Pre-Trip Appointment & Advice for Those Traveling for Treatment

I’ve been feeling fine on the medications. Maybe a little more tired than usual, but no complaints and happily the protocol doesn’t entail injections.

The week before traveling for treatment to Canada for our FET, I went in for the ultrasound to check my uterine lining on Monday. Our Canadian clinic had said to go in on Wednesday, but due to a work conflict I asked if it was okay to have the appointment 2 days early. This was a mistake on my part as my lining measured only 7mm and my Canadian doctor wanted me to have a lining of at least 7.5mm before starting me on progresterone. He strongly urged me to have it checked again 4 days later. This was frustrating since I have never had lining issues (for my 3 IUIs and our fresh cycle, my lining was 11 or 12mm) and the outside monitoring ultrasound at the US clinic in our city costs $500. When I told my Canadian doctor the cost he said, “Well come up here, we’ll do it for free.” Unfortunately we already had our plane and hotel reservations so changing to come earlier would have cost additional anyway.

When I returned on Thursday, my lining was 10mm. The doctor at the US clinic doing the ultrasound kept asking me if my Canadian clinic wanted any blood work done. Nervously, I replied, “No. Should I have blood work done?” He said, “From the way your lining looks, if you were my patient I certainly would at least have your progesterone levels checked.” Afterward I paced clinic waiting room wondering if I should pay the $120 to have the progesterone blood test. From my cell phone, I emailed the nurse at our Canadian clinic, but after 45 min she hadn’t replied to my email and I couldn’t call her because my cell phone doesn’t allow international dialing. I went ahead with the blood test. Seems was an unnecessary added expense as when the nurse from the Canadian clinic did call me a couple hours later, she said my lining looked great and no blood work was necessary…

Note to others going through this process, if you have to pay such exorbitant fees to have your lining checked, don’t do so too soon. Wait and give the Estrace time to sufficiently build your lining…

Also note that I would highly recommend acupuncture for others considering acupuncture treatment in conjunction with IVF. I credit acupuncture with helping me to have a good lining and acupuncture certainly is relaxing and helps remind me to relax and trust that everything will work out. I have seen 3 different acupuncturists since starting the fertility process and, in my case, I found that it is not necessary to go to an acupuncturist who specializes in fertility and IVF treatment.

 
 

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