First IVF, age 41 (pg ment)

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First IVF, age 41 (pg ment)

Hi Everyone,

I've been lurking here for a while, but I've hesitated to post because during my whole IVF cycle I felt as though I was barely making it to the next "step". Due to my age, I didn't have a lot of hope.

Two years ago I was told I had little chance of becoming pregnant because I had high FSH (my number was 35). I'm also hypothyroid. This winter I went to an RE again. We retested my FSH and it was 11. My RE said she'd like to be aggressive and try IVF.

My husband and I decided to try. We're lucky; it's completely covered by insurance.

During my HSG they found a uterine polyp. This put off my IVF since I had to have surgery to remove it in May. At the same time, they did laproscopic surgery to remove some mild endometriosis. I finished my one month of BCP about a week after surgery.

I started lupron (2 days of just lupron), Gonal-F (450), and Menopur (150) shortly after. I was a slow responder, so didn't trigger until day 12. I only had 6, maybe 7 (depending on who was doing the ultrasound), follicles.

Retrieval was June 10. They got 6 eggs. The next day they said all 6 were mature and three fertilized.

Transfer was June 13. When the Dr. told me I had 4 embryos to transfer, I said he must be mistaken, since I only had three. No, he said, it turns out that all six fertilized, that one didn't look good and one had stopped progressing. So I had one 9-cell and three 8-cell embryos and they looked great!

I started to think it might work.

I decided not to test until 10 days post retrieval, 7 days post transfer. To my complete shock, I got a faint positive almost immediately!!!!!!!!!!! The line got darker and darker all week. I had my first beta three days later, at 14 days post retrieval, and it was 373. Bad

My second beta, on day 18, was 1237.

So, my next beta is Tuesday and my first ultrasound is July 14th. I'm finding the wait until the ultrasound is worse than the two week wait. I really appreciate the stickied first trimester thread. It helps me to stop being paranoid about the strange cramps I'm having. This is my first pregnancy, so I have no idea what to expect. Thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences. Sorry it's taken me so long to be bold enough to share mine!

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CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! HH9M!!!! I'm so glad you shared your story! I hope you will continue to post in the 1st trimester thread and the pregnancy thread! I love to stalk pregnant IVFers Smile Gives me hope that it might work for me!

Congrats again Smile
*HUGS*

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Congrats!!! Sounds like you had lots of times of uncertainties. Thanks for sharing your story!!!

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Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your story. We are all here for a reason... and your story definitely gives hope! I was able to get pg on my first IVF cycle and I am currently almost 15 weeks pregnant. Please continue to post on the 1st tri thread. I will stalk you!

Your betas are great!!! I'm guessing TWINS!!!!! Please KUP (we love u/s photos)!!

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Ha ha!! You guys are great! Stalk away.

I'm wondering about twins myself. The wait until the ultrasound is killing me!!!

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congrats!!!! sounds like more than one to me, too!

BTW, I'm 40 and have a FET tomorrow so hopefully another fabulous 40's success story!

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Congrats and Welcome! Thanks for sharing your story! Can't wait to hear how many you have in there.

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great story thanks for sharing Ill be stalking you!

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Congratulations!! Let me be the first to say...could be triplets. Anyway, HH9M! I'm in the over 40 group also but different problem - great FSH but a bunch of bad eggs (?). (((((Sticky Vibes)))) to your los. KUP!

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Congrats!! How wonderful! Can't wait to hear how many are in there!!:)

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Oh Cindy....triplets scare me! This is part of what makes the wait so hard. I've never had a child and the thought of caring for three is just plain frightening. I suppose I have no right to be worried; we consented to a 4 embryo transfer. But oh boy! We were just trying to better our chances for conceiving at all. We're actually hoping for twins, though, since we'd like this to be it for us. I can wrap my mind around twins.

Thanks to all for such wonderful support. Viahera, I'll be thinking of you and hoping for another over-40 pregnancy here!

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Thank you for sharing your story. One thing that always helped me while going through this process was to read success stories like yours. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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Congratulations! I'm another high FSH success story and love hearing about others who have beat the odds. May you continue to have a healthy pregnancy!

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Congrats! I will hope for 1 or 2 babies for you:)

The wait is so hard...for beta...for 2nd beta...for 1st ultrasound...for first kicks and wiggles...make sure to post on the Pregnant after IVf board and 1st Trimester board!

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You have given a soon-to-be 41 yo hope after suffering with no hope. However it has been harder for me since the issue is MFI and I have a reluctant hubbyman who does not do a lot to take his vits.

Congratulations to you and your hubby. I wish you the best as you await the u/s...I sure will be stalking you in the 1st tri board :wavehello:

Blessings,

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I only lurk here from time-to-time...

I just wanted to say Congratulations!!!! Wishing you all the best!!!

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Just wanted to thank you all again. It makes me really happy to offer hope, especially to those my age!

Update: 26 days post retrieval my hCG is 14,000 and my progesterone is 24. Yes, my stalkers are saying twins, but we have to wait until the first ultrasound on July 14 to find out. Smile

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Wooohooo - 7 more days til u/s - you're almost there. How are you feeling?

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24 hours to first ultrasound! I'll occupy my time fighting nausea, which is with me every waking moment.:rolleyes:

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Can't wait to hear how your u/s goes tomorrow! Nausea sucks, I had it with dd, but it does get better. Hang in there!

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You guessed it, guys: TWINS !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still can't really believe it, but there it was on the ultrasound. Heartbeats look great. 139 and 133 bpm.

I had a scare last night; I started bleeding a bit. My Dr. was worried but said it was common during the first trimester. Before the u/s she said we may be able to determine the source of the bleeding on u/s. Then as soon as she saw it was twins, she said "This explains the bleeding." I guess it's very common with twins. Your uterus is expanding so fast, it can bleed with the expansion.

It was so wild to see the two heartbeats.

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Congratulations!!! I just KNEW with those betas numbers that you were destined for TWINS!!! You must be elated!!!! Did you get pictures to share?

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Awww!! Congratulations on the double blessing!! Smile :)

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Congrats on the twinkies!!!!

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Congrats on the twinkies. Sorry for the late congrats. HH9M

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Congratulations, Congratulations!! :jumpingbeans: Awesome news. I knew there HAD to be atleast two in there. HH9M!:wootjump:

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Congrats on the twinkies!!! Yahoo :yahoo: It really is a double blessing. When's your EDD?
As far as the bleeding, are you doing the crinone gels? If so, I was told that the cervix is very sensitive during pregnancy and the applicator can irritate it making it bleed a little.

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Congrats!!!! I'm sure the bleeding was scary but glad that the doc was able to reassure you it is normal. HH9M!!

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Congrats! HH9M!

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Thanks, guys!!!