IVF questions
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alison29 - December 13

Hi again,
I forgot to to thank you for sharing the details of your journey towards IVF so far. I have just tried clomid and Femara so far...I had one more question though was there any particular reason it took so long to get from the referral in March 05 to the actual process which you are going through now? You guys are lucky to have 3 GREAT clinics in Cali. I live in Gainesville and we have only one clinic here i haven't heard much about at least there is one

 

Alexa - December 13

Hi Jessica,

My appt went well today, I am going to be on Follistim, Ganirelix, and Menopour, for birth control they gave me Desogen...

They gave me some free Menopour and Ganirelix so all I would need to purchase is Follistim...they gave me 15 vials of Menopour so that should be enough through the end....

I also have to have a hysteroscopy after day 3 of my cycle, I had one before It was very uncomfortable but if I have to do it, I will....

I hope all is well with you, talk to ya soon..

God Bless
Alexa

 

BabiesOnBoard - December 18

Alexa,

Please forgive me for my silence. As you've probably suspected, we didn't receive a positive sign. Nonetheless, I've made up my mind to see this process through to the end. We still have 9 embryos remaining, which should be enough to try at least 2 more times. Our next scheduled transfer will be sometime in Feb. Who knows, maybe we'll be scheduled for the transfer around the same time!!!

I'm so happy to hear things are working out and your appt. went well. Have you decided to try the IVF at least once?

Please keep us in prayer as we will you.

Always Hopeful,
Jessica

 

BabiesOnBoard - December 18

Hi Alison,

We started meeting with our regular doctor in March of this year. They ran so many tests and we had to take a class on infertility, which was only offered 1 Saturday out of a month. Finally, we received our referral in June, but the clinic didn't have any openings until July. Although, it felt like a long process, it really only took a few months from the time we started, before we were working with a specialist.

My 1st transfer date was scheduled for 09/25, which was postponed until 10/02. The eggs were retrieved on 10/02, but they couldn't perform the transfer because I had OHSS (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome). OHSS is very painful and life threatening. It's a result of your ovaries being over stimulated from the follistim and menopour. By the time my doctor realized I was over stimulated, he gave me the choice of stopping the process for a couple of months and starting over or proceeding. I elected to proceed and suffered because of it. The eggs were fertilized and frozen until my health improved. So, the transfer took place on 12/01, instead.

It has truly been a long battle and it's not over yet. But, it will be worth all the pain and suffering, just to hold my child in my arms.

Stay encouraged and my prayers are with you as well,

Jessica

 

Alexa - December 19

Hi Jessica,

I am so sorry for your disappointment I have been there and I know exactly how you feel just keep the faith that it will happen sooner or later and god will answer your prayers...

The good news is you have embryos waiting for you so you won't have to take all the medications so things should move rather quickly..

We have decided to go forth with an IVF cycle its going to be cheaper than expected so we will try it once with
everything except for medications the entire process
will cost us $7050 the metopur that was given to us was the most expensive the co-pay would have been $465 .all other meds costs us $94.

I am not liking the needle for the progesterone the needle is long and thick and huge I can't imagine that going into my butt...):

I am very happy to hear from you please enjoy the holidays I know it will be hard but just know it will happen eventually....

God Bless
Alexa

 

razlynn - December 19

Hi Alison,
The IVF is a long process and can get expensive. I am glad my husband and I went through with it. We tried for six years and will be married 10 in July. We to looked at the other options, but my insurance was changing there policy, so we decided to get the IVf. It was successful the first time. We had to pay for the meds out of pocket which was around $2500 and 20% was copay for the procedures. That was around $1700. It is worth looking back on it. I am now going on 14weeks. When they did my egg retrieval after the meds wore off, I was in pain. When you take all the meds to produce multiple eggs you will be tender. It hurt me to walk. I could walk, but it was tender. I ended up getting a huge cyst on my right side from all the meds after the IVF procedure was done, but eventually that will go away. Be prepared to go to the doctor quite a bit. I lived 2 1/2 hours away from the clinic and had to drive at least 2-4 times a week until the transfer. If you have any questions feel free to ask me. I hope that helped some. Have a great day! :)

 

Alexa - December 19

Hi Razlynn

I want to congratulate you on your BFP thats great I am awaiting my cycle to start so I can go on the birth control pills I think for 3 weeks...

