IVF Buddy thread (part 3)

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Age/SO’s Age:  37/36

TTC History (length of time TTC, previous IUI/IVF attempts, etc.): 8 months. 

Known Issues:  Stage 4 endo (2 prior laps), adenomyosis, and decreased ovarian reserve for me, poor motility for husband 

IVF plan (vitamins/supplements, short or long cycle, genetic testing, fresh/frozen transfer, # embryos to transfer, etc.): long cycle with genetic testing with ICSI.  I’m doing Accupuncture, as well as taking  a Chinese Herbal supplement, COQ10, DHEA and a prenatal 

IVF Start Date: Just finishing up preliminary testing.  Expected start date is July 

For bees experienced with IVF – Any advice for first-timers?:  This is my first time, so looking to get any advice you all can offer!!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Age/SO’s Age: 

33/34

TTC History (length of time TTC, previous IUI/IVF attempts, etc.):

Trying since March 2016. Started seeing RE Jan. 2017. 4 IUI attempts (all BFN) from Feb through August 2017. 3 IVF cycles (all BFN). Cycle 1- October 2017. Cycle 2- February 2018. Cycle 3 – May 2018. Just got neg. beta this week

Known Issues:

Diminished Ovarian Reserves

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

Planning to do some additional testing before we try again. We only have 1 more cycle covered by insurance so want to make it count. My husband will do a DNA fragmentation test. I will start on DHEA supplements. We’re considering a mini stim cycle for our last shot. I get a decent (for DOR) number of eggs but the quality sucks so hoping we can get a few better quality eggs rather than a lot of crappy quality eggs. We’ll also seek a 2nd opinion from another Dr. before we use our last cycle just to make sure we arent missing anything. 

IVF Start Date: 

next cycle likely September or October

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

Talk about it! It was hard at first, but I’d go crazy if I kept this all bottled up. The physical aspects of IVF were much easier for me to deal with than the emotional aspects, especially after 3 failures. My friends know, my family knows and even work knows. I really encourage you to treat this like a medical condition that is nothing to be ashamed of(because it is).  One of my good friends had underwent IVF and I had no idea until I told her what I was going through. It was great to have someone to share the process with and if I hadn’t told my friends, I would have had no idea. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I think I was the last person to join the part 2 so I’ll hop on over to this one!  Thanks for starting a new one.

Just had our IVF consultation today!  We are doing the retrieval soon but doing a freeze all and a FET in January. (Delayed transfer because we are going to DR with zika in November)

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 # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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MsGinkgo :  Yeah!  That’s what I read too which is great news.  The main reason my doctor wants to do it is because I am at a high risk for OHSS which apparently gets worse if you get pregnant and can increase the risk of a miscarriage so I am all for a freeze-all cycle but for some reason I am just nervous about them surviving the thaw.  From what I can find, it seems like most embryos/blastocysts survive the thaw but still a little nerve racking to me.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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MsGinkgo :  That’s great, my RE said she would too if need be but doesn’t expect that.  I am at increased risk basically because of my PCOS, high AMH, age (under 30), my body size, and the amount of follicles I have.  I pretty much hit every tick mark for factors that increase the risk.  She told me I am a great candidate for IVF because I still have a lot of probably good quality eggs we just can’t get to them easily so I am pretty optimistic that they will be able to get a couple good frosties at least.  I am sure I may become more pessimistic/worried once it’s time for the retrieval and fertilization.  Are your meds going well?

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Ok, can anyone give me some advice on AMH and prolactin levels?  My husband and I are just finishing up preliminary testing to hopefully begin IVF in July.  I had a lap for endo done almost 2 months ago.  Prior to my lap, I had my AMH levels checked, as well as a  of bloodwork, including my prolactin level.  AMH was .92, so not great, and my prolactin was normal, it was a 10.  This was about a month before my surgery.  Last week, I had another set of labs done, and my AMH has fallen to .63, and my prolactin is now 25, which is above normal. I repeated my prolactin yesterday.  Could my surgery be what caused my lab values to change?  My RE is already warning me that we are potentially looking at multiple cycles because she is worried about getting enough eggs.  We have no fertility coverage, so we are paying 100% out of pocket.  

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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pigpug10 :  I am so sorry you are dealing with all this.  Your prolactin level is still within the normal range for premenopausal women.  Mine was actually higher than yours (27).  As far as your low AMH, from what I can tell it just tells use that you have low reserves but does not necessarily mean the quality is poor.  All you need is one to work!  I have no idea if the surgery affected your levels since I have no experience with it.  You are taking all the suggested supplements to improve egg quality/health (maybe add in some melatonin if you really want to) so I wouldn’t worry too much and just see what happens.  With doing ICSI and testing, you should be able to get a good embryo to transfer.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hi Girls!  I have been on the bee since 2012… first with another name and then this one. Ive come back again!

Age/SO’s Age: We are both 31

TTC History (length of time TTC, previous IUI/IVF attempts, etc.): We have struggled with all. 2 current kiddos from previous infertility treatments. Trying for baby #3 for just over two years now …. did letrozole, clomid, injectibles and then 8 IUIs in 2017. 

Known Issues: PCOS/Endo

IVF plan (vitamins/supplements, short or long cycle, genetic testing, fresh/frozen transfer, # embryos to transfer, etc.): We just had our fresh transfer! Transfered 2 5AA’s. Got the call yesterday that they were able to freeze 7 5AA’s.

IVF Start Date: May 2018

For bees experienced with IVF – Any advice for first-timers?: This is our first IVF round.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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mrstomama :  I hope your embabies stick!  That is amazing that you had so many high quality embryos.  May I ask, what fueled the decision to transfer two?  I originally thought I wanted to transfer two but my RE scared me out of it so we are doing SET but I am semi struggling with accepting that.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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1111makeawish :  I am in the same boat. I wanted to transfer 2 but my doctor somewhat scared me out of it also. This is going to be my first IVF transfer. Did my retreival a couple of weeks ago and have 5 embryos. I was reading a lot about the grading and apparently its not as accurate as many people think. Its really subjective and just based on what the embryologist thinks that day. Im so excited but also nervous. Our first transfer is going to be in July. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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Katrina05 :  5 is great!!!  I am glad I am not the only one who had that happen haha.  She told me that TWICE in their clinic, they have transferred two and they BOTH split resulting in quads.  I am all for twins.  I would actually love twins (they run in my family so I have had the idea I may have twins my whole life thanks to my mother saying “now one of you girls is probably going to have twins.”) but I would never want to be pregnant with four babies let alone have four newborns so she successfully scared me.  

Yeah, I have been trying to do my research about grading and look at pictures of different embryos of the same grade to try to prep me for understanding but it does seem somewhat subjective.

I hope your transfer goes well!  That is so exciting. My retrieval will be in July or beginning of August.  Currently waiting on AF so we can start the meds!

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