September Cyclers - Post here!!

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-29-2000
September Cyclers - Post here!!
169
Fri, 08-03-2012 - 11:03am

Here's a thread for all those looking at September as your cycle month! 

Good luck!!!  

Pages

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-30-1999
Sun, 09-23-2012 - 6:15pm
Jamie- do you have the link or name for the royal jelly capsules?? Or does anyone know what mg /brand is best?
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-30-1999
Sun, 09-23-2012 - 6:13pm
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-27-2008
Sun, 09-23-2012 - 3:13pm
Christina ~ You are absolutely right, I forgot you were on Estrace. Of course that would raise your E2, sorry I forgot you were on it. My doctor used 10k triggers on my IUI cycles but has only been using 5k on my IVF and FET cycles. Not sure why that is though. Something to look into for sure. Happy the coordinator things it shouldn't be an issue to get a 2nd cycle approved with your insurance. Hope you are able to cycle again this year with a new RE. KUP!

AFM ~ Stark white BFN today. Not expecting good news from beta tomorrow. I had my good cry yesterday and today I'm focused on getting moving on a new cycle. I hope I won't have to do the 2-3 weeks of BCPs and could start a new FET cycle right away...but I'm not sure if that's a possibility. I obviously don't want to compromise the next cycle but I seriously dislike the BCPs...and the waiting.
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009
Sun, 09-23-2012 - 9:39am
Christina - I took two 25 mg DHEA per day (I was never tested but I read online you should be. My doc is who suggested to try it), I took two 400mg CoQ10s per day and three royal jelliy/ bee pollen capsules per day. I ordered them all on amazon.

-Jamie

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-18-2008
Sat, 09-22-2012 - 11:31pm

Caryn - Sorry about the BFN.  KUP on your beta Monday.  As for CCRM, I won't be making it out there.  I'm pretty sure they are out of network for me which costs me 40%.  Definitely out of the budget.

Lisa - Glad you're back with a plan.  I hope you're cycling again in no time.

I know a couple of you mentioned my baseline E2 this cycle.  I know that it should be below 50 before starting stims, but I didn't know if that applied while taking Estrace pills.  I assumed that the estrogen from the pills made my numbers higher.  It makes sense because my E2 dipped after I stopped the pills.  I still think the cyst and the prolonged Estrace usage hindered my cycle.  From what I've read it's better to start out with higher doses and go down from there, than to start with lower dose and then try to catch up later.  I also don't think the Ovidrel 250 was enough of a trigger.  I've found some info online that regular 10000 IU HCG is a better trigger, and if you're going to use ovidrel it should be doubled to 500 for IVF.  I wonder if I would have had at least one egg retrieved if I had used a stronger trigger. Therefore, I'm not using Ovidrel anymore.  I'm going to demand  a regular 10000 IU HCG trigger.

I also spoke to the financial coordinator at my RE's office and she thought that my insurance would approve another IVF with my own eggs based on my age and that I've only tried once.  She couldn't guarantee anything of course until they submit a plan.  Of course, I didn't tell her that I won't be using them anymore.  I'll have my new RE submit a plan and go from there.  I'm crossing my fingers they say yes and I can cycle again this year while my deductible is met.  I have an appt in a little over 2 weeks with a new RE.  I'm still trying to make an appointment with the second RE that I want to see.  The new patient coordinator is hard to get a hold of which makes me nervous, but they have good stats so I'll at least meet with them once.  I'm also going to base my decision on their donor egg options.  I'm hoping to go where they have an in house donor pool to avoid ageny fees.  Hopefully I won't ever need DE, but I don't want to change clinics again.

Photobucket

<a href="http://www.ferti

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-27-2008
Sat, 09-22-2012 - 3:57pm
proudmama ~ So sorry your still in pain...both mentally and physcially =( This roller coaster of IVF isn't for sissies that's for darn sure! The hormones aren't any cake walk either. Good luck at your f/u appointment, please KUP!

Lisa ~ Happy you have a plan! Sometime this winter you'll be back in the IVF game =) Wishing you luck on your surgery nad hope it just turns out to be a LAP.

AFM (Caryn) ~ Today's was SO light and the hcg shots should be out by tomorrow...I'm thinking this may just be a BFN. I'm 8dp5dt today and just think something should be showing up by this point. Beta on Monday will tell me for sure. The waiting sucks as I'm sure you all know already *LOL*
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-24-2006
Fri, 09-21-2012 - 10:15am
I'm so happy to see the BFP's!

