Ok, so I guess I'm a little bit venting a little bit thinking out loud and curious what you think. After our last failed IVF we have been on a bit of a break waiting for my laparoscopy and hysteroscopy to get done. Its been about a month and a half now of waiting. My surgery is Thursday. Anyways, I've really actually enjoyed the time off. My Dr. told me not to hold back and do anything I wanted. He said we've been through so much and I need to take this time for myself. Its been so nice not to have to worry about doing something too physical, or even have a glass of wine. My Dr. actually told me to drink. Its been almost 2 years of treatments and I haven't drank during that time. I've been doing everything I enjoy and not worried about the physical stress it could be having on me during treatments and its actually been wonderful. I love being active. I almost feel guilty that I'm enjoying the break this much. During this break I've actually been thinking a little more about adoption. When is it time to just move on? I feel so guilty for thinking that too. I'm just so tired of all the meds and all the treatments. I just want it to be over with, but I want a baby, my baby, more than anything in the world right now. I've even thought maybe we should start the adoption process while still trying to conceive our own. I asked my husband one day, how do we know when its time to move on? He told me we will move on when I say its time to move one. He knows how hard this is on me and doesn't want me to do anything I don't want to anymore. I guess deep down I don't feel like now is the time to give up on treatments and I'm hoping that when the time comes I will just KNOW and it will feel right. I just want a baby so badly. Seems like every one I know is pregnant or has children. Every time we go out with friends who have children I have to listen to them talk about their kids the entire time. Or hear about another friend who is pregnant and I'm just so sick of it. And I'm tired of feeling the way I do about it too. Hopefully after Thursday we'll have some answers and will know the best way to proceed. Also, sorry for the rambling.View Thread
I talked to my RE about it and he said with all the scientific research he has seen on acupuncture he doesn't feel it actually helps getting pregnant. But can help with the stress and things like that. Since I have to have surgery before we can ever start treatments again I decided to cancel my acupuncture for the time being. Its kind of expensive and if its really only going to help with stress then I really don't want to spend the money on it.View Thread
I have been on both the clomid and the metformin. A lot of women have success on the clomid. The good thing about clomid that if it doesn't develop follicles they can keep increasing the dosage up to 150 - 200mg. You just have to be careful because the higher the dosage the more it can actually reduce your lining. I did not respond to the clomid but I also seem to have a lot of other issues. Are you on metformin because of insulin resistance, or trying to lose weight? I took it after my miscarriage to help with preventing future miscarriage. They've done studies where it helps with that. While I'm not insulin resistant I still took it. I also didn't really need to lose weight but it still helped me lose a few pounds and keep it off without even trying. Are you seeing an OB/GYN or an RE? I've been seeing an RE for about a year and a half but like I mentioned previously I seem to have more issues than what first met the eye. I know it can be extremely frustrating, I've been there, trust me. Its one of those things you just have to keep pushing forward and eventually you WILL get you miracle.
Good luck to you and please do not hesitate to ask any questions.View Thread
I had my failed IVF consult today. It was much more than I thought it would be. As I knew before, my uterus is severely curved and makes it extremely difficult to do a transfer. The first thing my RE said when he came into the room was this last "transfer was a B!tch". I knew it had to be more difficult than normal because I was in a lot of pain and had some bleeding. Well blood and transfers are not a good combo. So before proceeding and wasting any more of our frozen embryos I have to have surgery. They'll be doing hysteroscopy and laparoscopy, he wants to see exactly what is going on in there and to see if there is anything causing my uterus to be so twisted. Depending on what he finds determines on how he'll do the next transfer, there are several different options. Some more pleasant than others... Another thing we discussed was that we got pregnant with twins using IUI and that actually may be best for us due to the uterus issues. We just have to see what he finds during surgery and then decide what would be best. He said we've been through too much and we need to make sure we go about this right because obviously we need to do something different. I think our RE is just as frustrated as we are. He said his goal is to get us pregnant with twins and be done. Ha. Now just waiting for the scheduler to call and let us know when the surgery will be.View Thread
Sorry the clomid didn't work for you this time. I highly recommend a specialist. They can offer you more options. When I was first on clomid with my OB/GYN, I saw a different Dr. one day when I was getting some results and he said that he highly recommends a specialist to those with fertility issues. He and his wife went through the same things and said its just better to move on and not waste time. I thought since he, being an OB/GYN was telling me that I better listen. I'm glad I did too. If it were me I would call an RE and see how long it will take to get your first appointment. I know some you wait weeks. If its going to be a little while I would make the appointment but then while waiting try to increase the dosage through your OB/GYN and who knows, maybe you'll never need the specialist but at least you have it in the plan.
I started BCP last night. If we stick to the same routine that we had last time I will be on BCP for 3 weeks, and then lupron injections for a month followed by embryo transfer hopefully sometime the end of August. I should get my exact transfer date next Monday. We've also decided to try acupuncture. I hope I'm not throwing money away but some of the studies are pretty convincing. Its best if you start before egg retrieval but even though we're past that the acupuncturist assured me it can still be of some assistance. I hope she's right and honest. Also, if we have to do another fresh cycle starting from the beginning I will already be seeing the acupuncturist and maybe it can help me there. So guess we just get started again and see how it all plays out.View Thread
I personally never had any luck with clomid but I do know of many that have. As long as you're responding to the clomid I don't see why your Dr. would want you to move onto IVF. Have you had ovarian reserve testing? Is there any other reason that he might be concerned? We did the IUI thing for a little while with use of injectables because I would not respond to clomid. Then moved onto IVF. If you can afford IVF I definitely recommend it< IUI just seems to be a luck of the draw type of thing. While I haven't had total success yet with IVF, (my first cycle was chemical pregnancy, and second BFN) it is so nice to know exactly what embryos are being transferred. The reason we moved onto IVF is because we did get pregnant with our first IUI, but m/c at 7 weeks. And then we just couldn't seem to get pregnant again with IUI.
It is very expensive, but the more research I'm doing on it, the better it sounds. Some of the studies are very encouraging. Just not sure if its worth it. As far as IVF you're supposed to start acupuncture before you before you do your egg retrieval, well I'm passed that right now and still going off of what's frozen. We still have one more round with frozen embryos. I called an acupuncture facility and they said they could still help me but I'm just not sure. Its so expensive and I don't want to waste money. DH and I figured how much we have spent so far on treatments and it is an insane amount. But all worth it when we get our miracle. Its just so hard to decide what to do. I'm going to call my IVF nurse tomorrow to see how she/they feel about it and go from there. I'm getting to the point where I will try almost anything to get pregnant.View Thread
Has anyone done or considered acupuncture? I'm starting to think about it. Its not something I really ever considered before now, but I'm willing to try anything at this point. Just not sure. I want to talk to my RE at my failed IVF consult in a couple of weeks but would like to hear if anyone else has experience with it. ThanksView Thread
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