I found a thread about this exact same topic, but it was from 07 and is now locked, so I can't revive it. So sorry for a repeat. =)
When my partner and I first started talking about having kids, she always wanted it to be my eggs that were used and for her to carry the child. There are several reasons for this, first being she already has two biological kids from a previous relationship, and she'd like me to have my own mini mes. But the biggest reasons are financial/health related.
First I have rheumatoid arthritis, which isn't a big deal on its own, but to treat it I have to take medication which pretty much guarantee birth defects. I think there has only been one reported birth of a healthy baby who's mother took any of the drugs that I am currently taking. I CAN stop taking the drugs for about 6 month before TTC and I'd have to remain off of them for the entire pregnancy which puts me at risk of having the RA act up enough to keep me from going back to work, possibly permanently. We've decided that's not a risk we're willing to take because I have a higher income so having a mother with big health issues AND a major financial crisis isn't something our new baby will need. =P
One big pro to this method is that I am 8 years younger than my partner, so using my eggs should (we hope) improve our chances since I should be more fertile. However, we've decided that IVF with the use of my eggs will be more of a backup route we'll take if we're unsuccessful with at home IUIs, but we'd still like to prepare for it since I need months of detoxing before we even begin that route!
So the reason for my thread, I'd like to hear from those of you who have gone through IVF and can give me more information about the medication that is used in order to prep for it. What are the side affects if any?
We plan on starting with at home IUIs and I'm going to stop taking my medication around the same time we begin. If we have no success with IUIs after 6-8 months then we'll move on to IVFs using my eggs, which by then will be free from all the crazy medication I take, BUT I'll be likely having more flare ups from my rheumatoid arthritis so I guess I'd just like to know what else will be in store for me when I throw in the IVF meds into the mix.
Thanks in advance! And sorry for all that medical background, hope it's not terribly boring.