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Registered: 04-15-2003
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Tue, 04-15-2003 - 3:17pm
This is my second IVF cycle, my first was canceled due to poor response.

I'm afraid the same thing is happening but would like to compare notes.

Today is day 8, I've been on 4 amps of repronex, 4 amps of follistem, and antagon once a day, my Estradoil is only 145 and so far only 2 measurable follicles (12 each)

Is this typical?

Thanks for any info.

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Registered: 04-09-2003
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 4:34pm
Hello my name is Mceache. I am kinda new to this too. I have a question. My husband and I are thinking about starting IVF. Do you have any advice on whether I should or not? Thanks
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Registered: 03-31-2003
Wed, 04-16-2003 - 8:38am
I really don't know what the numbers *should* look like....I'm due to start my first IVF cycle any day now. I just wanted to tell you good luck and God Bless on your cycle!
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Registered: 04-06-2003
Wed, 04-16-2003 - 5:35pm
My first IVF cycle was also canceled due to poor response. I had 3 or 4 follicles, with one being dominant. That clinic told me our only hope was donor eggs. We switched clinics and made sure we wouldn't be canceled again, even for a poor response. I only had two nice follicles this time, and one small follicle. They never checked my estrogen, so I can't help you there, but my follicles on day 10 were around 20. They did the retrieval on day 13 and they got 2 eggs. Both fertilized with ICSI, and the did a 2 day transfer. I was on 3 amps Follistim, 1 amp Repronex, and Lupron flare 2x a day. I have my beta in one week.

I just looked back at my paper work from the last clinic, and my day 7 estradiol was 572. I was on 3 amps Follistim and Repronex in the beginning, and then it was upped to 4 amps of each, plus a different Lupron flare than this time around. It was interesting that my response was really better with the lower amount of drugs.

I think the response you and I have had is pretty typical for women with high or borderline FSH. My day 3 FSH was 11.6 about a year ago. I never did the Clomid Challenge which would have given a more accurate result.

Try not to worry about your estradiol level. Even though mine seemed to be higher in my first attempt, it didn't really matter since they canceled me. Then not checking it at all this cycle made me wonder how important it really is. Good luck with everything.


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Registered: 04-15-2003
Fri, 04-18-2003 - 10:11am
Thanks Gina,

I believe my 3 day FSH was 9. My first IVF was canceled as one of my fallopian tubes herniated and had to be removed in addition to poor response to the drugs.

I was put on a 21 day birth control pill regime and then started on 4 amps of repronex and 4 amps of follistem and antagon.

Today is day 12 of stims, I had an Ultrasound this morning, they found 5 follicles that were measureable and several smaller ones they didn't measure. I also had bloodwork done but won't know until later this afternoon what will happen. I was told that my estrogen has to be over 300 or they will cancel the cycle as it has to be in synch with the follicles. The good news is, there is at least 5 follicles. They will outright cancel a cycle if there isn't at least 5 follicles. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the estrogen levels have gone up significantly.