new here -- anyone else told to go straight to IVF?

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new here -- anyone else told to go straight to IVF?
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Tue, 07-05-2011 - 7:30pm

- Sandy (44) DS (natural) born just before my 41st birthday. TTC#2. Only issue: egg/embryo quality due to age. Clomid & multiple IUIs w/follistim &menopur = BFN. IVF#1 (Nov 2011) = 12 eggs, 9 mature & fertilized. Transferred 3 embryos (1-3BB, 2-3
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Registered: 05-02-2011

Hello there!

My DH and I were actually referred directly to IVF b/c of severe male factor issues. It was a pretty big shock for us too. We asked about doing less aggressive treatment (particularly b/c of cost) and it was not an option for us as we also have to have ICSI done.

We took sometime to decide if this was the right route for us and if we really wanted to do something so invasive right off the bat, and we decided the ultimate goal is a healthy baby so we are trying our first round of IVF in August!

Good luck to you, its never an easy decision.

Me - 23 DH - 27 TTC #1 since 08/2009 severe MFI, azoo. Starting IVF #1 in August 2011!!!
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Registered: 05-09-2005

I know it must have been so hard to hear that you should go right to IVF.

Chris


Me, 38, dh, 35


3 IUI's - BFN


IVF #1 - Jan '08 - BFP - beautiful baby boy born 10/10/08


IVF cycle #2 - TTC

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Registered: 11-14-2008

I went straight to IVF because of male factor issues. iui's wont work if its so severe ICSI is needed. It worked finally on the 3rd try. In our case going straight to IVF was the only way. The only thing I wished we would have done first was have my husband have the varicocele operation. We really feel it made all the difference on the 3rd IVF. His count may not have improved but the quality sure did.

IVF#1 March 2010 GonalF, Cetrotide, Menopur.
23 follicles 19 eggs 13 mature 7 fertilized 2 blasts none to freeze. No Pregnancy.
IVF#2 July 2010 Lupron Gonal F Menopur
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Registered: 03-26-2010
Hello, I'm Amanda I'm 25 and I too was told to go straight to ivf (with icsi). We never were given the opportunity to try clomid or iui because we are dealing with severe male fertility issues so those would not have made a difference.
Most RE's try to be agressive but take your time and make sure you are comfortable with your decision. A second opinion can't hurt it could give you peace of mind. I hope everything works out well for you. kup

Amanda

Me - (Amanda 27) My dh-- 26 We have been ttc # 1 for 3yrs 5mths My dh has severe oligospermia, Ivf with icsi is our only option. Ivf # 1--- failed Ivf # 2--- failed Ivf # 3-- hopefully in March 2013 at a new clinic!

 

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Registered: 05-16-2009
Because of cancer surgery my husband had, IVF/ICSI was our only option, it has brought us 2 little boys and another pregnancy.
I'm going to be honest with you, my clinic breaks down success rates <35, 35-40 and then each couple of years past 40 because at that point every couple years makes a big difference. Go ahead and get a second opinion, but only if it doesn't take lots of precious time- I think any reputable RE will probably tell you the same thing. You can try less invasive methods, but none of them are as successful per cycle as IVF. Good Luck.
Sarah, 25 *IVF*First Cycle Canceled. Second Cycle Chemical Pregnancy. *Third Cycle Successful 3 weeks hospital for Pre-E. E&E born July 2010 via emergency cesarean at 34 weeks. NICU for a month. Now home & healthy. *FET with embies from cycle 3- BFN
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Registered: 11-13-2008
Hi Sandy! That would be very upsetting to be told that by the RE. I was wondering if the ladies over on TTC Over 40 have been told the same, you might try also asking over there: http://forums.ivillage.com/ivillage/?category.id=iv-ppttcaf40

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Registered: 07-02-2007
Thanks for all the support. We're getting a 2nd opinion on Sat. I've also had a chance to read more about IVF so I'm feeling a little more comforatable with it. My bigest problem is both the very low odds of success at my age and the cost (since our insurance doesn't cover even infertility testing -- so much for Illinois' mandate -- found out the law has a loop hole that Humana uses to deny coverage).
- Sandy
- Sandy (44) DS (natural) born just before my 41st birthday. TTC#2. Only issue: egg/embryo quality due to age. Clomid & multiple IUIs w/follistim &menopur = BFN. IVF#1 (Nov 2011) = 12 eggs, 9 mature & fertilized. Transferred 3 embryos (1-3BB, 2-3