All righty then. . . . well, I guess I have overshared on here even more than I realize, since my last post asking for unanswered questions about me did not garner a single comment or email. LOL. You must all know everything you want to know about me (and more?).
I visited Local Fertility Clinic this morning for my baseline monitoring appointment for my mock cycle. I had blood drawn for E2 and P4 levels and a (lovely) vaginal u/s. Not surprisingly, the doctor who did my u/s asked why I chose to go to St. Mungo's for treatment when they have a DE program at their clinic. I was diplomatic and stressed my (not made-up) concern about using a donor who lived locally and didn't even mention the difference in the two clinics' success rates (which is considerable: Local Fertility Clinic reported around a 65% rate for fresh cycles compared to a 85% rate at St. Mungo's). No apparent hard feelings.
Dr. didn't tell me specifics about my lining, just said it looked "fine" for this point in my cycle. I had 18 antral follicles (not that this matters much, since we won't be using my eggs) and no cysts. So far, so good. I will get a call from my St. Mungo's nurse this afternoon with further instructions, and I anticipate starting my estrogen tonight.
I also went yesterday and had 4 tubes of blood drawn (at an outside lab, not at Local Fertility Clinic) for all my infectious disease testing and for prolactin and TSH levels, all required by St. Mungo's before cycling. MM had his blood drawn for infectious disease testing, too, and will be going in for a semen analysis tomorrow (he's really looking forward to it--NOT).
Assuming all that testing comes back OK--and I have no reason to think it won't--the only other test I have to have done besides completing my mock cycle is a sonohysterogram, which I will do while I'm on BCPs after the mock cycle. Oh, and we have a joint counseling session in a couple of weeks to discuss the psychological issues involved with the use of donor gametes for conception.
So many hoops to jump through, but in a way, it's good. Every item I tick off the list brings us that much closer to our real cycle. It feels like we are making progress.