Folow up RE visit/whew! Need more advice
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|Mon, 06-28-2004 - 11:32pm|
First of all I really want to thank everyone on this board for being so supportive and generous. I am amazed at the level of compassion out there! It is wonderful and has really helped me through a difficult time with this last miscarriage. I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE FOUND YOU!!!!!! These boards are so helpful to so many...
So, I had a follow up visit with this RE I have started seeing. I have decided to stick with him for now since they take my insurance and though quite "dry" i find this Dr. Stein to be extremely on the ball. Everyone in the office is very efficient too.
In my follow up visit I also had a saline sonogram where my uterus was checked to see if I had any abnormalities or cysts or fibroids. It did hurt a little for about 3 minutes. They found everything to be normal with that which is good news.
Also all the tests came back normal. My FSH on day 3 is still low at 6.2 and my estradiol was 40. He also checked my ovaries and said that they are a good size which is also good news as that does indicate that I am producing eggs (which I knew, but he said that women approaching menopause will see their ovaries start to shrink because of dimininshing egg reserve)
All the autoimmune, blood clotting tests came back normal. He did Lupus Anticoagulant, prothrombin time, thyroid peroxidase AB, Thryogobulin AB, anti-nuclear AB, cardiolipin AB, Factor V (leiden).
However, I seem to remember reading in one of these posts that sometimes these tests can come back normal and there still may be a problem. Are there any other more specific tests that you guys know about that he didn't do on me? (man, i think they took about 12 vials of blood. I thought of you lisa42 with your 15 vials!!!) I know that I really want to see Dr. Beer, but I still don't have the funds yet (though I am saving up. maybe by the end of the summer) and I was wondering if anyone can tell me what other tests Dr. Beer would do. For example I know that Lisa (IVLISA41) was doing IVIG treatments(I think that is what it is called). Lisa: How was it determined that you needed that particular treatment? You and I seem to be similar in that we are both over 40 and have had multiple miscarriages so I truly appreciate hearing from you about all of this stuff. What I appreciate about you is that you approached this from many angles and have had success! (you are an inspiration!)
So, after going through all the results with me, Dr. Stein said that at this point he recommended injectables in the form of Repronex and Ovidrel(HCG). I would have to attend a class to learn all about it and how to administer the injections on myself. He said he would want to see how I would respond to these injections. If I respond well then he would go the next step which would either be IUI or IVF.
I NEED ADVICE! My head is spinning. I am one of these people who is really against anything that is not natural. yet at the same time I know that time is of the essence here and I really want to get pregnant at least by Sept-Dec. period. I was wondering if anyone knows of any studies done on the safety of taking these hormones? have there been any studies to show any increase in cancer etc.?
Also can anyone give me the low-down on all of this in a layperson's terms. If I do the injectables my understanding is that I could produce something like 5 eggs?. Could it be possible that I could have quintuplets or triplets? (I know that the likelihood is low, but could it still be a possibility?)
One thing that I found out is that this place I am going to has one of the highest rates of IVF success in the country, so that is good news. I just don't know how I feel about IVF.
By the way, IVLisa41, with your current pregnancy, could you share with me what your exact protocol was? These twins are IVF twins is that right?
By the way, I am continuing to see my naturapath and have yet to have a discussion with him about my follow up RE appt. I am curious to hear what his take on all of this is, given that he has helped women in their 40's and 50's get pregnant without fertility meds etc.
I am not sure whether I should wait until I have the money to see Dr. Beer and follow his advice or whether I should start down the road to IVF with all the fertility treatments etc. as an adjunct to the other natural stuff I have been doing. Maybe that would up my odds of having a successful pregnancy that sticks next time.
My naturapath doctor had recommended that I wait until September to try to get pregnant again anyway, to give my body some time to heal from the miscarriage and also to stabilize my Epstein Barr/Chronic Fatigue syndrome.
Anyway, any more advice at this point would be so welcomed!
best to everyone,
BABY DUST TO ALL YOU FABULOUS LADIES!!!!