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Re: IVF girls
Feb 25, 2007
Good Morning ***!
This is a great idea so we can track each other through our IVF journeys! I have a long thread "Update on IVF Cycle" it has a little smiley face next to it! Anyways, here is my story in a nut shell...

We started bcp on January 30th. Took last pill Feb. 13th and started lupron injections that same day. I have been on lupron since. We started out at 10units, but had to increase to 20. It ended up that despite being on the bcp and lupron, I did not get suppressed enough and I ovulated!!!! Go figure! So the follicle turned into a cyst that is 45mm (doesn't feel so good!) I go back on Wed to have another u/s and b/t to see if the cyst shrank over this past week. If it does, I will be able to start the Follistim injections, which I just can't wait to get things moving!!!!!

I am also waiting for the results of blood work that I had done on Thursday. I had my RE do bloodwork up for reoccurrent miscarriage and immune disorders. I have been reading this book on IVF, "Expecting Miracles: On the Path of Hope from Infertility to Parenthood" (Which I would TOTALLY recommend) and the doctor talks a lot about these bloodtests so I figured it would be better to have them done and have the information before doing IVF and finding out later that I had these antibodies which keep you from getting or keeping your pregnancy.

Well, I really hope AF shows her ugly face soon so you can move forward!!!! Keep us posted. I will let you know how Wed. goes, cross your fingers.
cmarie
Re: IVF girls
Feb 25, 2007
It is hard to keep track of who is doing what. This is a good idea.

So........My next period should be starting around March 11-13th. On day two of that cycle I will be starting all of my injections (Follistim 200IU, Menopur 75IU, and Ganirilex). So, I'm basically ready to get my IVF cycle going, I'm just waiting for AF to come in March. I should be done with the transfer by the end of March.

I'm so excited to just do it! All of this waiting around is going to make me crazy.:dizzy: I really hope I get enough eggs so I can have a decent amount of embrios to freeze. It's so stressful. I've also never used any sort of fertility meds at all so I'm a little nervous about using them for the first time.

Carisa:)
Re: IVF girls
Feb 25, 2007
Hey *** & Carisa,
I am so glad we can go through this together! It looks like I will be the first one to take the "plunge" if all goes planned for me! It is a little scary but exciting. So I should find out end of March, beginning of April if we are pregnant, then Carisa, then *** at the end of April:blob_fire How exciting.

DH and I have been married for 4 years this July. We did get pregnant May 2005 while taking clomid 50mg. Unfortunately I had a miscarriage July 28th. The most devastating day of my life:( We have been unable to conceive since. We have done 6 rounds of clomid, 4 rounds of follistim injections, 6 IUIs, one, hsg (all clear), one lap (stage 2 endo), another fertility related surgery this past december (endo did not return)....all to lead us to UNEXPLAINED IF!!!!!!!! It is just the worst. No male fertility problems either. I can only hope that IVF will work this first time and we can put this behind us:angel:

How many embabies do you ladies think you will transfer? We will do 2 at a 5 day (doctor is assuming we will make it to a 5 day transfer...so we will cross our fingers!)

Joey, best of luck to you on Tuesday!!!! Please keep us posted.

cmarie
Re: IVF girls
Feb 27, 2007
Good luck Joey with your transfer today!!!! I will send you all my sticky baby thoughts:angel: RELAX and enjoy. Please keep us posted.

CBB...I know your pain with waiting for AF. While I was waiting to start IVF, she just wouldn't show up. I went almost 40 DAYS!!!!!! I have never in my life had a cycle that long...go figure, witch wanted to make us wait even more:mad: I really hope she shows up soon so you can jump on the IVF band-wagon:)

I go tomorrow for my b/t and u/s to see if the stupid cyst shrunk and we can get moving on the follistim. Still no sign of AF???? I have been on the lupron for 2 weeks as of today!
cmari e
Re: IVF girls
Feb 27, 2007
Kathy - I was expecting her yesterday so I assume any day now. I would start the Lupron about cd20 (so that is looking like the third week of March), and in between i have to have my cd2/cd3 b/w and then the mock transfer and sonohysterogram and cervical cultures between AF and O. so the next two weeks should be busy trying to get all that done before O. then it is on to lupron and another AF before stims. it seems so long compared to an IUI cycle. i will stop complaining about it as soon as i feel like i am doing something about it to make progress. right now i just feel stagnant, just waiting and it is making me cranky:mad: so maybe we'll be cycling around the same time. cool.

