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Hey Gina-rose :wave: Welcome to the summer list of IVFers! We are also going to do ICSI right away. We were recently told that DH has poor morphology which may explained what I had been calling for the last two years unexplained IF. I did a little research and I read that some RE's are preferring this approach regardless of male factor just because it does help with the fertilization. I'm sure it all depends on each circumstance though cause no two cycles are ever the same, right? Well my calendar is

Started BCP's 5/15 and will take thru 6/15.
Start Lupron 6/11
Start Stims (gonal-f and repronex) 6/22
E/R will be July 2nd, 3rd, or 4th
E/T will be July 5th, 6th, or 7th

Hey JSquared, it's good to hear from you! Congrats on the good NKC results and I hope the rest of the b/w from today's testing comes back with nice results as well. Amelu mentioned in her first post that she also is dealing with endo. I really hope that the both of you are able to successfully beat that endo and get BFP's with your first IVF cycle! I turned 30 last Aug, and was not happy about it. It really was my goal to at least be preggers with my first by the time I was 30... now my wish is to achieve the same goal by 31 :rolleyes:

Hi Kelly! Glad to see you found our summer IVF thread! I'm seeing that there
are a handful of us who are all about one week apart... it'll be so exciting to track everyone's progress and offer support along the way. As for the BCP, I really wouldn't worry about being late with one here or there. I did the same thing a week or so ago. When it comes to the lupron and stims though, I will def have an alarm set to remind me to take at the same time each day!
hey ladies. i feel af is like right there, but she wont show up, lol. ive had those dull cramps all day and then usually i start to spot then the cramps turn to EXTREME, lol.. but i keep checking, and nothing yet. if not today, i think definitly tomorrow!!! anyways, i will be stimming with gonal f and repronex. ive always responded well so my re hasnt changed the meds. once i get my cycle i will switch from .1 of lupron to .5... is anyone taking baby aspirin during their cycle?
Holly, you are so incredibly sweet and such an enormous support to us. I know that today is a very difficult day for you... and here you are offering encouragement. You are a blessing to us and I wish I could come give you a huge hug. Thanks for your well wishes.

Aimee, I also will be stimming with gonal f and repronex. And my lupron dose will be adjusted similar to yours. I have not been told anything (yet) on baby aspirin. I go in next Thurs for a down regulation check so I may have to remember to ask about that!

Mapia, I had a great time in Calif, thank you for asking!!! I enjoyed a couple cocktails at lunch, dinner, and even breakfast... surprisingly it was all in moderation ;) :) :D It was so nice getting out by the ocean for a while... I would love to have a place with a water view one of these days! So your boxes are all shipped off, right??? Does it feel like a load off for you at this point?

Lupron lesson was cake! I think I was in the office for less than 5 mins. Lil needle and only a tiny bit of medicine (goes in the belly). I can't believe that one vial is gonna last me 12 days! So I am on my way!!! I'll keep doing a .10 dose each morning until stims start and then it'll be reduced to .05. Seriously, it's CAKE!
Hey Gals!!! I am back!!! The cable guy was here until almost 7pm last nite :rolleyes: , but the good news is internet is running again - YAY! :cool: So, I've been trying to catch up on everything.

Aimee, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend... I can't imagine what the family is feeling and I will say a prayer they have the strength to get through this difficult time and reflect on the life that was, keeping her memory strong. .... I can't believe you are stimming tonite! That is fantastic and I am really looking forward to hearing how all of your scans go. I think you said the repronex stings and not the gonal-F, so hopefully your shot(s) tonite won't be too bad for you!

Kelly, glad you got the box of meds as planned! And that is so funny that it was just as big as your birthday party box for little Tyler's birthday... btw, his party sounds like it must have been fun - I loved the pinata parties when I was a kid!

Lovely, so you and Kel are gonna be starting lupron together on the 27th??? That will be exciting to have someone on the same schedule!

Holly, thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. I sure do hope first time is the charm for me. :angel:

Mapia, I really hope you get to Greece before BF's little girl is born. I know how much that would mean to you if you could be there for the baptism... And I can't wait to hear about your reunion with godson!!!

Well today is the last bcp for me! :) Aimee, I hope that AF shows by Tues, just like she did for you. Either way, I continue the lupron and my RE has me scheduled for u/s on Thurs... hope all the suppression has worked!
Hey guys! Hope everyone had a nice fathers day. My in-laws were in town and we went out for a tasty dinner at PFChangs and ate way too much. I figure I'm gonna eat pretty healthy once I start stimming so I'm enjoying the tastey stuff now! ;) BTW - anyone know about proper diet while taking the heavy dose of stims for IVF? It just seems that I would want to lay off complex carbs or anything else that might make me really full or bloated... I wouldn't want to confuse my food intake with hyperstimulation!

