What a roller coaster! At my ultrasound this week, we no longer saw a gestational sac in my uterus. Which means, it could have already started resolving itself, meaning it got reabsorbed into the uterine lining. Or, potentially, this could still be an ectopic pregnancy – though there’s still no evidence or symptoms of that either; nothing in my tubes, nothing on my ovaries, or anywhere! BUT, my betas are still continuing to rise.
Between the positive pregnancy tests, the low but doubling betas, the somewhat mysterious ultrasounds (first showing nothing, then showing a sac in my uterus, then showing nothing again), the ups and downs of optimism and disappointment – this has really been quite a ride!
After the ultrasound this week, our fertility doctor FINALLY had me stop my IVF meds. Because my beta is still slowly rising, I haven’t started to miscarry naturally, and there’s still a chance this could be an ectopic pregnancy – our doctor recommended that I proceed with a methotrexate injection. The injection will help to resolve an ectopic pregnancy and, for most women, also induces menstruation or miscarriage. So, hopefully, it will help resolve our situation and no further intervention will be needed.
I spent this evening at the hospital – I had to do a few labs and then received the injection. Afterwards, I was monitored for a little while to make sure I didn’t have any sort of reaction. It went well and, hopefully, I’ll miscarry soon and my hcg levels will go back to zero. Unfortunately, we now will have to wait three months before we can transfer again to ensure the methotrexate is no longer in my system. I’m really bummed about that and feel bad that now we have this delay. But, I’m glad that we finally have closure (sort of – we still don’t know if it was a blighted ovum or ectopic) and I’m happy we can finally move on from this first attempt.
The good news is, it seems that my body really wants to carry R and E’s baby (seeing as how it’s being very reluctant to give this pregnancy up)! So, hopefully, next time, we’ll have success!!!