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post #21 of 436
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Poet ~ I am so so so joyful, happy and thrilled for you!!!!!! I know your enjoying this beautiful miracle growing inside you! Congrats and much love ::: I am praying for a wonderful beta, and a glorious eneventful nine months.
post #22 of 436
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Thanks, seedlings, I'm familiar with that site and just looked at it again. No, I'm not on BCP. I'm on 10U of Lupron. So maybe it's something like 10 days, then start stims. Since Lupron actually increases FSH/LH at first, I guess I can answer my own question that obviously they won't have me start stimming right away, until the levels are down.

So far so good, only 2 days but I don't have any hot flashes yet. Although yesterday I felt a little spacey, more calm/lazy than my usual high energy. I do have little bruises at the injection sites, I was surprised by that.

I do like that site, it seems to have a lot of info and pics. I totally appreciate you asking questions even thou I 've done this before my mind has way of forgetting this business. I really do not remember the effects of Lupron (but now that you mention hot flashes yes that rings a bell!). I guess I have "selective Memories" lol. I remember thinking the actual shot did not bother me. Unlike pio which for some reason sends me into hiding . I was on follistim for stims and can remember some awful headaches from it. I have a hard time seperating the effects of the meds from the mental effects of the whole ivf cycle. But I do remember taking a lot of naps, yes I love a good nap! I totally remember getting constipated, Thanks to CRM for the reminder, it is so awful. I think it has something do with your bowls "shutting down" while your under sedation during er and all the meds too. Anyone know about that or any thoughts?


Are you having a good weekend? I am off to Ikea (I luv Ikea).
post #23 of 436
poetgirl - wow, that is pretty exciting!!!! It's hard to get a false positive. I hope your beta numbers are good!

Good point about the PIO shots. I tend to feel that way towards the end too. It sure would be nice to be done with shots after ER. I'd be doing three a day too.

5terre - I'm on the Lupron stop protocol this time. I begin 10 units of Lupron in the morning on 9/18 and am on both Lupron and then end of my BCPs for about three days. Then I get a period but continue the Lupron until about the morning of 9/25 and then stop before I start Follistim and Menopur that same evening.
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I am hoping have some good news soon. I have had a lot of really positive signs and upon caving, yesterday got a faint line on an internet cheapie (11dp ER, 13 dp trig shot) and today the line was faint still but darker than yesterday. Both showed within 5 min. Still, I know you need the beta, then the doubling of the second beta, then the heartbeat. But...cautiously encouraged.

Gema, I decided the PIO shots just pushed us over the edge last time, so we went for the supp. My progesterone is normally low but so far so good. I use 3 supp, each 8 hrs apart, and it truly is nice to be done with shots after ER.
: : :: Sorry to bust in here, but I just have to send all my love and good wishes that this is the real deal for you Poet! : : : :
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: : :: Sorry to bust in here, but I just have to send all my love and good wishes that this is the real deal for you Poet! : : : :
Yeah, what Mischievium said! :
post #26 of 436
Hi everyone! Can I join in here?

We have an appointment on Tuesday to discuss starting IVF. We'll go over the protocol and the calendar for everything. I'm kind of nervous, but ready to get started.

DH has a very low sperm count so we have to do IVF with ICSI.
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: : :: Sorry to bust in here, but I just have to send all my love and good wishes that this is the real deal for you Poet! : : : :
Hey mischievium! I think your love, good luck and commentary are pretty much always welcome here! to you and keeping my : poet.
post #28 of 436
Poet Crossing my fingers for some good numbers in your future!!

Seedlings What do they use for sedation for the ER/transfer? I don't even know! You are right that some medications slow down your bowels (very common after surgery). One remedy is to move around asap - I guess that is out of the question after ER, and would make sense that things would just get worse being on bedrest. Hope you had a fun shopping trip to Ikea!

Gema So you get a choice to go right to suppositories?? Nice! I would really like to do that but they like PIO until 6 weeks at my place.

Brandy Hope your appt goes well!

My question of the day What exactly does this bedrest after ER/transfer entail? Do you actually have to stay IN BED for those days (other than bathroom)? Or does it mean you can't work, care for children, do housework, etc within reason?
post #29 of 436
Poetgirl, I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK mama, sounds like a + to me especially since your 13 dp trigger. And that progest draw sounds like more than one to me mama. So stinkin happy for you!!!!
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My question of the day What exactly does this bedrest after ER/transfer entail? Do you actually have to stay IN BED for those days (other than bathroom)? Or does it mean you can't work, care for children, do housework, etc within reason?
We had a lot of discussion about this on the summer thread regarding bed rest after ET. Some clinics say you should stay in bed for 3 days and only get up to pee, others say it's okay to go back to work the next day if you feel up to it! My RE said they suggest "home rest" as in puttering around at home, not doing the Costco shopping and generally taking it easy. He said that there is no evidence to suggest that bed rest helps with success rates. BUT if you feel like you would regret it if you got a BFN, it would be wise to rest as much as you can for your own peace of mind. With my FET's, I did TV on the couch rest for 24 hours, but I do have another child, so I got back into being somewhat active around the house within a day or two.

I think bed rest after ER is a different matter. I was at risk for OHSS all three times and taking it easy is not negotiable if you have OHSS or are at risk, it's nasty. So it would depend on the state of your ovaries.
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Thanks Seedlings, Gema, Mischievium!, Angela!, Tenk, CRM, 5Terre!
I hope I'm not hijacking your thread Seedlings! Just kind of the last straggler on the summer ivf thread and this was a really unlikely shot...I just updated over on the Summer Thread tho. Looks good today, we'll see what tomorrow brings. Don't want to get ahead of myself, but :

5Terre, I took it easy for quite a while. I rode home from ET lying down in back seat and only got up to pee. Day 2 was couch time as well but sitting up some and then my post ET cramping thing happened so I kept taking it easy for much of the 2ww. I think you'll probably feel it out for yourself beyond the initial resting phase. Your body will tell you what it's ready for then. This time I wasn't ready for much. Our first cycle was much easier on my body. Good to be armed with books, magazine, movies, ipod meditations and music etc. I set up a cool area on the couch the night before the ET and so everything was ready for me when we got home.

