November/December 2009

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  1. Hi Girls,

    Not sure I like being on BCP's - have had AF for 5 days now and it's not even that time of the month - so it'll be like double-dipping this month. Oh well...

    On the bright side, went to see my RE today and my ovaries are back to normal. This means I am on-track to begin stiming next week for my September IUI.

    My acupuncturist returned from vacation and had another session yesterday. It's amazing how relaxing it is! I never would have believed it if someone had told me...

    Candie - good luck with your appt. tomorrow!

    Headed to Barcelona for several days of much-needed R&R...so have a good week!

    Cheers!
    Flygirl

  2. Welcome Lacy! Happy to see you here and looking forward to offering you support on your journey.

    Returned from Barcelona on Wednesday and went to see RE Thursday. Started stim meds Thurs evening and go back tomorrow. C'mon ovaries- do what you do best!!

  3. May I join this group? We had our first meeting with our new RE yesterday and he said our ET will be sometime in Nov.

    me-41
    IF may be due to endometriosis; had surgery and dr removed right ovary due to adhesions
    dh-52

    We\'re using DE and insurance doesn't cover anything. This is our third try.
    1st cycle-twins but m/c @ 8 weeks
    2nd try-stopped at BCPs due to extreme nausea
    This time-consulted with a perinatologist regarding severe hyperemesis/morning sickness

    My ex-OB didn't take my hyperemesis seriously and told me to just tough it out. I couldn't eat or drink 24/7 even on maximum dose of zofran, she must be kidding. I was so dehydrated that it took the nurses 15 tries to get an IV. This time we're prepared. The perinatologist concluded that I become sensitive to oral meds due to pg hormones so my RE prescribed Nuvaring for BCP and Crinone instead of PIO. I had a terrible reaction to PIO shots.

    My new and third RE's success rate so far this year is 100%. Last year it was 75%. I guess he knows what he's doing. He also gives his patients his cell number in case there are any problems afterhours. I love him already. I couldn't get past the layer of nurses with my first RE.

    How's everybody doing?

  4. My new and third RE's success rate so far this year is 100%. Last year it was 75%. I guess he knows what he's doing. He also gives his patients his cell number in case there are any problems afterhours. I love him already. I couldn't get past the layer of nurses with my first RE. How's everybody doing?
    Hi

    I am looking around and try to find good RE because I can not handel another failure. You said that your RE success rate is 100% this year. Can I ask you about the name and location of the Re office. I am really frustrated and looking for a good doctor.

    Thanks,
    Leila

  5. Hello Ladies,

    Just wanted to check in. Since we've last talked I've found out I have 5 fibroids that my RE wants to remove. I'm scheduled to have surgery on October 7th so please keep me in your prayers. Good thing is I only have to wait 6 weeks to start my IVF cycle up which keeps me right on track. Please let me know if any of you has a had this surgery or no someone who has. Thanks.

  6. Hi Ladies,

    I am cycling Nov 09 it will be my 1st time. I start BCP Wed 09/30 and as of right now Lupron Oct. 24, ER & ET around mid Nov. I am cycling with Dr. Acacio in Laguna if anyone else is as well. I am soooo excited. Here is my story: TTC 6yrs, Me 31 soon to be 32 (11/26) DH 33 severe MF & I am ok. I have 3 furbabies, Tiger our kitty 10yrs old, Max-maltipoo 4yrs and Sammy-chihuahua-poo 2yrs. I look forward to chatting with y'all. Good luck and babydust to all.

  7. Count me in! My egg retrieval is for November 7th.

    This is my 2nd IVF. I had great embryo's on the first, but my body attacked them. For this cycle, they are putting me on Heparin.

    Susan
    www.Hatsidiakou.blogspot.com

  8. Hi Everyone,

    I’d really like to join this group! We have unexplained infertility. I am 39; DH is 38. We have been TTC for 10 months and went for treatment because of my age. We're starting our first IVF cycle (no IUI's or other treatments previously). We just switched clinics – long story – but I am VERY happy with our new clinic! I am on BCP’s for suppression right now and am supposed to start stimulating injections on Monday. I will get the official schedule tomorrow when I go in.