Aimee... You have a scan tomorrow to check how the stimming is going, right??!!?! Sending you lots of well wishes that everything is looking as good as can be expected! Please give us the update as soon as you can!!!

Lovely, those were good questions and i'm glad you asked cause I also wondered! My meds box contains progest. suppos. and I have been curious how they are to be inserted. :confused: As for the baseline u/s, I am very curious to see how AF presents herself this cycle after the bcp and lupron. Since the D&C following my ectopic last summer, AF visits have been incredibly quiet.... very light and usually no more than 2 days. So the few day 3 u/s's that I've had were prob easy on my RE, LOL :) .

Kelly, I would call your office and confirm what meds you are to bring with you. On my "training" appt, they only wanted me to bring lupron, which I found weird. Guess at my appt on Thurs. they will give me instructions on stimming, since I never used gonal F nor repronex before! I start gonal F on Friday if all goes per my calendar. I'm getting really excited... still not nervous! Hey, do you live anywhere near Louisville??? DH is a huge baseball fan, and sounds like Louisville is in the college world series and they are doing pretty good. :)

CBB, hope the call comes tomorrow so you can confirm that you are all on the same page with respect to your next cycle. It's always a weight off, just knowing what to expect and when!
hey mapia it sounds like it will be a really nice move!!! the riht thing for you and dh :) im sure the 7.5 weeks will be here before you know it. and then definitly "sonner" then later you and dh will be holding your new baby.. sometimes we all need a little change and then God has big changes for us!! the good thing is no matter how far any of us go we can still get to eachother!!! i think its great how many ladies from all different areas we have on this board!!!! :blob_fire

AimeeM and KJINKY im so excited you 2 are starting so sooon. one you start lupron things kinda fly by i think. especially if you are on BCP with it, because your period will come SOON after you stop BCP, my first ivf i didnt take BCP and it took a little longer for AF to start when i started the lupron. anyway!!
i was told you may get a very light period with lupron, or it might be normal flow, so i really wouldnt worry about the cycle being canceled! :D i think everyhting should work out and be fine. any sign of spotting or anything once you stop BCP, i would call and say you have AF. because it can be lighter!
i agree with Kari that the mock transfer isnt painful, its fast, but if you have a difficult or curvy cervix it can take a little longer, the only "painful" part is having a full bladder, and having then poke around. its just to see how far into the uterus etc etc. to go on the day of actual transfer.. oh and i wish i was on bravelle with little needles!! the only little needles i get to take are lupron and gonal f, my repronex is intra-muscular. 1 1/2 inches right in the booty ;P then after that the pio go in the same spot. and about putting 3 embryos back, i did that my first ivf, i was nervous about triplets, but more nervous about not getting pregnant. my re explained it raises my chance for a pregnancy, but my chances of triplets were about 5%, so i took the risk. if you have really great embryos tho, will your dr do a 5-day tranfer?? my re never puts back more then 2 if its a blast. anyway, good luck everyone and i will let you all know how my appt went!! :p Aimee s
Aimee, that's great that everything is looking so good!!! So I have a question for you... you mention that if you trigger Mon nite and have E/R Wed, then you would likely have transfer on Saturday. So is that a day 3 transfer? I guess my question really is what is considered day 1... is it the day [B]after [/B]retrival? Hope that makes sense :)

Kelly, my RE wrote on our plan document that we would do a day-3 transfer unless we have lots of good embies to work with and then he'd consider a 5-day. So we won't know for sure until after the retrieval.

I just got back from my appt. It went very good!!! :blob_fire I have been suppressed well enough to move forward. Apparently there were 6 visable follies on the right and 3 on the left, compared with like 13 and 10 the same day of my cycle when we did my last IUI. So they were happy with that.

As for the meds, I am to start tomorrow morning with 75iu repronex (lil needle in the thigh), reduce lupron to .5 and continue that in the belly each morning. Then starting tomorrow nite, I'll do 225iu gonal-F in the belly. They had me practice the gonal-F pen today and mixing the repronex / changing needles... it was very overwhelming and I am afraid I am going to mess up. I wish I had a camcorder for this appt! :D The hard part for me is changing the needles... I could not get the "old" needle off the pen and I even stabbed myself in my finger with it on my second try... that really hurt. I never was able to get it off myself, so I wonder how I'll do tomorrow nite :confused: Anyway, that sounds like a lot of meds to start off, but I love my office and I totally trust their guidance.

The big thing that my NP kept stressing was how she is concerned that I ensure I do not hyperstim. She said starting today, I am to have no carbonation and no foods that make me gassy (I will miss my beans... we eat lots of Mexican out here ;) ). I am to replace all of my water intake with gatorade or smartwater for the electrolytes (and considering it is 114 degrees in AZ this week, I'll be drinking lots!!!). I am also to increase my sodium intake and she recommended tomato juice (yuck, unless there is vodka in it :D ) and top raman, which I haven't eaten in about a decade!

