Sunday, January 27, 2008

TTC#2- HCG Injection

Had my last Gonal F injection on Friday and HCG injection last night. We did the HCG injection in a car as we are having dinner with our friends. Crazy right? hehehehe

The hCG trigger injection is one of the most critical parts of the IVF medication protocol. After the eggs have been stimulated to grow and develop, the hCG trigger is the final medication given before the egg retrieval. The hCG trigger has several functions:

-Induce final maturation of the eggs
-Cause the resumption of meiosis
-Loosen the egg's attachment from the follicle wall
-Allow for the timing of the egg retrieval

Now my eggs are "boiling" and will be "cooked" to be retrieve tomorrow morning. I hope that the Anesthesia had been booked by the secretary of Dr. Emperaire. ;p

As of last Friday, I have got 13 eggs on both of my ovaries, hopefully every eggs will be able to retrieve successfully. At the same time, J will be providing his semen specimen fresh and hot from "OVEN" to prepare for the next step.

More about Egg Retrieval

This method by which the eggs are retrieved at PFC is an ultrasound directed Needle Aspiration. The ultrasound probe with a needle guide is placed in the vagina, which allows an aspiration needle to be INSERTED through the upper portion of the vagina directly into the ovary. The ultrasound image allows the physician to accurately guide the needle into each follicle for aspiration or "suction". As the fluid is aspirated, the egg is released and collected in the laboratory. The retrieval process takes approximately 15-30 minutes."

After the eggs were retrieved, they will start the process of fertilization (the union of the sperm and egg). We are doing IVF-ICSI (Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection ). The procedure involves injecting a single sperm into the cytoplasm of each egg using a fine glass needle because it achieves much higher fertilization rates.

Hopefully, everything will go smoothly tomorrow..

10 friends commented ^_^:

adrian said...

Good luck tomorrow yeah.

Missy M said...

Good luck Jas! *baby dust* all the way!

Ling That's Me said...

good luck! :)

Mummy to QiQi said...

wow....Jasmine, really wish there will be lots of Mickey Mouse in your house this year :)

JO-N said...

All the best to you, Jas. You have gone through lots of trouble and I really hope you would have a second baby soon.

JO-N said...

All the best to you, Jas. You have gone through lots of trouble and I really hope you would have a second baby soon.

Shannon's Mummy said...

Adrian, Missy M, Ling, Chinneeq, Jo-n -->

Thanks for the lucks!

Tot's Mom said...

All the best. Hope there will be good news very soon.

jam said...

Good luck, ya!

Shannon's Mummy said...

@Tot's mum & Jam - Thanks!