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post #41 of 689
Tear78, I don't mind talking about it, it was just such a fluke that I don't want anyone else to worry it's going to happen to them. The chances are so incredibly low that it shouldn't even be on people's radar. There's enough else during these cycles to stress about.

We did our first fresh cycle in the winter. Things went swimmingly. I had 19 mature eggs, 18 fertilized, we wound up with 11 multicellulars and one blast. We did a Day 3 transfer of two multicellulars and froze everyone else. Two weeks later we got the good news: pregnant.

I woke up one morning with some very intense pain on my left side, bad enough that I had my husband drive me to the doctor (I am a *very* independent person.. the fact that I could not drive myself there was a big deal). They ultrasounded me, saw the gestational sac (I was around 5.5-6 weeks), checked both tubes for an ectopic, and sent me home. By then the pain had subsided entirely.

Went in for my 7 week ultrasound... no heartbeat. Sac was still there, but measuring 5.5 weeks. They gave me the stuff to cause a miscarriage and I dutifully took it. Went back in for the ultrasound the following week to confirm it had worked (it hadn't, which I knew, and knew I'd have to have a D&C), he saw the remnants of the sac in my uterus. Then he went up to check my tubes.

And found a perfectly formed, alive and well, perfect little heartbeat. In my tube. At nearly 9 weeks gestation. Cue panicking doctors. I was in an OR 35 minutes later. I lost my tube, and of course the baby in it.

Then it was just a comedy of errors... I had started suppression for our first frozen cycle when I got the call that the biopsy from the D&C came back with endometritis, so we had to put the brakes on everything, I had to take antibiotics and wait out another cycle. Then he wanted to do a baseline ultrasound as I was beginning the next attempt at suppression, and found uterine polyps that weren't there before. So more surgery, two more lost cycles. Then I had to have a uterine biopsy, which did come back clear.

So NOW, finally, we're back at it for real. And while I grant that a frozen cycle is easier on the body, I'm finding it much more difficult in the head since it is so. freaking. long. I think I counted and the whole suppression + cycle is something like 70 days.

I do start the estrace today. The FET cycle doesn't have stims, just suppression and then the estrace to build the lining. I am actually still suppressing with Lupron even as I take the estrace. Weird.

My reaction the the BCP was exhaustion, wild mood swings (like, people didn't want to be near me), hot flashes like all get out, and just general malaise. It didn't get better as time passed or in subsequent cycles. I was told this is because the BCP they use for suppression doesn't have a varying dose, it's a solid, single strength dose the whole way through. Most BCP that people use have lower doses and then they ramp up and back down, so the side effects are lessened.

I hope this whole thing doesn't scare/depress anyone. As much as it's been a long and sometimes a hard road, I know in the end I'll have a little person from it. Whatever we have to learn about my body and the wonky ways it works to get there is knowledge well earned.
post #42 of 689
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ratgrl, I remember your story. I thought I did, but I wasn't sure if it was you. Thank you for sharing, and no you didn't scare me. I'd rather know the risks than be surprised. I'm so sorry. What a road you've been on.

Now I understand: you're in a FET cycle. I have been wondering: how long are they able to freeze them? And you'll be transferring the blast, then? That's great! I hear you on the cycle being SUPER long. I hope that we can ease the process. Thank you for sharing about the BCP. That is my fear, and I will share it with my doc on Wednesday and ask him what his reason is for taking it, if it really justifies that.

I'll go update the first page to reflect your situation. Thanks again for sharing!

ps - it makes sense to continue the lupron: that way you won't ovulate until they trigger you.
post #43 of 689
So I triggered last night and my egg retrieval is at 10:30am tomorrow. Very much looking forward to it - I am feeling extremely bloated and uncomfortable, and despite it being a beautiful day, I am staying inside so as to avoid the inevitable belly glances. I look about 10 weeks pregnant. How bitterly ironic is that? Please send good vibes my way this week.
post #44 of 689
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I look about 10 weeks pregnant. How bitterly ironic is that? Please send good vibes my way this week.
I never even thought about that! Oh man, I'm sorry. Definitely sending you good vibes this week!

