Questions about IVF

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Questions about IVF
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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 9:02pm
Hi. I am a 35 y/o mother of 2: a 5 yr old DS and an 11 month old DD. DS is a handful and we were questioning if we could handle a 2nd, but went ahead and had our beautiful DD. We decided that we couldn't handle a 3rd (monetarily or otherwise), and we made a conscious decision to sterilize one of us. Since I had a 2nd (unavoidable) C-section, it made sense for me to have it done while I was on the table. Well, I have been absolutely depressed and full of regret about having a tubal ligation. I now want a 3rd, and DH would be fine with it, but I now can't have a baby naturally. I was thinking about the possibility of a reversal, but the chances of it working are not all that great and there is a greater chance of a tubal pregnancy. It also increases the chance of ovarian cancer. Ok, more reasons to be upset with myself. Well, there is always IVF, right? Well, I am wondering if someone can give me a full description of what you have to go through, what the procedures are like, etc. I am not good with needles and the 2 C-sections were very hard for me since I couldn't be unconscious (major phobias of needles & knives). I don't even want amnio because of the needle. So, that said, please tell me truthfully what is entailed. I need all of the details so that I can make an informed decision. Thank you in advance.

Debbie

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Registered: 04-09-2003
Tue, 04-29-2003 - 11:52pm
I don't know the stats but I've heard numerous times that you would have a better chance at getting pregnant through IVF than by having a tubal ligation reversed. Many women chose the IVF route because of this. The needles can seem daunting but it REALLY isn't that bad. 99% of the needles are the diabetic needles and are given in the fatty tissue of the belly. I promise you can barely feel them! Once you get passed the idea of sticking yourself in the stomach, you'll be amazed at how painless it really is. My protocol involves taking Lupron the last week of my menstrual cycle. Once I begin my period I go in for blood work and an ultrasound to check for cysts. I think start stimulation drugs for approximately 10 days. During that 10 days I have blood drawn every other day and have an ultrasound to check follicle development. You then take a shot to force ovulation and then 36 hours later have retrieval. For my retrivals I was asleep (not general anesthesia but I was definitely asleep). Then three days later I had a transfer and I truly felt nothing.

It's a hard decision finally deciding to take the plunge and I wish you luck with your decision.

Becca

P.S. I've been through 3 IVF cycles and am going through my 4th cycle. I've been blessed with twins who are four and a singleton who is two. For more information on IVF you can check out my two websites: http://www.ivfmommy.com and http://pages.ivillage.com/ibbecca/

Best of luck!

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Sat, 05-03-2003 - 9:34pm
Thank you, Becca. We're still trying to decide what we want to do, but if we decide to do anything, I think it will be IVF. One other question, though....another mother at DS's pre-school was mentioning that the injections you give yourself or are given increase the risk of cancer (she didn't know what drug). Have you heard anything about this? Do you know which drug it is or what the stats are? I didn't see anything on the sites I had viewed. Thanks again.

Debbie