We be doing IVF this year!

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We be doing IVF this year!
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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 6:03pm

So ladies, long time no talky. I know I'm sorry. I've been crazy busy at work, and soccer is starting up and DH is almost finished with school and he's been doing a ton of clinics and has been gone a lot I don't see him very often, but it will be so nice when he is finished! Party!!! LOL I sometimes don't have time to breathe, or I blink and another month has flown by. I just don't know what happened to 2012! Oh well.

As for my post title, yes, yes AND YES! DH and I have finally decided which direction we are going to go with TTC and we have come across a clinic in Provo Utah that does a Minimal Stimulation IVF (it's half the cost of regular IVF) and we do believe that we are going to get it right off the bat. My problem is releasing the eggs when they are ready, so the low stimulation (not so much drugs and stuff) will work and they will be able to retrieve a few good eggies for fertilization. My sister and brother in law have also offered to help us pay for half, which is another reason why we are going to go with the lower cost one. We are going to have our consult around my birthday, October, and be pregnant before Christmas :smileyhappy:  It's going to be a wonderful 2013!!! Bring on the babies! LOL

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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 9:08am
shana, that's fantastic news! a huge congrats to you and DH for coming to a decision. how exciting!!! what a great birthday and christmas present that will be. so happy for you!!

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Expecting #1 (a boy!) on January 16, 2013

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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 3:21pm
Shana, I'm so so happy for you!!! It's nice to have a time frame so you know what to expect! I've never heard of minimal stimulation IVF. That's great that the cost is lower and that your sister and brother in law is going to help you out! I'm so excited to hear how your consultation goes and hear about the plans! Keep us posted on how things are going!

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Sat, 09-15-2012 - 10:38am

Yay Shana! I'm so glad that you guys chose a route. I bet that's a relief in itself. It sounds like this method is the best one for you in your situation. How nice of your sister and brother in law to offer to pay half, so going the cheaper route really is best for everyone. What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday and Christmas. I hope you get your BFP soon! We all miss you on these boards. I only lurke on this from time to time, but I am on my expecting club and first time pregnancy board.

So happy for you and it'll be here before you know it- I can wait to read BFP story!

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Wed, 09-26-2012 - 1:10am

Well ladies, hello again :smileyhappy:

Just wanted to give you a little update 

DH and I went to our new patient consult on Friday, got to meet the Dr and the staff, everyone there is wonderful, and the Dr is amazing! He's so honest and open and doesn't beat around the bush with you! 

First things first. We were hoping to get things moving along quickly but found out some things that have set us back, just slightly.  I know I have Endometriosis, and was told I had a slight case of PCOS as well a few years ago. Well, at this little new patient consult the Dr looked at the pictures I brought in for my Laps (one in 2006, a second in 2009 and the last one in 2011) and all he did was smile. He pointed something very interesting out to us... Now hold onto you pants because I just about lost mine when he told me this. He pointed to the picture of my ovaries, and said "see how nice a smooth these look, like a hard protective case over the ovaries?" Both Dh and I were like, "yeah" and Dh added "is that a good thing?" and the Dr smiled, but shook his head. He went on to tell us that an ovary is like a tree, the older it gets and ages it makes rings... Ovaries are similar to that, the more they ovulate the more wrinkled looking they get (almost like a little brain) and since mine were nice and smooth and well in my thoughts "perfect" it actually means that I have never ovulated. Maybe once or twice but it was brought to our attention that I Do Not Ovulate. 

Skipping ahead, Endometriosis. My OB classified my Endo as a low Moderate to High Moderate on the first lap that I had done. After the second and third Laps he upped my classification to High Moderate to Low Sever Endo... And this Dr, did a pelvic exam and just by feeling around in there, found that I should be classified in the Sever Endo. (Period) not Moderate. He could feel the scar tissue on my ovaries, on my uterus, on my tubes and along the walls. It gathers more around my left side, I was in so much pain just after 2 minutes of him poking around up there. The right side not so much pain. BUT.. HAHA don't you love that word! That was the left side.... 

So onto the right side, once they did the pelvic exam, they went on to check my ovaries with an ultrasound to see the follicles that are producing for next cycle (I went in on day 24 so AF is actually right around the corner) I didn't know this but right after you ovulate you follicles gear up for next cycle,. They usually see 1-3 follicles at the end of the cycle that are getting ready for next cycle, well they checked my left ovary first.... And found about 20 follicles there, he said because my Endo is mostly on that side it seams to be "eating" at more of the follicles... and then he moved over to my right ovary, and we stopped counting at 45 follicles there  getting ready for the next cycle. 

With that said, I have anovulation, Sever Endometriosis, and PCOS - not just a "slight case" of PCOS, full blown PCOS. So, 40-45% of women who are suffering from infertility, their cause is PCOS. The other 40-45% their cause is Endometriosis, and the rest 10%, are other small things such as blocked tubes, tubal infections, or anovulation which could be helped with the drug Clomid and HCG shots..... So those numbers, are not in my favor!

BUT - now this is where the good but comes in :smileyhappy:

BUT the Dr has a really good feeling that the minimal stimulation IFV will work! However, this is where things get pushed back because of things I have to do to prep for it. I have to start Metformin to control the PCOS and he wants me to have at least 2 months with of that in my system before doing IVF, I need to start taking Progesterone the last two weeks of each cycle to help the egg quality and uterine lining and continue until he tells me to stop, I actually need to do a month before IVF of birth control, which just pauses things for a short while to let my body calm down and then, after that month, I start Clomid/Femara, do 3 day's worth of FSH get checked for follicle and egg production and if they find 2-8 eggs ready they will retrieve them and start the process of making us a baby! And then 3 day's after that they implant and 2 weeks after that I get to take a pregnancy test to see if we are prego! 

Phew, that's a LOT! Since I'm at the end of this cycle now, and just going to start the Metformin once AF shows, that puts us to the beginning of December, which is when I will actually start my birth control pills so the month of December we are just going to chill. And then come January 2013 we do IVF! It seams like it's going to take forever, but everything I have to prep before hand to do IVF will make it go fast! Plus my new baby nephew will be born the beginning of January so that will make time go faster too :smileyhappy: 

See everything is just falling into place, a little slower than I would have wanted, But Dh graduates in December and with all the return visits we have to do back to Provo that IVF cycle will make it easier to wait until January once Dh is done with school so him taking off time to go won't be as hard as it would have been with his ride alongs and clinics and blah. HAHA

So that's my update.... I hope I didn't loose any of you :smileywink: But it's late and I'm tired and I have to run practice tomorrow ugh and work is picking up... Can't it be Friday already?? HAHA We'll talk to you soon ladies!

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Wed, 09-26-2012 - 6:31pm
Wow Shana, that's a lot all in one appointment to process. I'm shocked that they are just now saying that you haven't been ovulating. I'm sure you've had lots of testing since I know you've been struggling with TTC for a long time. I'm just surprised that he's saying that now and that no one else ever discovered this previously. I'm very glad that he is still thinking that the minimal stimulation IVF is an option for you. I am very excited for you both and it will be nice that your DH will be done with school around that time as well. As always I'm sending lots of PT&P's your way for a BFP come January! I hope everything else is going well for you, KUP on how you're doing.

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Sat, 09-29-2012 - 6:52pm

Shana,

Wow!  What a lot of info you were given at your appointment!  I'm glad that you know what is really happening down there and that you have a plan!  WIshing you all the best with IVF!!!!  FX'd and lots of positive thoughts and prayers!

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