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Hi...

Feeling kind of low now. I had my 1st ultrasound on Wednesday, and my estrogen level was good and I showed eleven follicles, six of which were over 10 mm. Sounded great! But then I had my 2nd ultrasound today. My estrogen was still good, but I only had three follicles at 16mm or higher. My RE offered us a choice with proceeding with the IVF, but recommended just doing an IUI this cycle, and if that didn't work, trying another IVF cycle later, with more or different drugs. I wasn't sure what to do, so we decided to go with what the RE recommended. I'm not sure I made the right decision. I am not optimistic about the IUI as I have already had nine cycles of IUI (three with Clomid) and none worked. Is there a better chance that the IUI will succeed with the IVF Lupron-Gonal F-Ovidrel protocol? I was on Lupron for a long time (17 days) before adding 375 units of Gonal-F for seven full days. That seemed like a high dose of Gonal-F to me, but I am 36 years old. What else is there to try that might work better? I am not looking forward to taking all the IVF drugs again but if they help us get pregnant I am definitely willing!

Thanks.
willholl
Thanks Coco and Hopeful for your replies. I went ahead with the IUI but got a BFN on Sunday. Now I'm dealing with a really rough AF, I'm assuming from the two weeks of progesterone, and trying to gear up for my next cycle. I don't know what drugs/doses they'll be trying or when I'll start them but I am currently on BCP (as of yesterday.) I hope we don't have to make this decision again but I think if I end up in the same place we will go ahead and try the IVF this time.

Hopeful, what are you on instead of the Lupron? I would be happy to avoid that one if I could! And, I totally understand, it was so depressing going for the IUI and seeing the same faces there still getting u/s and preparing for their aspirations...I'm trying to stay positive about the next cycle. It's hard now though as my unmarried sister-in-law is three and a half months pregnant--unplanned--and not especially sensitive to our situation.

willholl





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