Taresa - I'm so sorry about your BFN. I love your attitude though, richer and healthier are always good things! :smileyhappy:

Christina - I was heartbroken to read your post. (((HUGS))) Hopefully the new RE will have some different/new options for you.

Caryn - you're so close to the actual test date! How are you feeling?

ProudMama - I hope the pain eases soon and you can get some information and make some decisions at your f/u appt.

AFM - I had the consult with the new RE yesterday. He doesn't have the best bedside manner but seems to be very informed, so I'm comfortable with him. It's easier to put aside the beside manner when you know what's going on anyway. The plan is to give me a dose of Lupron as soon as insurance approves it to quiet my ovaries and shut my system down so the endo won't grow any more. Then, in October sometime early in my cycle I'll have another lap, maybe a laparotomy if he can't get the masses out with the scope. After the surgery I'll continue to take the monthly Lupron injection for 6 weeks-3 months, depending on what type of surgery he ends up doing, to allow for everything to heal, then we'll go into an IVF cycle. So, I'm hoping to be back in the swing of things shortly after the first of the year. It's a relief to have a plan again.

Photobucket

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-27-2008
Thu, 09-20-2012 - 2:48pm
Christina ~ I took DHEA for my fresh cycle and also think it helped my egg quality. Christina ~ My RE told me that you don't just want to start taking it without getting tested to make sure you're a candidate for DHEA therapy or it can actually have a negative effect on your egg quality. I was on 75mg to begin with and then they tested my DHEA and testosterone about two weeks into treatment and up'ed it to 112.5mg to get into the therapeutic range. Maybe your RE that you are currently going to would be willing to run this blood work and you could start now. My RE said a minimum of 12 weeks is really needed to see the benefits.

AFM (Caryn) ~ Work is crazy busy and it's helping keep my mind off the wait =) I POAS again today and the 2nd line is pretty much a shadow, super light. They are expired cheapy tests so I might get some $ store tests and see if that's an issue. To be honest I just need more things to pee on *LOL*
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-18-2008
Thu, 09-20-2012 - 12:57pm

jamieokc - Thanks for the advice about the supplements.  Can I ask what doses you took of each?  I was taking DHEA for awhile but stopped.  I am taking the coq10(400mg) currently but maybe not enough?  I'm taking the ubiquinol form which i read is more effective, but it is also more expensive.  I've read that women are taking 600-800mg daily.

Photobucket

<a href="http://www.ferti

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-27-2008
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 6:24pm
ifnlonely ~ Congratulations on your beautiful bean and heartbeat =) That is awesome!!! My RE always said that measuring within a week was A-ok. Where are you going on vacation? Hope it's somewhere fun!

Taressa ~ It sounds like you have bounced back with the best of 'em! Healthier and richer sounds darn good...next time it just HAS to work. I'll still be lurking to cheer you on. I'll work on staying sane...it won't be easy *LOL*

AFM ~ I complained to my FET nurse on Monday when she called with the results of my blood work that my embryos were not labeled as to quality when they were frozen. She acted shocked and said she would speak with the head of embryology. Well today I got a call from him and I am so surprised (and happy!) with some of the things he told me:

1. He said their pregnancy rates with FET this year are 87%. He said they are ranked #2 in the country on one of the organizations websites that gathers that type data. *WOW* Hope I fall on the right side of these stats!
2. They are seeing a thaw rate of ~84% for slow frozen embryos and 99.9% for vitrified embryos but there is no statistical difference in pregnancy rates for the two groups once the blast survives the thaw. This is great news from my slow frozen blasts!
3. They did a study of with 300 FET patients, 1/2 had assisted hatching and 1/2 didn't. There were no significant differences in pregnancy rates. This makes me feel better since we didn't do it.
4. In his opinion the three I have in the freezer don't have a difference in the likelihood of creating a pregnancy so the "blind draw" isn't an issue if we need another FET.
5. In 2009 when I had my embryos frozen they used the slow freeze method and that takes a number of hours. The standard protocol was to freeze them all at the same time and not label them from each other since the only ones that were frozen were said to have a "high probability of creating a pregnancy". I still roll my eyes at this, they should have been labeled.

He was very nice and I'm happy to have some more stats for my obsessing this week =) I had no idea ANY labs were seeing success rates this high for FET and I'm thankful that one of them is mine *happy dance*

Pages