    Flygirl - I like the quote about kids picking their parents. Another thing that keeps me positive is something that my sister-in-law told me. She had my niece at 47 years old on her 6th IVF after years and years of trying. She said that people who want to be parents have children – somehow, some way. It is frustrating that it is so easy for most people, but we will all get there!

    IOANNGELIS – how did your surgery go?

    Tootsie – if you’re bartending, I’ll take a glass of cabernet, please!

    Good luck, everyone!!

  9. Hi everyone.

    I would like to join this thread. I am 39 and DH is 40. We have also have unexplained fertility. I don't produce alot of follicles..sigh...this will be our 2nd IVF treatment...have had 4 IUIs...two IVFs were converted to IUIs because of poor response.

    I am on a new protocol for me, EPP, excited because trying something new but also scared that it will not work. I am on birth control patches at the end of my cycle. I was adamant that I did not want to take birthcontrol pills because turning my body off and then turning it back on...just does not work for me.

    My stim. should start at the end of the month.

    Looking forward to taking the journey with you all.

    Sabrina

  10. PM...I am so sorry to hear about your drug coverage...we had something similar happen to us a few years ago. I hope you are feeling better today. I really believe that if you and your DR. feel that this cycle could be it because he has figured out why things have not worked out in the past I think you should try to do it. I know this is hard and financially this is draining for many of us...right now I save much of my money for IVF...no toys for me right now and it hurts but what to do. This is our dream.

  11. I can't believe this is happening.

    I'm crying in tears, sopping down my face. I may not be able to do any more IVF treatments and this one may have to be canceled. Steve's company is currently undergoing a company buy-out by AT&T. Well they changed our insurance benefits without notifying ANYONE in the company!! I'm so upset!! I found this information out through our pharmacist.

    I went to Walgreens to get my LAST two shots needed for this cycle and what should have cost me only $7, rang up at a $200 deductible!! I came home and called Cigna and the customer service department was closed due to system maintenance (figures). I eventually found my way to Tele-drug who was able to tell me that as of October 5th, we now have to pay 50% of the cost of IVF drugs. Nice of them to never send out any notices and just change our plan on a whim!! I only needed two more shots. This is SO HEARTBREAKING!

    I don't even know if my IVF will be covered now.

    Meanwhile, I am supposed to still be preparing my body for this IVF cycle, taking my hormone pills and stay on this regimen when I don't even know if my dreams are shattered.

    Sooooooooooooo.......... now I am crying my eyes out until I can get a hold of them on Monday. I was just about to start my STIMS in 9 days and this is so upsetting. I feel like the rug was pulled from beneath my feet, especially when I had a good shot of pregnancy now that the doctor knows why I didn't get pregnant. My baseline ultrasound was this Wed.. only 4 days before I find this all out!! I finally find a good infertility doctor who can help me (after all that I've been through) this year, and now this happens? This feels like a cruel joke.

  12. Hi ladies,
    Can I join? I'm hoping to cycle in end of November, with ER and ET likely the last week of November. We've been delayed a month because we are changing clinics, due to costs.

    Praying -- I'm so, so sorry. What a cruel situation. Is it at all possible for you to continue with the cycle, and manage the costs somehow? As Sabrina said, it sounds like it's moving along well. In any case, it's stress that's just too much to deal with. you are in my prayers.

    Tootsie -- nice to see a friend from the other thread, and our local bartender :-). I hope we'll get to cycle together on this one.

    Sabrina -- how are you? It's been a while. Glad to hear you've decided to move ahead with a cycle. Hope you are doing well.

    Looking forward to supporting each other through this process.

    govaris

  13. Hi govaris- nice to hear from you. Great to hear that you are cycling again. I can't remember the last time we spoke. I did a cycle in Feb09 and Aug 09. I am thinking this will be our last cycle using my own eggs..this is so hard to write but I have really tried to eat well, get exercise, accupuncture,eat vitamins/wheatgrass so it is no or never. I have had the odd glass of wine...I feel guilty sometimes but I need to continue to live as I go through this.

