So the details are as follows:
I'm on 4 days of Gonal-F 225, back in on Monday for a scan. As I mentioned in my last post I'm not on any down-regging drugs, but they might be added later depending on my response. I initially was very confused, but after posting on the BC IVF forum it seems I am not the only one doing this kind of protocol. Which is a relief, because being in a different country can be really hard when things are done slightly differently and it's difficult to find people going through the same thing in the same language.
So why the short protocol? I'm 31, as far as I know my hormone levels are 'normal,' if I was in the UK I think I would be on a long protocol.
To be honest I think it might be a Korea thing. Korea is all about 'balli-balli,' which means 'quickly-quickly.' I think that they do short protocols because they don't take so long and if you don't give a patient something they want right now, they might go elsewhere. In this town, it's possible you could demand your records on day 2 from one clinic, call another one and get an appointment and treatment at another on the same day. It's not that the clinics aren't busy, but rather they just manage to fit you in.
Also, given the number of patients my clinic sees, I suspect the short protocol is easier to manage if the patient qualifies. It's a shorter period of time to keep an eye on things, and less complicated for the patients to keep track of.
A couple of you commented about me not really having time to process the failed IUI. The thing is, I could have asked to delay for a month if I wanted to but I didn't. If I had, I know that in a weeks time I would have been wishing that I had got on with it. I like to be moving forward.