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The last thread was getting long (http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/the-ivf-thread-part-2/page/13), so I thought I’d start a new one.
I’m a regular WB poster with a new name for TTC purposes.
Our background- before we were engaged, DH went to see the urologist for issues totally unrelated to TTC. She noted some issues that might affect fertility, and said he should get a SA. So he did, and he had ZERO sperm. Nada. Subsequent tests showed the same. There was a chance that they could find something thru surgery, and his doc did find a large left varicocele. We waited for a while, and after the wedding, to do the surgery. Both of us were prepared for there to be nothing, and to need to go the donor route or adopt. He had high FSH levels and smaller testes (both of which could be due to the varicocele, or be signs of testicular failure such that varicocele surgery is pointless, depending one what you read– this whole thing taught me to step away from the google!!). He had surgery yesterday, and they found sperm! Some moving! I cried with the doc told me. So obviously his body CAN produce sperm, so now we just need to see how he heals, and if he’ll be able to make more, and find out if we might be able to retrieve sperm from a future SA, or if they found any from the surgery that are likely to survive the freeze/thaw to be used for IVF with ICSI (they will freeze the tissue they biopsied). So we’ll know more next week, and maybe more in about 3 months after he heals.
I’ve had my bloodwork done and an ultrasound to look for egg folicles, and everything looks good. They haven’t done the dye procedure to test for blockages (which I guess wouldn’t be necessary if we did IVF). Based on what the doc saw, he said my results looked really good, and that it’s more on par with a woman 4 years my junior. So that’s a good thing.
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@HopefulForLittleOne: Sending you lots of postive thoughts and prayers! Good luck to you!! FX it all turns out perfect!
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@HopefulForLittleOne: What an emotional journey. I am hoping that you have good news about your DH’s SA soon!
Post # 5
Looks like this thread needs to be revived since there’s a lot of us in process or getting ready to start IUI on the 6+/1+ threads, and a few ladies on the 1+ in process of IVF.
So exciting! 🙂
So let’s start by introducing ourselves:
IUI or IVF:
Chart (if you have one):
Where are you at in the process?
WHEN I get my BFP, I’ll celebrate by:
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Cycles/months trying: 19 cycles, 21 months TTC – NTNP since May 2009
IUI or IVF: IUI
Current CD/DPO: CD4
Chart (if you have one): http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/yellowclover
Known issues? PCOS
Protocol: We are doing IUI with injectables. We will start Clomid 50mg 3-7, injectible FSH starting CD9, ultrasounds for monitoring, then trigger followed by IUI. I’ll also be using progesterone suppositories after O.
Where are you at in the process? Well, I had baseline blood work drawn this morning, but we’re doing a natural cycle (without IUI) this cycle and starting next cycle, which hopefully will be around 7/15.
WHEN I get my BFP, I’ll celebrate by: Other than SCREAMING and doing a happy chicken dance!?? Wow, I don’t know. So hard to think of right now. I did buy a onesie that says “daddy’s lil hunting buddy” to use to tell DH and a card that says “WE LOVE YOU.”
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@HopefulForLittleOne: Hopefully by me reviving this thread you started, it’ll bring back the thread starter’s luck for you!!?? 🙂
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IUI or IVF:
Current CD/DPO: CD 14
Chart (if you have one): I gave up on it
Known issues? PCOS, blocked tube, mild male factor
Protocol: IUI with no drugs.
Where are you at in the process? We are waiting for a 🙂 to go in. Hopefully in one or two more days.
WHEN I get my BFP, I’ll celebrate by:
Wow I don’t even know. It feels like such an impossibility right now. Probably a trip to go visit my parents to share the news.
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@Yellow.Clover: Thanks for restarting this thread! And yes, I hope its good luck. I still need to start the new 1+ thread 🙂
Cycles/months trying: It’s not really “trying” for us unless its IVF, so does that mean that this is our first month? We stopped using birth control years ago.
IUI or IVF: IVF
Current CD/DPO: Day 2 of IVF stims 🙂
Chart (if you have one): n/a
Known issues? DH’s azoospermia (post #1 above), clotting issues for me
Protocol: Gonal-F, menopur, ganirelex, etc. etc. DH’s biopsied specimens didn’t survive freeze/thaw, so he has a new procedure scheduled for 6/20. My RE, who is AMAZING, is trying to time my ER for the same day as the procedure so we can use fresh sperm (and we also selected donor vials to have as backup).
Where are you at in the process: I’ll get my second day’s injection in about 2 hours!
WHEN I get my BFP, I’ll celebrate by: I’ll be thrilled by terrified. I think the real celebration will happen WHEN 🙂 we make it out of the first trimester.
