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Hello! I'm not quite in the same boat as you, but I am starting an IVF cycle now - so about one month ahead of you. I have anovulation of unknown cause, am Clomid resistant, and respond too well to injectable medication to do IUI (I was always cancelled b/c of too many follicles).

I am starting Lupron tomorrow, and hoping to baseline and start Gonal-f injections in 10-12 days after that. I have a friend who did IVF/ICSI due to male factor. They had 8 eggs retrieved, 4 fertilized, and they transferred the best 3 on the third day. They became pregnant with twins (who are now health 1 year olds).

I can understand being nervous. I had done two IUI cycles before my IVF so I was familiar with some of the shots, and the monitoring. Even so, I was an emotional wreck during my first IVF cycle because I felt there was so much at stake. The shots were easy for me - it was waiting for the phone call every day to get my test results that made me crazy.

I know I'm ahead of you, but if you want to chat, don't be shy! I had a chemical pregnancy on my first try, which my RE said was a good sign for future success (but didn't make that loss any easier). I am cautiously hopeful for try #2.


You are progressing exceptionally well in comparison to myself! Although I had a great # when I went in for my blood work (an E2 blood test to tell what my estrogen level was - my number was 1292), I had 17 eggs harvested. I beleive it was 2 follicles on one side and 3 on the other. They were of 'ripe' size a day early so I was a head of schedule. They need to be between 18cm and 22cm before they will retrieve. By the sounds of it, you will have much more. Lucky you!!!
I started my baseline Ultrasounds near about day 10 after taking Lupron/8 days after adding the Gonal F and Repronex.

You're on your way Tiki!!! lots of luck!!
I had the Repronex in the tush, so I can't help you with thigh issues. I didn't have any issues at all with the Lupron (your follistism). When I started with the Gonal F (tummy shot) I got one huge bruise. But that was it.
I've been on either Repronex (before retrieval) or Projesterone (after transfer) and I can tell you the top portion of my tush is hard as a rock! It's no wonder it hurts. We keep poking around for a soft spot to *****, but they are getting harder to find!! ;)
I took had the ICSI, but for an entirely different reason. I had no partner. So, what I can tell you is they do it to give the egg a better chance at fertilization. Inserting a single sperm into an egg makes it's easier. If you look around this site, you'll see that others have also used it who have DH's with severe male factor. One woman had it done one day after retrieval as they had discovered his sperm swam sideways. Something they hadn't discovered in all that time. So, the ICSI worked really well for them. Couldn't have worked otherwise.
Good luck to you. You're just starting out. It's a long journey...but worth it in the end.

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