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#1 SweetPea33

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 07:55 PM

Anyone cycling in April/May? Waiting for AF to show up so I can start bcp! :)

Me: 36 DH: 36
TTC since June 2008
Dx: DOR, high FSH, male factor

Natural pregnacy February 2009 m/c @ 10 weeks D & C

Clinc: McGill Reproductive Center

IVF #1 - March/April 2011
Gonal f 300 and luveris 150, 2 eggs, 1 egg mature, 1 embryo
2dt of a 6 cell embryo no frosties BFN

IVF #2 - May/June 2012
Gonal f 450 and luveris 225, 1 egg, 1 embryo
2dt of a 4 cell embryo no frosties BFN


Switched to Montreal Fertility Center


#2 valishka

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:09 AM

Hi Sweat Pea :) I hope this topic will be much more popular ;)
I'm starting stimming around april 11th ! But I'm anxious that my present cycle will be a little delay (maybe because of stress ?) I don't know but usually I'm ovulating at day 13-14 of my cycle and now I'm on day 15 and nothing yet ! I hope AF will come on time...I'm so excited to start this IVF roller coaster :)
DH 36, severe male factor after cancer treatment
Me, 26

IVF-ICSI #1 February 2010
18 eggs collected, 10 mature, 7 embryos
ET of 2 perfect blasts, nothing to freeze...BFP !!!

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Natural pregnancy october 2011 ! Ended in m/c at 7 weeks....

IVF-ICSI #2 April 2012
2nd u/s : 8 follies...
3rd u/s : 18 follies !
ER April 21nd : 16 eggs retrieved !
April 22nd : 11 eggs mature, 10 embryos !
April 26th : ET of 1 perfect blast ! 3 frozen blasts :) Woohoo !
May 1st : HPT BFP ! Woohoo !
May 3rd : HPT BFP !
Beta May 7th : 341 !!!
May 23rd : boum boum boum ! Baby measuring 6mm !

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#3 Kel

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 05:02 PM

Hi Sweetpea, Valishka!

I'm going to be cycling in April/May. I start the nasal spray (suprafact? I can say it, but the spelling always trips me up) on April 10th.
Me: 32, no known fertility problems.
DW: 37, no known fertility problems, but for obvious reasons she won't be getting me pregnant!

IUI March 2009 - BFP!
DS born 12/09

IVF with ICSI - April/May 2012.
April 26 - Start stims
May 10 - ER - 18 eggs retrieved, 9 mature, 3 fertilized :(
May 13 - Three day transfer of two embryos. None to freeze.
May 21 - Faint second line on HPT...
May 22 - Line is darker! It's a BFP!
May 28 - Beta 671
June 21 - US

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#4 SweetPea33

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:46 PM

Hi Valishka and Kel! :)

I'm also excited to start the process again. I'm a bit worried about waitng for AF to show up because I had no peroid for 4 months last fall. Hopefully that won't happen again!

Hope this thread will get popular. :)

Me: 36 DH: 36
TTC since June 2008
Dx: DOR, high FSH, male factor

Natural pregnacy February 2009 m/c @ 10 weeks D & C

Clinc: McGill Reproductive Center

IVF #1 - March/April 2011
Gonal f 300 and luveris 150, 2 eggs, 1 egg mature, 1 embryo
2dt of a 6 cell embryo no frosties BFN

IVF #2 - May/June 2012
Gonal f 450 and luveris 225, 1 egg, 1 embryo
2dt of a 4 cell embryo no frosties BFN


Switched to Montreal Fertility Center


#5 valishka

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:11 AM

SweetPea if your AF is very late you could go to the clinic and they can help you to make it start :)
DH 36, severe male factor after cancer treatment
Me, 26

IVF-ICSI #1 February 2010
18 eggs collected, 10 mature, 7 embryos
ET of 2 perfect blasts, nothing to freeze...BFP !!!

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Natural pregnancy october 2011 ! Ended in m/c at 7 weeks....

IVF-ICSI #2 April 2012
2nd u/s : 8 follies...
3rd u/s : 18 follies !
ER April 21nd : 16 eggs retrieved !
April 22nd : 11 eggs mature, 10 embryos !
April 26th : ET of 1 perfect blast ! 3 frozen blasts :) Woohoo !
May 1st : HPT BFP ! Woohoo !
May 3rd : HPT BFP !
Beta May 7th : 341 !!!
May 23rd : boum boum boum ! Baby measuring 6mm !