    I am just waiting for my period which should start in about 5-6 days. I am on the patch and finding myself pretty emotional right now.

    So what clinic did you change to? Nice to connect up with you again.

  14. Praying - I am SO sorry!!! The last thing that you need right before starting is such a stressful situation. I hope you are able to resolve it - but if you can't, could you put it off a month? I was supposed to cycle in Sep and I'll skip all the details, but we put it off a month and it was the best decision we could have made. I feel MUCH more prepared going into it now. It was so hard at the time because the doctor's office was ready to order my meds. When you're mentally geared up to go, it's hard to call a timeout. But it might be better to wait just a month or two? Whatever you decide, I wish you the best of luck and hope you're able to sort through all the insurance red tape.

    I went off BCPs on Friday and AF should have come yesterday. I am starting on Day 2 so thought I would be going into the doctor this morning - but still no AF. I think I will call today because when I was on BCPs before (to prevent pregnancy - gosh, that seems so long ago!), sometimes AF didn't visit every month.

    So I'm about to get started and this is my first (and fingers crossed! hopefully only) IVF cycle. It's really hard to believe that I'm about to start.

  15. Hi Sabrina,

    We\'ve moved to a clinic called Create. it was just so much cheaper than my doc for the protocol that we wanted.

    This is such an emotional process to begin with, and then you add the hormones on top of that. It just sucks. it's so hard. I haven't said we won't cycle again with my eggs, but I think we may be facing that decision next if this cycle doesn't work (not to be negative, but realistic).

    want2be -- hope AF arrives soon.

    Praying -- how are you? what have you decided to do?

    govaris

  16. Want2be-hope AF has come.

    Hatsidiakou-lets us know what you have decided.

    AFM-started on the EP Protocol on Friday...shortly after taking the cetrotide shot on Saturday...I got AF late Sunday evening. I was a bit concerned that I got AF so quickly after the cetrotide shot and was only on the estrogen patch for 4 days. My Dr. told me that I should not be concerned.

    I went in on Day 2(Tues) for baseline and there are 3 follicles in there. This is normal for me so I was feeling good. Dr. started stims 450 GonalF and 150 Menopur. I am hoping that we can get at least another one or two. Fingers and toes crossed.

    I was having a stupid moment last night and I only took 75 Menopur. I don't know what I was doing..not as if I have not done this before.....I called Dr. today and he told me to add the 75 to the 150Menopur. Has anyone else done this?? I am trying to be easy going with this cycle but jeepers need to be a bit more careful. I go in Friday for my next bw and us.

  17. So the RE called and said that the Quality are as follows: (keep in mind the grading is 1-4 1 being the best)

    4 are 1-2's
    3 are 2's

    7 Embies total are frozen.

    So any comments

    I'm thinking that's good but you just never know

    Hope all is well and hoping for the best with everyone.
    Will read post later as I'm running into a meeting

  18. Hi everyone,

    I'm so sorry for not replying. I completely forgot to update you all!

    Long story short, our insurance did cover this cycle. My husbands company got behind in the merger before his insurance switched (which is why) but I'm not complaining.

    I've now been STIMMING for 13 days.

    My ovaries have been hurting so bad lately. I was in so much pain last night I thought they were about to bust. I found out why today. I am now up to 20 eggs!!! But I am trying not to get excited because I learned a long time ago that the truth is, is that with IVF anything can happen (I could be down to only a few left and all embryo's could fail in the petri dish, ya know?) But PRAISE GOD. I guess the extra injections helped. However, out of that 20, only 6 were still within the normal range of 18-21mm. Is 6 normal sized ones enough?

    I don't know yet if the nurse will make me STIM longer to get the others up to speed or what they will do. I've never had this happen before. She is going to call me later today.

