Abbey, that was very informative. Thanks. I hadn't realized that they actually put our system on hold, so to speak, pre-IVF treatment... and that is why you can't just do it from your 'natural' cycle. Apparently they like to have 10 or more eggs...
Also, I hadn't realized the waiting period was slightly shorter than with an in vivo (IUI or natural) cylce, but it makes sense, since the embryo is developed for a few days 'in vitro' and only then is it transferred back in.
I'm sorry to hear about your cysts and endo.... it sure seems like you didn't have them before and they were a consequence of the meds. But glad to hear all that is behind you!
Well, good luck with your shots! Let me know how it goes!!View Thread
Oh, interesting. I'll ask my RE about Letrozole.
I've been getting major hot flashes at night when on the Clomid, but since its only for a few days I'm not complaining... But if there's something that may have less side effects, I'd want that. I'm mainly worried that all these artificial stimulants may have an effect on the actual quality of the egg itself. I know thats a question for the RE, and one I'll ask him when I see him next week.
Maybe I worry too much.
And yes, the 'age factor urgency', I'm with you, no one seems to understand it, and especially not the doctors and nurses.... At my fertility clinic, they all say 'I'm so young'. Sigh.
Oh, thank you for sharing! Great to hear feedback from someone who's experienced both types of pregnancies. Glad to hear that your twin pregnancy went well despite the premature birth. But I know they have good neo-natal care these days, even if it must be really scary, the babies being so tiny and all...
And yes, it scares me, but at the same time, because of my age I'm open to it. But if we get a singleton that's ok, too... Many women have a child close to 40 these days so I'm hoping I'll be ok to do that as well.
And I HOPE you're right about "time flying by" with the IVF cy Le, because I find the 2ww excruciatingly long, lol! I try and fill up my calendar as much as possible to not start testing early and all that, but the longest I've held up was 4d pre-period day... lolView Thread
Hi ATT76, Thanks for your input! And yes, seems like I'm too late for IVF this cycle anyway. I'm sorry you've gone through 6 unsuccessful rounds of IUI. I can't even imagine how disappointing that must be. I must admit that this month and I not half as excited or hopeful as I was last month. Getting that negative result after back-to-back IUI with 2 follicles for targets AND the doctor saying he was 'very pleased with the amount of sperm being inseminated" was definitely hard to take. I can only imagine going through it 6 times, you are one brave lady!!
Might I ask, from your siggy info, it seems like you did 3 rounds of Clomid, and only after that did you do IUI.... does that mean you were on Clomid and TTC naturally? Were you then also on it when you did your IUIs?
And, I must ask, this LAP surgery, I think someone mentioned it above... does that have to do with ovarian cysts? If so, was that a consequence of all the Clomid rounds? Thanks for shedding some light on all of this
Sending you baby dust and wishing you the best of luck for this cycle, after all, 7 is a lucky number, and indeed, all it takes is one View Thread
Hi Becky! Thanks for your input. Yes, seems like either way I have no choice for this cycle, so IUI it is. Which is ok because I did want to 'give IUI a proper try' before moving to IVF... so 2 cycles is a minimum, I originally thought of doing 3 or 4, but then when I realized how low the stats were, my age being a factor as well, I now think maybe 2 or maximum 3 cycles and on to IVF...
I know I shouldn't be 'wanting" twins, but I must say I would love that. I have, however, read about all the potential risks with multiple pregnancies, and the doctors definitely seem to try and avoid multiples, even twins, at any rate.... So yeah, I'm sure there's good reason. I see your twins were probably born under the Leo star sign, unless they arrived late.... If they are Leos, they are like me: Leo-Dragons. Be prepared!! Are they a boy and girl, or 2 boys or 2 girls?
May I ask you, how was the experience of being pregnant with twins? I'm sure you were around other expectant moms, did you feel like you were a LOT bigger than them, that you were having a much harder time? Were you able to attempt for a natural delivery, or did they recommend you go straight to c-section? And did your twins have any complications during the pregnancy itself (I read that there are a few different complication scenarios that can occur during pregnancies, one being that one twin ends up taking all the nutrients and the other not enough.... )
Thank you, and thanks for taking the time to respond, I'm sure you must be pretty busy taking care of not one, but 2 newborns!View Thread
So, why did you do 8 rounds of Clomid and only one IUI? Was Clomid the reason you got ovarian cysts?
I was told by another TTC girlfriend that they only allow women to do so many rounds of Clomid, Do you know about that, how many cycles that may be?
I'm excited for you and your IVF cycle! Crossing my fingers for you and sending you baby dust! Keep me posted!
oh - question: what is the follow up like after the IVF?? Is the 2ww the same, without need for appointments? I'm worried that if I get IVF in December, I will be traveling for the holidays and won't be able to have any follow up appointments, if there are any....View Thread
Thanks Rose. Wow, I'm sorry you had to go through so many cycles of IVF for it to work. That definitely sheds some perspective on the whole thing, since the odds are so much higher with IVF to begin with. Science is amazing.
I agree with you on taking the statistics with a grain of salt, especially as relates to birth defects and other issues, since it is probably safe to say that the majority of women trying IVF are over 35, and therefore the odds of problems with the pregnancies are likely increased because of the age group and other factors, as you mentioned. I have been trying to find out more about that, whether the manipulation itself (the IVF procedure) is thought to have any impact on the health of the babies, or if it is mainly a factor of the eggs and sperms' age. From the little I've managed to find online, the latter seems to be the reason. And that makes me want to do IVF sooner rather than later!