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#6 Graceland

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:20 AM

Hi ladies!

I'm here, too. I started BCP on March 26th and the plan is to start Suprefact injections on April 13th. If all goes well, I'll start Puregon on April 26th. It's exciting/nerve-wracking to be starting another IVF! I hope the change in protocol (from antagonist to agonist) will be our magic ticket. :)

Me - 34, DH - 32, TTC since April 2010, Dx: Stage I endometriosis, tubal issues

Natural BFP January 2011: Ectopic rupture @5w6d, loss of right tube
 

IVF/ICSI #1 (January 2012 - OFC):

  • 7 eggs retrieved, 6 mature, 6 fertilized
  • Day 3 transfer of 2 embryos (7-4 and 7-3): BFP but chemical pregnancy

IVF/ICSI #2 (April/May 2012 - OFC):

  • 10 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 5 fertilized
  • Day 3 transfer of 2 embryos (8-3 and 7-3): BFN

IVF/ICSI #3 (October/November 2012 - Hannam):

  • 8 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 8 fertilized
  • Day 5 transfer of 2 morula: BFN

IVF/ICSI #4 (March/April 2013 - Hannam):

  • 26 eggs retrieved, 24 mature, 20 fertilized
  • 1 day-5 (3AA) and 3 day-6 (3AA, 3AA, 3AA) blastocysts frozen! Planned freeze-all cycle

FET #1 (July/August 2013 - Hannam):

  • 1 day-5 (now a 4AA) and 1 day-6 (3AA) blastocysts on board!
  • BFP at 5dp5dt!
  • Beta results low and slowly rising: 235 @14dp5dt, 350 @16dp5dt
  • First ultrasound @5w2d: Ectopic pregnancy... loss of left tube

FET #2 (October/November 2013 - Hannam):

  • 2 day-6 (3AA) blastocysts on board!
  • BFP at 5dp6dt (spotting from 6dp6dt to 9dp6dt)
  • Beta results: 50 @8dp6dt, 201 @12dp6dt, 624 @14dp6dt!
  • First ultrasound @5w3d: Uterine pregnancy finally! Baby measuring 5w2d
  • Second ultrasound @7w2d: Heartbeat of 143 bpm! Baby measuring 7w1d
  • Third ultrasound @8w3d: Heartbeat of 178 bpm! Baby measuring 8w3d
  • Fourth ultrasound @9w2d: No heartbeat. D&C with genetic testing: a baby girl with Turner Syndrome

IVF/ICSI #5 (March/April 2014 - Hannam): 

  • 18 eggs retrieved, 15 mature, 13 fertilized
  • 1 day-5 (2BC) and 2 day-6 (3AA, 3AB)  blastocysts frozen! Planned freeze-all cycle

FET #3 (July/August 2014 - Hannam):

  • 1 day-5 (now a 3BC) and 2 day-6 (3AA & 3AB) blastocysts on board!
  •  BFP at 8dp5dt but line is slowly fading... chemical pregnancy

#7 SweetPea33

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 12:24 PM

Thanks so much for the info Valishka! I will call them on Monday!

Welcome Graceland! Best of luck!

Me: 36 DH: 36
TTC since June 2008
Dx: DOR, high FSH, male factor

Natural pregnacy February 2009 m/c @ 10 weeks D & C

Clinc: McGill Reproductive Center

IVF #1 - March/April 2011
Gonal f 300 and luveris 150, 2 eggs, 1 egg mature, 1 embryo
2dt of a 6 cell embryo no frosties BFN

IVF #2 - May/June 2012
Gonal f 450 and luveris 225, 1 egg, 1 embryo
2dt of a 4 cell embryo no frosties BFN


Switched to Montreal Fertility Center


#8 Mel W

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:46 AM

Hi Valishka - Looks like this is this the most recent thread for April/May Cycle Buddies? I am gearing up for IVF #2 - starting Suprefact on April 6th - with ER expected early May. Would love to connect with others going through a cycle during that time period. Thanks!

