Sophie, what a scare. Glad to hear it is not a clot. You should be starting your cycle soon. Best of luck with that. Please keep us updated. I will keep you in my thoughts. You will have to give yourself a lot of shots, that is not fun but you will make it!
Bronte, the waiting is always hard. BTW I read you are talking supplements. I was taking Ubiquinol, Inositol and royal jelly, max dosage for all of them for a month prior my cycle and also during stimulation. I had the best response compared to my two previous cycles which were 1.5 and 2 years ago (I am 41 at the moment so that is a long time).
Hi eab. Good to hear from you. My cycle will tentatively start November 19. I've had a day with ordering my drugs though. Apparently I've met my fertility drug benefit for the year and no one told me. Drugs were due to arrive tomorrow and I received a phone call today telling me I owed $16000 for drugs alone. Yep 16k. It's taken me all day but I think I've finally found a place to get them for about 4k. I'm ready to quit and I haven't even started yet.
That's awesome you had a great response!! Did you decide to do PGS? When will you know something?
Sophie, 16K??? That is absurd....
Are you in the US? I have read some people buy them in Europe as they are cheaper.
Fortunately I live in MA and the insurance has covered my medications and the IVF. We had to pay ICSI, biopsy and PGS out of pocket though and that alone was over 7K.... My cycle went well and I did not need as much medications. It was a new protocol which is supposed to work better with older women.
I got 2 PGS normal embryos. A boy and a girl. I am happy and relived, but the hard part is yet to start. I am terrified of geting pregnant just to miscarry. I am sure you can relate.
You will be starting this week. I wish you all the best. I will be checking for your updates.
eab-that is awesome news!!! Can I ask what protocol they used for you? I just turned 44 and this is my one and only IVF attempt.
Sophie, actually I do not not the name of the protocol, but there was basically no suppression other than birth control for about ten days. After my baseline I started stimulating in the evenings and in the mornings. Then, after a few days they added ganirelix in the mornings. In my previous cycles I took ganirelix or lupron before starting stimulating. The first time, lupron for three days, after a month of birth control, then I started stimulation. The second time, I took birth control for a month, then ganirelix for at least a week, then I started stimulation. I had to be on really high dosage of hormones. This time around I was surprised they had to lower the dosage quite a bit after the first three days.
I can inquire about the name of the protocol. I know it is 'short'
Ok. No I don't have a name either. But I spoke with the geneticist in charge of PGS testing Tuesday and she gave me some advice that my RE is letting me follow. No suppression. No birth control pills. On CD2 I start Follistim AM & PM. Around CD 6 or 7 I start Ganirelix at night (she said if they are unsure if to start it on CD6 make them wait til CD7). When I start Ganirelix I will add Menopur AM & PM. (So Follistim & Menopur AM & PM with Ganirelix at night). Apparently starting Ganirelix or Menopur too early is bad. On Dexamethasone the whole time.
They have 3 sister clinics who started using this protocol and all those clinics have a 70% pregnancy rate for IVF regardless of age it seems. Hope it works. I'm so afraid it won't.
Eab- I'm doing Lupron because I did 2 Follistim/Ovidrel/IUI cycles (babies #4 & 5) and with the 2nd one developed mild OHSS. Using Lupron instead of Ovidrel to reduce that chance.
Yes I'll freeze. If we even get anything. So so worried we won't. Plus I'm likely gonna start Saturday which complicates things and next week is Thanksgiving week and my IVF nurse is on vacay. Not happy about any of it. I want someone holding my hand thru this! Winging it terrifies me.
Good luck to you!!! It's gonna work out. Are you transferring both? I'd give anything to be in your shoes with a healthy girl and boy embie. Just keep telling yourself you're pregnant. Never think otherwise. FX'd soooooo tight for you!!!!!
Well it has begun. Suppression check was today. I have an antral follicle count of 12. Not bad for an old woman I'm told. Start my Follistim and Dexamethasone tomorrow. Just ready for it to be over. One way or another. Sigh.
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