Ha. Honesty though, it was hardly enjoyable, but I am so glad that I went, because it really put my mind at ease! The pain in my lower right hand side has gotten significantly worse over the past couple of days. I finally decided yesterday afternoon that it was sharp and focused enough that I wanted to make sure that it wasn't ectopic. After a lovely 10 hours at the hospital, I received the following information:
- there was no evidence of a tubal pregnancy on the ultrasounds;
- my betas had increased by four-fold in the past four days, to 4,323 (perfect); and
- the doctor could see one gestational & yolk sac in my uterus, measuring at 5 weeks, 2 days (I was 5 weeks, 1 day).
Apparently, I am in pain because my ovaries are full of cysts! Wonderful.
I snapped this (blurry) photo of the ultrasound machine when the tech stepped out:
You can see one of my stupidly cystic ovaries in the upper right hand corner. There are multiple cysts/follicles measuring in the range of of 20 to 27 mm in each ovary. Not exactly normal for pregnancy, but apparently it can happen when the ovaries are hyper-stimulated with fertility drugs, like say, Gonal-f. Anyway, I spoke to my RE this morning, and she was unconcerned. She said they should resolve themselves over the next few weeks, and that other than causing some discomfort, they do not pose any actual risk. :)
I am definitely relieved! While I'd prefer not to have freakishly cystic ovaries right now, it is far better than the alternative explanation for that focused pain (i.e. ectopic).
Also, I managed to get some confirmation that everything is on track in the process. You can see blurry images of the little Bug in the ultrasound shot above. No fetal pole yet, but at 5 weeks, 1 day, I understand that is perfectly normal. He/she is measuring exactly right at this stage, if not a day ahead.
So, now can I relax? :) I hope so...!