#9 KTN

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:10 PM

Hi all! Wow looks like everyone is starting already!! I'm waiting for Af. ;( I'm Soo nervous though, this is our second time. I'm praying this one to be the last! Good luck all!
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#10 Graceland

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:46 PM

It sounds like there are a few 2nd timers here. It's nerve-wracking, isn't it? What are you doing this time that's different than last time? I'm on a new protocol (agonist) and I'm taking co-enzyme q10. DH has been taking fertile pro vitamins since February. I'm also being much stricter with my caffeine intake... as in I've cut out coffee/tea completely. Who knows if any of it will make a difference but I really hope so!

Me - 34, DH - 32, TTC since April 2010, Dx: Stage I endometriosis, tubal issues

Natural BFP January 2011: Ectopic rupture @5w6d, loss of right tube
 

IVF/ICSI #1 (January 2012 - OFC):

  • 7 eggs retrieved, 6 mature, 6 fertilized
  • Day 3 transfer of 2 embryos (7-4 and 7-3): BFP but chemical pregnancy

IVF/ICSI #2 (April/May 2012 - OFC):

  • 10 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 5 fertilized
  • Day 3 transfer of 2 embryos (8-3 and 7-3): BFN

IVF/ICSI #3 (October/November 2012 - Hannam):

  • 8 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 8 fertilized
  • Day 5 transfer of 2 morula: BFN

IVF/ICSI #4 (March/April 2013 - Hannam):

  • 26 eggs retrieved, 24 mature, 20 fertilized
  • 1 day-5 (3AA) and 3 day-6 (3AA, 3AA, 3AA) blastocysts frozen! Planned freeze-all cycle

FET #1 (July/August 2013 - Hannam):

  • 1 day-5 (now a 4AA) and 1 day-6 (3AA) blastocysts on board!
  • BFP at 5dp5dt!
  • Beta results low and slowly rising: 235 @14dp5dt, 350 @16dp5dt
  • First ultrasound @5w2d: Ectopic pregnancy... loss of left tube

FET #2 (October/November 2013 - Hannam):

  • 2 day-6 (3AA) blastocysts on board!
  • BFP at 5dp6dt (spotting from 6dp6dt to 9dp6dt)
  • Beta results: 50 @8dp6dt, 201 @12dp6dt, 624 @14dp6dt!
  • First ultrasound @5w3d: Uterine pregnancy finally! Baby measuring 5w2d
  • Second ultrasound @7w2d: Heartbeat of 143 bpm! Baby measuring 7w1d
  • Third ultrasound @8w3d: Heartbeat of 178 bpm! Baby measuring 8w3d
  • Fourth ultrasound @9w2d: No heartbeat. D&C with genetic testing: a baby girl with Turner Syndrome

IVF/ICSI #5 (March/April 2014 - Hannam): 

  • 18 eggs retrieved, 15 mature, 13 fertilized
  • 1 day-5 (2BC) and 2 day-6 (3AA, 3AB)  blastocysts frozen! Planned freeze-all cycle

FET #3 (July/August 2014 - Hannam):

  • 1 day-5 (now a 3BC) and 2 day-6 (3AA & 3AB) blastocysts on board!
  •  BFP at 8dp5dt but line is slowly fading... chemical pregnancy

#11 Obabyplease

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:00 PM

Hey all! I'll be joining you as well although I'm doing a FET and not a fresh cycle. Today is CD3 and I'll be unmedicated so I think my cycle will be going a lot quicker than most of yours, but hopefully you'll have me anyway! Good Luck!
Graceland - nice to cycle with you again!

Me 33/DH 36
DX Mild MFI, Stage II Endo
TTC since Oct 2008

IUI#1- #11: 2 unmedicated, 3 clomid + trigger, 6 Puregon + trigger = 1 mc (7w4d)8 BFN

IVF #1 w ICSI - January 2012 BFN
FET #1 - April 2012 BFN

Mental health break & ran a marathon
Eliminated Dairy
Surprise BFP October 2012 - m/c 7w
Surprise BFP April 2013 - m/c 5w6d

IVF #2 w ICSI- July 2013
Added synthroid and low dose aspirin
Endometrial Biopsies - June 13th and 28th
July 2nd started stims

ER July 15th, 8R, 2F

ET July18th of 1 13cell highest grade, with AH

+ HPT at 6dp3dt

BETA 1 @ 14dp3dt  757

BETA 2 @ 16dp3dt 1762


#12 YVRunner

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:20 PM

Hi everyone! I'm new to the forums so forgive me for not knowing the "lingo" that well. I started Synarel nasal spray on March 27th, and took my last BCP today (April 2nd). I'm waiting for Day 1 of AF and then I call the clinic for my injection start date. I anticipate the start date to be within a week but will repost when I know for certain.