I have to go in early Sunday morning for b/w only to determine how they will adjust my dosage. I can't believe I start stimming tomorrow morning!!!! Oh yeah, and I have an acupuncture appt tomorrow morning too! E/R should be on the 4th of July!!!!!! :blob_fire

Sorry for the long post, I am just so excited!!! Wishing everyone else so much luck and here is to lots of BFP's this summer as the season is now officially upon us!!!
Ruby, thanks for your well wishes... you are so incredibly thoughtful and I know you have had a bad couple days recently. You're in my thoughts and I hope you are doing okay right now.

Mapia, well when Deluka and I head out to visit you in Greece we are gonna have to make her cook us some yummy tacos and whatever else she can make that is nice and spicy... all the good stuff that I can't be eating right now!!! lol...:D I think your vaca has been timed perfectly and it will seem like it's time to move just about as soon as you get back! YAY!

Hi Aimee. The repronex went okay this morning, but I got confused on how to draw out the liquid and then I switched the needles at the wrong time... I actually went back to my RE's office today so they could show me again, cause I knew I had kinda messed up :dizzy: I felt silly having to go back. Hopefully the gonal-F tonite will be easier! Is your back feeling any better??? ... Just a couple more days now until trigger time!!! Do you have u/s tomorrow? Can't wait to hear how things look!!! I know this is it for you, and a mommy you will soon be!!! :angel:

Kelly, I'm sure you must be busy celebtrating little T's birthday... just wanted to say I was thinking of you and hope you are in good spirits today. Enjoy your weekend, and lupron on Wed - woohoo!!!!
Oh my, Lovely, I knew that your chart had been mixed up with another patient of similar name, but I guess I didn't realize it threw off the start of your lupron till July... sorry I missed that! :dizzy: :)

Amelu, that stinks there was some pain with the mock transer... I'm sure it didn't help that it was the end of the week, prob when you are most tense or tired from the preceeding week. I've been told that I will get a low dose of vicadin before my transfer to ensure relaxation. Supposedly it's not always felt, but the uterus responds to the low dose and that is where they want you the most relaxed! Maybe you'll have something similar?

So the NP left a message on my cell while I was out for my walk about my b/w from this morning. She said that I am to increase gonal-F tonite from 225to 300 but keep the repronex at 75iu in the morning. They also said they need me to come back for more b/w early tomorrow morning! :confused: :confused: :confused: I was not scheduled to come back till Tues when I'd have b/w and u/s. Hope all is okay... she did not mention my estradiol level and I was disappointed about that. This prob sounds crazy, but when I do these injections I fear for some reason that the medicine isn't getting into my body... I don't know if it's cause I'm used to taking pills and I can't physically see the medicine getting in me... I'm prob just being weird. Maybe when I start feeling bloated or tired I'll realize just how much med I'm really putting in me! Hopefully when I go in tomorrow morning they'll say everything looks good... I'm just so confused, and a bit scared, why they want more b/w done so soon!!! :confused:
hey girls. sorry im just catching up with all the posts that i missed this weekend. i was super busy, bbq after bbq, lol :) my godsons 2nd bday party sat, and my s-i-l boyfriend just graduated from college, so that bbq was sunday! kari i hope everything is ok at your appt!!! please let us know as soon as you do, and ~about the repronex~ i do them intra-muscular my only sub-q shots are lupron and gonal f pen, the rest are the REALLY long needles in the hip/butt!!

mapia so sorry to here about your sunburn!!!:dizzy:

aimeem, so exciting you just started lupron :) before you know it you will be having your e/r ! i cant believe dh forgot the meds, i hope it didnt hurt to bad. my dh is scared to death of the tiniest airbubble in the needle! i try to tell him its not too big of a deal as long as its not going into a vein, but he is scared!!

kjinky, wow only 6 more days, that will be here so soon. i bet your real happy to stop taking those :P and lovely im so sorry you have to wait longer to start your meds, that really stinks!! but i hope its hear before you know it.

Ok today i went for u/s and blood work i dont know how many follies, but lots were mature, and my lining was about 14.5. I got the call a little while ago to trigger 10,000 iu hcg tonite and start doxycyline at 7:15pm and e/r will be 7am wed. morning. i have to be there at 6:30am though! i hope tomorrow doesnt drag on. i prob will be sleeping all day, so if i dont post wednesday i will let you know how it goes by thurs morning!!!
Amelu - OMG, your poor DH must have felt so bad about having to stick you twice!:eek: Luckily those lupron needles aren't too bad, huh! :) My DH hurt me once cause he was pushing the plunger in soooo slow, and he's felt so bad ever since that I've done my own shots! :jester: Good luck as you continue with lupron!

