IVF in Barbados: Transfer Day

Saturday morning I woke up around 6:30 to shower. I was so relieved to see that I was no longer bleeding and started to trust that maybe Dr. Skinner was right and last night’s ordeal was really nothing to worry about. We drove to the clinic (Thank goodness for that rental car!) and we both got called back for our transfer.

I was told to undress, place a hair covering and a gown on, and head back to the same room where the retrieval took place. I arrived with a very full bladder, which is required for embryo transfer. Dr. Skinner asked how I was feeling since she sensed the panic in my voice just a few hours before. She assured me that everything would be fine and before the transfer, she did a quick exam to check things out. She wiped quite a bit of blood away and confirmed that it was just a wound that was healing from the egg retrieval. Due to my blood thinner injections, the smallest little nick could look like a catastrophe (and it did).

Once she was confident that we could proceed, she transferred our 1 and only embryo on its 3rd day. I had someone with a sonogram on my abdomen, and Dr. Skinner transferred our embryo directly into my uterus for safekeeping using a speculum and a catheter. It was uncomfortable because my bladder was so full and was being pushed on, but it wasn’t painful at all. I laid there for a few minutes, then got up to get dressed and use the restroom, we took some pictures with our team, and that was the last time we saw them.

After transfer, I had no rules. Just don’t go weight lifting, hiking Everest, or soaking in hot water. Limit stress. Enjoy life. Take a pregnancy test on December 4th and let them know how it turns out. They did keep me on steroids, blood thinner injections, progesterone, estradiol, and a few other medications. So began the two-week wait (TWW) and the mental battle of knowing there’s nothing more you can do, and what will happen, will happen.

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