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Lucky, I am so glad you were able to join us a little on vacation!!! Congratulations on the 1st stim shot! It feels so good to take that next big step closer to ER/ET! I am glad we are on different protocols, makes me feel like they are really focused on us as individuals since there is a whole group of us going at the same time. It does make me wonder why they are different, but I guess that is for the pros

I have my first blood work appointment tomorrow morning. I guess I have to keep my phone on me all day because they "could" change my medication protocol for the next few days. The doctor only gives a couple days of instructions at a time.

9-12 days left till ER My work schedule prefers 12 days (plus I like the idea of a Valentine's Day ER/Fertilization), but impatient me says the sooner the better!

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Thanks Bellybean and JuliasM! The shots went smoothly, no blood but the Bravelle hurt a lot more than I remembered! When Dr. S called me last time it was about 5 or 6 pm the eve of bw to give me the number of vials to take.

Jazcat - so glad to hear that things are looking good after all you went through! Hope you're feeling better.

GO STIMS!
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Best wishes for the stms luckyIVF. Hopefully your tummy won't look too bad when it's all over.

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I had my first stim bloodwork done today. After 2 days of stims my E2 was 395. I have been trying to find information on E2 levels, but it doesn't look like they publish any "good"/"bad" ranges online. My RE said it is a good response and has cut my stim shots down to one per day (2 vials at night with micro HCG every other night). I get my ultrasound on Saturday morning and I can't wait to see the little follies that are cookin'

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Well, all 11 of the embryos survived to day 5, and they transferred three and froze the rest. Let's hope one sticks!

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Pookietooth Congrats on the ET! I'm sending you lots of sticky vibes. :
Wow, you must have great eggs to be able to freeze so many. Congrats!

Bellybean I think they usually look at the E2 level compared to the number and size of follicles to determine what is appropriate. Last time I had around 300 on day 5 of stims and didn't trigger until the level was over 2000.

However, I seem to be on a slower plan than most of you. My first bw & u/s was today, day 5 of stims. Last time it took 11 days of stims before triggering. I'm just holding onto the peace.

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pookietooth - wow, great news! that is wonderful you were able to freeze so many on day 5. i am sending you sticky vibes!

Good luck to everyone. I hope there are lots of BFPs in February and March!
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Well, I got my results from the bw and u/s this morning. My estrogen is at 368 and I have 5 follies on each ovary, average size of 11. I continue as is and go back on Saturday for my next bw and u/s. I'm really hoping for a Thursday or Friday ER, simply because then I'll have to miss less work. We'll see...

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Well, I got my results from the bw and u/s this morning. My estrogen is at 368 and I have 5 follies on each ovary, average size of 11. I continue as is and go back on Saturday for my next bw and u/s. I'm really hoping for a Thursday or Friday ER, simply because then I'll have to miss less work. We'll see...
This sounds really good J's Mom! I am so glad you didn't have the dom. foll. problem. 5 and 5, you are nice and symmetrical. Go embies!

Pookie, That is so wonderful that they all made it to day 5. Wow! Al the very best for your 2ww :::

I have my mock ET tomorrow and am feeling better emotionally about the process. I am glad I am doing a long protocol. I need this time to settle into everything.

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I have my mock ET tomorrow and am feeling better emotionally about the process. I am glad I am doing a long protocol. I need this time to settle into everything.
I'm glad to hear you're feeling better emotionally. I think the long protocol is good for preventing dominant follicles and, for me at least, in preventing too many follicles (big risk of PCOS). May you continue to find some peace.

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Pookie, WOW - you are my hero!!! That is GREAT that they all made it to day 5! Lots of sticky vibes for you! :

Julia's Mom, thanks for the information. I don't get my first ultrasound till Saturday so I am really excited for my next E2 level and seeing how that compares to the number/size of my follies! Looks like we will both have more news on Saturday!

Poet, Glad to hear you are feeling a little better about the whole process. It is a lot to take in.

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The mock ET, is not that big a deal except for the full bladder part -- especially if you have to wait awhile to see the doctor. But they do expect a full bladder for the real one, and if you've been stimming, you will already feel bloated anyway.

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Hello ladies! I am new to this community and just getting ready to start my very first (and hopefully last) IVF! Hubby and I have had 3 IUI's with Clomid 50mg. All with BFN's. I'm 38 and my counts are on the low end of normal and my husband, age 40, is also normal. We have unexplained infertility.

Our last two steps before we can start IVF is for me to have a sonohysterogram (Mon Feb 9th) and then IVF/injection class. If all goes well at the sonohysterogram, I sign up for the injection class and then start Lupron on Feb 22nd. I've never taken it before and am a little nervous. More than anything though, I'm pretty excited to be FINALLY taking this step!! As I'm sure many of you can relate, it seems like forever in the making.
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Welcome babyx3, I hope everything goes well and you start Lupron on the 22nd. I was worried about the shots (I also did 3 rounds of clomid 50mg/IUI before IVF). It turns out the Lupron is REALLY easy and the stims aren't too bad either. Of course, I don't have to do IM shots, mine are all sub-q!

