Post # 1
We’re currently in the middle of our first IUI cycle (with injectables). Due to my previous FSH readings (12.6/12.7/13.1) they expected a slow reaction and put me on a higher dose. I’m currently on CD12 and had my third u/s this morning. My ovaries are now showing 9 follies all between 11-14mm. My lining is 9.5mm. Of course IUI is no longer an option but they offered us to convert this cycle to IVF.
Has anybody been in a similar position? What did you do? Any other suggestions or advise from girls with IVF experience?
Thanks in advance!!!!
Post # 3
Is IVF out of pocket? Is it affordable for you? For us, IVF was about 5x the cost as an IUI (but we had no choice but IVF eventually, anyway)…if you can afford it, go for it! It’ll give you the best odds (much higher than IUI)! Your lining is great and the fact that all 9 follies are similar in size is very good!
Post # 4
@elchalten: Wow! This is such a huge decision for you guys to make! If you can afford it, I would say go for it. I don’t have any experience w/ IVF, obviously. Just want to be your cheerleader. 😉
Post # 5
@Jenn23: Thanks, Jen! Both IUI and IVF are out of pocket cost for us. We’re looking at a difference of $5,100 plus the cost for additional meds (maybe another $1,500). Of course it is a LOT of money but we’re in a position where we COULD afford it. We may not get many eggs but I try to remind myself that all it really takes is one good quality egg. My lining has NEVER ever been as thick as it is right now (never got more than 6.5mm…) Maybe my body is telling me that our golden egg is right there?
Post # 6
@bunny: Thanks bunny! I wish we would have a little more time to “talk about IVF”… maybe my LH/E2 levels will make the choice for us. But I can definitely use some cheerleaders! Hope everything is going well on your end!
Post # 7
@elchalten: Since you can afford it, I’d go for it. Yes, that lining is perfect and 9 eggs is a decent amount. All you really need is one great embryo, and hopefully you’ll get at least 4 or 5 out of those nine. (And then they’ll choose the best 1, 2 or 3 to transfer). I’d do it!!!! Let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂
Post # 8
That sounds very promising! And, if you can afford it, even better. It almost seems like all the stars are aligning for you to go the IVF route vs. IUI. Everything happens for a reason! 🙂 Sending you lots of baby dust and positive vibes!
Post # 9
If you can afford it go for it! With my 2nd IUI with Follistim I ended up with 3 mature follicles and one that was really close to being mature. The RE recommended converting to an IVF cycle but we just couldn’t afford it (we are so lucky that my insurance paid 100% for the IUI and all meds while IVF would be out of pocket). She was okay with our decision to stick with IUI but we did have to sign papers warning us about multiples and all that. Not that we needed to worry about that, only one egg was fertilized and we now have our son =). Good luck!!
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn
I’m at the end of my stims for an IVF cycle, so if you need to talk, let me know.
As for this, if you can afford it, I would do it. You’r success rate will go frm 20% to 40-50% (depending on fertilization and all) by switching to IVF. Just make sure you research the price of the meds you’d need before making any assumptions. My IVF meds are leaps and bounds more expensive than my IUI meds were, but I was also on full on IVF stims for the entire cycle. Still, your trigger may change (but may not) and there may be different medication for after the embryo transfer. Also remember that IVF is a more medically involved process and will be a bit harder on your body than the IUI would have been.
However, if my choices were to stop entirely or convert and I could afford it… I’d convert to IVF.
Post # 11
Thank you guys all so much for your support! This morning has probably been the craziest few hours of my life 🙂 Your feedbacks mean the world to me!
@Jenn23: Thanks! You made a pretty good summary. We would only transfer one. I hope out of the nine follies we would get ONE kick ass embryo. I don’t expect to have anything to freeze but we’re OK with that. I think this would be a little too much to ask for 🙂
@Candy_Nee: It really seems like IVF is just calling my name or at leaset my ovaries for that matter. Thanks for the positive vibes, I can definitely use them!
@sweetkate: So happy to hear that you got your take home baby even with a risky IUI. You just never know what is going to happen. Enjoy your miracle 🙂
@Mrs. Lox: According to the clinic our chances would actually go from about 5% to 40-50%. As far as cost go we have a pretty good idea and even though it is a hell lot of money we are in the lucky position to be able to afford it even on such a short notice. If you promise me to hold my hand throughout the next couple of weeks… I can do this 🙂
OK. I got the call from the clinic and LH levels are still low – this means we’re now doing IVF. Darling Husband and I feel we should take advantage of this chance. There is no guarantee that my body will respond as well if we cancel and then start a fresh IVF cycle from the get-go. And I think we shouldn’t wait for better numbers… because numbers have been proofen to be wrong so many times. And I trust/hope that there is one kick ass embryo in there that will proof all the statistics and numbers wrong. I wish we would have had a little more time to think it through but I guess we’ll just have to go with the flow. I might be asking a lot of silly questions over the next few days – I hope you all bear with me. Thank you so much!!!
Post # 12
Your body sounds like it is doing all it can to give you the best chance of having a baby 🙂
Goodluck with the cycle, I hope you get as many eggs as possible!
Post # 13
Glad you decided to go with IVF. I’ve been through countless IVF cycles so if you ever have any questions or need to chat feel free to PM me. Best of luck to you! 🙂
Post # 14
@elchalten: How exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time! I am praying for you, HARDCORE right now!!!!! Best of luck to you guys!
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
I replied on your other thread just now (I’m sorry, didn’t see this thread too.)
I’m so glad you’re going for it. I would’ve done the same thing. xxx
Post # 16
@elchalten: i’m sending you so many positive thoughts and wishes right now!! it seems like everything has just lined up perfectly for you, glad you’re following the flow 🙂