Kelly, wow, that little boy of yours sure got lots of presents this weekend!!! I bet he had a great time! How was the pinata??? Well this is a big week for you with lupron starting and bcp ending! Can't wait to hear how everything goes for you... from the sounds of it, you won't have any worries about AF showing after that last bcp!!! :D

Aimee - You've prob already done the trigger and started the doxycline!!! I am so excited for you, and I just can't beleive that retrieval is just one more day away!!! I'll be looking for your post Wed nite / Thurs morning anxiously... hoping it all goes smoothly and your feeling okay!!! Cheering for lots of eggs for you! :bouncing: :bouncing:
Mapia, sounds like your burn might be feeling a bit better? Hope so!!! Crossing my fingers that you don't blister! Glad you had some fun at the bbq (hope you enjoyed sitting back and letting someone else take care of the cooking!).

Hi Golds!!! I'm doing good... just getting the hang of everything now I think. I did much better today with the repronex!!! E/R is est. 7/4 and transfer 7/7! Any changes to your plans for starting the FET later this summer?

Thanks to all of you for asking about my appt... it went pretty good. Apparently my estradiol was 97 yesterday morning, a bit lower than what they wanted (it was 20.2 on Thurs which was CD 3!). So this morning estradiol was 239 after taking an increased dose of gonal-F last nite. They told me to go back down to the original dose tonite and go in tomorrow morning for MORE b/w and an u/s. Someone said once that it feels like you live at the RE during IVF... I think I get that now!!! ;) I'll let you all know tomorrow afternoon how my follies and lining look!
Wow, Mapia July 12th! I'm sure glad you are comfortable that everything is okay. But it can't hurt to get things checked out just in case!

Holly, yeah it appears I was worried for no reason. I really need to keep reminding myself that I'm in good hands, and go put my big feet up and relax!!!:D

Amelu, that's is fantastic your last bcp is tomorrow... maybe that will help reduce the fatigue and stomach aches.?. Sounds like AF will prob be here maybe this weekend and then you really kick things in gear next week with the stims! Very exciting! Can't wait to see your progress!

Kelly, how was the lupron this morning? Hope you're having a good day.

Lovely, just wanted to check and see how you are doing. I know you start lupron in less than two weeks yourself!

CBB - Haven't heard from you in a bit and just wanted to say hi and hopefully hear from you soon. Are you still planning on the whitewater rafting trip and then maybe moving to IVF again? My thoughts are with you!

My RE office called and my gonal-F is being decreased tonite to 150. More repronex (blagh!) in the morning and then b/w and u/s at 9:30. Should be interesting to see how the follies have progressed!
Hey Kari15:

I have been watching these postings for awhile now. I am starting Lupron probably in early August. I have 4 boys and I am doing ivf with pgd do get a girl. I am really nervous about being on Lupron for the 14-21 days. How are you feeling since you started it?:confused:




[QUOTE=Kari15;3024967]Hey Gina-rose :wave: Welcome to the summer list of IVFers! We are also going to do ICSI right away. We were recently told that DH has poor morphology which may explained what I had been calling for the last two years unexplained IF. I did a little research and I read that some RE's are preferring this approach regardless of male factor just because it does help with the fertilization. I'm sure it all depends on each circumstance though cause no two cycles are ever the same, right? Well my calendar is

Started BCP's 5/15 and will take thru 6/15.
Start Lupron 6/11
Start Stims (gonal-f and repronex) 6/22
E/R will be July 2nd, 3rd, or 4th
E/T will be July 5th, 6th, or 7th

Hey JSquared, it's good to hear from you! Congrats on the good NKC results and I hope the rest of the b/w from today's testing comes back with nice results as well. Amelu mentioned in her first post that she also is dealing with endo. I really hope that the both of you are able to successfully beat that endo and get BFP's with your first IVF cycle! I turned 30 last Aug, and was not happy about it. It really was my goal to at least be preggers with my first by the time I was 30... now my wish is to achieve the same goal by 31 :rolleyes:

Hi Kelly! Glad to see you found our summer IVF thread! I'm seeing that there
are a handful of us who are all about one week apart... it'll be so exciting to track everyone's progress and offer support along the way. As for the BCP, I really wouldn't worry about being late with one here or there. I did the same thing a week or so ago. When it comes to the lupron and stims though, I will def have an alarm set to remind me to take at the same time each day![/QUOTE]
hey kelly, good luck with e/r!! i read in your post that you mentioned the trigger was your last shot? are you on progesterone? after the e/r??? i do the PIO ( i thought it was mandatory in all cycles??!) and the capsules 3x a day. i think sometimes my re likes to torture me, lol!! the only sub-q shots i have are lupron and gonal-f pen, the repronex, and the pio and trigger are all intramuscular. my butt has the higest lumps from PIO. the oil just builds up, and stays in certain spots (OUCH!!) lol. but it will be well worth it in the end. good luck hun!!





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