4dp5dt – All Quiet on the Uterus Front

In classic IVF blog tradition I thought I would chart my ‘symptoms’ as I claw my way towards test day – 31 January. Yep, that’s right, I will do a pregnancy test the morning of new year’s eve. Hmm.

Today’s symptoms:

Nada, zilch, zero, nothing

I feel completely fine and normal. I’m having crazy progesterone fueled dreams but aside from that – nothing. I’m on 3 x cyclogest pessaries (fanny bullets) a day, so no surprise that my brain is playing cruel tricks on me.

This cycle has felt a little strange because obviously I didn’t stim or do an egg collection.  I don’t have the mega-boobs I usually get after the trigger shot. I just feel….fine.

More to follow! I am definitely, definitely not going to test early this time. Definitely, definitely, definitely.


5dp5dt – Reasons to be cheerful


Look at my lovely kitchen window box!

It is something to be cheerful about, as is the fact that it’s a sunny morning, it’s 5 days past our transfer and I’m feeling ok. No ‘symptoms’ really apart from a few twinges in the ovary area and sore boobs. I’m blaming that on the progesterone of course. 4 more days until test date. I’m trying to visualise my embryos growing and taking root just like the flowers in the window box.

I will look at my flowers and remain zen. I will not obsessively Google 5dp5dt. I will not obsessively Google 5dp5dt. I will not obsessively Google 5dp5dt…..

4dp5dt – Damn you Progesterone


Is that tiny twinge in my uterus area a sign that my embryo is implanting? Are my boobs feeling a bit sore? Are those weird dreams I’ve been having about serial killers an early pregnancy symptom?

The answer is yes.

And no.

All of these things are side effects of the mega-dose progesterone I’m on. I did a quick Google search (of course) and came up with this:

Progesterone – less serious side effects may include:
  • mild nausea, diarrhea, bloating, stomach cramps (also common in very early pregnancy)
  • dizziness, spinning sensation (yep those too)
  • hot flashes (sounds about right)
  • mild headache (deffo)
  • joint pain (not so much)
  • breast pain or tenderness (yes, mainly from crazed searching for breast pain or tenderness)
  • acne or increased hair growth (yuck, not yet)

I’ve decided that there is no such thing as early pregnancy symptoms, only progesterone symptoms. Those uterus twinges aren’t fooling me! Well, maybe a little bit. Stop trying to fool me, uterus.

Fanny Bullets


Not a superhero….my favourite name for progesterone pessaries, one of the things I hate most about IVF treatment.

I,  erm, ‘inserted’ my first one this morning in preparation for the frozen embryo transfer on Wednesday. I’ll be on three bullets a day for the next two weeks. That’s a whopping 1200 mg of progesterone. Is that 1.2g? I think so.

Anyway it’s a lot, and I’m now preparing myself for Mega Bloat and the Constipation Factor, the sidekicks of Fanny Bullets. I’m drinking copious amounts of water and eating oranges. Oranges?! I dunno. I’ll try anything that might keep things moving down there. It’s the worst.  My helpful husband is always keen to suggest prune juice, which is always a great suggestion if you don’t have to drink it yourself. Anyway hopefully it will all be worth it this time around, I will happily drink all the prune juice in London if this works out for us.