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Old Oct 5th, 2014, 08:34 AM   1
LadyLovenox
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Dhea question! Please help?!


Hey ladies! I am getting ready to start stimming for my 4th ivf in 2 weeks. For my third ivf, I was on Dhea for 2.5 months before stimming. My clinic doesn't support Dhea, but were willing to let me try it. I asked when to stop. Originally my doctor said to stop at retrieval, but then called and said she changed her mind and to stop before stims. Because they don't even promote Dhea, I decided to go with chr's protocol for Dhea which says to stay on it during stims. After all... They're the ones who discovered Dhea' use in ivf. I didn't tell my doctor I was staying on it. Well... That ivf I got 17 eggs, 11 mature, all 11 fertilized, and 3 made it to blast. (by far the best response, but also a new protocol ) That was the first time I had ever made it to blast, but she said she would have expected more to make it to blastocyst out of 11. I'll never know if staying on the Dhea during stims helped, hurt (like I could have had more blasts if I hadn't stayed on it) , or didn't have any effect. Well... Now I've been on for 3 months before this ivf.... And im wondering if I should stay on again during stims, or stop before stims.

Anyone have experience staying on Dhea during stims, vs. Stopping before stims. I've googled it like crazy, but I'm finding that some doctors say to stay on, some say to stop. Any experience??



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Old Oct 5th, 2014, 21:23 PM   2
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I'm starting my second ivf on dhea my clinic tells me to be on it the whole time, I don't have anything to compare it to but I had 8 eggs collected and all fertilized, two blasts that ended in a chemical. I'm hoping for a better ending this time and I'm confident the dhea will help. Good luck



 
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Old Oct 6th, 2014, 16:12 PM   3
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Thanks so much!! Do you even stay on it during the tww too? This will be my second ivf on Dhea.... I'm positive that it'll help knock this one outta the park as well. I'll be praying for both of us!!



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Old Oct 6th, 2014, 19:29 PM   4
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Aw thank you ladylove

I think they told me I could stop after collection but I went back on it after my chemical so pretty much taking it for about six months now... I need a miracle

I'll be praying for you too!!!

I also start stims soon in about 3wks



 
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Old Oct 6th, 2014, 19:45 PM   5
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Our time lines are so similar! I've been on for about 7 months with a few week break in between for my last failed cycle. I have about 2.5 weeks til stims start. We can be cycle buddies, if you want! what dosage of stims will you be on, do you know yet? What protocol?



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Old Oct 6th, 2014, 20:17 PM   6
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Wow, that's amazing same here, only a couple of small breaks here and there. I've been on BCP for one week and have two more to go and I think they start me on lupron then stims so we'll be very close, I'd LOVE to be buddies! It will be nice this way, I kind of didn't want to be on a big group this time, I'm trying to stay relaxed about it even knowing my chances are slim (age) my hormones are great so on paper I'm early 30's haha, I just need to believe my body IS young and my genetics are amazing! and forget the statistics.

They will have me start on 225 gonalf and I'm waiting to hear how many menopur vials, I think they were waiting to see my blood levels first and those just came back today FSH 5.9/AMH 2.5ng/mL not sure if they'll wait for my FC to give me my final doses. I think collection will prob be between first and second week of November. How about you?

By the way, clinic has me on Dhea, 600mg coQ10 and baby aspirin plus a prenatal of course, I decided to take extra folic acid too.



 
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Old Oct 6th, 2014, 21:01 PM   7
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Awesome!! I'm so glad we can be buddies, and not have a huge forum to follow! plus it'll be nice to compare notes, and bounce ideas off of each other! We sound like we are on the same protocol too... I'm only taking 14 pills though, but them will also start Lupron, and then stims. (microdose flare protocol).

I just turned 30, my fsh is great, but low Amh (1.33 ) which means decreased ovarian reserve. BUT my ovaries made mama proud last round... So im hoping they do the same this time! The Dhea def helped! Your numbers are great!! Who cares about age... Ur body is still Rockin it out!!!

I'm going to be on 225 gonalf and 225 menopur (highest starting dose ever for me) hope it helps! My collection is temporarily scheduled for Nov 6th!

I'm am on exactly the same supplements as you! I'll also be in lovenox starting at ec and ending just before I deliver (as long as it works! ) staying positive for both of us!!!



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Old Oct 7th, 2014, 09:26 AM   8
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I think we'll be on the same dose and scheduled dates I'm going to give them a call to get some dates down

This is going to be it for you! Now you know your body better then ever and you are more prepared then ever.

We are going to do GREAT!!!



 
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Old Oct 7th, 2014, 09:48 AM   9
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My RE also had my use DHEA prior to starting our cycle and kept me on it until I triggered. Once I triggered, though, he told me to stop using it. I do know that you should not use DHEA if you might be pregnant, so I would definitely stop during the 2ww. Best of luck!!



 
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Old Oct 7th, 2014, 11:03 AM   10
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Thanks melissa, are you on 2ww? How are you doing?



 
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