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post #161 of 422
Well, arrived today (a migraine yesterday announced she was on her way), so I go in for my first appointment at the RE's office tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Best wishes to everyone! And happy new year!
post #162 of 422
This is my fist IVF, but with everything we have to put into it, I'd say take Wed. off. The extra rest can only help, and why not give yourself the leg up? Even if you don't need to be in bed, just being home and being able to focus on letting things do what they need to do, without any external stress or demands might help.
I think it's important to make self care priority number one during IVF. Not only for outcome, but for health and wellness during the process as well.
Good luck!!!

Pookietooth - sorry about the wicked witch (AF). she sux the big one.
but it's exciting you're planning your next cycle! best wishes for things moving right along the way you want them to.

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Originally Posted by yoginimama127 View Post
thanks for the well wishes everyone....Monday cant get here soon enough!

Did anyone out there have more success with IVF taking a lot of time off work? I'm taking Monday and Tuesday off, wasn't planning to take Wednesday off, but now I'm thinking I might. I can work a bit from home on my computer doing some paperwork stuff I have to have done for two meetings on Thursday. any thoughts? Oh...and I did get my yoga classes covered which I teach at night so after work I can really come home and get back in bed.

Maybe I'm thinking about it too much!
post #163 of 422
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Originally Posted by joyakshi View Post

jazzact - I am using the 600 IU vials, but the same issue still comes up every third dose since I'm on 375 per day plus 75 menopur. The 600 IU vial seems to have 50-75 IU's extra in it. My nurse warned me about how to manage that. Basically - you dial up your full dose even though you know there''s not enough in the remaining vial. You inject. the pen will stop when it's out and the number left in the window is the amount you have left to inject. So put a new cartridge in and dial up the number that remained after your partial dose.
The instructions should be as clear as you! I think I've got it, except I haven't been redialing after I put in the new cartridge...it's already dialed to the right number. Do you think that's ok?

How are you feeling? I'm still not feeling any ovary action. I slept another 12 hours last night. No headaches today. I'm getting used to the injections. Looking forward to the follicle check on Monday.

Pookie ~ Good luck! Did they tell you yet when you might be able to do your cycle? Keep us updated.

Yogi ~ I'd say do whatever makes you feel good. Stay away from stress.
post #164 of 422
Hi everyone,
Just thought I'd jump in since I've just started an ivf/icsi cycle. started the Suprefact yesterday, no symptoms yet...don't feel any different really. I appreciate hearing about your experiences, especially those who are a bit ahead of me or those cycling at the same time. It's helpful to share experiences. good luck to you all and looking forward to sharing this experience with you.
Is anyone dealing with a clinic that is a bit of a drive away from you? We're 3 hours from the clinic. Just curious about how others are working out travel/time away from work/etc. I'm expecting to take 3 weeks off work once the almost daily visits to the clinic start. I'm thinking that should be enough for the stim/ER/ET. I tried talking with the clinic nurse about this but didn't get a clear answer for how much time we could expect to be away from home. I know it depends to some degree on how my body responds. it's helpful to know how others planned for this.
post #165 of 422
I did not have to travel, but I did use my vacation time for my last IVF cycle (July). If I recall correctly, I took 3 weeks off starting the second week of stims (I worked during the first week). At the end, my ovaries were the size of grapefruits (walnut sized is normal!) so just moving around was bleah! And I need to rest a lot after ER because too much activity put me at risk of OHSS.

The nurses seem to not want to give you a straight answer because there are so many variables and they don't want you saying "But you said ER would be on this exact date!" But I have insisted that a nurse walk me through the possiblilities while we look at a calendar ("so if I stim for 9 days, ER would be here, if I stimmed for 11 days, it would be here and ET would be here" etc.) just to get an idea and some predictability!!

Good luck y'all.

