Hilari accompanied me to the clinic this morning to film. During the ultrasound, the doctor noticed one of my follicles was larger than those surrounding it. Ideally at this point, follicles should be around or below the size of 10. This particular follicle is a size 14 meaning one of two things. One, the follicle is growing faster than the others while allowing them access to the hormones. Two, it's growing larger because it's absorbing all the hormones and denying it to the other follicles. The best scenario is the first one, but I'll have to wait and see my blood work to get a full picture.
The doctor called and explained that on the fourth or fifth day a woman is taking hormone shots, her estrogen level get close or into the 500s. Today was my second day with the hormones in my body and my estrogen level is 475. Not good.
Remember when I said it was possible the fat follicle was being greedy? Well, that's exactly what's happening. That blimp of a follicle is gorging itself on hormones and not sharing with the other tiny follicles, which means they can't grow, multiply and produce eggs!
The only thing to do is to stop the shots. Yes, I said, stop the shots. Stop and wait 2 to 4 weeks for my next period. Are you kidding me?! I'm in shock. I can’t believe I have to start over. Again. I didn't realize how sensitive this process or even how tempermental my body could be. I figured I'd waltz in, breeze through every appointment and leave with my eggs safely frozen in a cryogenic vault. It's clearly more complicated. I'm not sure why I didn't realize this until now. I wonder if other women have had the same time sucking, follicle hogging issues?
It's really frustrating, but it seems life is pushing my egg freezing decision aside for now. One freakin' follicle is drinking up all the juice so I have no choice but to wait up to four weeks for my body to reset. See you then!