(Closed) IVF Buddy Thread (part 2)

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 722
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

mama2bee71 :  Diminished ovarian reserve. I have very low AFC, usually around 2 or 4 total each baseline as well as low AMH and high LH levels. Your starting doses are generally based on your LH and AMH – they give your RE a good idea of how your body will respond to stims. It is also common for protocols to start off higher in hopes that they are able to recruit more follicles at the beginning of your cycle.

I had headaches, and discomfort/bloating towards the end of stims. However, I felt the effects more after the retrieval and my estrogen levels crashed.

Post # 723
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Buzzing bee

Whirlwind03 :  when do you start?

BeverlyGeese :  Thank you for explaining that. I was wondering why I was starting so high especially when I was told my levels were all great. Oh now why did you feel it after the retreval?

Would you ladies recommend taking off the day after retrevial or would I be ok going into work?

Post # 724
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

mama2bee71 :  It depends on how you do.  I had my retrieval on a Thursday and had a bit of OHSS so it was really hard for me to go to work the following Monday.  Some people go back to work the next day no problem.  

Post # 725
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

mama2bee71 :  Everyone is different in terms of how they feel after retrieval. I felt terrible – and just like at the end of a cycle/PMS prior to the start of a new one…your hormone leveles begin to decrease and trigger the start of AF. When you go through stims, and since I was on such high doses, I had a LOT of additional hormones (and my estrogen was high, not OHSS high, but around 3,000+ each stim cycle…where in a normal ovulatory cycle it gets to be around 300). So as my body began to come back down, I experienced a lot of nausea, night sweats and headaches. As I said, it isn’t the same for everyone. I work from home and was super glad I could do so from the couch or my bed with the help of some pain meds.

Post # 726
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

mama2bee71 :  Like they said, everyone is different.  I had my retrieval on a Sunday and went back to work on Tuesday, but I could have went back the next day.  I only took some Tylenol the day of retrieval and didn’t even get my Rx for Tylenol 3 filled.  I felt completely normal and didn’t feel like I had a retrieval done.  I actually felt better afterwards getting all the eggs out and not being crampy/bloated.

Post # 727
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

mama2bee71 :  I bounce right back after retreival 6 or 7 out of 8 times.  I dont take any meds other than what they’ve put in my IV, leave the REs office and walk 4 miles back to my grandparents apartment in NYC.  My husband drives us home that night (4 hrs) since they say I shouldn’t that day.  Next day I’m back to normal activity, painting my house or cabinets, doing laundry and whatever other usual weekend chores.

Post # 728
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

mama2bee71 :  started Lupron yesterday and start stims tomorrow!!!

Post # 729
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Buzzing bee

Whirlwind03 :  How did you make out on your stims?

pinkshoes :   soontobemrs1011 :   BeverlyGeese :   MrsBG :  Thank you ladies. I have a tenative PTO days on my work calendar for when I think retrevial might be. I have two days listed so incase I waske up and feel terrible, I can stay home. If I feel fine, I will go into work.

I am on Day #3 today of my stims. Day #1 was def. not a fun time. An hour before doing the stims I started having really bad anxiety and started stressing pretty bad. The menupor I hate. It burns so bad. The gonal F burned day #1 but last night it wasnt bad. Darling Husband is giving me the shots since I dont think I can do them myself. I am pinching the skin and I did an ice pack for a bit last night as well. Any one else have any tips? Also I am trying to intake a min of 80 ounces of water and eat protein. Is there anythign else I need to do/not do? Thanks 🙂

Post # 730
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

mama2bee71 :  I’ve heard putting a heating pad (not too hot) on after you are done can help with the shots?

Post # 731
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

mama2bee71 :  How are you doing?

I’m on day 4 of stims.  For the last day or so I’ve definitely felt some pressure in my pelvis. Had my day 4 ultrasound and I have 11 follicles.  They did not do an AFC this time as I had my baseline US the day after I finished BCP suppression, but on my initial workup my AFC was 7.  So, 11 follicles seems pretty promising.  There was one that was a millimeter or two bigger than the others, but mostly they looked pretty even in size. Fingers crossed that my estrogen comes back good (whatever that is at this stage). 

