know what I would have done without him. The needles themselves didn't hurt much, but the medication going in was the real burn. On top of that, my stomach was uncomfortably swollen. Honestly, by the last day or so, I could feel my ovaries bouncing around in there! Imagine going from feeling normal to feeling 3 months pregnant in a few days. It was uncomfortable but exciting at the same time as that meant that the meds were working.
This morning we went in for the procedure which only took about 20 minutes. The last thing I remember was the anesthesiologist working his magic and then I woke up groggy and in a little pain. I've slept most of the day and should be back to normal in a couple days. S also gave his... sample... while I was in my procedure. It's crazy to think that we may have made all of our babies this morning. Wild.
Prior to the retrieval, the ultrasound showed I had 31 follicles (15 on one side; 16 on the other). They found 28 eggs this morning-- which is a great number. (And also explains my swollen belly!) So far, they know that 26 of them are mature. So, as we speak, there are 26 eggs being fertilized in the lab. For the next 5 days we will get an update on how many embryos are going strong. It's natural to lose a few embryos for one reason or another. Then, on day 5, the scientists will take a few cells from each growing embryo and send them off to be tested. Then, our embryos will be frozen until we get the test results and we're ready to implant.
Fingers and toes crossed for healthy little embryos!