New to IVF

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Registered: 08-24-2006
New to IVF
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Thu, 08-02-2012 - 3:11pm

Hi ladies.  I'm Lisa, and I've been on a TTC journey for 3 1/2 years now.  I used to be the CL of the TTC Over 35 board, which is now closed.     I've been seeing an RE for two years now, and have gone through 5 IUI's, resulting in 2 losses.  I was diagnosed with MTHFR and PAI-1 after the second IUI loss.   I'm on a daily baby aspirin and extra folic acid to help combat the clotting disorders.   After the last IUI we decided to take a break from TTC and re-evaluate everything.  After a bit DH and I decided that our family doesn't feel complete, so here we are.  

I had a LAP July 11 to remove a large (10cm) cyst from my R ovary and to clean out any endo.   At my post-op appt, the RE started me on bc in the hopes of being part of her September cycle.  FX!  I should start stims in late August or early September, the cycle retrieval and transfer dates are Sept 10-28. 

Even though I've been around the block so to say with IUI's, does anyone have any specific advice on how to cope with the stress of IVF?  I live in the middle of nowhere (literally, I drive 2.5 hours one way to the closest RE), so acupuncture, etc aren't options for me.

Thanks, and I look forward to getting to 'know' everyone.   

 

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Registered: 11-13-2008
In reply to: blt2006
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 3:54pm
Lisa, it's so great to "see" you! I've been wondering how you've been doing, and really hope that IVF gives you the baby of your dreams.

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Registered: 08-27-2008
In reply to: blt2006
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 3:55pm

Hi Lisa!  Sorry you've had to join us on the IVF board but hopefully it means you have the very best chance of being knocked up soon.  I will be doing a FET cycle with a transfer mid Sept so it looks like we'll be cycle buddies =)  Really I think once you're use to IUIs the IVF protocols won't be much of a leap.  You're already use to the monitoring and taking meds of one type or another.  Of course there are more meds and more monitoring but it's not that much difference.  Look forward to ending our journey with BFPs in September =)

 

Blog at http://someday-soon13.blogspot.com 

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DH - (34) & I (Caryn-36) got Married in Mar '06, started TTC Jan '07
~3 years of TTC, 8 cycles on Clomid, LAP surgery, 3 IUIs and 1 lucky IVF

IVF details: DHEA therapy and acupuncture for three months before IVF
BCPs for 30 days - Micro Lupron Flare protocol - started cycle on 8/29/09
Stims: Menopur (225) and Bravelle (225) for 10.5 days
ER 9/12/09 - 12 eggs, 11 mature, 11 fertilized with ICSI, 10 developed
5dt of 2 blasts on 9/17/09 - 4 A & B quality blasts made it to the freezer
OHSS started 9/20 - paracentesis of 750ml on 9/28 & 3x a day Heparin
Betas: 13 DPO hCG=107 on 9/25 and 16 DPO hCG=298 on 9/28/09
1st u/s on 10/14/09 at 6w4d ~ 1 stuck and had a heart rate of 122
2nd u/s on 10/27/09 at 8w3d ~ 3 days ahead and heart rate was 173
NT scan on 12/1/09 at 13w3d ~ heart rate was 164 and fold = 1.5mm
12/28/09 at 17w2d u/s said GIRL and 1/19 u/s at 20w3d agreed

Kylie Brynn arrived via c-section on May 29, 2010!

TTC #2...doing a FET in September of 2012 unless a natural cycle miracle happens before that =)

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Registered: 02-29-2000
In reply to: blt2006
Fri, 08-03-2012 - 11:28am
Hi Lisa,

Welcome to the board. Sorry that your journey had to lead to IVF, but I hope that this will give you the child you are hoping for. I never got to do IUI's, but I understand that they are very similar to part of what you will have in an IVF cycle. Did you do injectible stims? If so, that will be familiar to you. Retrieval will probably be the biggest difference. It's usually done under sedation and you can be a bit sore afterward. But some good things are that you know for sure how many eggs you have to work with, you know for sure that the eggs fertilized and you know how many are transferred.

I just started a thread for the September cyclers, so I hope you will be able to find some cycle buddies there. I am sure you know how helpful that is! Having people actually understand what you are going through makes such a big difference in helping you cope with all the emotional ups and downs that go into an IVF cycle.

I would also suggest that maybe you can find something that you can do to help take your mind off TTC for a little while (especially during the waiting phases). It is so easy to obsess when you know so much about what is going on in your body. If you have something like a few books you wanted to read, something you could do with your other kids, anything that isn't physically taxing (because you will be limited).

Just staying positive can be really helpful. It can be hard sometimes, especially after failed cycles or losses, but it does help.

Good luck!!
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Registered: 08-24-2006
In reply to: blt2006
Fri, 08-03-2012 - 2:23pm

Thanks for the welcome. :smileyhappy:  

I hope that doing the IUIs with injectibles will give me a leg up so to speak since I'm already familiar with the shot process.  I am a little nervous about the PIO shots since DH will have to give them to me.  We have cattle, so I guess I may have to moo at him to make him comfortable with it. :smileywink: 

I'm in that horrible waiting phase right now.  I'll be glad when the office calls with the patient education date, and even more excited when I get the call to stop taking the bcp.   

I'm looking forward to the support I can get and give back to others here.  

 

 

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Registered: 10-28-2009
In reply to: blt2006
Fri, 08-03-2012 - 7:13pm
I went to a counselor bc I was so stressed after my second loss. She taught me how to do biofeedback breathing and that really helps me when I get super stressed. You can google it and there are apps to teach you how as well.

-Jamie

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Registered: 10-05-2006
In reply to: blt2006
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 12:13am

I am glad you are moving ahead with IVF. I went through 6 IUIs with one loss before moving to IVF. We were lucky and got pregnant on our first IVF. Well, I don't know how lucky you are if you have to do IVF but that is water under the bridge. Don't lose hope because we had to fight for our IVF cycle (see previous thread called "IVF cancellation thoughts"). If we listened to my doctor and converted to an IUI, I would not be pregnant now. I truly believe this. I am now 31 weeks pregnant.

I heard all the horror stories about IVF beforehand and was a bit nervous to start. I realized that it wasn't as bad and I thought it would be. I had minimal side effects from the drugs and I didn't get OHSS.

I hope you get your BFP soon. Good luck!

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Registered: 08-24-2006
In reply to: blt2006
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 9:02pm
Thanks! I hadn't thought about the biofeedback, but will research it.

Congrats on your pregnancies, I hope to be following in your shoes soon!

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In reply to: blt2006
Tue, 08-07-2012 - 8:38am
ICE CREAM!!! :smileyhappy: It is my IVF Best Friend :smileyhappy: I always talk talk talk..it helps me to get my mind off stuff. I also love a good foot massage - ask the hubby, he owes you :smileyhappy: XOXOXOOXOXOX good luck, hang in there!!! I am starting meds soon...I know the stress and I know the pain...but when we get there it will all be worth it!!!