I'm going to try to catch up with everyone here!
First, a big to all the newcomers to this thread. Here's hoping our stays here are short and sweet!
Blueyezz - Thank you for starting this new thread! Thinking of you. So sorry everything is going so slowly. Grrrrrr on the 13 vials of blood!
Also, I'm right here with you. Don't feel left behind--we will graduate in due time!
rcr - Welcome to our little corner of the internet! You will find lots of support, cheerleading, and cyber hugs here. Amazing that IVF is covered for you! I think it's an HSS--like blueyezz said. It's not a big deal at all! I had very, very minor cramping (less than a period). Yay for AF!
silverbird - Glad to "see" you. Hope you won't have to wait too long!
tear - Yay! You graduated!!! How was Germany? Were you there for Christmas? I love the Christmas markets, the mulled cider, etc., etc....
Glad to hear you're feeling better.
missme - I hope you get to be suppressed asap! Do you teach--is that why you need compatibility with holidays?
KristinaMarie - Welcome and good luck on your FET!!! Wow--very exciting! Sending you sticky vibes.
Prettyasanangel - Welcome! It sounds like you're taking excellent care of yourself. I'm also trying to drop a few lbs before my next round of IVF. I also have a clotting disorder (Factor V Leiden heterozygous). However, I just started birth control pills and my RE isn't concerned because I was on them before w/no ill effects. I will be on Lovenox post-transfer and throughout the pregnancy.
I did an antagonist protocol for my "first" cancelled round of IVF in October. It was cancelled due to a hormonal fluctuation (long story--not relevant to your situation!). Anyway, it was just fine. You stimulate for a few days until the follicles reach a certain size, then add Ganirelix or Cetrotide to suppress your pituitary gland and prevent ovulation. I stimulated for 12 days, but that was because I started at a low dose of Follistim. I'd say 8-12 days of stimulation is typical. Many women at my clinic are on this protocol.
sarahcecile - Glad to hear your FET went well--two perfect embabies! Sending you sticky, sticky vibes!
Keria - Good to see you here. Thinking of you as you and DH contemplate the next step. We're all here for you.
sweetdynasty - Welcome, sweetdynasty! Good luck you your upcoming FET. Please don't over think the chemical--it was not your fault! Yes, I've felt that way, though--what could I do to make conditions 100% optimal?!? I've been using meditation/guided imagery tracks from Circle+Bloom to relax. You can download them as mp3s.
Carlyle - We are happy to have you stalk and cheerlead for us any time you want to stop by! We need all the support we can get!!!
AFM - Whew! I think I'm caught up with everybody! It has been a busy week.
Well, we saw our RE today. It was much better meeting with him under relaxed circumstances, unlike the awful conversation with him the day of the cancelled transfer in December. DH and I are feeling more relaxed now, because we have a plan. Our RE is relatively optimistic because my ovarian reserve is quite good. I'm day 14 and had an ultrasound today. My antral follicle count was 20!!!??!! It was 12 the previous few months.
My cycle was really long in the fall after the first cancelled cycle, and here I am at day 14 with no visible follicles,
so here's our plan:
I started BCPs today (1/7/11). So, blueyezz--file me under SUPRESSED.
Lupron in a week.
Stims a week or so after that.
ER approximately 4 weeks from today!
We are going to add in Human Growth Hormone (Saizen) injections during stimulation to try and help egg quality and hopefully lead to higher quality embryos.
How do I feel? Freaked out and excited. Glad to have a plan.
Just to put a plan B in action, we met with the Egg Donor counselor to get the lay of the land. If we have another cycle with no viable embryos, we may go straight to ED (egg donation). We'll see. I'm still holding out hope.
One thing that really made me think when meeting with our RE--we had 11 embryos. I asked our RE how many blasts. We had THREE HATCHING BLASTS--GRADE B. He said they looked good but had all tested abnormally genetically.
That really makes me wonder whether more women who are unsuccessful with IVF--mainly first tri losses--have issues with embryo quality/genetics like we did. The only reason we shelled out the $$$ for testing is because of my missed miscarriage, which we were able to test. It was trisomy 22. Also, I'm "old" and we didn't want to take chances. Anyway, I'm just putting it out there--if it didn't cost $5000+ to do PGD, maybe more women would know which embryos were good and not go through IVF more than once or twice before having a successful outcome.
One small gripe--I am so frustrated at not being able to make plans. I could've been on a business trip (and some pleasure, too) to INDIA next week, but I thought I'd be preggo after Dec's IVF, so I said no to the trip. I have other professional engagements I've had to cancel due to IVF stuff, including a business trip to the Caribbean (!) in June, because I had to let the powers that be know by December. I had better be pregnant by June (grumble grumble)!
*Age: 40 (I don't feel 40, but evidently my ovaries do!)
*Location: Southern California
*TTC #: 1
*Trying Since: April 2009 (1 BFP June '09, m/c 2 9 weeks; 1 BFP Jan '10, chemical; other suspected chemicals)
*Things you have done to get a BFP (IUI, IVF, FET, diet, acupuncture, stood on your head, etc):
sex with my husband , HCG/progesterone/lovenox combo, acupuncture, Chinese massage, herbs, DHEA, omega 3, DHA, royal jelly, healthy diet, green smoothies with kale and spinach, no coffee, no caffeine, no alcohol, minimal sugar, yoga, meditation/guided imagery for fertility, prayer, 2 cancelled IVF cycles (1st due to hormone fluctuation, 2nd due to NO viable embryos after PGD)
*In a perfect world (ie: no infertility) how many children would you like to have? 3-4; would be thrilled with 2-3
*Plan for this Cycle: Started BCPs, then Lupron; stim with Follistim, Menopur, and Saizen; estimated ER February 4th
*Testing (Are you one to POAS early or no): Pre-IVF, I was a POAS addict. Now, I'm not so sure...
*If you have a choice how many embies are you thinking of putting back in? Three embryos.
*DPO or Transfer (if applicable): N/A yet
*Link to Chart (if applicable): No chart. I have an excel calendar to keep track of stuff, though.
The fun stuff:
*Where did you meet your DH/DP??? Wacky story. I met his brother on match.com. He and I went out twice (we were both on the rebound). It didn't work out. He introduced me to his brother. The rest is history!
*Years you've been together? Eight years in February. Married two years.
*Favorite vacation spot you've ever been? Hard to choose! The Big Island of Hawaii, Italy, south of France, Scotland...
*Do you have any pets? (kind/age) French Bulldog, age 4 1/2, currently sleeping in my lap. Blue-fronted Amazon parrot (DH's), age 30. Tropical fish.
*Are you a beach, country or city person? I've mainly lived in cities, but love the country and beach. I will be moving to a beach city in Southern California soon.
*What do you like to do in your free time? Write music, play music, make art, cook, read, yoga, hike, be outside. Spend time w/DH and friends.
*What is your favorite kind of food? Italian, Japanese.
*Thoughts: I am grateful for this forum. I definitely haven't felt comfortable in other areas of MDC for a while. Also, other IVF forums on the internet are often really crowded and less personal. This is truly my online support group. I am thankful for all of you!
Thank you for reading my LONGEST. POST. EVER.