Well, it looks like I'm coming to play over here, ladies. I've been lurking around here for months at this point. For those who don't know me, I'm Jean and I've been hanging around the boards for about 2 years now. I'm 41, DH is 49 and we'll be celebrating our 2nd anniversary in June.
Over the last year or so we've had 4 CPs and one M/C. Definitely a roller coaster. The CPs were all on natural cycles at various points during the process. We started working with an RE last June, did 2 IUIs in the fall (the 2nd was successful but led to the m/c). We did another IUI in March. And this past cycle was SUPPOSED to be IUI, but we canceled it when only one egg was likely to release, and that was on the side where my tube is blocked according to HSG. Unfortunately, of the 4 planned IUI cycles, only one resulted in an ovulation on the unblocked side....that was the m/c. Murphy's Law has been hard at work.
We'd really like to give IUI a few more chances to get things going on the open side, but we feel like the clock is really ticking at this point and we aren't getting any younger. Plus, with the track record of CPs, it isn't looking like the eggs being released are particularly healthy. So, we're going on to IVF with CCS (at this practice they've dropped calling it PGD, in favor of Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening. Alphabet soup. )
This is a one-shot-deal for us. My insurance would pay for several more IVF attempts, but will not pay for the CCS. Since we believe damaged eggs are the issue - they've tested everything on both of us and found nothing wrong - there is no point in us doing IVF without the CCS. After much discussion, we are not willing to use donor eggs and/or sperm. And DH is not open to adoption. So, we're "all in" on this one. No pressure or anything....
I know you ladies know all about the different protocols. I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions. We're really into a 2-cycle deal with this. Estrogen priming/antagonist protocol. Retrieval and transfer sometime mid-June. I'm looking forward to getting out of lurker mode and getting to know you all better. I've seen what a great support network there is here!