(Closed) IVF Buddy Thread (part 2)

posted 1 year ago in TTC
Post # 916
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - historical mansion

mkat37 :  Thanks! I went back again this morning and they said the largest follicle is 19 mm and now I have 28 measurable follicles! What?? Some of the eggs are bound to be immature or low quality, but 28 follicles is crazy. I’m definitely feeling bloated today so I’m really hoping they tell me I can trigger tonight and have my retrieval on Friday. They usually don’t call me until 4 pm, and it’s only 11 am. I’m so impatient already. 🙂 

Sorry to hear about your BFN! I hope you have better luck next month and can enjoy some time off without shots and early-morning appointments, etc. 

Post # 917
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Helper bee

Hi ladies, I wonder if someone could clear something up for me! I will be starting ivf next month, and I have a low follicle count count on previous scans which were done cd7 and cd12. I wonder if this was too late in my cycle to get a true antral follicle count as iv read that should be done cd2-5. Im also wondering if anyone has ended up with more follicles/eggs after stims than what was seen on their baseline scan?

For reference, I have normal fsh and ok amh. I have only 1 ovary so this will obviously affect my amh, but its still ok at 1.68. Its the low follicle count that has me worried! 

I would really appreciate any input! Thanks bees.

Post # 918
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

MrsG2BIre :  I’ll try to take a stab at this, but I am no doctor so I would def recommmed asking your doctor all for these questions!! I always had my baseline follicle count between  cd2-5, so cd7 and 12 does sound late to me but I have no idea If that is too late to get an accurate count.

 

I wouldnt think you would get more follicles after stimming as the baseline is how many follicles that you could potentially mature. From my experience and from reading others not all of them will mature. But dont let that discourage you. My friend has low follicle count but her doctors still think she will be fine to do ivf and can be successful. Your doctor should be able to give you a percentage of the chances of success after seeing your follicle count and all of your other tests. You obviously just need one good embryo!!!

But defianlty talk to your doctor. As I said I am no doctor so they should be able to give you better advice.  Also if you feel like your clinic is testing you too late you could always get a second opinion from another clinic. I wish you the best of luck!!!

 

Sorry I dont know if that was overly helpful. Maybe you could post your question on the main ttc board? Lots of bees has had low ovarian reserve and did IVF and they could probably answer your question much better.  Again good luck!!

Post # 919
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Helper bee

candy08 :  Thank you so much bee for taking the time to reply to me I really appreciate it! 

Post # 920
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I hope its not too late to join this board.  We’ve been dealing with our RE for a while now, but finally had an appointment today with the fertility clinic, and we will be moving forward with IVF

Age/SO’s Age: 37/36

TTC History (length of time TTC, previous IUI/IVF attempts, etc.):  We’ve been TTC for about 8 months now, but I’ve got advanced endo, so we knew it was going to be a struggle from the beginning.

Known Issues:  I’ve got stage 4 endo, and have had 2 laps to remove it.  I also have recurrent fibroids and endometriomas, I also have low AMH (.92) and husband has low motility

IVF plan (vitamins/supplements, short or long cycle, genetic testing, fresh/frozen transfer, # embryos to transfer, etc.):  I’ve been doing accupuncture for about 2 months, I will be on the long cycle due to my advanced maternal age, and we will be doing a frozen transfer along with genetic testing.  Open to any suggestions on supplements I should be taking!  I think my accupuncturist will be starting me on Chinese Herbs soon.  

IVF Start Date:  No start date yet, we are getting all blood work done and I’ve got to get an HSG done.  Estimated start date is sometime this summer

For bees experienced with IVF – Any advice for first-timers?:

This is both my husband’s and my first time with all of this.  I had an ultrasound today, and my Dr is concerned about the number of follicles I have.  I only had 4 on the right, and she couldn’t see the left, due to my ovary being blocked by a 4 cm functional cyst.  There is also some concern that my left tube could be blocked (even though it was clear during my lap 5 weeks ago), so she has ordered an HSG for further clarification.  Anyone out there with a very low follicle count?  I’m really nervous!!

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Post # 921
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - historical mansion

pigpug10 :  Welcome! Sounds like you are dealing with a lot. Why does your doctor care that your tube might be blocked if you are planning to do IVF? I thought the tubes were irrelevant if you are doing IVF. Will you be able to proceed with the cyst there? Best wishes to you! 

Post # 922
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Ok, so I a looking for some advice.  We will be proceeding with our first round of IVF this summer.  I’m having an HSG done this afternoon, and depending on the results, we’ll have a time frame in which we’ll be moving forward.

We will be working with ARC, which is a financing company that our clinic works with.  They are offer 1,2 and 3 cycle plans.  I won’t get into specifics, but basically, if we choose the 2 cycle plan (2 egg retrievals, and up to 4 FET), and it takes us both cycles to get pregnant, we’ll save $5k on the clinic price.  If we are lucky enough to get pregnant on the first cycle, we will get a partial refund, but it will be $5k more expensive than the clinic pricing.

ARC also offers a 3 cycle plan (3 egg retrievals and up to 6 FET).  This will be our first time with IVF, and we are completely out of pocket, no insurance coverage.