And one more time - don't let yourself get constipated!!!
post #166 of 422
YOGI-Just want to wish you luck tom and lots of sticky vibes. Let us know how it goes.
post #167 of 422
Good luck Yogi -- sticky vibes to you! I have a schedule now, and am starting on BCPs and low-dose aspirin tonight. The retreival is supposed to be on the 30th. So I'm still technically a January IVF.
post #168 of 422
Jazzcat - I thought about not redialing after putting in a new cartridge, but I wonder if the meds wouldn't be lined up right without priming it first. They say that when you put in a new cartridge, to always dial one click and push in so you can see a drop on the end of the needle. Then dial up the real dose.

I am also not really feeling anything going on with the ovaries, and I have my first U/S tomorrow too! I hope there are multiple follies and that they are growing!!!
I feel a slight sense of burning on my lower abdomen, but I am very sensitive to physical sensations. It's not a hot burning, just like an energy in the area. I have been tired easily and have a low grade ongoing headache. I actually feel calm & relaxed on the meds. It's kind of nice.

Everyone - I am starting to think about outcome for this IVF cycle, and I just want to say that no matter what happens for each of us this cycle, I hope everyone believes that it WILL happen for us ALL sooner or later. I hope we all succeed this time. But no matter what, let the ones who do succeed act as PROOF that we all WILL succeed.

Has anyone looked into acupuncture or hypnosis for ET? My clinic will have me take a valium to help relax the muscles & mind before ET. anyone else doing this?
I'm intending to be super calm and relaxed during ET. Any advice for ET from experienced IVF'ers?


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Originally Posted by jazcat View Post
The instructions should be as clear as you! I think I've got it, except I haven't been redialing after I put in the new cartridge...it's already dialed to the right number. Do you think that's ok?

How are you feeling? I'm still not feeling any ovary action. I slept another 12 hours last night. No headaches today. I'm getting used to the injections. Looking forward to the follicle check on Monday.

Pookie ~ Good luck! Did they tell you yet when you might be able to do your cycle? Keep us updated.

Yogi ~ I'd say do whatever makes you feel good. Stay away from stress.
post #169 of 422
joy - my clinic gave me a valium before ET too. i've heard of clinics offering accupuncture before/after transfer, but mine didnt do that. the ET is fairly easy and quick, very similar to an IUI. having to have a full bladder is the worst part. good luck!

~s.
post #170 of 422
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Hi All!

Welcome to the newcomers!

yogi, good luck tomorrow! I've been thinking about you and look forward to hearing about tomorrow. Personally, I would take Wednesday off. After everything you've done for this cycle, you should stay home as much as you think you need to. Take the time to catch up on movies and books!

joyakshi, thanks for your words of encouragement. I'll use them as my mantra!

AFM, yesterday was my last day of BCP and I've been doing 10units of Lupron. No huge side effects except some hot flashes at night and maybe a little more moody. I go in on Thursday for the baseline u/s, start stims on Friday and Sunday will be my first monitoring appt. Yikes, it's all here so quick!!

I hope everyone has a good Monday!
post #171 of 422
thank you for the well wishes!!

i swear, you guys make me feel so good, thank you so much for thinking of me before our big day tomorrow. i'm feeling super energetic and excited tonight...tomorrow cant get here fast enough...

I'll be on bed rest the next couple days so I will make sure to post (I've got lots of books and movies, but I'm sure after awhile I'm not going to know what to do with myself in bed that long!)

Thank you again...lots of love and light to all of you out there...

