Gonal-f unexplained/secondary infertility
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want2bemomagain - May 20

I am currently on clomid & iui for secondary unexplained infertility w/ no luck ( I'm only 29). I v'e only been producing two follicles on clomid & I've always ovulated on my own anyway. All diagnostic tests came back fine, including laparscopic surgery. I did have an appendectomy a year ago & since then get bad menstrual cramps as early as 10 days before af, but doctor says no connection? I was considering Gonal-f & was wondering if it was right for me. Can anyone tell me their experiences including reason for infertility, what cd start & dosage, how many follicles, did you do hcg shot & iui, etc? It would be really helpful. The other thing is I have no fertility insurance & have been paying everything out of pocket, & couldn't afford a RE (my regular ob/gyn helps w/ coding for insurance & I pay for meds & iui), but I don't think I am getting top quality care & he is closed over the weekends & has short hours during the week & I work so needless to say timing & appts are a real pain. Oh well! Also, does anyone know where to get cheap fertility meds? Thanks again!

 

LMA526 - June 14

We have unexplained fertility and I'm starting the 2ww after first IUI with 75 IUs of gonal-f. I was really concerned about the shots and side-effects but the shots are no big deal (the needle is tiny) and side-effects were nothing more than a few moody/depressed days. I think I am lucky in that respect.

I think you would definitely have to go to an RE for Gonal-f: this is a powerful drug and my clinic closely monitored me before the IUI (started on CD5 after b/w and US, then had more b/w and US CD 9, 11, and 12). I had 3 follicles ready to go for IUI on CD 14.

We skipped the Clomid phase because I read that it was a poor product and didn't think it was the right drug for me since I know I ovulate. If you are ovulating on Clomid, maybe you should stick with that????

I don't know what to tell you about fertility insurance. My insurance didn't cover it so we waited for treatment until January when I got on my husband's insurance. If neither of us had had coverage, I would happily have changed jobs to find coverage (I live in a state that mandates coverage - with exceptions). I know that seems extreme but these costs really add up, especially with all the drugs and monitoring.

Good luck to you and let me know what you decide,
Laura

 

want2bemomagain - June 14

[quote author=LMA526 link=board=8;threadid=2380;start=0#20504 date=1150256923]
We have unexplained fertility and I'm starting the 2ww after first IUI with 75 IUs of gonal-f. I was really concerned about the shots and side-effects but the shots are no big deal (the needle is tiny) and side-effects were nothing more than a few moody/depressed days. I think I am lucky in that respect.

I think you would definitely have to go to an RE for Gonal-f: this is a powerful drug and my clinic closely monitored me before the IUI (started on CD5 after b/w and US, then had more b/w and US CD 9, 11, and 12). I had 3 follicles ready to go for IUI on CD 14.

We skipped the Clomid phase because I read that it was a poor product and didn't think it was the right drug for me since I know I ovulate. If you are ovulating on Clomid, maybe you should stick with that????

I don't know what to tell you about fertility insurance. My insurance didn't cover it so we waited for treatment until January when I got on my husband's insurance. If neither of us had had coverage, I would happily have changed jobs to find coverage (I live in a state that mandates coverage - with exceptions). I know that seems extreme but these costs really add up, especially with all the drugs and monitoring.

Good luck to you and let me know what you decide,
Laura
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Well believe it or not I went ahead & went to an RE (payed everything out of pocket almost $2,000.00) did Gonal-f. My first ultrasound showed 6 -7 follicles which I was very happy about but after my bloodwork came back that day they said my E2 was high & to come in again the next day which I did & the ultrasound now showed 10 follicles (all over 13mm). They cancelled my IUI due to the risk of multiples.How dissapointing!!!!!!I can't believe it. I understand why they did it but they were going to do it with 6-7 follicles so they are ok if I have 7 babies but not 10? The RE left it up to my husband & I if we wanted to try naturally. I took the HCG trigger Wednesday(one week ago) @ 4:00 because RE wanted me to take asap before any more follicles caught up. We bd Wednesday night & Thursday night. Knowing I was going to ovulate Friday we didn't want to bd that day to really increase the chances. So we figured if it was meant to be it will be.So I too am in 2ww. It is killing me to think I could not be pregnant but then I again I could be pregnant with high multiples. It's definately going to be my most emotional 2ww yet. I will send baby dust your way & say a prayer for both of us!

 

want2bemomagain - June 19

[quote author=LMA526 link=board=8;threadid=2380;start=0#20504 date=1150256923]
We have unexplained fertility and I'm starting the 2ww after first IUI with 75 IUs of gonal-f. I was really concerned about the shots and side-effects but the shots are no big deal (the needle is tiny) and side-effects were nothing more than a few moody/depressed days. I think I am lucky in that respect.