Samkris, you too, with your test date rapidly approaching!
post #45 of 689

Egg retrieval went well

They got 12 eggs! (Which apparently is pretty much "perfect" because they really hope for 10-12). Retrieval was painless (sedated) and over quickly. So I am slightly less bloated and now on the couch with trashy magazines and TiVo.

Best news of all (apart from the prospect of a healthy child, of course!) is that now that my eggs are being babysat, I can have a glass of wine tonight!! I haven't had a drink since August 28...not that I am counting or anything....
post #46 of 689
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They got 12 eggs!
WOWZA! And bottoms up!
post #47 of 689
slylives - Bottoms up girl!!! That is awesome that you got 12 eggs!!! Congrats!!!!!!!! Hope you still feel well tomorrow. You will have to let us know. When do you go back in for your transfer??? So excited for you!!!!! Yeah!!!

ratgrl - Wow!!!! I'm so sorry to hear what you have been through!!!! I can't even imagine!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!!! Where are you at in your cycle now???

Tear - Sorry i never responded to your question awhile ago... "Do you think you'll do the BCP for suppression?" No, I'm not going on BCP. My Dr. doesn't use BCPs. I will start on Lupron with my next cycle whenever that will be??!?!?! Last month my cycle was really long for some reason so we will see. The plan is to start the Lupron on CD 21.
post #48 of 689
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No worries, blueyezz! Thanks for the input. Our appt is tomorrow, and we'll make that decision then. Good luck on your surgery tomorrow!

It's my birthday. I'm sick enough to go to the doctor...and stay home from work. Bitter sweet?
post #49 of 689
Tear - Happy Birthday to you!!!! Sorry you aren't feeling well!!! Is it a cold or flu??? Sure hope you feel better tomorrow for your appt. Let us know how it goes!!!! Thanks for the good luck wishes for my surgery tomorrow. I just got a phone call and it's not until 2:00pm in the afternoon!!! Man, am i going to be hungry by 2pm since I can't eat from midnight tonight on. I was hoping it wouldn't be too early in the morning, but 2pm seems so late in the day!! I've got no choice though. We will see.
post #50 of 689
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oh, blueyezz, uh, 2pm! I'd be one grouchy hungry girl. to you!!! Let us know as soon as you feel good enough.

And thanks for the birthday wish. I spent over an hour at the doc to learn that it's probably just a cold. I just wanted to rule out strep, since I was exposed. phew! Anyway.....it's my birthday, I'm going to go eat pizza: take that, no-dairy TTC diet!

ps - samkris, I'm thinking of you!!! Have you heard back yet about your blood test? *pins-and-needles*
post #51 of 689
tear78 Happy Birthday. And enjoy the pizza!!!

Samkris Have you heard yet? I have everything crossed for you.
post #52 of 689
Congratulations Sylvies 12 is awesome did you get the fertilization report today?,

Good luck with your appointment tomorrow tear. And Happy Birthday!!!

Samkris any news to share

We got some good news DH had an ultrasound today and he does not has a varicocele so at least no surgery for him which is great because that surgery looked really painful so for now he has another appointment with the andrologist on the 28 depending on what he says I'll decide to make another appointment with my RE or see someone else. Whoever I see I'm going to walk in and say I WANT IVF NOW
post #53 of 689
slylives, that's a great group of eggs to have harvested. I'm hoping that your transfer goes great tomorrow.

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ratgrl - Wow!!!! I'm so sorry to hear what you have been through!!!! I can't even imagine!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!!! Where are you at in your cycle now???
I'm now taking the estrace to build my lining. My transfer will be on 10/6, so until then I have this convoluted medication regime that I have to follow.

Today I got a call that my baseline bloodwork is now showing I'm hyperthyroid. I've been hypothyroid (unmedicated, just monitored) for 18 years. If my bloodwork tomorrow continues to show elevated TSH, then I jump on the synthroid bandwagon. No such thing as a simple cycle for me I guess.
post #54 of 689

Embryologist called - ugh.

