November/December Cyclers - Post here!!

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November/December Cyclers - Post here!!
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Tue, 10-23-2012 - 5:33pm

Starting a combined thread for anyone cycling in November or December.  I know that typically there tends to be fewer around the holidays, so I figured one thread would be good.  

Good luck!!!

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Registered: 10-28-2012
Sun, 10-28-2012 - 3:01pm

Hello, we are excited to be doing IVF for the first time.  My husband and I have been married for over 4 years and have not been blessed with the birth of a child.  We did 3 rounds of IUI 2 years ago without success.  We needed the 2 years off to gain I think the strength to do IVF and make sure we were in a good place in our lives.  We now feel that we are there, finally!  It's hard to be patient on this road, but my prayer is that it is worth the wait.  At the trial transfer and saline test, a polyp was found that had to be removed.  I'm hoping that this small bump in the road, is only that.  Our doctor says that we should still be ok to start everything in 2 1/2-3 weeks.  I wish so much that this is our time for success!  We also made the decision to not involve our family in the process- some members have not been very supportive and we want only positive feelings through this.  Having this site, I'm hoping that this will provide some support through this process!

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Registered: 08-26-2008
Tue, 10-30-2012 - 11:34am

Welcome Holly! It sounds like your journey has been a long one. My DH and I TTC our first for three years and then IVF brought us our daughter in 2010. Hopefully IVF will be very lucky for you too =) Happy the polyp has been removed and you can now get the ball rolling. Sorry that not all your family has been supportive but you have to do what's right for you and your DH. I think most of us face some resistance with certain friends or family members who just don't understand. Wishing you tons of good luck!!!

Caryn

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Wed, 10-31-2012 - 12:02pm
Hi Holly! Welcome to the board!! My DH and I tried for several years before discovering that we had to do IVF. We did three rounds before we were successful with our son who turn 3 on Sat! :) I had a history of polyps as well and my last (and successful) cycle, I had a D&C done the month earlier to remove a couple of polyps. Getting that done can help a lot, as a polyp can act like an IUD and prevent implantation. I hope you have a very successful cycle!! Good luck!!
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Thu, 11-01-2012 - 7:12pm

Congrats on your success!  Did you have frozen embryos or did you have to go through the WHOLE process 3 times?  I believe that is one of my biggest fears is it doesn't work the first time and we won't have any embryos to fall back on for additional trying.  It took us a few years to save up 1/2 the money for this time.

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Fri, 11-02-2012 - 11:33am
There are a lot of people who have first time success and/or frozen embryos left after a cycle, but we weren't fortunate that way. We did one full cycle with no frozen embryos and a few months later started a second cycle, The second one we went to the point of retrieval and made the decision with the doctor to cancel because my E2 levels weren't where he would like them to have been. That cycle only cost is the price of the meds, what we had paid out for the cycle was rolled over into the third cycle. So we paid meds for three cycles, but procedure costs for only two cycles. LOL! We used a home equity loan and we're still paying on it. Maybe by the time he's in school (hopefully not high school! ha ha ha!) we'll have paid off the IVF. :)
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Tue, 11-20-2012 - 11:29am

My DH and I are doing our first (and likely only) IVF cycle. I am 21-years-old and my DH is 26-years-old. I do not ovulate and my DH has a mild male factor. We have been officially trying for 5 months now but I have not been on any contraceptive for over a year. We have been really open with our friends and family about our infertility and some people have been supportive and some haven't. It is really hard for me to be around my DH family who just don't get it at all. We are putting back 2 embryos unless there is poor quality then we will use 3. We are hoping for twins but praying for a healthy baby. I have only been doing lupron injections so far but already I am a wreck. I am emotional, tired, and scatter brained. I feel like every day I cry over something incredibly silly. I know that other people have mood swings and get very emotional but I feel like mine is over the top. Do other people experience what feels like going crazy? My poor DH doesn't have a clue what to do to make me feel better because I don't even have a clue what would make me feel better, haha. 

I am also drinking a rasberry leaf pregnancy tea (to thicken my lining), doing yoga specifically for where I am at in my cycle, and doing meditation for focus, clarity, relaxation, and all that good stuff. I always like to have other things I am doing to better my chances or just to make me feel better above and beyond what my doctor has prescribed (of course my doctor knows I am doing these things though). If we can find a way to combine the best of medicine and the best of natural fixes, I think that is the very best shot at getting pregnant. Anyone else doing anything different like accupuncture (I gave accu a try, wasn't for me)?

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Tue, 11-20-2012 - 11:31am

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Mon, 11-26-2012 - 11:50am

So sorry for the slow response to your post!  It's great that you have some family and friends who are supportive of your IVF journey.  I think it's pretty normal to have some friends/family who just don't get it.  It sucks though, I know.

The meds are a total hormone trip.  Try to be patient with yourself on the crying and being overly emotional.  For me the BCPs and Lupron are the worst.  The stim meds were much easier on me.  In all honesty there's probably not much your DH could do so try to tell him that.  Men feel so powerless through this process and it's hard on them too.  

During cycles I try to get enough sleep, eat healthy, take my vitamins, exercise and in general just try to be in the best mental and physical space I can.  I did acupuncture for my fresh cycle (BFP!) in 2009 and my first two FET attempts this year (first cancelled and second BFN) but not for my 3rd FET in Oct (BFP!).  

Wishing you tons of luck!!!
Caryn