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Entry Twenty-six
January 19, 1998

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More on my Egg Donor Procedure

I have got little bits and pieces of information for you on my Egg Donor Procedure. This Thursday marks four weeks on Lupron. I have mentioned that this drug has some very nasty side effects. Some people are more sensitive to it than others. I seem to be very sensitive to its side effects. It is worth it, however, for the chance to be pregnant.

Today I had my consultation with Dr. Colver. We agreed that we would transfer four embryos into my fallopian tubes. Dr. Colver said the chance of quads would be about one percent, and the chance of triplets about five percent. So I still have a ninety-four percent chance of having a singleton or twins, if I do become pregnant. The pregnancy rate is slightly higher if I transfer four embryos into my tubes. Plus, the chance of twins is higher as well. And as I have said, I would really like twins.

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Dr. Colver and I also discussed the fact that an Egg Donor IVF procedure would be preferable to the Egg Donor ZIFT. (For definitions of this, jump to my earlier entries and click on all those informative links!) However, I cannot do IVF because of a severely retroflexed uterus. (What is retroflexion? You have all heard of a "tipped" uterus? That is called retroversion. Retroversion means the uterus tips backwards. Roughly twenty percent of women have a retroverted uterus. It is not uncommon. Retroflexion is a variation on this theme. It means the uterus bends over to the side. It is not uncommon with endometriosis, because the resulting adhesions can pull the uterus out of its normal position. Dr. Colver tells me that he has only had a couple of patients who were so retroflexed that they could not do an In Vitro transfer). It bothers me, because IVF has a higher success rate than ZIFT. But IVF just does not pertain in my situation, so I shouldn't worry myself about it. I still am bothered, though. I did learn that the Egg Donor success rate for 1997 (all types of procedures) was close to sixty percent. That is with my own personal failed cycle factored in there. This is still pretty good. But the success rate for Egg Donor ZIFT was zero out of two attempts. One of those was mine. I wonder why the other ZIFT failed?

It looks at this point as if this Friday will be the day I start dramatically increasing my meds, to get in lockstep with the donor, who may be starting her fertility drugs. I will be on a increasing program to build my uterine lining, as the donor takes her fertility drugs to stimulate her ovaries to produce multiple eggs. It looks like February 3, 4 or 5 will be the day that I might have my surgery. We will not know for sure until about two days beforehand. The happy part about this is that February 3 is my birthday! I am hoping for a birthday surgery. Won't that be a great story to tell my child (children)?

Well, wish me luck!!
Kay Grames

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