Shawnee Barton
My meds take up just one shelf in the refrigerator instead of two now—halfway through. The egg carton in the fridge reminds me to ready myself for the most stressful Easter egg hunt ever.

A woman’s egg[s] grow inside fluid-filled protective sacks called follicles that look like black ovals on an ultrasound screen. Most women release one egg a month, but fertility drugs stimulate the body to release many more. Since eggs are too small to see, doctors count follicles to determine how well fertility medications are doing their job.

Today, Dr. Agarwal will look for follicles inside me. It’s impossible to conceive a baby without a healthy egg, so if he finds that my body hasn’t responded to the “stim meds”, then everything stops, and we will have to start all over again.
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