    Hugs to everyone,
    Susan

    Hatsidiakou.blogspot.com

  19. Excitedtobemom - that is an awesome outcome! Congratulations!!

    The nurse called me and my retrieval is still set for Saturday. I have one last dosage tonight, and then tomorrow night I give myself my HSG shot. She said as of right now, my E2 is at 1872 and there are 6 good eggs. There is another two eggs at 16mm that should make it to the 18mm stage by Saturday retrieval - so (at most) they may get 8. The other remaining 12 are little ones that will probably die off when the needle is inserted, or they won't fertilize well. But either way, if this one fails I am still grateful to God for having this one last chance. If the Heparin doesn't work, nothing might not ever work but at least I will have the peace of knowledge.

  20. Ladies,

    I had been taking BCP since 10/7 and Lupron Since 10/25
    Stopped Bcp on 11/3 (took last pill)
    continued Lupron as normal
    This morning I felt crampy like AF was coming... WTH?!?!?!
    So then I noticed spotting... I immediately called the nurse. She said that sometimes you can have a lite period or spotting but it wont be a full flow. I explained that I got scared because I didnt have a AF AT ALL with my fresh cycle and this clearly is my 1st FET. SO I was just making sure.

    Has this happened with any of you ladies?
    I\'m still scared.....

  21. Excitedtobemom - that is an awesome outcome! Congratulations!!The nurse called me and my retrieval is still set for Saturday. I have one last dosage tonight, and then tomorrow night I give myself my HSG shot. She said as of right now, my E2 is at 1872 and there are 6 good eggs. There is another two eggs at 16mm that should make it to the 18mm stage by Saturday retrieval - so (at most) they may get 8. The other remaining 12 are little ones that will probably die off when the needle is inserted, or they won't fertilize well. But either way, if this one fails I am still grateful to God for having this one last chance. If the Heparin doesn't work, nothing might not ever work but at least I will have the peace of knowledge.

    Thank you and I hope something works out for you. This is a HARD process and I dont wish it on ANYONE
    With that said Congrads on moving further in the process. Hope everything goes well

  22. Quick update;

    I'm still cramping and spotting.... lite pickish
    I'm waiting for blood work results... nurse will call this afternoon
    U/S results... the RE said that everything looks good.

    i'm please with the results I got so far. Hope all are well. Have a lot of work to comeplete b4 I leave so ttyl.

  23. Hatsidiakou....I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling well! I know you are disappointed about the 3 eggs but you never know. I had only 3 myself at ER last week on Tues and I was so disappointed but it is what it is. I have my fingers crossed for you that they all fertilize. PS-what's with the emergency line..not much of an emergency line if they don't return calls.

    Excited2bemom-my Dr. has always made me wait a few months btw cycles and have a full flow. If the nurse is saying it is fine...just go with it. With this last IVF cycle I tried not to question everything or freak out and it went much smoothier than ever before.

  24. I'm afraid I have some bad news to report. They only got 3 eggs. That's it. And it's unknown whether or not any of those 3 will make it. The shell on those 3 are hard due to my age, and they will have to do ICSI on them. It's too soon to tell yet as to whether or not they will advance or make it. There were another 4 they took out, but those were too small and not mature - too small to even fertilize. I don't know why they couldn't see it on ultrasound? And as for the remainder of what we thought was 20, those were all cysts.

    I can't believe how much my fertility plummeted in only a matter of 8 weeks.

    The ride home was horrible. We stopped at Cracker Barrel which was a big mistake. I threw up 3 times on the way home, and am still nauseated and dizzy. My ovaries hurt from the needles even on pain medication. I called the emergency line twice, and the nurse still hasn't called me back (which I am not happy about), so I guess I will have to live with the vomiting until it subsides. I am going to complain about this when their office opens up on Monday.

    Meanwhile, I still have to continue my painful progesterone shots and meds until I find out if any of the eggs made it. I'm off to lay down.

  25. iryna - what happened to your three eggs? Did they not divide?

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