Can I ask you how long you had to inject before your retrieval??? When I was on an IUI cycle I was injecting less than half of what they are asking me to inject for IVF and I was sore, I can only imagine how sore you get
from injecting 350 a day...

I am guessing they would do the transfer somewhere around the begining of February...

Can I ask how many embryos you had transferred?

Thanks for any information you can give!

Alexa

 

alison29 - December 20

Hi Jessica,
I am so sorry you had to go through that it sounded like it really was taking and you are so young and sound very healthy :( Having said that i have heard about a lot of people having to do it 2-3 time so at least next time will be less invasive. Razlynn:Thanks so much for the info and the inspiration. I think i would also drive that much too if it meant having our own baby (dh might think its nuts but what does he know) With everyone here's advice i am starting to get the idea and IVF doesn't sound all that intimidating. We are lucky enough to have a place in town although I am not sure how great it is but it is a part of UF SHANDS so hopefully they know what they are doing and have a higher success rate then i have read about some places 25% ugh! take care everyone and stay in touch

 

razlynn - December 20

Alexa,
The injections from the Gonal-F I gave them until I was about two days away from when they retrieved my eggs. I went through two 900 IU pens. I gave myself a shot of gonal-f twice a day from Sept.22nd until Sept. 27th. I had to do Luveris and Ganarelix starting on Sept.25th. I did the estrogen patch every other day until the retrieval. They retrieved the eggs on the 30th. Then I had to start the progesterone shots. I ended up giving myself around 56 shots of progesterone. It you can only give it on a small area on your bottom. Sometimes it would hurt and sometimes it wouldn't be as bad. My muscle were still sore after I stopped those shots for about two weeks. The needle is very long and thick. I had to take prometrium for a couple of weeks. I was glad when I stopped taking that it was messy. My husband and I had 18 eggs retrieved, 9 fertilized, so we had three transferred. Only one took, but I am happy we did three. I would suggest doing 3 or more. You never know how many are going to take. We have six eggs frozen. We are going to try in about a year after this baby is born to do it the transfer. We can do two more cycles. I hope this helps. Keep positive. If you have anymore questions just feel free to ask. :)

 

Alexa - December 20

Hi Razlynn

The drugs I will be taking that they have called to the pharmacy are, Follistim, I will be taking Menopur, progesterone injections, medrol,tetracycline, and ganerelix, I guess I will be injecting the Follistim and the Menopur at night time... the ganerelix is so I wont ovulate early I think its just a one time shot when they tell me to inject it... and then after the retrieval I would start the Medrol and tetracycline, medrol to relax the uterus I guess its a form of a steriod and tetracycline so no infections should arise...oh and I forgot I have to take birth control pills for the first 2-3 weeks depending what they decide, that kills so much time but I guess its important...

Did you have any symptoms that you were pregnant did you have any bleeding cramps did you feel pregnant or just do a pregnancy test, I was just asking in case any
of these occur I will know the outcome...

You have been very helpful and I am happy that you are now pregnant even though I have been trying for over a year I love hearing success stories it gives me hope...

I am nearing 40 I asked the Dr. on here if I should be lucky enough to have 4 good embryos if I should transfer all he said go for it, its unlikely at my age of almost 40 that I would have multiples...the office guidlines is to transfer 3 my RE said it would be my
decision to transfer 4 if thats what I wanted I guess I feel that the more the better the chance..

God Bless
Alexa

 

alison29 - December 21

Hi Alexa,
I would do four if i were you :) I want to do 3 if my turn comes around. Good luck and i hope not much pain

 

Alexa - December 21

Hi Alison,

Thank you for the kind words, everyone's age makes a huge difference as to how many to actually transfer, I am hoping that my husband will not chicken out on the progesterone shots, the needle is long and huge :(


Good luck to you ....
Alexa

 

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