Follistim?

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megeyre's picture
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Follistim?

Hi ladies. So we are just beginning our 4th cycle on Femara. RE hasn't seen the need for IUI since DH's sperm analysis came back with high numbers and morphology. So we have an appointment with RE to talk about the next step, as we only planned on using Femara for 4 months before moving on to the next step if unsuccessful.

Any ladies that have been on it or had success using Follistim- What should I expect? Any crazy side effects? Am I going to be a hormonal mess?

Do you think I should ask about IUI even though DH's SA is good? Might that help our chances?

Thanks in advance for your input Smile

hopin2bpreggermeggers's picture
Joined: 02/22/10
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Hey!

I've never used follitism, but we had a similar IUI issue. DH S/A was good, except he was borderline morphology (good enough that timed BD was still recommended). My RE stated that with my issues - it may be best to have the sperm placed right next to the egg, particularly since I had a tilted uterus.

Bottom line, if that's one less thing you have to worry about (i.e., timed BD, when exactly you ovulate, knowing that the sperm actually make it up there), I say go for it. I mean b\c of the IUI, I was monitored every day and knew exactly when I was O'ing. It made chances a lot better (and worked!).

GOOD LUCK!!!!

celticbandgeek's picture
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M/C MENT:

Although it ended in a loss, our most recent cycle (and the one before) was a Follistim/Ovridel IUI cycle. The only major symptom I had from the follistim was that it made me really tired during the first cycle, less so during the 2nd. DH says it made me a little more moody, but not in a major way, and some of that was more likely from the sleep deprivation from getting up early so many days. :coffee: I never do well on minimum sleep.

I would also encourage you to go with the IUI if you can. My DH had no issues with his numbers at all, but we just weren't getting anywhere except a few CPs. Our first IUI cycle I O'd on the side we are fairly sure is blocked, so basically after 18 cycles of trying, we got pg on the first IUI cycle that actually had a chance of working. When we get back to things in Jan/Feb, we're hoping for similar results ...with hopefully a viable pg this time. :goodluck:

1aBABY's picture
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I don't have any experience or anything to add, but wanted to wish you luck with whatever you decide. Smile

Jenn0113's picture
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Hey Meg!

I went from Clomid and timed BD to IVF with Follistim. I did much better with Follistim and produced way more follicles. I don't remember a lot about the side effects but I do know that it was way less harsh emotionally than when I was on Clomid. I had swelling from producing so many follicles and some discomfort but much better success. On Clomid I made like 3 follicles and on Folistim during the IVF cycle I produced 30. Obviously if you are doing timed BD or and IUI then you won't want that many so your RE will regulate your dose. And FWIW - I would go with an IUI if its up to you because at least it takes more of the guess work out of it for you. IMO it was less stressful for me to have the RE do all the work instead of me and DH trying to time things right at home, if that makes sense.

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Thanks so much for your responses! Sounds like I should tell RE I'm pretty serious about considering IUI. Especially considering the new meds will be so expensive- might as well make our chances the best possible. I just hope he's open to it as he hasn't mentioned it once yet. I'll keep you all updated!

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"megeyre" wrote:

Thanks so much for your responses! Sounds like I should tell RE I'm pretty serious about considering IUI. Especially considering the new meds will be so expensive- might as well make our chances the best possible. I just hope he's open to it as he hasn't mentioned it once yet. I'll keep you all updated!

This - exactly. With what you will be paying for Follistim you want the best possible chance of conceiving.

celticbandgeek's picture
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Definitely! I was stunned at how much this stuff costs. :eek: I am fortunate that my insurance picks up the majority of it, but yikes. One of my biggest irritations about the last round was, on the LAST dose of follistim before my IUI, I came up 25IU short on the dose. I needed to open another 900IU vial for that last little bit. Once you open it, you have to use it within 28 days. I knew that if it didn't work, then I'd still be within that 28 for the next cycle and could use the vial. Well, it ended up working but then not being viable in the end. That vial is still in the pen, and I know the first thing I'm going to have to do on the next round is throw out the whole thing and start with a fresh one! Blum 3 Even when the ins co pays for most of it, it's really hard to just throw out about $900!!!!