I’ll be 38 by the time we start, I have low AMH (.92), have stage 4 endo, and poor motility with husband’s sperm.  I’m thinking it will take more than 1 cycle, but I just don’t know how many cycles my body will physically be able to take.  I guess I’m just looking for advice if I should do the 2 or 3 cycle plan.  Price is also an issue, if we end up doing the 3 cycle plan, with all 6 FET, it’ll be about $72k, which I can’t even begin to wrap my head around how expensive that is. 

Post # 923
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - historical mansion

pigpug10 :  How did your HSG go? The pricing question sounds really complicated! I know AMH doesn’t provide the whole picture. Did you also do an antral follicle count and FSH? My clinic had a thing where they did a few blood tests and put them all together to give an estimate of how many eggs I was likely to produce. So, I guess you are looking at potentially saving $5k if you have to do two rounds vs. potentially losing $5k if you only do one round. Do they ask for all the money up front or is it a monthly financing plan? Would you be able to negotiate to save more if you paid up front? If they are offering deals, they might be more open to negotiation. Anyway, it’s a tough call. I’m wishing you the best of luck with everything! 

Post # 924
Hostess
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Another new addition. At some point I’ll read through the whole thread…

 

Age/SO’s Age: 35/36

TTC History (length of time TTC, previous IUI/IVF attempts, etc.): 18months, no interventions to date

Known Issues: none

IVF plan (vitamins/supplements, short or long cycle, genetic testing, fresh/frozen transfer, # embryos to transfer, etc.): long cycle, frozen transfer (out clinic’s preference)

IVF Start Date: tomorrow! June 14th

 

im starting suprefact tomorrow, 28th i go for ultrasound and (hopefully) down regulation and start gonal. REtrieval will be around July 12. 

Transfer will be about 6 weeks after that (i think)

Post # 925
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - historical mansion

MsGinkgo :  Good luck with starting your cycle tomorrow! This thread hasn’t been all that active recently, but feel free to reach out if you have any questions. I recently finished my first round of IVF. Overall, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. 🙂

Post # 926
Hostess
11657 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

apostrophecatastrophe :  thanks!

 

it’s probably about time to start a number 3, once threads get this big they get so cumbersome. I know WB used to shut them down at 1000 posts for that reason.

Post # 927
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Just had our IVF consultation today!  We are doing the retrieval soon but doing a freeze all and a FET in January.

ROLL CALL:

Age/SO’s Age: 26/26

TTC History (length of time TTC, previous IUI/IVF attempts, etc.): N/A We are a same-sex couple so no previous attempts and we are jumping straight to IVF.

Known Issues: PCOS

IVF plan (vitamins/supplements, short or long cycle, genetic testing, fresh/frozen transfer, # embryos to transfer, etc.): Currently taking prenatals with extra vitamin d, L-Arginine 1000 mg, COQ10 200 mg, and royal jelly 2,000 mg.  We are doing long cycle with no genetic testing.  ICSI and a frozen single-embryo transfer is the plan!

IVF Start Date: Go in next week for a blood test to check if I ovulated.  If not, I will be put on provera to start a period and then start the birth control pills after.  So end of June.

For bees experienced with IVF – Any advice for first-timers?: First time!  Any advice is greatly appreciated especially with a frozen transfer.  I am so nervous to freeze all but that is what my doctor wants to do.

Post # 928
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Buzzing bee

pigpug10 :  I feel like antral follicle count makes a big difference.  I am 36 and my AMH was like 1.92 but I only ever had an antral follicle count of around 7 – 8.  Technically our problem was male factor but I have a feeling my egg quality wasn’t great either.  We retrieved 9 eggs, 6 fertilized, 2 made it to day 5 blasts.  I am 10 weeks pregnant with a fresh transfer and have a good quality blast in the freezer.  I do feel like you are kind of on the border of where signing up for a two cycle plan would make sense, there is a moderate chance you will need more than one cycle and it will take some of the pressure off.  We did only sign up for a one cycle plan and paid cash for it.  The two cycle plan was just so expensive.  If we ended up only needing one, which we did, we would have paid an extra like $10k for nothing!  Your doctor should be able to give you some advice on how many retrievals they think you would need.

Post # 929
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Buzzing bee

1111makeawish :  Why so long between the retrieval and transfer?  Try to relax and not get too caught up in the day to day ultrasound numbers.  I did acupuncture before and after the transfer but I don’t feel confident it made any difference.  Also check with your doctors about when to stop the vitamins or what to change.  COQ10 was recommended for me but then they wanted me to stop after I did the retrieval.  I did a fresh transfer but I would also suggest using the time before your frozen transfer to exercise and be healthy. 

Post # 930
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Scarlett11 :  My doctor wanted to do a frozen transfer for me because I am at a high risk for OHSS.  We are already legally married but are having our celebration with friends and family in November and then going to Punta Cana after.  Punta Cana has Zika so we have to wait the 8 weeks before we can transfer once we are back.  Basically the trip to Punta Cana is what is causing the main delay in transfer to avoid any zika issues.  We would wait to do the retrieval until after, but like the idea of spreading it out to make it less at once and to speed up the time we are able to do the transfer (we are READY).  Our embryo(s) will be ready for us once we are cleared from zika instead of going through the retrieval and then waiting 6 weeks before a FET.

Thanks for the advice on supplements!  I am stopping them after the retrieval and just keeping up the prenatal.  I thought about acupuncture but I think I am going to skip it.

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