IVF, Take Two

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Registered: 08-17-2007
IVF, Take Two
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Mon, 05-17-2010 - 8:19pm

Hey, gang -- I'm trying IVF again. I didn't post during our first try and we weren't successful, so I'm counting on the positive energy of this board to help with this go-'round!

There's been a bit of a hiccup. I was supposed to start the estrogen priming protocol tomorrow (CD 21). However, AF had other ideas and showed up today. What the what?!? And get this: my RE's lab is shutting down for a month for its biannual maintenance, meaning we wouldn't be able to try again until July (an eternity!).

The good news: the doc is going to try a different but similarly aggressive protocol that will take less time, so we can start this week as planned. I'll find out the details tomorrow when I go in for blood work.

So that's my story. I'll definitely keep y'all posted -- and would welcome any P&PTs, cheerleading, crossed fingers or whatever nice thoughts you can send my way. I'll send some back to you, too!


Susan CB



TTC #1 at age (gulp) 42

June 2008: m/c

April 2010: IVF #1 -- chemical pregnancy

May 2010: beginning IVF #2


Susan CB

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In reply to: szny
Mon, 05-17-2010 - 9:43pm

GL Susan! Most IVFers are successful after two attempts. I so hope that youa re one of the ones. It is time.


KUP on the details.


baby dust...


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In reply to: szny
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 10:27am
good luck, good luck, good luck! - martha
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In reply to: szny
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 10:54am

Thank you, Krista and Martha! So it turns out we'll be doing the microflare protocol. It looks similar to what Susan L. did on her second and very successful IVF.

If my bloodwork from this morning looks OK, I start the pill tonight and take it for 18 days. Then I start the injectibles (including Lupron this time) on June 8.

I'm still a little nervous. Time to bust out the Gilmore Girls DVDs!


Susan CB



TTC #1 at age (gulp) 42

June 2008: m/c

April 2010: IVF #1 -- chemical pregnancy

June 2010: starting IVF #2 with microflare protocol


Susan CB

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Registered: 10-20-2009
In reply to: szny
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 1:06pm

Susan:


Here's all my extra sticky baby dust for you ******


I hope you're luck is the same as mine and you get your desired BFP this time around.


I'll be thinking of you and sending P&PT!


Susan

Susan L.


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Susan L.



Robert Edward Xavier Lin - Born July 31, 2010 at 5:56AM, 6 pounds 4 ounces and 19 inches long. He spent 2 weeks in the NICU but he's doing great now!
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Registered: 09-13-2007
In reply to: szny
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 1:26pm

YIPEE Susan, I'm so happy you're trying it again.

 


 


Susan V

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Registered: 12-06-2008
In reply to: szny
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 3:12pm

Susan CB!


You def. have my best wishes for your 2nd IVF cycle!

Laurie


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Registered: 08-17-2007
In reply to: szny
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 6:58pm

Thank you, Susans! Your support is so important to me. Susan L., I am so happy to read your PG updates, and Susan V., I continue rooting for your BFP.

And thank you, Laurie! I am so psyched about your baby and hope you are feeling great. My protocol this time sounds pretty much like yours, only I'm going to stim with Gonal-F and Menopur. On the first try we didn't use Lupron. Like you, I got six eggs; they tried to fertilize four with ICSI and of those, two fertilized normally. I don't know the grades -- to be honest, I kinda didn't want to know -- but the doctor described one as very good and the other as "a little slower." At least one implanted but it was, of course, a chemical pregnancy. :( :( :(

The doctor thinks that if we can get more eggs, we'll have a better shot. (Kind of a no-brainer, I guess.) He likes to see at least eight, and thinks I could respond well to the Lupron. He thinks the fact that I *did* manage to get an implantation is a good sign.

Part of me wants to give the "Making Babies" plan a try; I know it worked well for you. But the other part wants to put my faith in technology just one more time. I've started skimming through the book to see what elements I can use while doing ART. I will probably do some acupuncture though it's kind of bankrupting me ($115 a session not covered by insurance).

The thing I *know* I need to work on is stress. After I got that first faint HPT+, I couldn't sleep -- my heart was pounding and I kept obsessing over every little thing. It probably didn't cause me to lose the pregnancy, but I'm sure it didn't help. So this time: much more meditation and breathing!


Susan CB



TTC #1 at age (gulp) 42

June 2008: m/c

April 2010: IVF #1 -- chemical pregnancy

June 2010: starting IVF #2 with microflare protocol


Susan CB

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Registered: 01-27-2009
In reply to: szny
Wed, 05-19-2010 - 10:14am
hi, Susan,
The lupron shots are way easier to take then the bravelle/menopur shots. Smaller needle. They go like a snap! The "theory" is that, in regular doses, lurpon supresses the ovaries. But, when given in little micro doses, it somehow stimulates them (kind of like giving ritalin which has stimulants to an ADHD child to calm it down or giving a small bit of dead virus in a vaccine to build up the immune system.) Well, that was the theory..... Hope you do better on it than I did!
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Registered: 08-17-2007
In reply to: szny
Wed, 05-19-2010 - 11:00am
Thanks, Martha. Very good to know. I didn't mind the Menopur shots so I'm psyched that the Lupron is easier. Hope you are doing OK today.

Susan CB



TTC #1 at age (gulp) 42

June 2008: m/c

April 2010: IVF #1 -- chemical pregnancy

June 2010: starting IVF #2 with microflare protocol


Susan CB

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Registered: 01-17-2007
In reply to: szny
Wed, 05-19-2010 - 12:52pm
wooo hoooo! Exciting news Susan :) I am sending you tons of Sticky baby vibes and lots of prayer too..... Can't wait to hear the good news!!



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