IVF Buddy thread (part 3)

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Helper bee
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pigpug10 :  Oh man!  More power to you for having to do three back to back retrievals!  So sorry your original RE was a bust.  Hopefully you will end up with some really nice embryos this time.

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Dfitzy :  Nice!!!  It’ll be here before you know it.  I’ll start injections for our FET beginning to mid December and it cannot get here fast enough.  Yes, I am ready to shoot myself up again.  IVF makes you wish for crazy things haha

Post # 169
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Sugar bee

pigpug10 :  I hope you have better luck at your new clinic! Gosh, you’re a stronger woman than me, having 3 back to back retrievals!

I finished up my shots yesterday, triggered last night – have my retrieval tomorrow morning – I’m sick with anxiety, I don’t have a good recovery from anesthetic, though I haven’t had a deep sedation like this before, I am hoping it’s a much easier recovery than what I experienced with general anesthetics…

Had my last scan yesterday, I have around 30 follicles. Doctor is happy, so I am happy 🙂

My FET will be around 4 weeks after egg retrieval, it’s getting real now.

Post # 170
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Sugar bee

Just goes to show how everything is a total crapshoot when it comes to IVF! We have ONE frosty! It’s better than having none, but I hope this little frosty sticks. If not, I think we will go for round 2 of IVF in January…

How is everyone else doing? Any updates?

Post # 171
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Busy bee
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RaccoonKitty :  I hope your frosty sticks when you transfer in December!

 

AFM: I go for my baseline ultrasound today.  I’m super excited about starting, but super nervous at the same time.  It’s just so so much money to hand over.  I’ll be going off bcp on Monday and starting stims 11/2.  I can’t believe it is finally here.  I’m also going for accupuncture today.  

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RaccoonKitty :  Sending you huge positive vibes for a sticky frosty!

I (should) be starting my estrogen priming in less than a week to start my next IVF cycle! Very excited and really hoping for better results than last time. I paid my copay yesterday for my next round of meds. Yikes. That was hard to swallow. 

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Dfitzy :  I know what you mean, that was the hardest part of IVF for me, paying those gigantic bills. Oh it made me feel sick… I am hoping  this frosty sticks and we don’t need to do another round of IVF because ugh, the money.

Excited to see you ladies starting your cycles 😀

We have a tentative FET date of November 9th now (if my body does what it is supposed to!)

Post # 174
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How do you ladies deal with the anxiety of IVF? Specifically with how many 5-day blasts you get?

Obviously, I’m sure every couple wants a bunch of blastocysts to be able to potentially transfer, but I am literally finding myself have mini-anxiety attacks about this.

I know it’s about quality and not quantity, but I see some women only get 4 eggs from ER and then only get 1 or 2 blastocysts from this… so I’ve been praying for a lot of eggs during my ER. But then of course today, one of the ladies in one of my IVF Facebook groups updated us that of her 40 (!!) eggs retrieved and 34 fertilized (!!) that NONE of them even made it to day 3.

I know every case is different and it’s hard to predict how many 5-day blasts you’ll end up with, but like I said, I am finding myself panicking about this more and more as we are about to start our 2nd IVF cycle. (And considering my first one was cancelled, I don’t have anything to base this next cycle on.)

Am I the only one having THIS much anxiety about all of this? If not, what are you doing to calm yourself down prior to ER and during the wait between ER and the 5-day blast update?

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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RaccoonKitty :  So sorry you only got one but hopefully that little one is THE ONE!

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tulipdazey :  I have bad anxiety in general.  For me, it was the continued updates from scans every couple of days that helped.  I also had a sister who went through IVF so I had her success as a little reminder in the back of my mind.  Honestly, the most stressful part was from egg retrieval to freeze.  I started with around 35 follicles and we ended up getting 16 eggs.  From that point, anxiety and panic set in.  WHY did my body only produce 16 eggs when I had so many follicles?  Oh god.  We are doomed!  I got relief when we got our fertilization report (10 out of 12 mature fertilized).  The period from day 3 to day 5 was the hardest for me.  We still had 10 at day 3 but only 2 were 8 cell.  When I got the call on day 5 that they would be freezing 5 that day and continue to watch the remaining 5, I cried with relief.  Day 6 they froze 2 more, so we wented up with 7 blasts.  There was no way to really deal with the anxiety other than focus on the positives and distract yourself.  For example, on the day we went in for my ultrasound that ended up being my trigger day, we cheered the fact that I stimmed quickly and ignored the fact that several of my follicles failed to develop fully.  We went out to breakfast after and just enjoyed each other’s company and celebrated only having one more shot to go!

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tulipdazey :  Even though we didn’t get the ideal outcome (would have loved 2-3 in the freezer!), D.H and I told ourselves it is what it is, there’s nothing we can do to change the outcome. It’s all out of our control. If our sole frosty doesn’t get us our BFP, that’s ok, we can do another round of IVF. It’s not the end of the road. And with the NEXT round of IVF, the doctor will know more about how my body responded to the meds and we will hopefully have more mature eggs (lots of mine weren’t mature enough apparently), only 6/17 fertilised.

Once I realised and reminded myself it was out of my hands, I actually felt way less stressed and anxious about it all.

I also stayed the hell away from google, I think that really helped me. I distracted myself with other things too.

Post # 177
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

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tulipdazey :  I am just starting the IVF process, just stopped bcp yesterday, and start stimming on Friday.  But, I have several friends who went through IVF.  They have all told me to focus on the here and now.  For example, say today I want to have a good ultrasound, or today, my egg retrevial will go well, or today my injections are going in super easy.  Just to focus on the one thing that you have coming up instead being overwhelmed by everything at once.  

Although I know I will be an anxious crazy mess myself LOL.  I’ll try to focus on the little things and take it one step at a time though.  

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Dfitzy :  That’s good advice. I will try to think about that more. But yes, I am a crazy, anxious mess in general… so IVF, of course, has been taking that to an extreme.

Post # 179
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Busy bee
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So, now I’m turning into an anxious mess haha!  The other day when I went in it was for an ultrasound, so I assumed baseline.  Suprise! it was a water ultrasound, not fun.  Today was my actual baseline though, my follicle count was 16.  I know that doesn’t mean we are going to get 16 eggs obvs. but I am very hopeful a lot of them do mature.  I start stims tomorrow. 

Post # 180
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Helper bee
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Dfitzy :  Yeah, the saline sonogram is NO FUN.  You got this!!!  16 is a great start number.

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