Saturday, September 8, 2012

Cancelled FET Cycle

I'm actually giggling to myself as I type this. I cannot believe it. My blog post earlier today was all happy la-la, with no real clue what I was talking about. Now I've had a smack in the face of reality. My body has no idea what it's supposed to do at the right times! I just got off the phone with the IVF nurse and she said that my blood test indicates that I have ovulated "quite some time ago"... Um ...*pin drop*. 

My mind started racing and then I said to her that I did see EWCM on Sunday (as noted on my chart). But my period only ended the day before that, on Saturday, so I completely ignored this tell-tale sign. UGHHHHHHHH! The nurse was really apologetic. I'm sure she cops a mouthful from many women who receive news about a cancelled cycle, as they might want to blame someone for not monitoring it more closely. I'm still just shaking my head in disbelief that of all months for my body to be ahead of schedule and produce a short cycle, it happens to be the month that I was doing a natural FET cycle! 

So I now have zero faith in OPKs, and I also have further confirmation that my basal body temperature tracking is a complete waste of time. For ten months I've taken my temperature every single morning. Every month I've complained that I have no real pattern in my chart. I think there have only been 2 cycles where I clearly had the correct pattern indicating exactly when I ovulated. 2 out of 10? Not good odds for getting it right on a "natural" FET/IVF cycle.

My instructions? Make an appointment with my IVF specialist. Geez, I forget what this guy even looks like! I have only met him three times - the last of which was in March. She said he will probably put me on a medicated cycle next month, so there's better control over my ovulation. I suppose that means more injections. Not a fan of these at all. At least hubby will be on annual for the entire month of October, so he can be the stabby one again.

Three good things that have come out of this cancelled cycle:


  1. I actually did ovulate
  2. I won't be wasting an embryo by doing a transfer at the wrong time.
  3. If I ovulated last Sunday 2nd September, then it should short cycle. I can always count 14 days after seeing EWCM and know that AF will arrive. FYI my ovulation is often between CD17-CD24, so for me to have it on CD10 then it means I won't have to endure a 5 or 6 week cycle!
This is only a side-step, not a backwards leap. We will continue marching forward now. Thanks for all your support :-)


13 comments:

  1. holy cow! I really thought yours would be ok as you opk said you just ovulated. Sorry to hear you have to wait also :( But yeh, the upside is if its a short cycle then hopefully we won't have to wait too long. When I asked my specialist if the reason why mine was short, could because of the last cycle & chemical, he said no. Which i thought was weird, because I've never had a short cycle like that.. and now that you have also gone short it makes me think it must be our bodies out of whack from everything. I'm not too happy about having to do a hormonal because my body is so sensitive to drugs, when I just didn't think it was necessary to do a hormonal one as I am usually so regular, so it makes it even more frustrating. But you will be pleased to know that I do not think it will involve needles for you. I was given a script to get some tablets to take from day 2 of my next period and if I fall preggas they are to be continued till 7 wks, so you might have to do the same. Its called Progynova. There could be a tigger needle needed I'm guessing though. Leigh

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear your cycle has been cancelled. :( But it sounds like you are handling it really well. I love your idea to post a few positive things that resulted from receiving the initial bad news. It's good to not dwell on the negative.

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  3. So sorry lovely, I hope you are right that this is a short short cycle and you can soon get on with a medicated one. Good on you for your three good things, such a great way to look at it. Lots of hugs

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  4. Well crap. I am sorry that this natural cycle had a mind of its own. Your attitude and outlook is awesome though. If I am right I think on a medicated FET cycle you should only be taking birth control, estrace and then the progesterone. From what I understand it is so much easier on the body then the fresh transfer. LIke you worded perfectly, not a step back but a side step.

    Thinking of you as always!

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    1. Yes, I think you're right Toni about the meds. That doesn't seem too bad at all.

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  5. What if you try the OPK's with the smiley faces? Though if a medicated cycle is next - its kinda a moot point.
    Sucks your cycle was canceled, but that just means the next one will be it :)

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  6. I'm so sorry your cycle was cancelled.

    Looking at your chart, I would, without a doubt, say that you ovulated on cd14. Your test results make me wonder how much any of us should trust temps and OPKs. :S

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    1. She may have ovulated on CD 12 just depending on her pattern - I say that because I get a temp dip on O day and then it takes a couple days for my temp to spike.

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    2. After temping this morning, my FF decided that I ovulated on CD14. But the nurse yesterday told me that it looked like I could have ovulated about a week ago (not on the day I had my first ultrasound - CD14). I think I'll stop temping from now on. My body makes up it's own rules!!!

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  7. Oh Ali, I am so sorry about this. My heart goes out to you. OPKs stink!! Praying that the next cycle works out perfectly!!

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  8. I really am sorry about the cancelled cycle, I know how crushing that is. It sounds like you're doing a good job keeping your head up! I hope AF comes on time and you're able to move on soon.

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  9. I'm so sorry your cycle was cancelled. But I am so impressed by how well you are handling it. My cycle was nearly cancelled on Friday, and I spent the day in (and near) tears. But hopefully AF gets here soon and the next cycle will work out perfectly!

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