You have found a great place and a great group of women to support you through the whole process! Also, the January IVF thread has been all BFP, and we plan to keep the trend going here!

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Hi Everyone,

My first bw after stims came back with low E2. The stims didnt work, so I'm cancelled! My first set of stims, I got OHSS and now I get no response. Uggh. I'm giving it a rest for now. I have a sweet 3 1/2 yo girl who needs her mom back and a husband who would like a non-hormonal wife back, too.

This process is so difficult and we all do it with our heads held high. If it doesnt work out, we press on and do it all again. We never allow ourselves to think of failure for fear our thoughts may materialize. We never allow ourselves to fully believe we will succeed so that we can protect ourselves in case we do not. The emotional toll is high and we all do it while carrying on as moms, wives, and workers. It's so hard to explain to other people these ups and downs and I thank every one of you for being a support. It helps to hear your success stories as well as the bumps in the road. I'll be checking on all of you from time to time. Take good care of yourselves.
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Oh no lucky! I am so sorry to hear about your blood work!!

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Thanks Bellybean, it really helps a lot to be able to express my sadness to you and the others on this forum who understand how hard this is. Life's a journey. I will try to take this as just one of the many bumps along the way.

I'll be waiting to hear your good news.
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Thanks Bellybean, it really helps a lot to be able to express my sadness to you and the others on this forum who understand how hard this is. Life's a journey. I will try to take this as just one of the many bumps along the way.

I'll be waiting to hear your good news.
I am so sorry to hear this. Please take good care of yourself.

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Lucky, I'm so sorry about your cycle Hopefully they learned something, should you wish to return to IVF. Best wishes to you
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lucky, i'm so sorry this happened to you. big, big hugs to you...
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thanks guys! we wont give up. best wishes to all of you
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lucky, so sorry to hear about your cancelled cycle. So strange. to you.

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LuckyIVF I'm so sorry.

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Oh Lucky, I am so sorry. That must have caught you off guard, to say the least. You have an admirable attitude and I wish you all the best. How you expressed us women not getting too negative nor too hopeful, you nailed it.
Sending you many and peaceful wishes. Take good care.

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I am sure this is completely normal, but I am SO BLOATED! I have never felt like this before since it is my first time with stim shots. It is a constant pressure and I feel like I have to go to the bathroom every 15 minutes! I can't imagine making it to next Wed-Sat for ER...especially if I keep taking more drugs. It is totally worth it if I get a lot of eggies, but it is starting to get a little uncomfortable (happily uncomfortable!)

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I am sure this is completely normal, but I am SO BLOATED! I have never felt like this before since it is my first time with stim shots. It is a constant pressure and I feel like I have to go to the bathroom every 15 minutes! I can't imagine making it to next Wed-Sat for ER...especially if I keep taking more drugs. It is totally worth it if I get a lot of eggies, but it is starting to get a little uncomfortable (happily uncomfortable!)
Tee hee hee, that's exactly what I told the u/s tech this morning when she asked how I was doing. I hate to tell you, but it does get worse. That's why I went out and bought some pants a size larger this time because I was sick of wearing the one pair that fit last time. I had a larger stomach after ER than I did at 3 months pregnant, when the bloating went away.

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My bloating is better after the ER and ET, but it's definitely still there -- I still feel the need to pee often, and it seems like it's making me TMI alert, plugged up, for lack of a better term. And I can't wear some of my jeans still.

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My RE also confirmed the bloating is going to get A LOT worse! The ultrasound went well, there were lots of follies on each side, but the biggest were only 9-10mm, so he said I will probably have ER later this week (Thur/Fri ish) When I left, he said to keep my dosage the same, but they called a couple hours later and said to go down to 1 vial/night because my bloodwork came back and the E2 was "quite high". The clinic was closed by the time I got the message, so now I am wondering what "quite high" is?

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Do they have a website you can log in to to find out?

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My RE also confirmed the bloating is going to get A LOT worse! The ultrasound went well, there were lots of follies on each side, but the biggest were only 9-10mm, so he said I will probably have ER later this week (Thur/Fri ish) When I left, he said to keep my dosage the same, but they called a couple hours later and said to go down to 1 vial/night because my bloodwork came back and the E2 was "quite high". The clinic was closed by the time I got the message, so now I am wondering what "quite high" is?
Belly, how many follicles are you growing? You probably already know this, but lots of follicles, plus a high estrogen means you're at higher risk for OHSS. My estrogen wasn't that high and I still got a severe case of OHSS. Hope that doesn't happen to you! There are things your doc can do to minimize the severity - lower your HCG trigger or use a different drug, "coasting", or skip the fresh transfer and do a frozen transfer later. In my case we should have skipped the fresh transfer. I know it seems a bit early to be thinking about this, but I wish I had been more aware.
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