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. :-!
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!
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 Gives me hope that it might work for me!
Congrats!!! Sounds like you had lots of times of uncertainties. Thanks for sharing your story!!!
IVF #1-cancelled d/t embryos arresting before transfer (3/09)
IVF #2-BFP 9wks-7/30/09 (6/09)
IVF #3-BFN (5/10)
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)!!
Ha ha!! You guys are great! Stalk away.
I'm wondering about twins myself. The wait until the ultrasound is killing me!!!
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!
Congrats and Welcome! Thanks for sharing your story! Can't wait to hear how many you have in there.
Daughter Rileigh Ann arriving January 2012
great story thanks for sharing Ill be stalking you!
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!
Congrats!! How wonderful! Can't wait to hear how many are in there!!