Post # 1
Has anyone here gone through IVF and be willing to share their story? A close friend of mine is seriously thinking about starting a cycle of IVF and we were both talking today about what she might expect. I would like to know more to understand her situation and what it might be like for her. She is 39 and has a six year old daughter. She has been TTC for the last five years and has not had any luck. Her fertility specialist told her that she has one blocked tube.
We were wondering how long the IVF process can take from start to a successful implantation (if everything goes ok on the first try). How many days are you taking injections and medications? Do they make you wait to a certain point in your cycle or can you start taking meds after the first appointment with the Dr.? How long after starting the stims will they harvest the eggs? What do you feel like emotionally and physiically during this time?
Thank you so much!
Post # 3
This website has a lot of really good information regarding infertility. I linked to the message boards where there is a lot of information regarding treatments and tests. I haven’t gone through IVF but it may be in my future. I am on my 2nd IUI right now.
With IVF there are different protocols for different situations too.
Post # 4
There’s a couple of us on the Infertility Thread right now who are planning to start IVF in the next few months.
The biggest thing is that the treatment plan is totally dependent on the condition and medical history of the patient, like sweetkate said. Yes, treatment has to be timed to certain phases of your cycle. At my clinic, it’s usually a month for testing before even starting. Then each individual cycle includes a month of birth control pills & a month of injections – some are to suppress and some are to stimulate. But this time can vary – some people respond very quickly to the medications, and others have to be on them much longer. You also have to go in for monitoring ultrasounds I think every other day once you start injections. When eggs are ready, they do a retrieval and then transfer back a few days later. Once they decide to start, her clinic and doctor will provide her with a calendar that spells out all the specifics.
I don’t know what it feels like as I’ve only done oral fertility meds and IUI, but any fertility treatment requires a huge investment of time, money, and emotions. IVF is kind of the highest level of that. It’s a ton of work, but if it works, I’m sure it’s a huge high, and if it fails, it’s a huge low. I’ve actually read from many women that you should go into your first IVF expecting it to fail. Because if you get lucky and it’s +, ok, fantastic surprise, but for the majority of women it takes more than one cycle. There is also the issue of frozen embryos if you have any extra, and if and when to use them, how to store them, etc. This can be a religious and emotionally charged issue for a lot of people.
Best of luck to your friend, and good for you for doing as much as you can to support her!
Post # 5
hello – i have had a few friends who have gone through IVF. It was an emotional and physically taxing…BUT they have beautiful babies now so it was all worth it 🙂