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@EverAfterBegins: Hi there! When do you “normally” O? Do you have wonky cycles due to the PCOS? Is this your first IUI? Sorry, lots of questions for you..FX you get that 🙂 VERY soon!! Good luck!!
Good question – I guess you could say you’ve been trying since you stopped BC. Heck we’ve all been trying it just isn’t working 😉 And I agree 100% about the real celebration after the 1st trimester. I think, if anything I’ve learned from the 6+/1+ graduates, is that you just need to take it one day at a time. Tell yourself over and over, “today, I am pregnant.” I really hope we all can say those four big words very soon!
I’m so excited for all of us! *high fives* Hopefully we’ll have some new faces soon!
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Ladies, question for you. What do you discuss when you go in for your first visit to a RE? My OBGYN has suggested me setting up an appointment, so I’m wondering what happens at the first initial appointment? Is it covered by insurance if your insurance does NOT cover IVF?
I’ve done two IUI’s and one doctor said I should skip trying and just go to IVF if “I’m in a hurry.” This was not my usual OBGYN, she was at the hospital when I went in. However, I’d love a baby soon, but not sure I’d like to move to IVF yet since both my husband and I have checked out fine (SA, no blocked tubes, etc).
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@LuckoftheIrish12: Who did your IUIs– an OBGYN or an RE? I’ve only heard of an RE doing such things. Or are you hoping to see a different RE? Our consults were covered by insurance, even before I switched to a plan that covers IVF. Just make sure the doc takes your insurance. My previous insurance covered IUI, but not IVF. If you haven’t seen an RE yet, I would talk to your RE about the liklihood of success for future IUI before moving to IVF, especially if IVF isn’t covered. We needed to have some donor vials on hand as back up, and the cryobank’s materials said it takes an average of 4 rounds for a BFP. But this is something I’d talk to the RE about. Just bring copies of any records you have, charts if you keep them, a list of procedures you’ve done, etc. Good luck!
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@LuckoftheIrish12: I agree with everything HopefulForLittleOne: mentioned above. As far as coverage goes, everyone’s insurance is different. My visits and IUI will be covered 50%. My consultation at only 50% was still only $51! I expected it to be much more. How are your cycles? Are they “normal?” Have you had your progesterone checked? Were your IUI’s with meds? I think if you’re not quite ready to go towards IVF, maybe you should weigh your options with your DH and your RE and go from there.
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Cycles/months trying: 10 years
IUI or IVF: First IVF
Current CD/DPO: CD14….transfer scheduled for this Saturday
Chart (if you have one):
Known issues? severe endo diagnosed Jan 2013/DH has low sperm motility
Protocol: injectables started on day 3 for 9 days, trigger shot 36 hours before ER, progesterone suppositories until positive pregnancy test
Where are you at in the process? ER yesterday….7 eggs, 1 already wasn’t mature, they were supposed to do ICSI today and I call tomorrow to find out how many are left. Still finding it hard to remain optimistic right now 🙁
WHEN I get my BFP, I’ll celebrate by: Never had one before…maybe excited but probably scared it won’t take….I’ve been let down so much I can’t seem to get excited about this.
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@Yellow.Clover: I guess I O between CD14 and CD18ish but it varies. This is my first IUI. I tried with clomid last month (the lowest dose) and too many eggs volunteered so they canceled the IUI. Is this you first IUI too?
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@LuckoftheIrish12: Hi there. Every insurance is different, but it sounds like maybe I was in a similar boat as you… my insurance does NOT cover IVF (or IUI) but DOES cover anything related to *diagnosis* (rather than treatment) of infertility. So my RE office visits were covered (with just a copay of $20-40, I forget which), as were my labs, ultrasounds, etc. But then as soon as we switch over to the IVF process nothing is covered. I have looked at many, many insurance plans’ coverage descriptions and it is quite common for diagnosis of infertility to be covered (so your office visits, lab tests, etc.) but not for the IVF to be covered.
Re: moving straight to IVF…yes, IVF is your faster route compared to IUI — the success rates per cycle are about double (don’t quote me on that…it’s what I’m remembering offhand…you can find the exact success rates online). That said, if you’re not in a hurry many people start with IUI because it is cheaper (and sometimes covered by insurance) and not nearly as invasive as IVF. And some people need to go straight to IVF based on what fertility issue they have (i.e., severe male factor –> straight to IVF). Feel free to come join us on the 1+ board, by the way…it’s a bit more active than this one since most of us IUI/IVF’ers have also been trying for 1+ years.