-Tara

ps...welcome to the newcomers!
post #172 of 422
Anyone know what the lupron is for? Seems strange to use it along with the stim meds. I always heard it shut down the ovaries.
post #173 of 422
Lupron shuts off the LH, which is the hormone that surges to start ovulation. So you are stimming with FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) to grow the follies, and shutting off the LH with lupron so your body doesn't ovulate your eggs off. Hope that helps!
post #174 of 422
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Anyone know what the lupron is for? Seems strange to use it along with the stim meds. I always heard it shut down the ovaries.
I believe it is to shut down the ovaries. When stimming, you are producing many follicles and the lupron is to make sure you don't ovulate until they want you to and to allow as many follicles as possible to mature at the same time. It helps the doc to control the whole cycle. Kinda scary, like a sci-fi movie, if you think about it. :-)
post #175 of 422
Bad news for me today. At my first U/S, I have only 3 follicles they can find. I have none on my left ovary which has a huge endometrioma on it.
They won't do IVF without at least 4. They want me to continue meds til Wed. and have a second U/S to see if there's anything else that was too small today to see. If not, I guess we cancel or convert to IUI. If we convert to IUI, I may or may not have to keep taking the meds. They kept saying - with a different protocol we can see different results, but they don't realize this was our only IVF chance. We spent all our money on meds for this cycle already. If we use them all up for an IUI, we can't afford to buy a whole new cycle's worth to try a new protocol. Even if we don't use them up, I don't know if we can save half of them and buy half a cycle.

My protocol was - I was on BCP's for 3 weeks, and Lupron starting 16 days after starting BCP's- 20 IU's per day until stimming, then 5 IU's per day during stimulation. I wonder if the Lupron oversuppressed me or if I just have no eggs left. I had an antral follicle count of 9 last April. I'm 38 and FSH is 10.4.

I feel so old and sterile and hopeless right now. I have a friend who had 37 eggs. She got pg on her first IVF cycle. I am trying so hard and I just have to go through hell. I was just hoping to even achieve an embryo, and I can't even get that. I am trying not to punish myself anymore for infertility and for my previous loss, but the universe seems to want to continue to punish me. I was not expecting this at all. I was not prepared for this.
What do I do if I can't do this?

I work at a spa and I'm going to sit in the hot tub today. I try not to during TX cycles but it helps me manage my stress. And since I may end up canceled anyway, I need the stress management. Is it really bad for the follicles to sit in the hot tub?
post #176 of 422
JOY-
SO, so sorry. Please take good care of yourself. And I am praying for you that everything goes right for you on Wed.
post #177 of 422
Joy, I am so sorry it was not better news today. It seems that clinics ought to take some of the responsibility for a failed cycle. After all, they are the ones who decide on the protocol, and as good as their intentions are, sometimes they screw up, or at least could have done better.

On a more positive note, I met a girl at the clinic this morning, she did her first IVF cycle 4 years ago. They retrieved 5 eggs I believe, 3 were viable, 1 fertilized, they put that one back in and guess what....a baby boy. So if you don't foresee doing another cycle, perhaps you could talk them into going forward??? Or if it does turn into an IUI, do you have the progesterone? That could help.

I say try to relax, clear your mind and then maybe in a few days the choices will seem more clear. Also, next time you see them tell them this might be your last chance because of your financial situation - perhaps they will offer you services or donated meds.
post #178 of 422
Yogi ~ How did it go???

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Originally Posted by yoginimama127 View Post
thank you for the well wishes!!

i swear, you guys make me feel so good, thank you so much for thinking of me before our big day tomorrow. i'm feeling super energetic and excited tonight...tomorrow cant get here fast enough...

I'll be on bed rest the next couple days so I will make sure to post (I've got lots of books and movies, but I'm sure after awhile I'm not going to know what to do with myself in bed that long!)

Thank you again...lots of love and light to all of you out there...

-Tara

ps...welcome to the newcomers!
post #179 of 422
Joy, I am so sorry about your news today. :
post #180 of 422
dear joy, I am so sorry about the news today. I would def keep stimming and wed might surprise u with better results. Every time I went, they could see more follies, so I will pray for that for u. I also agree that u should talk with them about your $ situation with meds, they want it to work for their stats/ rep, so you'd be surprised what they'd do to "find a way". I'll be thinking of u.

Well, transfer was today, was super easy like a pap. We had just two that made it to the 5 day transfer today...doc said both looked good and procedure went well. RE told me both were grade A, which I've heard is subjective amongst diff clinics, but I'm happy nonetheless. Been in bed all day watching movies and eating....and the 2ww begins! ( although I think my load addiction may start this weekend!)

Thanks to all of you for your support and well wishes! Best of luck to all...
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