hi cmarie - i hope your appt goes well tomorrow and cyst is shrunk away to nothing. bring on the Follistim!

seems like we're all hitting roadblocks this month. nothing like mother nature holding us back when we least need her to.
Re: IVF girls
Feb 28, 2007
The coordinator just called and guess what.... I start Follistim on FRIDAY:blob_fire :blob_fire :blob_fire :blob_fire I am so excited I could just explode!!!!! My RE said it is fine to continue because the cyst is not giving off any estrogen. I asked if it is ok that I still didn't get AF, and she said it was fine???? So, if they aren't worried about it, I guess I shouldn't be:) So here is the game plan:

Friday-lupron 5units in the morning & follistim 225 at night
Sat.-lupron 5units in the morning & follistim 225 at night
Sun.-lupron 5units in the morning & follistim 225 at night
Mon.- bloodtest & ultrasound at 6:45am

I can't even believe we are moving ahead. I could have my retrieval in around 9-12 days!!!!!!! I am so happy:D



CBB- I am just so happy for you that AF arrived!!!!! You are definitely on your way girl!!!! I did not ever have that procedure done, I guess he had looked during my other surgeries??? When we were going through all the procedures that you have to do before IVF, he marked that off saying that I had just had the surgery done, so I guess somehow it covered that? Keep me posted on how things are moving along!
cmarie
Re: IVF girls
Mar 1, 2007
Good news... I woke up this morning and AF arrived!!!!! I am so happy that everything has fallen into place. I was worried that I did get it and was moving forward, now I can move forward whole-heartedly!!!!!! I called my coordinator to tell her that AF is here and to make sure it is still alright to start the follistim tomorrow night. I am finally back on the positive path:blob_fire
cmarie
Re: IVF girls
Mar 1, 2007
Hi Guys!!!

Cmarie!!! I am a little late but I wanted to tell you how excited I am for you!!!:blob_fire :blob_fire Your happiness is just beaming out :D !!!! I am thrilled for you. Please keep giving us all your info. Next cycle I will be taking the same dosage of follistim as you and also may do IVF so keep the info coming!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!! :angel: :angel:

C B B- it looks like your moving forward too!! :p Just a few more things to iron out and you'll be on your way!!! :blob_fire :angel: :angel:


Good luck you guys!!!!

kathy
Re: IVF girls
Mar 1, 2007
Cmarie! Great news about AF. now you are on the right track and can get moving with this IVF stuff. I hope you can do Follistim tomorrow as planned.

Mapia! I am a little nervous about planning the trip for my anniversary which is in July. I would love to go somewhere far away and exotic but here's my dilemma. If I am pg I'll still be taking the PIO and crinone supplements probably (doc told me through the first trimester roughly) so i don't know how i feel about dragging all that stuff with me and being far from a doc/hospital. I originally wanted to go to Fiji. so now i am thinking maybe somewhere in the caribbean, easy to get home to the US if there is an emergency, and i'd feel more comfortable in an island country closer to home. maybe that is just a weird hangup of mine but I will probably be extremely nervous through my pg just because of all this stuff that i have had to go through to get this far. and if i am not pg i might be in another IVF cycle so i am not sure how i would handle a trip then. i am totally on hold. i figure by the end of april we'll know and then i can make a better decision. i really want to celebrate the milestone, even though 5 years isn't such a big deal, but when i think about over 3 of those years spent dealing with IF I almost feel robbed of some years of my marriage because they should have been happy go lucky and instead have been so frustrating.

so get this, i went for my b/w this morning and they took 9 vials. had to stick me 3 times to get it, blood splurting all over, i was sweating, clammy hands, dizzy, leg shaking, etc. it was the most awful experience. bad way to start the morning. and 9 vials of blood is just way too much for me at 8am. i was in there with the phlebotamist for over 20 minutes. ugh.
Re: IVF girls
Mar 1, 2007
Got the call back and AF will not disrupt the Follistim tomorrow...so we are still moving forward with the shots tomorrow!!! YEAH:blob_fire :blob_fire :blob_fire

***- I have always done my injections in my belly and it is fine. For the most part there is very little bruising, unless it is too close to the belly button area...then you can get bruising. I have never done my thigh because I felt like it would hurt more???

