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IVF

Hi everyone.

I am new to the forum.

My husband and I are considering IVF. We have an oppointment for an initial consult on the 21st.

Can anyone with first hand experience please tell me what to expect? :help1:

Much appreciated...

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At your first appt your RE will probably get a good history from you and DH. He'll probably order some testing from there to figure out the cause of your IF if you don't already know. You may have some other options aside from IVF like IUI depending on the diagnosis. Good luck with your appt. Make sure you write down your questions because nerves will get the best of you and you'll forget them once you are there.

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Hope your appointment goes well and give us an update. Most couples do not go straight to IVF (though I wish we had). Good luck with the process. Also, congrats on the two babes you have already.

Tiffany

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Thank you Biggrin

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I agree with the notebook idea. Also whichever one of you is less easily overwhelmed, take notes. Don't be afraid to ask any questions that you may have. Good luck and keep us posted.

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"DancingNancy" wrote:

I agree with the notebook idea. Also whichever one of you is less easily overwhelmed, take notes. Don't be afraid to ask any questions that you may have. Good luck and keep us posted.

Totally agree with Jenni, I wish I had done that when I went through my cycle. Would have not had to make as many calls to the clinic.

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At this stage...I am taking it one step at a time - now counting the days until my appointment. (wil try and post link to myy signature)

This sounds stupid - but what questions should I ask?

I know we have to do a testicular biopsy (as my husband had a vasectomy a few years ago and does not want to reverse) and then ICSI combined with IVF. I have read about the injections, a bit freaked out, but mentally I am preparing myself as I have a BIG fear of needles.

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I'd ask what your options are. They might be able to do IUI if everything is ok with you and DH's SA comes back good. If you need to do IVF I'd ask about what protocol you'd be using and what timeframe they are thinking.

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In 2 weeks this time I will be driving to my appointment Biggrin

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"meggyrn" wrote:

I'd ask what your options are. They might be able to do IUI if everything is ok with you and DH's SA comes back good. If you need to do IVF I'd ask about what protocol you'd be using and what timeframe they are thinking.

How do they do a SA....via biopsy?

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I wonder if they will even do a SA since they have to surgically obtain the sperm and then do ICSI... seems kind of pointless. I don't think that since they cannot obtain sperm the old-fashioned way they could do IUI, but I could be wrong. How exciting - only two weeks away.

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The limited amount of knowledge I have is from google.

IUI can only be done with swimmers that came out naturally. So in my opinion...IVF.

We originally had to go out of th country for the procedure, but they resently opened a fertility clinic here in association with a well established clininc outside of our own.

How many ferlilized little wonders did your dr transfer?

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We had two transferred based on their recommendations, but two babies would/will be overwhelming... I had mixed thoughts on it. We are moving this summer to a place that has no RE and with my job going for more cycles would have been difficult. Of course bed rest and raising twins will be difficult as well if that is how it turns out. How many the transfer usually depends on the age of the mother and the condition of the embryos, and how aggressive your IVF doc is. SET (single embryo transfer) still does not have as good of chances in our area as transferring two.

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Thank you for the info Smile

Now I just have to be patient and wait for my appointment :blob3:

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Hi there. I don't have any input on how it works post-vasectomy, but hope you get good answers at your consultation.

I was pretty unprepared with questions when I had my first consultations. I was somewhat shocked and in denial that I actually needed IVF. I was overwhelmed when we first started too. I think if you plan ahead with a notebook, list of questions like previous people posted it will be very helpful.

I had a single embryo transfer. We had several 5 day embryos, and my doctor said we had a 50% chance of success transferring one, 60% chance of success transferring two, and if I did get pg, a 30% chance of twins. I really think it depends a lot on the quality of the embryos and you don't know that until right before the transfer. My husband was very unwilling to accept the risk of twins, and although I would have transferred two, deep down I know he would be very overwhelmed with twins. It was the best decision for us to just transfer one. We got lucky, and I am pregnant with one baby. However, my first IVF failed with a single, 3 day embryo. I probably would have pushed for transferring more if it had been a 3 day transfer the second time around, but we made it to day 5. At any rate, it is a very personal decision. I would just make sure you are both willing to take on multiples if that's how it turns out.

Keep us posted on how it all goes and good luck!

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Good luck! Waiting is the hardest part! I am new to all is and am just days away from starting my first round ofinjections. Def write down our questions before your appt and take the paper with you... It was a god send for me. As for the how many embryos questio, i know my clinic is very determined to only do SET, ut like the other ladies said, it can depend on the quality of the embryos and other circumstances. DH and I are both ok with the risk of multiples, but thats a very personal decision we made over many discussions. Hang in there!

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Look-look...only 1 week and 3 days to go to get the ball rolling!!!! :blob3:

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When do you start with your IVF cycle?

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I think everyone is different.... Depends on your body, the drugs you will be on, etc i think.

I am doing a flare protocol, i waited 2 months before getting offered treatment, then starting BCP at my first period after. I took my last pill yesterday, then start one injection in 2 days and 2 other injections in 5 days. But i know there are so many variations.

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Please keep me posted regarding your cycle and how you are doing...

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It is now 21h24 - don't know how I am going to sleep tonight - think my nervous / excitement is getting to me. Tomorrow is my initial appointment - oh please o please o please

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Everythinh went better than expected today. Have to get blood drawn and tested and then back to my RE later in the month.

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That's great! Glad it went well. I specifically remember my first appt, I even took the day off because I knew I wasn't going to be able to focus on anything that day.

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I need to keep my leave for retrieval and transfer...but, you can be sure - my mind was all over the place yesterday. Blum 3

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Just to reassure you... my retrieval and transfer was no big deal. I could have worked after my retrieval... they want you to take it easy for a few days after the transfer. But I felt fine. Just a little cramping. Hope it goes like that for you!

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I agree. The day of the retrieval I was fine, spotted a little bit and thats it. I was a little sore and crampy for a couple of days but nothing I couldn't deal with. The day of transfer felt nothing at all actually but did rest for a couple of days after.