I also want to say how much doing the Anji IVF guided meditations helped me throughout the cycle. There are 4:stimming, post retrieval, post transfer, post implantation. anjionline.com
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LOVE the Anji meditations!!!!
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Thanks Seedlings, Gema, Mischievium!, Angela!, Tenk, CRM, 5Terre!
I hope I'm not hijacking your thread Seedlings! Just kind of the last straggler on the summer ivf thread and this was a really unlikely shot...I just updated over on the Summer Thread tho. Looks good today, we'll see what tomorrow brings. Don't want to get ahead of myself, but y for then.
Poet we are all here for each other. This thread is for everyone and I am so thankful you posted over here. Seeing your bfp and hearing about your journey and sucess is a blessing. I am : and sending :
post #34 of 436
Oh Poet, I am absolutely thrilled for you!!! I took a long break from the boards after my chemical pg in June and just stopped in to see how everyone is doing. Lo and behold I see your message. :

AFM, I am back in the game and have actually been stimming for over a week now. Looks like my retrieval will be sometime between Thursday and Sunday (my guess is Friday or Saturday). This is IVF #2 for us. For the first one we transferred only one embryo which resulted in a chemical pg. We will transfer two this time in the hopes that at least one of those will stick around for the long haul.

Good luck to everyone with Fall IVFs!
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Thanks Daisy! I'm very sorry about the chemical in June. I was gone then and did not realize. I hope this next cycle is perfect every step of the way.

I am thrilled to confirm that it's official. A POSITIVE BETA!

My place does it early, 14 dpo and it was 112. They were very happy with that number.
Hoping for the doubling on Wed. but for now, just :

I hope all the Fall cyclers have smooth and successful cycles :
post #36 of 436
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Poet ~ That is great news, congrats and :::. Give yourself and your dh a big hug from all of us here!!!!
post #37 of 436
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Hi Daisymae08 ~ So sorry to hear about your chemical pregnancy . How has your cycle been so far and how are you feeling?

5terre ~ That is a good question about bedrest after er/et. Lets see ... I think you should do what you feel comfortable with. If you feel like sleeping or staying in bed enjoy it. Most re's do not want you doing anything excessive from your "normal lifestyle". But even their recommendations vary a lot from re to re. I have gone to a concert a day after et, I have even gone to Costco a few hours after my et (my dog was completely out of food) but I did ask people to help load and unload the heavy stuff. I did get a bfp on my "costco cycle" (my loss was a result of my immune system). What will I do this cycle? I'll make sure my dog has food!!! Then probably just go home and relax a bit. I actually am thinking of what I want done around the house now so I do not have the urg to do it in the 2ww. You know where you clear your schedule to relax and then when your on the couch or in bed you see all the stuff that needs to get done (lol).
post #38 of 436
: Oh poet!! I wish I could fly to where you actually are and give you a real hug. (but not in a weird way, I'm just very very happy for you!!!!)

Welcome back DaisyMae. I had a chemical pg with my last cycle as well, I feel for you. Good luck with ER this time and take good care!!
post #39 of 436
Yay for the positive beta, Poet!! :::

5terre, my clinic did not require strict bedrest. After my retrieval I felt pretty yucky, so I did spend the day on the couch. But between my retrieval and transfer I was pretty active (went to work, rode my horse, etc). The day of my transfer and the day after I didn't do much of anything even though I felt fine. DH rented a bunch of movies and we just kind of hung out. No heavy lifting as others have said. I went back to working out a few days later, but stuck to easy stuff on the elliptical machine rather than running and I didn't ride my horse at all during the tww (though the doctor said I could both run an ride). You have to do what you're comfortable with.

Seedlings, I am doing well. Thank you for asking. I had a longer break than I expected as a result of the chemical pg, so I was VERY ready to start back up. My ovaries are getting a little bit sore, but other than that I am just fine. It's seeming much easier this time around - perhaps because I know what to expect now.
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CRM Not taking it easy after ET can lead to OHSS?? I'm always on the go, this will not be easy! Although I have no trouble staying in bed if I don't feel well!

poet CONGRATS!!!!!!! That is fabulous!!!!! I look forward to some more good news on Wednesday! So when is the hCG from the trigger out of your system? I didn't realize that you could take a HPT.

Seedlings That's funny! I was very productive today and am trying to tidy up some things and get my ducks in a row. I have a few books and knitting projects lined up.

Daisy Sorry to hear about the chemical I'm in MA also and going to FCNE. My paperwork says no aerobic activity during the 2WW. I would like to keep exercising (minus the few days after the transfer), maybe I will take up walking (I do jumpy circuit training). I look forward to hearing about your week ahead, it is helpful to me to have some clue what to expect!

poet and Gema Is there a link to listen to a sample of the Anji meditations? I couldn't find one. What are they like? How long?

So far so good on the Lupron, only day 4 though. I have noticed some fatigue every morning after taking it, today I exercised and kept physically busy and didn't feel it as much. Also feeling a little hot here and there, but no hot flashes. Probably haven't been on it long enough yet to feel those SEs. It's so funny that I feel like a pincushion, one med once a day is nothing! I'm sure I'll be laughing about that later on.

Has anyone seen the movie Julie and Julia? I read that IF was tactfully addressed in it. I'm interested in French cooking lately, and now I really want to see it!
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