IVF Buddy Thread

posted 4 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Age/SO’s Age:  38/33

TTC History (length of time TTC, previous IUI/IVF attempts, etc.):  4 yrs, 4 months.  3 IUI, 6 IVF retreivals, 3 fresh transfers = BFN, 2 FETs = BFP then m/c.

Known Issues: unexplained/mild pcos… shitty eggs

IVF plan (vitamins/supplements, short or long cycle, genetic testing, fresh/frozen transfer, # embryos to transfer, etc.):  Acai, revesotol, myo inositol, multivitamin, additional C, D, E, melatonin, lguthamine (or however it’s spelled).  PGS testing whatever makes it to blast

IVF Start Date:  CD38 today with no sign of ovulation, waitigntill this cycle ends.

For bees experienced with IVF – Any advice for first-timers?:  set an alarm on your phone so you do your shots at exactly the same time every night.  Start loading up on gatorade or coconut water (high eletrolytes) before retreival.

 

Post # 5
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  • Wedding: June 2011

BeeBlake :  aww, thank you for your kind words.  I only added PGS for my 5th retreival.  My first 3 I only had 1 or 2 embryos on day 3, so they just transferred them on day 3.  Oops, I only had 2 fresh transfers of day 3 embryos.  First cycle all arrested by day 3.  After that I switched to an RE and had 3 blasts for the first time.  We didn’t do PGS since we figured there wasn’t many anyways so we transerred 2.  But after the m/c, we assumed genetic abnormality (after running additional immunity issue testing and found nothing wrong).  So 5th cycle we got 2 blasts and did PGS and both came back normal, so we transfered one of those (plus the remaining untested on from cycle 4).  But we lost that one too.  6th time we had 100% abnormal fertilization, so nothing came of that… but we are plannign to test any blasts we get before transfer now.

After retreival they will tell you to load up on eletrolytes and protein to reduce the possibility of OHSS.  Pickles and salty foods are good too.  I usually start with the eletrolytes as soon as trigger and continue through until I get my period (I will only do FETs now) and have a protein bar a day.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

BeeBlake :   or other BEES: Did you need an HSN before you started IVF? I had an HSG last year, but my RE wants to do an HSN.

ROLL CALL:  I’m very early into the process and want to learn more so I am happy that you bees are willing to share your journey. 🙂

Age/SO’s Age: 29/30

TTC History (length of time TTC, previous IUI/IVF attempts, etc.): We are TTC #2.  We have TTC’d since May 2015 but only had a total of 16 cycles because of a dreadfully long ectopic (lost tube) in the middle of that. 

Known Issues: So far everything looks normal.  I lost one tube from an ectopic.  I’m still waiting on some bloodwork but our genetic screening was good, my husband’s SA was good.

IVF plan (vitamins/supplements, short or long cycle, genetic testing, fresh/frozen transfer, # embryos to transfer, etc.): Not sure yet.  If we go straight to IVF we will do PGD to take out a genetic mutation that my husband has.

IVF Start Date: We are hoping for a March start.

For bees experienced with IVF – Any advice for first-timers?:  I’d love to hear from Bees who did PGD.  

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

 Also, if you have a sperm issue, will you be doing PICSI?  Have you done sperm fragmentation testing as well as the basic analysis?

Post # 9
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  • Wedding: June 2011

BeeBlake :  Ah, looks like you have your bases covered with the sperm selection!  But I thought the binding test is essentially PICSI? Post retreival most the time I was fine.  4th cycle I had mild OHSS and was miserable for a week and gained 7lbs.  But then 5th and 6th I took Cabergoline after retreival and felt perfectly fine (even with more eggs and higher E2).  I felt so good right after that I left the office and walk 4.5 miles back to where I was staying in NYC. 

Post # 11
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  • Wedding: June 2011

BeeBlake :  Oh, I dunno, I could be wrong.  My 4th cycle with the same doc, they were closing that clinic and moving back to NY so they did PICSI for me for free and I didn’t even know since they were discarding all the material anyways.  Then we did it the next times too since it couldn’t hurt and we figured why not and didn’t really look into what it exactly invovled.

Its typically 10-12 days of stims before retreival.  You’ll get a pretty good idea about a week into it when you might trigger within a day or 2 accuracy.  You’ll need 1 full day off so if that’s easy to take with a few days notice, it shouldn’t be an issue.  I think half the time my retreivals fell on a weekend.   I still haven’t told work and they have no idea.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

BeeBlake :  Can you just tell them you are having a small outpatient procedure and you might need to take the rest of the day off?  I know my boss is nosy and would ask more followup questions but most people probably wouldn’t.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

BeeBlake :  Thanks.  The HSG didn’t bother me so I’m hopeful that the HSN will be the same.

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