Thursday, August 11, 2011

"I'm working for you."

Although this is true of every doctor, I think it is rare for them to actually say this.

 I called and left a message for Dr. S yesterday morning and heard back that afternoon. We talked for about 45 minutes and I got off the phone feeling much better about the situation. I knew if I talked to him I would understand his logic more about continuing with the cycle. When I first saw the fluid I thought for sure the cycle would be cancelled. When I heard the transfer was still on, I lost confidence in the cycle working. I needed to talk to him, voice my concerns, and hear his rationale.

Basically he said it is my choice and if I don't feel comfortable putting the embryos back in we won't. He said the amount of fluid was very, very small compared to last time and located at the very top of my uterus. In case you were wondering, the very top of your uterus is called the fundus. Add that to your vocabulary!

He said as soon as he saw the ultrasound he knew I was freaking out. He said some patients don't even watch during an ultrasound, but that he knew I saw the fluid. I guess he knows me by now : )

I voiced my fears about having more fluid the day of the transfer and having no choice but to put the embryos back. He understood that and offered me another ultrasound before that time to be sure the fluid doesn't change. He feels confident putting them back if the fluid is the same. If there is more than we will cancel and do an endometrial biopsy. 

Apparently there isn't any way to remove the fluid without traumatizing my lining, so just draining it isn't an option. Also, sending the fluid for testing doesn't make much sense either because he said he didn't know what to test it for. If we tested anything it would be the endometrial tissue and that is unlikely to show anything. 

I feel confident in his decision to continue this cycle. I am thankful that he has taken so much time to talk to me and explain things clearly. 

I have another ultrasound followed by an appointment with him tomorrow afternoon. I am hoping the fluid is gone, but no change would also be OK. 


  1. Hello, I am new to your blog and have been wanting to post for a while and sorry that I waited. I have had this same issue with fluid and my docs don't know what causes it. I have PCOS. But I have learned 2 things that work/don't work for me personally and if they could help you I would be overjoyed! 1) My body does not like estrace as a form of estrogen for some reason. It likes it's own estrogen (like during a fresh IVF) or will tolerate the Vivelle estrogen patches. But any cycle that increases the estrace dose = LOTS more fluid for me. 2) When I start taking progesterone the fluid will normally disappear. So if you have started taking progesterone for your FET maybe it will be gone by the ultrasound before transfer. Sorry so long, I could write a book about this! I hope this will be of some help and wish you the very BEST of luck!!! I look forward to following your story.

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  3. Wow, you are very lucky he spends so much time talking with you! I always feel a bit rushed when Im talking to my dr( even though hes super nice)or maybe its just me not wanting to take up his time (which is ridiculous of me) :) I hope the next u/s gives you some peace so that you can move forward! ;)

  4. I hope tomorrow's appointment makes moving forward feel more hopeful for you! Thinking of you!

  5. Wow, what a great doctor to speak to you for so long! Sometimes I wonder if my doctor even knows my name!! Good luck at your appointment tomorrow, I hope the ultrasound goes well. And thank you for the new vocabulary word. :)

  6. Its great when they care isnt it!! hope your appointment goes well.. wishing you the best :)