Cycling in June?

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Cycling in June?
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Thu, 05-19-2011 - 5:36am

I graduated to IVF after another failed IUI. In fact, I'm waiting for AF to arrive and she's not cooperating. I stopped taking the progesterone supplements 5 days ago and all I've done is a little spotting yesterday. Anyway, as soon as she gets it together I can start the BCPs on CD3. I'm more than a little scared of this but since we really decided to take this plunge, I'm eager to get going! We've been TTC for 3 years and have had one m/c...I'm ready for a triumph!

BCPs for 21 days (I guess?) and then on to lupron. Who's with me?

Chouli, 34; DH 45 Lilypie Pregnancy tickers

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Sun, 05-29-2011 - 1:36am

Lauren, do you feel more relaxed with your FET cycle then? Since it's not as involved as the fresh cycle? Will you stay on the Lupron until your visit Tuesday? Yesterday I was started to feel a bit worked up about this, today I've felt very relaxed about it. Can't wait to see how much I vasilate once I'm off the pill and onto the IVF meds!! How do you keep your emotions in line? I wonder if anyone has that figured out. How long (roughly) after you start your estrogen do things happen for you in a FET cycle? Friday the 3rd is my first post bcp appt, my baseline appt I guess it's called. How long after that do you think the ER will be? 2 weeks? I'm sure she gave me some idea, but I don't remember. I'm trying not to worry about it but hoping it doesn't fall on DH's drill weekend.

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Sun, 05-29-2011 - 4:06am
Question: Does everyone take estrogen during an IVF cycle? I remember one of my IRL friends taking it during her IVF too, but I swear my list of meds does not include it.
Chouli, 34; DH 45 Lilypie Pregnancy tickers
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Sun, 05-29-2011 - 3:47pm

I do have estrogen to take, called estrace. I believe it starts after the ER, so maybe they just weren't focusing on that part for you yet? I don't have Lupron in my prescriptions though. What is that one for? I do have it listed on my med info sheet that came with all the IVF paperwork, but not on my prescription list.

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Sun, 05-29-2011 - 6:48pm
I don't take lupron either...I assumed I would since it is common. Apparently you either take lupron before the stim... or you take Ganerelix during the end of the stim. Both of which keep you from ovulating prematurely.
Chouli, 34; DH 45 Lilypie Pregnancy tickers
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Sun, 05-29-2011 - 7:15pm

Chouli- I didn't take Lupron or Estrogen with my fresh cycles, just with my FET's. I took the Ganerelix instead of Lupron, and my nurse said that with a fresh cycle since you are stimming and retrieving eggs your body produces estrogen just like it would naturally in your monthly cycle. With an FET there are no follies or eggs, so your body doesn't produce enough estrogen. They did draw estrogen levels several times before retrieval to make sure.

Debbie- Our first FET was completely stress-free. I kept feeling like I was missing something because it seemed too easy! This one has been a little more stressful, but only because we switched clinics and I'm not very comfortable with this clinic. I will hopefully start my estrogen on Wednesday (June 2nd) and I will stay on Lupron and estrogen until June 16th when I stop Lupron and start Progesterone. My transfer will be on the 23rd.

I pulled out my calendars from my fresh cycles and on cycle #1 I went for my baseline u/s on Jan 7th and retrieval was Jan 19th. For my 2nd cycle my baseline was April 17th and retrieval was on April 30th. So 12-13 days from my baseline to retrieval.

As for keeping emotions in check, don't ask me, I felt completely crazy. It's hard enough to have to go through this process but add the hormones in and you're just asking for trouble. My dh was wonderful, and I think that made a huge difference because he knew how to calm me down when it all got to be too much. I was able to really relax and take care of myself during my previous cycle, so I'm nervous to see how I will handle it all with a toddler running around :smileysurprised:

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Mon, 05-30-2011 - 8:06am
I teach high school Biology primarily, but I have taught Zoology and AP Bio before. I used to work in a hospital as a clin.tech and it was my favorite job! I made the young woman's mistake of getting a BS in a hard science rather than nursing which would have been more useful.

My DH had a vasectomy reversal 3 yrs ago. Only one side reconnected and we just found out that it is scarring over. His SAs post-op have been as high as 55 mil and as low as 1 mil. Recently, we went to a testicle specialist and he was put on a round of anti-inflammatories and steroids, and is still on clomid to increase sperm count. There is an improvement. For supplements, he takes a multi, fish oil, B-alanine, B12, and cordyceps.
I'll be on follistim and Ganirelex too. Are you also on Menopur like me? LOL I agree w/ your RE that getting you pregnant will definitely cure the spotting. Sounds like a progesterone problem on that end of the cycle.
Chouli, 34; DH 45 Lilypie Pregnancy tickers
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Tue, 05-31-2011 - 12:25am
I'm glad your DH can help destress you. Mine sometimes stresses me out more! lol Thanks for looking back at the time frames from your fresh cycles. I think if it's under 14 days we're good, but if it's 14-15 days it'll be his drill weekend. I'll talk with her about it Friday. Only 2 more days of the pill to go!
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Tue, 05-31-2011 - 8:32am

Typically my DH stresses me out too, but I think the first time

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Tue, 05-31-2011 - 11:44am

Well I went for nursing right away in the form of LPN and have spent the last bunch of years continuing on for my associate's degree for RN and finally my BSN. I haven't been in school now for about 3 years and have been toying with the idea of getting my master's degree to be a nurse practitioner in the fertility realm. The problem with that is I don't think NPs do as much with the whole thing. I know my clinic has one and she did do an IUI for me once, but I wasn't as happy with her.

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Tue, 05-31-2011 - 11:55am
No problem! Sometimes its nice to talk about more than just TTC. I'm so far into my career, I can't really afford a change now. I even went back to get my Master's in Health Studies with gradoise ideas of public health and disease control (my passions), but the economy tanked right after I finished the MA and there are no jobs in that field. Maybe I can scoot into that in the future. Right now teaching is great for scheduling with TTC and w/ (hopefully soon) a little one.
My RE has me taking the 150IU of Follistim in the mornings and 75IU of menopur in the evenings starting on CD 3. I have read that it is a combo shot of FSH and LH.
Chouli, 34; DH 45 Lilypie Pregnancy tickers

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