(Closed) Fertility Drugs/Treatment (menopur)

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Glad you have a proactive RE and one that you feel comfortable with! 

I was on menopur along with bravelle for our IVF. I was a very slow responder and was on stims for 14 days. But we got our BFP that first round. 

With IVF they normally expect you to stim for 10-12 days. 

it will all really depend on how your body will respond to the meds which is so hard to tell in advance. 

 

Good luck! 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

I was on menopur as well, but in combination with gonal-f on an IVF stim cycle. I think the reason they use both on an IVF cycle is because the goal is to create as many eggs as possible. The more eggs they can retrieve, the greater the chances for success. So it’s the more the merrier, you know? For an IUI or timed intercourse cycle, you can’t have too many eggs or it becomes dangerous because there’s no way to control how many get fertilized and potentially implant. If you get too many follicles developing in an IUI or timed intercourse cycle, you have to cancel.

For reference, our fertility issues were solely male factor so my body was not the issue at all. However, I was also a slower responder and ended up stimming for 14 days as well. The doctors use a combination of ultrasound and hormone levels determined through blood work to decide how to adjust medication. I had my doses of both gonal-f and menopur upped a few times during our cycle to get my hormone levels where they wanted to see them. We also got our BFP in that first cycle.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@lawbride88:  i believe Bravelle as well as Gonal-F is a pure FSH med, where Menopur is an FSH/LH combo. I *think* the combination of both meds is used to achieve the most eggs without sacrificing egg quality. Our issue was solely me. I was diagnosed with DOR (diminished ovarian reserve) at age 30. 

We tried one injectables / IUI cycle which got cancelled due to a very unexpected overstimulation and the high risk of multiples. Because our timeframe was closing rapidly and my age was our biggest plus we jumped right into IVF after that. 

I did try TCM/acupuncture for about 10 months prior to our IUI attempt and continued treatments during our IVF and now through the first trimester. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

@lawbride88:  With severe male factor like ours, IVF+ICSI is the only actual viable solution. We did try for 9 months on our own before seeking treatment, then sought out a urologist and different therapies to try to fix the male factor problem itself (another 5 months). We also did one IUI cycle while our insurance messed around with us. But the IUIs don’t really increase our chances over trying on our own. So after the urologist was unable to help and the IUI failed, we moved on to IVF+ICSI which is the only real option for severe male factor. We tried really hard not to do it, but ended up with no choice. Totally wsorth the outcome though. 😉

Like @elchalten, I was under acupuncture treatment the entire time, from trying on our own straight through supporting the IVF cycle. In fact, I still am even now at 35 weeks pregnant.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

 I’ll be on menopur and gonal-f  for my ivf  next month ( and ganirelix  too-  don’t know what that does).  We too have severe  male factor issues,  but I appear to be fine.  So good to hear the success stories  🙂  Good luck OP!   feel free to join us on the ttc 1+  board for some amazing support.  you don’thave to actually have been trying for a year,  and many ladies have experience with advanced treatment regimens.  the boards on  resolve.org  are great too.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@lawbride88:  I have PCOS that manifisted itself in me not having a period and used Menopur.  I had success with my third cycle.  The first 2 cycles were just the meds with timed intercourse.  The third was meds plus IUI.  The first two cycles produced one egg each.  The second cycle was a bust due to male factor issues.  The third cycle, I had a high does (225 iu) and almost overproduced (I had 4 eggs that time!) and was super close to cancelling my cycle.  I asked to be on that high a dose as it was my last shot.  They did lower me and get it all under control.  IUI was what was successful for us.  If money isn’t an issue, or insurance covers it, I suggest going with the IUI.  GOOD LUCK!!!

@HopefulForLittleOne:  Ganirelex is a med that keeps you from ovulating too early.  I was allergic to it and only used it one day in one cycle.  Good Luck!

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