I can not believe you had to give 9 VIALS:eek: :eek: :eek: I thought I was going to die with 7. I am pretty sure I would have passed out from that one. You are a strong women!!!! Can you believe the bull&^@* we have to go through????? Hopefully some day soon this will all be a distant memory and we will be enjoying our little bundles of joy:)

Keep up the good positive thoughts girls!!!! I have really good feelings for all of us this cycle.
cmarie
Re: IVF girls
Mar 2, 2007
Oh my God, I just can't take this anymore! I just got a call on the bloodwork that I had requested for reoccurent miscarriage/immunological disorders. Of course it is just a frickin nurse that calls to give the info. She says that all the tests so far are all negative except the "MTHR C677T mutation"!!!!! What the HELL is that???? She said that it has "2 copies of the mutation and I only tested positive for 1, which is much better than positive for both". When I asked what the hell does that mean, she said that the mutation blocks the absorption of folic acid and that I have to take a prescription of folic acid (Folguard). She then said that folic acid is important for the prevention of neurological development. The crazy thing is is that I am the one who requested the bloodwork to be done because of that book I read, otherwise, they would have never known I had this and who knows what would have happened!!!!!!!

My head is absolutely spinning right now. I called back to talk to my RE and of course he is out of town until Monday afternoon. So all I could do was leave a frickin message and wait till Monday. I can't even believe this is happening. What if this means that my baby will be born with spinabifida(sp?) or some other neurological disorder!!!!!!! What if I haven't been getting pregnant in the last 3 years because it is not meant to be because something will be wrong with the baby. I have cried so much this afternoon, I don't even think I have tears in my eyes. What if this is why I had a miscarriage. I have so many questions for my RE. I was so excited to start the follistim tonight and now I am just devastated!

Ladies, I don't know how much more bad news and trials I can take, I am really getting tired. My weekend is totally ruined.
cmarie
Re: IVF girls
Mar 2, 2007
Oh Cmarie! I am so sorry. You sound so upset and I wish I had the perfect thing to say to comfort you. Good for you in requesting this test to be done. Try not to look back b/c if you think about what could have been done you'll just drive yourself crazy. Believe I have been there too and when you miscarry you always wonder what you could have done to prevent it but no matter what we do we can't change it. So now that you have no more tears to cry and your fed up let us help you through this. Today was a bad day but there are some good things that came out of it like knowing that this is a problem but that it can also be resolved. It's so frustrating when 'we can't speak to RE when we really want to, I hope the time goes by really fast for you so he can answer what ever questions you may have. Can you still start the follistim or have they delayed your cycle??? What tests did you request that they do???

I hope you feel better soon and I am sure the after a good nights sleep things will look a little better tomorrow. Hang in there we are all behind you and everything is going to work out..you'll see!!!!!

((BIG HUGS))

kathy
Re: IVF girls
Mar 3, 2007
Thank you girls so much! Last night I had myself a few more good cries, wrote in my "fertility journey" journal and then went to be at 8:00...I was absolutely drained. I was able to find a chat board/forum all about this MTHFR mutation...can you believe it!!!! It gave me lots of info to at least get me through till Monday when I could talk with my RE.

I was able to still move ahead and start the follistim last night, so I guess that is good...he wouldn't have me start it if I wouldn't be able to move ahead with the cycle because of this discovery.

You are all so right in that it is a blessing that I requested those tests. At least we can move forward and know what we are dealing with.

The Folgard (folic acid prescription) is taken along with my prenatal vitamin. I take the prenatal in the morning and the Folgard later in the day so it won't upset my stomach they said. I went right to the pharmacy last night and started it last night. I figured the sooner the better!

