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Fri, 05-27-2011 - 2:11pm

Hello,

I have been a lurker for years and need some advice. I am 36, DH 41, TTC for 13 years. We have been through 5 IVF cycles, and prior to this multiple IUI's. The 1st 2 cycles were cancelled due to poor response (1 follie). I found a new doctor and have done 3 IVF cycles with a different protocol (estrogen 1mg for 3 months prior to starting cycle). I am considered a poor responder. The first IVF cycle with new doctor I went in for the ER, IV was started, and they realized I had already ovulated (5 follies), 2cnd IVF I had 5 follies retrieved, 2 fertilzed, none transferred.

My most recent cycle was just in April and May 2011. I had 6 follies retrieved, 5 fertilized, 3 transferred (the other 2 did not make it past the 4 cell stage). This was much unexpected and a far better outcome! I took DHEA for the past several months prior to (although the doctor does not feel this made any difference). I had a good 1st Beta of 43. 2cnd Beta revealed an "occult pregnancy". I saw my doctor today. He said I can try IVF again, since this last cycle was a much better outcome. He said that 2 of the embryos transferred were Grade 1, and 1 was Grade 2, which he said overall was really good. He suspects that the one was normal enough to start to attach, but did not continue due to genetically abnormal due to my age. My options are to try IVF again, or donor egg. We are not sure if my husband's sperm can penetrate my eggs, since I have so few to retrieve they have all gone through ICSI. It's been a long, painful journey. Need some advice!

Daana

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Registered: 04-23-2007
Fri, 10-21-2011 - 8:23pm

Thank you all so much for feedback and support. Unfortunately, this was not my cycle. I had confirmation that I am not pregnant yesterday. Now I am just waiting on AF to start so I can move on.

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Registered: 09-15-2010
Thu, 10-13-2011 - 7:29pm

I had an 8 and a 9 cell

Me- 32 years old  Hubby- 33 years old- all normal tests- unexplained infertility
Proud mother of 11 year old son, Logan, from p
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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 11:25am

Eight cell is perfect for a day 3 embryo.

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Registered: 04-23-2007
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 4:37pm

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to post an update and ask a question about the embyros. Today (10/10) was the ET, had 3 transferred. 2 were 8 cell, the 3rd he described as poor. The ER was on 10/7/11.

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Registered: 04-23-2007
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 9:57pm

Lindz,

Thank you for the response! You're daugher is beautiful and

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Registered: 08-08-2011
Sun, 09-25-2011 - 8:15pm

Please ask your RE about assisted hatching. I did my first IVF at 37 (Successful with Triplets...one healthy Survivor (See signature)...... and my second IVF was also successsful at 39....but just ended in M/c. We also use ICSI, AND assisted hatching. it DOES make a difference in "attachment/Implantation" rates.

Good Luck!

Lindz

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Registered: 04-23-2007
Sun, 09-25-2011 - 8:06pm

Thank you so much for the responses and support! I have decided to move forward in my journey and try IVF once more! I'm nervous, tense, hopeful, excited...mixed emotions! My DH is supportive, but this will be our last try. I saw RE Friday. He was sure to remind me that I have very limited reserve, and he wanted me to be clear on this. I have been takign 2 mg of Estrace three times daily. Tonight I took my injections, menopur 75IU and follistim 225IU. I usually take 9-10 days of injectibles before ER. RE said last time my follies were all on one ovary, this time they are on the opposite, which is interesting. I'll have my U/S to check follie growth on Friday. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed and am feeling very hopeful! My DH and I celebrated wedding anniversary 16 a few weeks ago. I am 37 and DH is 41.

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Registered: 02-27-2011
In reply to: dav3274
Sat, 06-11-2011 - 9:46pm

There's no point in looking back, (even though I do it all the time - why didn't I start this earlier, etc). Hope is a very powerful thing that overcomes the most difficult things. People have beaten cancer and heart disease with something as intangible as hope. The only way I've been able to get through this whole TTC process is that glimmer of hope - that it only takes one. IMHO, you should try again, your response was much better this last time!

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In reply to: dav3274
Sat, 06-11-2011 - 6:18pm
Thank you so much for responding. I am still holding out that glimmer of hope, but I think hubby doesn't want to. He thinks it will just end up being a waste of money. He is not open to DE yet either. Its been a journey, and I just don't feel ready to give up. I should have done ivf in my 20's as the doctors recommended.
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Registered: 12-07-2008
In reply to: dav3274
Tue, 05-31-2011 - 1:10pm

I am just guessing that because you are asking, you are still holding out a glimmer of hope before trying DE. I would trust that instinct, and then, if you don't get pregnant, you at least know you tried that one last time. Then you know it was meant to be for DE. Best of luck on your arduous journey. I hope it ends with a BFP!

About me: Sheri 35, DH 42, happily married 16 years, 3 furbabies TTC#1 since forever, MFI (complications from Type 1 Diabetes) December, February IUIs cancelled. One thing after another. March IVF stopped for uterine polyps (my turn to have something

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