Post # 732
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Buzzing bee

Whirlwind03 :  Yay!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats great!!! Wow you are doing super well 🙂 I am happy to talk to someone who is doing it the same time as me 🙂 Did they bump your meds or anything? Let me know what your bloodwork comes back at. i would be curious what the difference is between us. What med/amount are you taking right now again? I wish my doctor gave me an idea if there was any follicies instead of saying no change. I took the extra meopur and I wont lie, it def did hurt more. Ugh I hate that stuff. I def felt different after taking it and I feel more different down there today than I have. It could all be in my head. Are you doing anything different diet wise or anything? I am makign sure I drink 80 ounces of water and watching waht I am eating but thats really it. I wonder if there is something I can do to make this help. Also where are you injecting? I was doing to the right and left of my belly button (since thats what teh viedos shwoed)… last night I did move down like an inch to see if that does anything.

Post # 733
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

mama2bee71 :  I’m not sure if they’ll change my meds – I guess it depends on what my estrogen is.  I’m currently on: Lupron 20 units twice daily, GonalF 225 every morning, and Menopur 225 (3 vials!) every evening.  Menopur burns like a you-know-what.  Two tricks I’ve learned: draw it up and let it sit 10 minutes before administering and wipe the tip of the needle with an alcohol swab and let it dry just before the injection.  That cut down the burning a lot.  The doc who did my ultrasound today was really nice and told me what she was seeing and asked me if I had any questions, etc.  My doc is the same way.  The third doc in the clinic I’ve nicknamed “Mr. Personality.”  He’s done two of my ultrasounds (my AFC during testing and my lupron baseline).  When he did my AFC he walked in, started the US and said “4, no 3 on the right, 4 on the left” and walked out.  

As far as diet – I’ve cut out all but one daily cup of coffee and I’ve cut WAY back on carbs.  Basically, everything that would have been bread before I’ve replaced with lettuce.  There seems to be some evidence that lower carb diets improve IVF success.  

I’m injecting right and left just below my belly button which is where my clinic said to.  However, I was doing left in AM and right in PM but that meant my Menopur was ALWAYS going in on the right. So now I do one full day on the right and then one full day on the left to give the Menopur side a nice break.  

Post # 734
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Buzzing bee

Whirlwind03 :  What does the Lupron do? I can see why you named the doctor Mr. Personality. For how much IVF costs, you think they would be slightly nicer. Lower carbs help with IVF, really? Wow, I am going to have to track this. I have cut caffeine out almost completely with maybe 8-12 ounces of green tea here or there. For the menopur, does it hurt more with injecting the liquid or after you take it out?

Post # 735
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

mama2bee71 :  Because I have a high FSH and diminished ovarian reserve, as I understand it, the Lupron helped my FSH “flare” up after 2.5 weeks of OCP suppression. Basically, the goal was to first quiet my ovaries and deprive them of FSH with the OCPs and then take advantage of my body’s own FSH before then adding stims.  THen you add stims and continue with the Lupron. The Lupron also helps prevent ovulation (so I eventually won’t go on Ganirelix or Cetrotide).  As I understand it, it’s a fairly aggressive protocol intended for people who are predicted to be “poor responders” to stims.  

The carbs thing was based on an abstract presented at a reproductive endocrinology conference. I’ll see if I can find it when I get home tonight.

The Menopur burns going in and then is just sensitive and tender for a day or so at the site after.  It burns more if I push it too fast – which I’ve tended to do because I do my evening injections at work and I always feel rushed.

Post # 736
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Buzzing bee

Whirlwind03 :  Is oatmeal a carb? I have been eating a lot of that and now I am wondering if that should be a major no no. Yes, if you could send information from the conference that would be great. (was going to get a slice of pizza for lunch, I am now skipping lunch). Oh ok, so you don’t have to go on the Cetrotide because of the Lurpon. The Menopur burns going in pretty bad but it really hurts after the needle comes out. I don’t understand why. 

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