Kathy- The tests I requested was a whole series of bloodtests that check for any autoimmune factors, and clotting factors (I know some of them tested for lupus, different proteins, thrombophilia, the MTHRF, and then several autoantibodies that would cause you to miscarry the baby). When I spoke to my RE about having the testing done, he said that this is usually the battery of tests they do for recurrent miscarriages. In the book that I read, it was the standard protocol to test all the patients for all of these bloodtests to factor out any of the above issues. I am just so thankful that I had the information and requested these tests. I am just a little nervous because I am still waiting on the results of a few more tests, I should find out around Wednesday or so. I am a little aggravated that my center doesn't automatically do the tests. Why would they not collect that info to rule out these things that could possibly prevent a miscarriage or the prevention of getting pregnant? I pay them all this money and I am telling them what to do??? I bet they are going to feel like idiots that the patient was the reason they found this problem!!!!!

Well, thanks again ladies for all your endless support, encouragement, and love. I would be lost without you all!!!! This has been a journey and it is only just beginning. I will go back for another b/t & u/s on Monday to see how the follicles are growing.
Love,
cmarie
Re: IVF girls
Mar 3, 2007
Hi Cmarie,

I am so glad that you were able to continue with the follistim and that your now taking the extra folic acid for MTHFR. It is great taht it is something that you can resolve but I too am frustrated that the RE's are not doing this test for all patients. It should be one of the 1st they do!!! These darn insurance companies rule the roost so I am SURE that is why!! So frustrating!!! I can not tell you how happy I am you read taht book and passed on this information to us. It is so important to know this and I will be calling my RE next week to see if I have had this blood work done as well, If not I will def request it!! So thank you so much for bringing this to our attention!!!! I am also glad to see you found a board about MTHFR I hope that they were able to put your mind more at ease. Well keep us posted the reeults are your other tests. I hope the all come out perfectly great!!! I will be praying for you as I do for all you guys!!!

Cb B- I am so sorry your down. Sometimes are DH's say things w/o thinking but whatever it was I am sure he did not intend to hurt you. This is so hard for couples to go through and the amount of stress it put's on a relationship is considerable. But we need eachother so I hope you guys are doing better today and that you are feeling better too!!!

kathy
Re: IVF girls
Mar 5, 2007
Hi Everyone!

I had my first b/t and u/s after starting the follistim. The u/s lady said that the scan was great for this point in time. She said I had lots of little follies which is what should be happening. My biggests ones were at 10mm. The IVF coordinator called and said I will do follistim 225 tonight and tomorrow and then will go back for another b/t & u/s on Wednesday. So we will see what happens on Wed. I feel like a human pin cushion, I have been doing the lupron shots for 3 WEEKS!!!!! My poor tummy:eek:

My RE called me back and said he was so sorry that I worried all weekend. He said he wishes that the nurses would have let me talk to him so he could have saved me stress. He said that if he was concerned about the results, he would have called me himself to discuss the results (which is good to know for the future). He told me that it is common to have this one gene mutation and that I should not worry. He was able to answer all my questions and help ease my mind. He told me I will not be considered high risk when I do get pregnant. He is going to let me have a few more b/ts that we did not do just so I could have "peace of mind" and can know going into IVF clear headed. So we will do the remaining b/t on Wednesday. I still feel a little nervous inside, but I guess I have to trust that he is not worried about this. He said the medicine (Folgard) will help boost the folic acid deficiency. So I guess I will just have to see.

Lori- My RE prescribed Folgard to help boost the folic acid that I am not absorbing. I know that if you test positive for certain antibodies there are other medications/injections that can be taken, especially if there are clotting issues. My girlfriend had 2 m/c and finally they tested her and found out that she had a clotting issue and she took shots of heparin everyday and then she delivered a perfectly healthy baby girl!!!! So your doctor is crazy when he/she says it doesn't change anything. Sometimes doctors can drive you nuts:)

CBB- I am so sorry that the medicine made you feel sick! That's no good. I wish you lots of luck tomorrow. I can't wait to hear your updates!!! Keep them coming:blob_fire

How's everyone else doing?
cmarie
Re: IVF girls
Mar 9, 2007
CBB- I am so sorry that you are dealing with all this crap! You are so right, that the other medical stuff just piled onto the IF is just too much. I hope that cardiologist calls you first thing Monday and you can get in soon. I will pray that this was your last hurdle and all will look upward from here on out!!!! Stay strong girl, we are all here for you!


