Yesterday began the next to the last cycle before officially getting started again. Our pre-testing is almost all in order (waiting on Bry to get his blood work) and we have been working with the billing department to make sure our financial stuff is in order (since we have some coverage this time around).
The way it works is on Day 1 of the cycle you will do a frozen transfer (FET) you schedule blood work and ultrasound. If everything looks good then you began taking Estrace pills. In a fresh cycle (where you are stimulating your ovaries) this is when the yucky part begins. Shots twice a day. Pills. Ultrasounds and blood work almost every other day. It is ROUGH!
Here's my meds for the cycle with the girls:
With a FET the monitoring is MUCH less. I think I only have to have two or three ultrasounds and blood draws between the beginning of the cycle and the transfer. After the transfer it is only one ultrasound (and blood work) and then the pregnancy test two weeks later. The worst part of a FET cycle is the progesterone. It includes daily vaginal suppositories (so fun, right?) and PIO (progesterone in oil) shots.
The PIO shots are intramuscular so they have to go into your backside. The needle is usually a 1 and a half inch (ONE AND A HALF INCH!) When I got pregnant with the girls I had daily PIO shots for about 8 weeks. By the time we were done PIO's I had so many keloids I could hardly sit down.
So anyway. The next cycle will be our "go" cycle. You never know if everything will be right and be able to proceed but we're hoping by mid August to be trying for #3 (and hopefully JUST #3 :D).