More prep work for IVF-Uterine Sounding appointment

Yesterday I returned to SRM for a Sonohystogram/Uterine Sounding appointment.  I met Dr. Dudley, another RE at SRM, he was very nice and explained the procedure in detail.

He first started by doing a transvaginal ultrasound, pointing out that my endometriomas are quite large (yes, I know!) and that they will have to circumvent them as much as possible for my egg retrieval.

Dr. Dudley then tried to pass a catheter through my cervix to mimic what will be done for my embryo transfer, he had some difficulty passing through and had to try several different types before finding one that would work.

The last part of the appointment entailed Dr. Dudley passing a small camera through my cervix into my uterus to visualize my uterus and to make sure it will be ready for embryo implantation.  He used saline while doing the procedure.  I have to admit, I felt a little queasy seeing my insides on a TV screen, but was happy to see that my uterus was clear of any issues and that it looks good for implantation.  He did detect some adhesions passing through from my cervix to my uterus, but said that they will bypass those as much as possible to guide the embryos into the uterus.

Overall the appointment wasn’t too bad, it was slightly uncomfortable but I didn’t have much cramping later in the day.

Acupuncture

Yesterday afternoon after my appointment at SRM, I had an acupuncture appointment.  My acupuncturist is trying to help minimize my cysts and is also doing some prep work for my upcoming IVF cycle.

I was pretty tired yesterday afternoon, so thought I would take the 25 minutes after pin placement to take a little nap.  Eeek!  This was not the case, after my pins were placed and I was left to rest, I was getting waves of stabbing discomfort in my midsection.  I was trying to imagine my cysts breaking apart and was trying to let my breath give me comfort.  When my acupuncturist returned to the room she said it was normal for the meridians that she was stimulating.  I have a high pain tolerance and will do what needs to be done to help shrink my cysts and have my body be ready for the IVF, but I’m not looking forward to my next appointment like I usually do.  It was intense!!!

For the record-I actually enjoy my acupuncture appointments, I find them to be relaxing, this particular appointment is not the norm.  🙂

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