Hi ladies. I've been lurking here for a while and not "officially" moving on to IVF- but this is where my question comes from.
When did you ladies decide to move from whatever protocol you were using (I'm assuming for most IUI/injectibles) to IVF? I know everyone's story is different and it depends on these situations, but I am really struggling with this and thought it might help to hear others stories.
AFM- we've been TTC for 2 years. I went off BCP in Nov. of '09 and we were JLIH, but obviously didn't work, so in April of '10 we began actively TTC. I did 4 cycles of Clomid with my OBGYN then was referred to RE. I did 4 cycles on Femara, 1 cycle of Femara/IUI, and 2 cycles with injectibles/IUI- all BFN's. This month, we are taking a break and I have a LAP scheduled for May 18th to rule out endo. They can't find anything wrong with me or DH and RE doesn't really expect LAP to show anything, but we are doing it just to make sure.
Here is my struggle, the nurse told me over the phone the other day my RE traditionally wants to do 2-3 more cycles of IUI/injectibles after the LAP. We are paying out of pocket for everything, so as you know, it can add up really fast. I'm struggling with why we should do 2-3 more cycles of IUI, especially if the LAP doesn't find anything, when it will just eat into our IVF budget. I know IVF is more invasive and expensive, but I also know it gives us a better chance than IUI. It sounds terrible to say I want to get the most bang for my buck- but when you are paying out of pocket- it really is the case. Also, I am a teacher and this summer it would be a lot more convenient to go through all the appts I know IVF will require. Soooooo I feel like there are so many "what ifs" and I have no idea what direction to move in. End of the school year + big decisions like this = super anxious me.