BFN next steps?

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  1. So I finally switched clinics after 5 cycles at a local clinic. 1 miscarriage, 1 chemical and 3 bfns. I had my best results since my first cycle but got a BFN.
    I had not been producing quality embryos at my local clinic. I am not a good responder. I had great results (for me) at Cornell - 7 total, 6 mature 5 fertilized! They transferred 3 "perfect" embryos. They would not transfer more and the other 2 did not continue to develop after day 3. BFN. My dr was very nice. He said at some point you do have to say enough is enough. But he also said he thinks its worth trying again and thinks it may be due to chromosomal abnormalities. I am not ready to give up. Is there any hope? He mentioned sticking with same protocol. So basically on top of being not a great responder, my eggs suck. Is there anything else I can do? I am sick to my stomach as we pay everything out of pocket.

    Any feedback appreciated.

  2. fball fan, I usually just browse the boards and don't post but I have been in your situation and want to give you some encouragement. I went through 4 rounds of ivf at Cornell with no success. So much of what you said sounded so familiar. I am now at CCRM and waiting for CGH results since after much testing we found out my husband has a Robertsonian Translocation. Have you had any genetic testing done? I know so many girls who had to be their own advocate and push for additional testing and uncovered reasons for IVF not working. It sounds as if a second opinion could help give you some direction. Best of luck!

  3. Thank you for the reply! Does Cornell not do genetic testing? How did you leave things with them? It scares me a bit that I have only done one cycle and he is already preparing me with the possible DE move. I didnt think Cornell jumped on that so quickly and I am like I must be a lost cause!

    So with the genetic testing, if they find something out, can you work with it or do anything for it to make the cycle work? What does this testing entail?

    Thanks again for the feedback!

  4. Fballban, not sure how old you are, but one bit of advice I would give is to be agressive with asking questions, such as the one that Liz proposes about genetics (and btw, the testing done would be for both you and DH)... One thing I've learned over the years of doing the TTC "dance" is that many clinics do take a "formulaic" (spelling?) approach to treatments/protocols... I have seen many times on these boards and even experienced personally, the power of asking the right questions, pushing the right buttons, to get a different outcome. All the very best to you.


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