Lazy Lefty

Do any of you notice one ovary working harder than the other during your treatments? From my previous IUIs and now this round of IVF, it really seems like my right ovary always does what it’s told and gets an A+ in egg production, while my left ovary just kind of hangs out and only churns out an egg when it feels like it. When I told my mom about this, she said, “I guess you just have a lazy ovary!”

My doctor says this is totally normal — often, the ovaries take turns, going back and forth each cycle as a “producer”, but sometimes you can have one ovary pumping out eggs for the first half of your fertile years and the other pumping out eggs for the second half.

In any case, I guess my follie count today shouldn’t be too surprising — the bigger ones are definitely on the right, although there are still plenty of potential little guys on the left.

Mighty Righty: 15 total; 1.7, 1.5, 1.5, 1.4, 1.4, 1.0
Lazy Lefty: 14 total; 1.4, 1.4, 1.2, 1.2, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0

Estrogen: 4,186 (or 1,141 in US)
Progesterone: Didn’t tell me
LH: Didn’t tell me

Getting there! I’m scheduled to go back in on Sunday, and I’m hoping retrieval will happen mid to late next week.

And now… my cat Weeps chasing a Gonal-f pen cap:


She’s also very curious about my Lupron syringes…


Weeps, you don’t even have a uterus anymore! Give it up!

14 thoughts on “Lazy Lefty

  1. Awww, poor Weeps. I sometimes project onto my animals and wonder if they’re pissed off that I’ve had them “fixed”, thus denying them the chance to procreate.

    I’m so impressed by the number of follicles you’ve got! Wow. Your one lazy ovary has more than both of mine put together. :)

  2. Weeps is a cute cat! And yes, we have twin cats!

    My right was always the worse one no matter what cycle we were on, and we found out during delivery (c-section) that I have endometriosis on that ovary – and just in/on that one ovary. I’m not saying that’s what’s going on with you – just saying that I had a very evident reason that wasn’t so evident at the time.

    I’m excited for you for next week!

  3. Yeah, my right ovary is a total dud. It’s usually got less follicles and this time around only gave up half as many eggs as lefty. Your numbers are looking great though…come on retrieval day! Also, please send me your address so while you are at your retrieval I may break into your house and steal your cat. I love the name Weeps…where did it come from?

    • Haha, you are welcome to come by and steal her FOR A BIT. :) She is a feisty little one, I think because her parents were part of a feral colony. And the name actually comes from a Farley Mowat children’s book called Owls in The Family, in which a boy rescues two baby owls and names the whimpering one Weeps.

  4. You know what’s funny? I read on one of the numerous fertility sites (actually I think it was a notable RE in Chicago) that most women ovulate more often from the right ovary. It sounds ridiculous but it seems to be the case with me, and most of the women I know going through treatment.

  5. Aww, I love your kitty!! :) My ovaries do the same thing usually!! But there’s time for those others to catch up for sure. You will be surprised how much they can grow in a short time. You’re doing great!!

  6. Well those are great numbers, even if your ovaries are not sharing the duty! I will have to check my charts to see if I have one ovary working harder than the other.. I mean neither work well as I have only ever had between 1 and 3 follicles total, but now you have me wondering if they are always on one side? Hmm. Keep us updated on your cycle! I have been thinking about you and cheering ‘go ovaries go!’

  7. My left ovary is so sluggish too. I try giving it pep talks, but it just sits bak and relies on righty to do all the work. I hope they all keep growing for you!

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