Beta #3= 689

I had my third beta today. My results were 689. I have a 4th blood draw (are they called betas still after number 3?) on Friday. I’m a little nervous as most people seem to only have 3 and then they are on to ultrasound scheduling but I also read that you have to have an HCG level of 1000 for that.

My pain is gone today, thankfully, and I’m hoping it was just indigestion. I do feel weird, however. I feel like I can’t breathe, but I can breathe fine.. and my limbs feel weird. It must be anxiety. I’ve had anxiety my whole life, you’d think I’d recognize it by now. I used to have very severe attacks. One of my co workers pointed out that pregnancy hormones do crazy things, so that could be it. I also had to take progesterone in oil last night because I didn’t have the special compound (ethyl oleate) that I’ve been using, so it could be that, too. I feel like crying, I feel like sleeping, and I’m dizzy and just feel WEIRD.

I posted to one of my IVF support groups about my number and one woman so far said my number sound great, generally they just want to be safe. So… I’m going to try and relax. I’m still pregnant, and according to the beta calculator my numbers are rising every 2.27 days- which is good! (you want to see between 2 and 3 ideally)

So I guess that’s that for now!

Beta #1- 64
Beta #2-111
Beta #3- 689

5 weeks, 2 days pregnant

7 thoughts on “Beta #3= 689

  1. unplannedinfertility says:

    What a relief that your numbers are still going the way they should! And obviously that the weird pain is gone.

    So, question. I asked the clinic about ethyl oleate before we started and it was a no go for me… something about not being available anymore because of some lab mistake a couple years ago. But you had that? And we go to the same place… So now I’m curious. I wonder if it’s my insurance specifically that doesn’t cover it anymore, not the clinic? What do you have, if you don’t mind my asking? I have BCBS of Mass.

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    • ourfrigginivfjourney says:

      Thank you!

      I order it through a special pharmacy in Maine- Apothecary by Design. My insurance does not cover it and I pay out of pocket for it. $100ish dollars every 20 days. My insurance is Fallon. I started on the PIO kind but had allergic reactions, and that’s when they switched me.


      • unplannedinfertility says:

        Ahhh, Ok, that makes sense. I haven’t had an allergic reaction to the PIO, I just think it sucks! haha. I hate to spend money when I don’t have to, but how is the ethyl oleate version? It’s much thinner right? You must not have been on the PIO very long, but if you remember, it’s kind of hard because it’s so thick. Are there any other differences that would maybe make it worth it to pay out of pocket for that drug?

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    • ourfrigginivfjourney says:

      I was on it for at least a few weeks I think? I agree, it totally sucks. I remember it getting gunked up underneath my skin into weird shapes. The ethyl oleate version is SO much thinner. I don’t have any terrible red lumps, the medication goes in where it should instead of those weird shapes under my skin, and I don’t have itching that drives me mad. Seriously, I was itching for a LONG time after I stopped those. Maybe close to a month. I think it’s worth the price because of the reaction I was having, but before I had any reaction to it it’s pretty similar. It’s easier to draw up, but your hips/bum is just as sore.


      • unplannedinfertility says:

        Eh, if you’re still as sore, I guess it’s not worth it for me. Although you know what’s weird? I didn’t have any itching while I was doing them, just the soreness, and the lumpiness, but now that I’ve stopped, I do have itchiness there. Sometimes it’s not so bad and other times I cannot get it to stop. The stuff is so strange.

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