April 12, 2021: I survived my ERA! You can read more about it HERE, but essentially this test analyzes whether the meds I was on are the correct amount, mixture, length of time, etc. Once we get results and when we decide to do our transfer, we will either follow the same protocol or make changes, as long as nothing alarming comes back. So, for now, we wait. Let’s look back on the past few days.
Jake gave me all my shots while we were in Florida (April 5th-8th). On the second day of him administering the shot, I shared a video on social media (they’re all saved under the IVF highlight on my Instagram if you missed it). I got this message after sharing the video and it made me laugh so hard!
These shots are once a day, so we did mine in the morning. Here’s the third shot Jake did, fifth overall (my friend, Amber, did my first two for me).
Here’s my fourth shot (sixth overall), which we did after a run and right before our flight. Jake is a pro at these and I don’t feel the needle going in. You have to massage the injection site, which helps keep knots at bay. I think if I can avoid the knots, the shots are not bad at all.
(rewinding) April 9, 2021: We left for St. Louis, where my ERA (Endometrial Receptivity Array) was being performed early Friday morning. Jake administered my last shot for awhile on the side of the road, HA! I had seven total shots for this mock transfer cycle. Like I shared on my regular blog post, if a transfer is successful (the implantation of a baby), these shots last 10-12 weeks, so I hope Jake has to do a whole heck of a lot of these in the near future!
I was so thankful Jake was able to be in the room with me for the ERA. I had cried a few times thinking about it because I had heard some horror stories. I was pretty nervous/anxious all Friday morning. I did a lot of deep breathing sitting here waiting for them to call me back.
This was right before the ERA. Our doctor checked my lining, which was now 9.8 (YAY – it had been 7.3 after starting meds, which is when they upped my meds, and it went to 9.5), and then she walked me through all parts of the procedure. Before the procedure, our doctor said, “This uterus looks SO good!”, so that’s probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. ; ) The procedure kind of started like a pap smear, then she scraped the lining of my uterus into a little tube, which will be sent off for testing. Thankfully, the scraping only last about 10 seconds. The entire procedure was uncomfortable, but the scraping is what was painful. BUT, it was SO short, it was completely tolerable. I had definitely built it up to be worse in my head, not that I’d want to do it again.
This is what the procedure looks like. That tiny tube collected the sample of tissue from my uterine lining. Our doctor showed me the tissue once it had been collected, there was maybe 2-3 inches of tissue in the tube. I wish I would’ve taken a picture, but it’s probably best I didn’t.
Now we wait for results, which can take a month. Soooo, I am going to enjoy this time being drug free! I am thankful we are so busy right now, I can’t really dwell on the waiting. I am glad we did the ERA and I am excited to see what it tells us. I’ll update here once we know!