Our 10th IVF Cycle - Finally Pregnant!

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Registered: 07-29-2003
Our 10th IVF Cycle - Finally Pregnant!
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Tue, 07-29-2003 - 9:53pm
Hi Everyone,

I am new here. I am so glad to be able to share my experiences with others with regards to IVF. To make a long story short, I have undergone 10 IVF cycles and finally we are pregnant. We had 3 eggs transfered on 7/18 and 2 eggs were frozen. I am 37 and DH is 36. We have been married since 2001. I had 8 IVF cycles with my 1st marriage and not even 1 positive pregnancy. That whole thing eventually put a strain on our marriage and it ended. Then I met my soul mate. And 2 tries later we are expecting. I can totally sympathize with anyone who is going through this. It is the worse rollercoaster ride of your life. I cried, I laughed and I cried. But let me tell you all something, never ever lose hope. I never did. I didn't wrap my life up totally into it but I never shut the door on the thought of being a mom. I waited a total of 18 to conceive a child. Yes that means I was married the first time at 19..lol So here I am at 37 and my dream came true. On the 22nd of July I couldn't wait to find out if I was, so I went out and bought 4 HPT. They all tested positive! I get my blood work on 7/31. I called the doctors office and spoke to one of the nurses and told her I cheated and that I had tested myself and that they all came out positive. She told me that the home pregnancy test are indeed 99.9% acurate and if it showed up as soon as the 22nd, we are probably expecting more than one. I still seems like a dream to me but I must say, I am not feeling like myself. It's an unexplained feeling. To all of you out there that are going through IVF, I send you my sticky vibe and hope you all get your wish! Good Luck to All of You

Bella2131 from NY

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Wed, 07-30-2003 - 6:40pm
Thank you Bella,

Your story gave me encouragement. I am starting my 1st IVF cycle (I am doing Lupron), and I hope so much it is going to work. Stories like yours realy help!

Kasia

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Registered: 07-31-2003
Thu, 07-31-2003 - 11:46pm
I am so glad to hear of your news. I am on my 2nd cycle 40 yrs old. Different protocol now and aggressive treatment, had transfer on the 22nd with 3 eggs 2 of which were good 10 cell and 8 cell grade 3, just the 2ww now..I don't feel anything but supposed im not supposed to, im debating on whether to do the HPT. I go in on monday for the official test it will be hearbreaking if im not as my husband only wants to do 2 cycles...unfortunately..good luck to you and keep us updated
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Registered: 06-28-2003
Sat, 08-02-2003 - 4:39am
Wow, what a rollercoaster you must have been through. I hate to bring up such a nosey, crude question, but how did you afford all those IVF cycles? Did your insurance pay for them? I am starting my first IVF/ICSI cycle, and at roughly $10,000 a pop (so to speak) I don't see how we can afford more than one if this doesn't work. I'd just as soon not spend all our savings on this. And I know the chances are that it won't. I'm just trying to be optimistic and hoping I don't have a nervous breakdown if it doesn't work, but I'd feel less freaked if I knew I could do another one if this one doesn't work.

Congratulations

jennifer (TTC 2 yrs, DH with hypospermatogenesis)

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Tue, 08-05-2003 - 8:13am
Hi There,

Sorry it took me so long to write back but I was away for a few days. As far as affording IVF. The first 8x was covered in full by insurance. The 9th I had a maximum of $10,000 lifetime also covered by insurance and the 10th my husband works for the Union of Electricians in NYC and they have a fund to cover unpaid medical expenses by insurance so we got covered through that. I have just been very lucky with insurance. I had given up at one point and took a 4 year break but then I had this urge to try again and here we are 4 weeks into our pregnancy. Hang in there, don't get discouraged. It is a rollercoaster ride but its worth it when your hear that your pregnant. I will send you my sticky vibes and hopefully it will stick!

Talk to you soon

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Tue, 08-05-2003 - 8:20am
Happy to hear that I could give you some encouragement. Hang in there. What helped me the most was that I never lost track of the thought why I got married in the first place. I fell in love with my husband and he is the one that has always made me happy. Children are a wonderful enhancement to a relationship, but they should never control your love for one another. When we decided to do this, we both told each other that it didn't matter whether we had a child or not. And we stuck by that thought and that also helped me relax mentally during the process. So when we found out, we were completely caught off guard. So try to just continue everyday like a normal day and trust me it will help you deal with everything at a more collective level. Your mental health is very important and you should lose yourself in all of this. I am here if you need someone to talk too.

Good luck to you and DH

Bella213

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Registered: 07-29-2003
Tue, 08-05-2003 - 8:27am
Sorry it took so long to write back. We were away for a few days. Well did you take a HPT? I couldn't wait. I took one 4 days after my transfer and I had a faint line show up. 2 days later I took another one and it came out darker. I took 3 more after that...lol and the line kept getting darker. As far as feeling anything, everyone is different. I felt something was not right. Its an unexplained feeling but I still had no clue I was pregnant.

Write back when you get a chance and update me.

Bella213

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Registered: 06-28-2003
Tue, 08-05-2003 - 11:55am
Well, I hope good fortune continues to dog your heels this time! Best wishes for an easy fun pregnancy!

Jennifer