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Introduction

Hi Ladies,

I'm new on this board as I just found out that IVF is probably our only option at conceiving the second time around.

A little background on me. I'm 31 and DH and have a wonderful 2 year old daughter. We started TTC about 14 months ago. At 12 months trying I went in and had an ultrasound. They found a large cyst that they thought was endometriosis on my right ovary. I had the surgery to remove it a week ago today. Unfortunately there were alot more problems that what we initially thought. I had a lot of pelvic scarring from the endometriosis and my right fallopian tube had to be removed. Not only that, but my left fallopian tube seems to be non-functioning as well. My ovaries are now both fine and I do have egg reserves. I was told by the doc that our only option is IVF and we are getting a referral to a few RE's on Thursday at my post-op. I know next to nothing about IVF besides the basics and I'm concerned about the financial ramifications as well. Our insurance does not cover fertility issues besides maybe some diagnostic stuff.

Just looking for some support and information. Thanks ladies! Smile

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Welcome to the board! I'm sorry that your journey has led you to IVF, but it sounds like you're being very proactive with having baby #2. Good luck!

I'm mostly a lurker on here since I did IVF years ago, but I'll be cheering you on virtually. Biggrin

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Welcome!! Based on your medical history it does sound like IVF would be your only option. A positive to everything you've found out in the past week is that you do have good ovarian reserve. Try to find an RE that you feel comfortable with. That makes a huge difference in your experience as you spend a lot of time with them and their staff. The financial side of it can be scary as everything is so expensive and nothing is a guarantee. It's hard to give thousands of dollars to someone when there is a chance you will have nothing to show for it. Feel free to ask any questions on here. The women on this board are amazing!

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Hi there. Your situation sounds a lot like mine. I also had successful pregnancies only to find out TTC#3 that I had severe tubal damage from endometriosis. I was advised to do IVF, but I just couldn't believe it wasn't possible to get pg and tried for a year after my surgery. Ended up doing IVF in the end anyway. So I think it's good that you are moving right along toward something that gives you much better odds. And I think your odds would be pretty good considering your age and that your ovarian reserve is good, and also that you've carried a child before. It's still a hard decision to come to, though.

I know that some clinics have cost sharing programs or other financing options so hopefully you find something to lessen the burden financially.

Good luck!

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Thanks Ladies! I called today and have my first appointment on October 1st. It seems so far away, but that was the earliest they could see me. How long does it usually take to get started after that initial consultation? I've had a lot of the fertility testing already (bloodwork, ultrasounds to check organs and reserve). I'm hoping that saves some time.

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You should be able to get started fairly soon after your consult since you already have a lot of the testing that is usually done. Some clinics work differently and will only cycle a certain number of ppl at a time. Others will cycle ppl anytime. Just depends.

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Well, we filled out all the paperwork and they have put us on the cancellation list. So if someone cancels their appointment in September it's possible we can get in earlier. Keep your fingers crossed! We're out of town for a whole week in October right around my ovulation time so I'm not sure if we can get started in October anyway, unless my normal cycle doesn't matter.

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In Dallas, we had tons of options and it was easy to get in. I did check out statistics and searched message boards for the doctors I was interested in. I did not pick the RE my obgyn referred me to, because I found one cheaper with better statistics. Its a numbers game and some are more aggressive than others. And prices can differ wildly! Ours was $11k (including ICSI) without drugs which are another $4-$5k. So, look around. Ask questions. We and others are here to help if we can.

Tiffany

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Usually when you ovulate does not matter too much with your IVF cycle. They'll probably put you on BCP to suppress your ovaries and that gives them control over your cycle. They can keep you on BCPs shorter or longer depending on when they want you to start. You'll probably have to go to a med class before getting started. I think it's a mandatory thing in most clinics. They go over meds and how to give them.

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I've heard the horror stories about the meds and am not looking forward to that part, but if the end result is a baby then the meds will be more than worth it. Hopefuly, we can get in earlier....

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Really the meds aren't that bad. I think the anticipation of them is the worst part.

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A little late burly did want to welcome you. Good luck on your journey.

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For me, the injections weren't too bad. All the doc appts made it difficult to work- and i hated the blood draws but I am a tough stick. Plus i faint sometimes- not my fault, just a physiologic response some people have. Anyway, I thought IVF was one of the most difficult things I have done. For lots of reasons. But we all got through it.

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:wavehello: Hi Steph! I'm Kate. I am also brand new to this board. My introduction is a couple below yours, So you can read that if you wanna know about my problems rather than re-typing it here and boring everyone!:blahblah: I too am waiting on my first consult. My insurance authorization just went through and my OB/GYN was supposed to fax it on tues and RE still hasn't gotten it. Very frustrated. Like you, I'm ready to get started. Lots of luck on your journey!! Glad to have someone who is starting this brand new journey at the same time. And I am so glad this board is active, so we can get lots of knowledge from those who have experienced all this!

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Hi Kate! I'm really frustrated with our clinic as well. It seems a little excessive that I have to wait a month to get in. Although I have heard that it's pretty standard. Any other specialist I've ever seen and I've been able to get in a couple of weeks. Also, the longer it takes to get started the closer we get to the holidays. I'm pretty certain that this place closes down around Christmas, which is understandable. But what if the timing is all screwed up for me? I'm ready to get started now! Smile

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"lovebuggy1" wrote:

Hi Kate! I'm really frustrated with our clinic as well. It seems a little excessive that I have to wait a month to get in. Although I have heard that it's pretty standard. Any other specialist I've ever seen and I've been able to get in a couple of weeks. Also, the longer it takes to get started the closer we get to the holidays. I'm pretty certain that this place closes down around Christmas, which is understandable. But what if the timing is all screwed up for me? I'm ready to get started now! Smile

I definitely understand what you are saying! I want to get started now too! And the thought of another surgery...and then moving on- seems so far out. I am thinking about timing around the holidays too. Feels kind of stressful.

Right after I posted to you, I finally got the call and I got in Sept 19 @ 315. I work the night before and that night. So I'm sure I will be tired on my shift but it will be worth it!

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Glad you got an appt so soon. Good luck!

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I'm glad you got an appointment this month! I'm on a cancellation list so maybe, just maybe, I will get in earlier too. In the meantime I've started a notebook with all of my questions. I have 2 pages full already. If I don't go for another month they are going to wish they had gotten me in earlier because my appointment will probably last hours and hours...hehe.

-kate-'s picture
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I'm excited I got in so soon too! I have my pages too!! I think they are used to it. Smile

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Hi, I am new here too but not to pg.org...

Anyways, I am jealous on how quickly you get in! The one thing that I really hate about have free medical care is waiting for specialists. My doctor put the referral in at the beginning of March, my first appointment was today!

Just wanted to wish you luck.

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Thanks Margaret!! Smile