My update:
Went this morning for b/t & u/s. I now have 23 FOLLICLES!!!!!! My estrogen is 1454 and my lining is 12 (which it has never been that thick in all my cycles). The IVF coordinator called and I will do one more shot tonight of follistim 200, lupron 5 in the morning and I go back tomorrow morning at 7:20am for another b/t & u/s. She warned me that I have 21 follies that are 12mm or bigger and they will cancel my cycle if I go to 35 follies that are 12mm or bigger. She doesn't feel that will happen but she wanted to warn me:eek: I think I should be fine...don't you???? So if I am under 35 follies tomorrow, my retrieval will be MONDAY:blob_fire :blob_fire :blob_fire :blob_fire I just can't believe it....I am so nervous and excited!!!!!! So, I will update you all tomorrow after my appointment!
cmarie
Re: IVF girls
Mar 14, 2007
Hi Girls! Thanks so much for thinking of me, you are all the BEST!!!!


:blob_fire :bouncing: IT'S A 5 DAY TRANSFER :blob_fire :bouncing: :blob_fire :bouncing:bouncing: It will be Saturday!
Wait for this one....18 embryos are growing & dividing!!!!! Can you believe it, we only lost one so far:D I am just so very excited I can hardly stand it!

So, I go on Monday for a progesterone blood test and then.....the beta is on Thursday, MARCH 29TH:blob_fire :angel:

They will call me on Friday to give me the time of the transfer.

Golds- Yes, this is our first IVF. We did 6 IUIs (6 rounds of clomid & the last 4 IUIs were with Follistim). So, it has been a very long road. We have been ttc for almost 3 years!!!! I had a m/c July 2005 and had I not, we would have been celebrating our child's first birthday this month:( So, it would be so wonderful to get a BFP this month!

Carisa- When do you think your retrieval wil be? How do you know already that you will do a 5 day transfer...does your clinic only do 5 days?

Thanks again for all the support and excitement girls, it means so much to me!!!!! I definitely couldn't do this without all of you....you are definitely my rocks!
Love,
cmarie
Re: IVF girls
Mar 15, 2007
cmarie- I thought I read somewhere awhile back that you were taking follistim, if you were, how much were you taking? Is that what you were taking this last cycle?

Oh, and my doctor does not have me taking bcp.

Carisa
Re: IVF girls
Mar 16, 2007
Hi Carisa- I was on Follistim 225 for 6 day and 200 for 2 days (a total of 8 days). I really hope it did the trick:)

Hi Kari-I am so happy you went to bed with "positives in your mind"! Thank you so much for cheering me on...this is a really exciting time in our life right now and I am so glad all you girls can share it with me and keep me going!
cmarie
Re: IVF girls
Mar 17, 2007
Wow! That's crazy, so you got to see the little embies going in? How cute? I'm so happy for you! It seems like everything has gone well so far!! I bet you are so uncomfortable right now with your ovaries being so large! Are you feeling nauseas from it?

I went to the doctors today to have my baseline ultrasound done. I am free to start my injections tonight! I'm a little nervous about it. I will be doing 200IU of follistim and 75IU of Menopur, then they will have me on Ganirilex. I can't wait to get started!! When they did my ultrasound today I had 11 follicles on one side, and 8 on the other. She said that was pretty good. We will see........

Carisa
Re: IVF girls
Mar 18, 2007
Good morning girls!

You are all so sweet, you made me get teared up again with your compassion!! I just love you all:angel: It feels so surreal right now to think that I have two little living "beings" inside of me and I can only hope that one, if not both will be strong and stick around! (God, would DH & I LOVE to have twins!!).

Carisa- Congratuations on starting your injections!!!! That is so very exciting. When do you have to go back for another b/t & u/s? I am not familiar with those other injections you are on, I have only done Follistim. I can't wait to hear how your cycle progresses!!!!! Make sure you keep updating;)

I hope everyone has a great day!
Love,
cmarie





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