The embryologist called - of the 12 eggs, only 3 fertilised. These all look good and look the same. If one of the starts to "dwindle" they will bring me in tomoroow for a 3 day transfer - if not, I will have a 5-day transfer on Saturday.

Very worried that there is something very wrong if 9 of the eggs didn't fertilise - although I know that genetically each egg is distinct, and the 9 non-fertilised eggs mean nothing as to the fertilised eggs. But it is so hard. I am trying to remain optimistic. And I am almost hoping that I get a call tomorrow morning, telling me to go in. But not.
post #55 of 689
Crossing everything for your 3 little embies, that they will become awesome blasts and you can do a day 5 transfer.
post #56 of 689
My HSG was CLEAR which it's awesome, it was a little painful but I'm ok now, I'm like the worst possible person to have to deal with fertility issues I'm terrified of needles and doctors in general, I cried a little on the table, the tech was really good about it though.


Funny thing we got Dhs hormones back and he has High FSH as well I guess we were meant to be together lol. He has some other hormones out of range so we'll see what the andrologist says on Tuesday.
post #57 of 689
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Originally Posted by slylives View Post
The embryologist called - of the 12 eggs, only 3 fertilised. These all look good and look the same. If one of the starts to "dwindle" they will bring me in tomoroow for a 3 day transfer - if not, I will have a 5-day transfer on Saturday.

Very worried that there is something very wrong if 9 of the eggs didn't fertilise - although I know that genetically each egg is distinct, and the 9 non-fertilised eggs mean nothing as to the fertilised eggs. But it is so hard. I am trying to remain optimistic. And I am almost hoping that I get a call tomorrow morning, telling me to go in. But not.
Just stalking & wanted 2 let u know we had 26 eggs & only 3 fertilized. We transferred all 3 & 2 took. Dont give up I know exactly how you feel cause I was feeling the same way. Good Luck.

Wishing you all the best of the luck and cheering you all on.
post #58 of 689
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slylives, think of it this way: some people try for 12 months to get pregnant. During that time, maybe they ovulate 12 eggs, but only three of them are of good enough quality to fertilize. Then maybe of those three, two of the times the sperm doesn't get to the eggs, so they only get lucky once. You've just done a whole year's worth of trying in one go, and the good news is here: you got your three eggs, and the sperms got put right inside so they all three fertilized! I think it's totally normal, and I think your three little ones are gonna ROCK. I totally understand your feelings...I think it's also normal to hope they all fertilize. Hang in there, hon! Sending healthy growing vibes to your little ones!

ratgrl, urgh! If it's not one thing it's another. Is synthroid going to call a halt to things, or can you proceed?

Keria, great news about your hubby and your hsg! woot! And don't feel bad: I felt totally overwhelmed and scared at mine, too. Keep the good information coming!

blueyezz, how are you feeling?

afm, we had our appointment. I LOVE our RE. Every time we see him, it's like he's just so calm and everything is going to be ok. We don't have to do the pill. I told him my fears, and he said "well then we won't do it." Instead, I'll wait until CD21 and start a lupron/estrace combination for a week, then stop and wait for my period. He said that if we somehow got pregnant that cycle he wasn't concerned about the lupron, since there have been no indications it would be harmful that early on. Then when my period starts (if?) we start the stimming and the fun begins. I'm feeling pumped and positive! (and still sick...and tired) I'm off to harvest some sunflowers seeds.
post #59 of 689
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Originally Posted by MOMTOALEXIS View Post
Just stalking & wanted 2 let u know we had 26 eggs & only 3 fertilized. We transferred all 3 & 2 took. Dont give up I know exactly how you feel cause I was feeling the same way. Good Luck.

Wishing you all the best of the luck and cheering you all on.
oo oo, we cross-posted! Hi! Glad you popped in, and thanks for the positive words!
post #60 of 689
so great about your apoinment Tear I guess youll be starting supression soon.

Sylvies did you hear anything?
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