How long have you been TTC: Went straight to IVF to TTC
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: Learned that we have MFI while doing testing to start IVF; I also have Saethre-Chotzen syndrome, a genetic craniofacial disorder that we wanted to avoid passing onto our children. So we planned from the beginning to do IVF with PGD to select nonaffected embryos.
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: No
How many IVF's did you do before success: 2 fresh cycles
Protocol (meds taken): First cycle, Lupron and BCP, then Follistim, then HCG trigger and PIO; second cycle Lupron then Bravelle and Menopur, then HCG and PIO. Also baby aspirin for both cycles.
How many eggs retrieved: First cycle: 16, Second cycle, 19
How many eggs fertilized: First cycle: 5, Second cycle, 12
How many days between ER and ET: 5 days in second cycle (none survived to transfer in first cycle)
How many and quality transferred: 2 hatching blastocysts
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: Some spotting, otherwise nothing I can remember!
Did you take a HPT before blood test: NO!!! I couldn't bear finding out I was pg and then getting the beta and discovering I'd lost the pregnancy
What DPO did you got your BFP: 15 (that extra day killed me)
Number of first beta: 300-something?
Number of babies: Both embies initially stuck, but by the 6-week u/s there was only one heartbeat. One healthy girl born 3 weeks early, 7/1/07
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: First, I had to learn to let others take care of me. I love to be in control, but I had to let others help me and trust them. Second, and related, I had to just take one day and one phase of the process happen at a time. While stimming, I literally wrote affirmations, "I am making healthy eggs" -- and tried to just focus on that. And I kept myself busy. :)
1st IVF cycle
How long have you been TTC: 5 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: husband had testicular cancer
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: no
I would love any advice people can give me. I am currently on bcp's and will be starting Lupron on 3/21.
Welcome...if you have any questions feel free to ask away. Everyone here is so supportive.
Originally Posted by acaaew
Thank you so much!! I didn't expect to be on such an emotional rollercoaster already. I start my Lupron on Sunday 3/21. I am not sure what to expect with the lupron. Good luck to everyone trying!
I'd say the biggest thing to expect with the Lupron is headaches. Some ppl get them, some don't. Other than that there's not much to it. If you have any questions make sure you ask in a new thread so it can get answered. I'm not sure how many ppl check in on here.
Originally Posted by acaaew
Age: 31 when I got prego & 31 when I delivered
How long have you been TTC: 4 years
Diagnosis or any known IF issues: Anovulatory & PCO type ovaries
Have you tried other treatments before IVF: Clomid, Metformin, IUI
How many IVF's did you do before success: 3 IVF's total - first fresh cycle ended in miscarriage at 7 weeks, 2nd frozen IVF was successful but lost baby in a car accident at 12 weeks, 3rd frozen IVF succesful with DD
Protocol (meds taken): Frozen protocol - Lupron, estrace, progesterone, 5 day transfer
How many eggs retrieved: Fresh cycle - 25 eggs
How many eggs fertilized: 21 of 25
How many days between ER and ET: 5
How many and quality transferred: 2 fresh, 3 frozen, 3 frozen - not sure of quality
Symptoms or issues during 2WW: None really.. towards the end I had spotting & very watery mouth.
Did you take a HPT before blood test: Yes
What DPO did you got your BFP: 1st cycle -11dper (but didn't test before 11dper), 2nd cycle - 6dp5dt (but didn't test before then), 3rd cycle - 5dp5dt.
Number of first beta: 120 at 15dper, 270.9 at 10dp5dt, 470.5 at 10dp5dt
Number of babies: 1 dd born 7/31/09
Any words of wisdom that you would pass on to: Miracles do happen! FET's are much easier on the body than a fresh cycle. Find the right doctor.. if you are not happy with your current doctor - do your research. It makes all the difference in the world!