Well, I've been mostly lurking here for a few months. But since I'm back to TTC, I thought I'd get a chat thread going again....
Anybody planning an IUI this month? IVF? First visit with an RE to get some testing? Just starting to consider pursuing some more information about infertility? This is the place to come chat, vent, or ask questions!
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Hi Jean, glad to see you posting again. Are you planning on trying another IUI at all? I got a flyer with my Mock-cycle meds for meditation programs geared at TTC, it's: http://www.circlebloom.com. They have one for IVF/IUI cycles.
Hi Jean, glad to see you are back at it again!
At the end of December I decided to finally take the doctors recommendation and try IVF. It's going well so far, but I'm only on day 3! I am mostly apprehensive about it not working and the disappointment I'll have. But I'm also excited at the new hope I have, and trying to stay positive....without getting my hopes up too much.....
What is your upcoming plan? And whitewolf, I am going to check out the meditation programs. Sounds like a good idea.
Jen - Thanks for the link...I'm going to check that out. I could definitely use a way to keep my stress level down through all this. I was completely losing it for awhile there. :eek:
How is your donor cycle going?
Kara - I've got everything crossed for your IVF cycle! I completely understand the apprehension. This is so stressful and emotional...there's no way to distance yourself from it. Keep that positive attitude!
AFM - We are planning more IUI for the time being. This month we've been on our own while getting a few tests repeated. Our :lovebed: timing was good, but I'm not expecting a different result. Had a saline sono early in the month to make sure everything was good to go. Next cycle will be IUI, and probably at least one more after that. Dr says my insurance usually won't cover IVF until several failed IUI cycles (we've done 2 cycles, but only one qualifies as "failed" because the other resulted in pg.) She *thinks* she'll be able to get them to do it after one more due to age and losses. But, I really don't want to do IVF until nearer the end of the school year due to the more significant time factors so I don't mind doing a few more IUI cycles in the meantime. We'll see what happens.
I hear ya Jean, it's tough when you need to be at work and not be stressed about being late. I did my IUI summer and it was so much less stressful. I'm okay here, they found some scar tissue or a polyp but they think it's from LEEP surgery years ago, so who knows. It's just something they'll keep an eye on. I am due for another pap smear soon anyway. I'm not really worried that is.
Spring break is coming up at least...well, it's just a week but still something. :)
I just had a much longer response typed and lost it somehow!
Jean, IVF is a bit of a time commitment, and somewhat hard to plan, because the dates can change depending on the results of the US/bloodwork. If you have summers off, it would be a great time to start IVF (unless, of course, you are pg by then!)
I have the same restriction my insurance with the IUI's before IVF. My doctor was able to bypass IUI's though after documenting that the tubal damage would pretty much make IUI no more successful than trying naturally. So IVF was approved without doing any IUI's for me. If you get to that point, I hope you do not have any problem getting it approved. BTW, I feel so fortunate that my insurance will pick up most of the cost for this. A friend of mine just paid OOP $12,000 for IVF, and that was discounted. She is pregnant from that cycle, so of course it was worth it for her. But think of how many people couldn't afford that?
Anyway, good luck to you both! And enjoy your spring breaks. :) Will look out for any updates.
Hi ladies! I'll join in with you!
I'm on my second IUI cycle this month, but it is my first cycle using injectibles. I'm on CD 8 right now and go in tomorrow for blood work/US to see how my follies are doing and where I need to go with my meds. I'm very excited for this cycle but also apprehensive. I feel closer to that BFP than ever, but with the excitement comes the mixed fear of what if this doesn't work. I don't even know what they are looking for tomorrow as far as number, how many follies are a good number? Or too many? I'm curious to see how my body reacts to Follsitim as I've never had a problem Oing just getting preggers.
I think I'll join in also. I think this is going to be a crazy cycle for me. I went back to the RE after I posted about endo and he's wanting to try with Femara for three months first before he considers surgery or anything like that. I'm pretty happy about that. So this is my first cycle of Femara and I O'd today. :) When I went in for my mid-cycle ultrasound it showed that I had an egg ready in each ovary so he said to expect to O from both and the slight O pains I felt were on both sides so I think I did. DH's s/a was off the charts good and like Meg I feel closer to my BFP than ever. That scares the crap out of me of course because I don't want to get my hopes up. The RE says that if it's just an O problem than people usually get pregnant pretty quickly on Femara. If I'm not pregnant this month I'll be having a saline sonogram which I'm nervous about but I'm feeling better the more answers we get. :) I hope everyone has great cycles this month and gets some wonderfully positive results!
Hi Meg and Leah!
Meg - I hope that your b/w and u/s went well today. For an IUI, my RE said the goal was 2-4 eggs. I've never had a problem o'ing either, and the follistim didn't seem to mess with my cycle much. They started with a small dose, which didn't really do much. But upped it some on the 2nd IUI with it. Hopefully this IUI is just the ticket to your BFP!
Leah - I hope the Femara does the trick for you...it sounds like you had a great response and perfect timing! I had a saline sono at the beginning of this past cycle, and it wasn't bad at all. I really didn't feel much of anything, and chatted and joked with the Dr and nurse through the whole thing.
AFM - Something of a disaster this month. We managed to conceive on our own (again.) Had a light +HPT on Friday, better lines and a positive CBED on Saturday. Was starting to get excited, since I never had a +digi on any of my CP cycles before. But yesterday the temp dropped a little and the lines didn't get any better. Today more temp drop and barely there lines. Confirmed the worst at my beta...7.8. :-( Proves that I haven't been imagining the CPs, or getting weird false positives. But it gives me 5 losses (4 CPs and 1 m/c) in 10 cycles. I'm not buying "bad luck" as an explanation anymore. I'm not having a problem with conception, just everything afterward.
So, now I'm in a holding pattern and NOT having an IUI cycle this month. Next Wednesday I have an appointment with my RE for follow up and to see where to go next. I'm requesting karotype genetic testing to see if there is an issue there...there has to be a reason for this. We'll see what she says. I've been told to "avoid" for the time being until we have a plan. But I have a feeling IVF with PGD is going to end up as the recommendation, although I can't have it from my insurance until a few more failed IUI cycles (not sure if any genetic findings would change that.) Not what I was hoping for.
Jean, I am truly sorry. :( You sound just like me, with the CP's. I had slightly elevated antiphospholipid antibodies and my current regime is now aspirin and inject-able blood thinner even though I don't have the antibodies. Keep us posted on how your appointment goes, I really think IVF is the best thing and I'm surprised your insurance is being a stickler about it. /Hugs