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Hi all,

I just went through my first IVF cycle, and am dealing with an almost certain failure. There were a few bumps along the road, but in the end it seemed to have gone fine. I had 14 eggs retrieved, 11 fertilized, and I was eligible for a 5 day blastocyst transfer (for those not familiar with it, they say if the embryos make it to 5 days, they can better choose the "best" ones, and implantation rates are much higher). So I did the transfer of an excellent blastocysts on day 5, and now on day 14 after my retrieval I have a full blown period. Right on schedule. I am still taking progesterone shots, so I don't understand how I could be bleeding, but I am. They are making me stay on progesterone until my blood pregnancy test on Friday (2 days from now). It seems to just be delaying the inevitable.

I know they say you can have spotting/bleeding and still be pregnant, but the only people I know who have had that outcome have had spotting or *very* light bleeding, for a short period of time. Mine just keeps getting heavier - just like my regular period.

So now I wait for the bad news. I can barely make it through the work day. I almost break down in tears every time I go to the restroom.

I just feel so distraught. We did everything right - the embryos were excellent, my husband had no fertility issues, and we're still not pregnant. IVF is the end of the road, and with this failure, I'm one step closer to never having a biological child. I feel like I am letting down my husband because it is me who has the problem. He is so supportive, but I know he really wants a family.

Thank you all for your kind words. It has been nice to read your messages and feel so much support.

Unfortunately, I had a chemical pregnancy. So close but yet so far. My blood pregnancy test was actually positive, but the number was very low (7) indicating that it was just leftover HCG in my system from the chemical pregnancy. It's been tough the past two weeks, but getting better day by day.

I am very lucky from a $$ standpoint that my insurance covers IVF. I just got my approval notice in the mail today for a second IVF, so it looks like I will be jumping back on the roller coaster. I still have a little while to wait (my month "off"), but may be able to start late April/early May, and then on from there. I'll be calling my RE to schedule a followup appointment soon.

Waiting4ababy - we may be on a similar time frame for our cycles. I'll be sure to check back with you as it gets closer.

Best to you all,

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