I think you would definitely have to go to an RE for Gonal-f: this is a powerful drug and my clinic closely monitored me before the IUI (started on CD5 after b/w and US, then had more b/w and US CD 9, 11, and 12). I had 3 follicles ready to go for IUI on CD 14.

We skipped the Clomid phase because I read that it was a poor product and didn't think it was the right drug for me since I know I ovulate. If you are ovulating on Clomid, maybe you should stick with that????

I don't know what to tell you about fertility insurance. My insurance didn't cover it so we waited for treatment until January when I got on my husband's insurance. If neither of us had had coverage, I would happily have changed jobs to find coverage (I live in a state that mandates coverage - with exceptions). I know that seems extreme but these costs really add up, especially with all the drugs and monitoring.

Good luck to you and let me know what you decide,
Laura
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want2bemomagain - June 19

[quote author=LMA526 link=board=8;threadid=2380;start=0#20504 date=1150256923]
We have unexplained fertility and I'm starting the 2ww after first IUI with 75 IUs of gonal-f. I was really concerned about the shots and side-effects but the shots are no big deal (the needle is tiny) and side-effects were nothing more than a few moody/depressed days. I think I am lucky in that respect.

I think you would definitely have to go to an RE for Gonal-f: this is a powerful drug and my clinic closely monitored me before the IUI (started on CD5 after b/w and US, then had more b/w and US CD 9, 11, and 12). I had 3 follicles ready to go for IUI on CD 14.

We skipped the Clomid phase because I read that it was a poor product and didn't think it was the right drug for me since I know I ovulate. If you are ovulating on Clomid, maybe you should stick with that????

I don't know what to tell you about fertility insurance. My insurance didn't cover it so we waited for treatment until January when I got on my husband's insurance. If neither of us had had coverage, I would happily have changed jobs to find coverage (I live in a state that mandates coverage - with exceptions). I know that seems extreme but these costs really add up, especially with all the drugs and monitoring.

Good luck to you and let me know what you decide,
Laura
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want2bemomagain - June 19

[quote author=LMA526 link=board=8;threadid=2380;start=0#20504 date=1150256923]
We have unexplained fertility and I'm starting the 2ww after first IUI with 75 IUs of gonal-f. I was really concerned about the shots and side-effects but the shots are no big deal (the needle is tiny) and side-effects were nothing more than a few moody/depressed days. I think I am lucky in that respect.

I think you would definitely have to go to an RE for Gonal-f: this is a powerful drug and my clinic closely monitored me before the IUI (started on CD5 after b/w and US, then had more b/w and US CD 9, 11, and 12). I had 3 follicles ready to go for IUI on CD 14.

We skipped the Clomid phase because I read that it was a poor product and didn't think it was the right drug for me since I know I ovulate. If you are ovulating on Clomid, maybe you should stick with that????

I don't know what to tell you about fertility insurance. My insurance didn't cover it so we waited for treatment until January when I got on my husband's insurance. If neither of us had had coverage, I would happily have changed jobs to find coverage (I live in a state that mandates coverage - with exceptions). I know that seems extreme but these costs really add up, especially with all the drugs and monitoring.

Good luck to you and let me know what you decide,
Laura
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want2bemomagain - June 19

[quote author=LMA526 link=board=8;threadid=2380;start=0#20504 date=1150256923]
We have unexplained fertility and I'm starting the 2ww after first IUI with 75 IUs of gonal-f. I was really concerned about the shots and side-effects but the shots are no big deal (the needle is tiny) and side-effects were nothing more than a few moody/depressed days. I think I am lucky in that respect.

I think you would definitely have to go to an RE for Gonal-f: this is a powerful drug and my clinic closely monitored me before the IUI (started on CD5 after b/w and US, then had more b/w and US CD 9, 11, and 12). I had 3 follicles ready to go for IUI on CD 14.

We skipped the Clomid phase because I read that it was a poor product and didn't think it was the right drug for me since I know I ovulate. If you are ovulating on Clomid, maybe you should stick with that????

I don't know what to tell you about fertility insurance. My insurance didn't cover it so we waited for treatment until January when I got on my husband's insurance. If neither of us had had coverage, I would happily have changed jobs to find coverage (I live in a state that mandates coverage - with exceptions). I know that seems extreme but these costs really add up, especially with all the drugs and monitoring.

Good luck to you and let me know what you decide,
Laura
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Hey are you going to test or wait it out?

 

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