Hiker- I am glad you found a place that is very supportive and better for you in the long run. That's amazing regarding your insurance. Ours covers nothing for infertility. I hope this coming cycle is your last. I think of you often and hope 2017 blesses you with a baby.
HI smille, how nice of you to think of me I have started estrogen priming and am waiting for AF to start, then we will begin ivf number 5. Can't belive it. 5 times of this crap. It's been several weeks of getting all my meds ordered, paperwork completed, an on Thursday had an EFT test, which involves an endometrial biopsy (ouch) to test if I have any receptivity issues. Unlikely, but I'd rather know now so if we do get good embryos I want to make sure there is absolutely no good reason they wouldn't implant. Should find out before we'd have to transfer hopefully.
How is your baby? I love the steelers outfits!
Lemon how did your cycle go?
Bronte, what's the status on your cycle?
Anyone else out there still reading? What's going on with you all?
Hey, Hiker! It's so good to hear an update from you!
5 times around. Wow. I hope this one brings you your success story.
My first cycle was cancelled. We got three eggs and none fertilized. It sucked. I actually start estrogen priming myself again on Tuesday and then stims shortly after AF starts! Looks like we'll be cycle buddies.
I'm sorry this will be the 5th time, but I hope this is the final cycle for you . Just the words 'endometrial biopsy' sound awful, but you have a point it's best to know if there could possibly be any issues that could complicate things. I hope you get some good embryos this time around. Fxd for you!
Lemon- I'm sorry to see that none of your eggs fertilized. I hope this cycle is kinder to you.
Maybe next year the Steelers will make it to the superbowl 🤔. Baby is doing really good...growing like a weed.
Hi Smille, thanks for checking on me. Not sure if anyone else is still reading, but I figure it might be time for an update. So my last cycle, #5, was also a bust. I was feeling so hopeful with my new, wonderful doctor. They got more eggs than ever (10) and more than ever mature and fertilize (4) but again they all were highly fragmented and stopped growing at about 4 cells.
In the meantime, I got the results of that EFT test. It showed, of course, that I also have receptivity issues with my lining. So in other words, no embryo would ever be able to implant in my uterus at its current state. Kinda makes the past 2+ years feel like a waste. But at least we know now, and I am thankful to have a doctor who is looking to diligently to find a reason for our lack of success. So what that means is, and a likely cause among several reasons, was that I could have endometriosis. Yes, on top of all of this, I could have had endometriosis that was never diagnosed.
So after my failed IVF, the doctor said I should get a laparoscopy to get a better look inside. Well I had it Tuesday, and wouldn't you know, the found some! My doctor was right again! They removed everything they could - it was minor, only stage 1, but still was there. So now I am at home recovering.
As far as next steps, my doctor said it is actually a good thing that I have endo as it 1) explains some things (could be contributing to my poor egg quality all along!) and 2) we have some direction now. Had they found nothing, he said we likely would have been "stuck" (aka in my mind, time for donor eggs). So the plan is to supress me with BCP and Letrozole for 2 months, which should shrink any residual endo as I understand it, then stim again for likely our last round of IVF as our insurance will run out. If we still have the same results, well I'll feel like we gave it our all and I think will be at peace with donor eggs.
Which, on the DE note, I was losing my mind looking through profiles and trying to wrap my mind around having my child be genetically related to a stranger. Well life moves in mysterious ways sometimes...we broached the subject with my brother, whose wife may be willing to donate. And then today out of the blue, my friend came to visit me with her 3 month old. I finally opened up to her about our struggles and the surgery, etc., and she flat out said she would love to give me her eggs. I couldn't believe it. I can't believe someone could be so generous and kind. She seemed very excited about doing it and being able to help us. So I don't know how this whole story will end, but I am thankful to feel like we have some options ahead of us - that we don't seem to be at a dead end...yet.
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