This is my 3rd attempt. First was an IUI that failed early, second was an IVF - got to egg retrieval, 12 eggs, none fertilized. Fingers crossed this time round. It is 2012 - year of the Dragon! I say it's a good year for me to conceive!

Me: 37, PCOS
BFF (boyfriend forever): 38
TTC: 7 years

2 Furbabies - Sadie & Molly (long-haired mini dachshunds)

2011
IUI #1 with Clomid - missed ovulation
IVF #1 - 12 eggs retrived, 0 fertilized (ICSI)

2012
IVF #2 - April/May
BCP and Synarel spray
75 iu Bravelle, 75 iu Menopur
April 20 - ER 11 eggs
April 21 - 8 fertilized, 1 transferred on day 5, nothing to freeze
BFN

IVF #3 - July/August
Same protocol as above
August 3 - ER 18 mature
August 4 - 11 fertilized
August 8 - ET 1 blastocyst
August 9 - 8 frosties - finally!!!
August 15 - OHSS kicked in
August 20 - Beta #1 - 590
August 27 - Beta #2 - 7137
September 7 - first u/s @ 7 weeks - no heartbeat

2013
FET #1 - February/March
February 13 - 4mg Estrace
February 20 - 6mg Estrace
February 27 - US to check lining
March 7 - Transfer 2 6-day blasts

BFN

FET #2 - March/April
Same protocol as above
April 8 - Transfer 2 6-day blasts
April 15 - POAS BFP

April 19 - Beta 26...sigh

April 25 - BFN

 

FET #3 - May/June

Long protocol

May 18 - start sniffing (Synarel)

May 29-June 8 - Estrace

June 12 - Lining check - measured at 9.5

June 17 - transfer 2 6-day blasts

June 26 - POAS BFP

June 28 - Beta 36 (17dpt)

July 2 - Beta 65 (21dpt)

July 4 - Beta 158 (23dpt)

July 6 - Beta 348 (25dpt)

July 8 - Beta 793 (27dpt)

July 16 - 7 week ultrasound!


#13 DeniseLBC

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:40 PM

Hello ladies!

Another first timer (hopefully my deets show up below in my signature).

Looking forward to cycling with all of you!

YVRunner, seems like our timing is really similar. Are you doing ICSI this time? We definitely have a language of our own, us TTC'ers. Took me about 5 minutes just now to figure out what FET meant (frozen embie transfer?). I also just learned PUPO (pregnant until proven otherwise). I'm really looking forward to that!!!

Graceland - you are my hero. No caffine!!! I've really been trying but it is my one vice! I'm down to one small cup per day, which is huge for me, plus some organic green tea.

Hey, I'm a little perplexed about how to balance this process with my job. Seems like there will be a couple of last minute day off requests (ET and ER), and I'm a little nervous because I just started this job. How much notice do you usually have prior to these procedures?
Me: 35, no known fertility problems
DW: 33, low-average motility but not considered an explanation

TTC 4 years

2011 - IUI #1 with Clomid - BFN (produced 2 eggs)
IUI #2 with Clomid- missed ovulation
IUI #3 with Clomid - BFN (produced 1 egg???)

IVF #1 - April/May 2012
March 17 - started BCP
March 30 - started Suprefact injections
April 3 - end BCP
April 8 - bw/us this morning- all clear to start stimming! First Puregon injection...here we go
April 23 - ET - 1 perfect embaby transferred (4AA grading, best the lab sees!)
May 2 - beta! eek!


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- COQ10
- Chromium
- Sisu pre-natal
- Vitamin D and C
- Nutri-Sea fish oil
- organic raspberry leaf tea (and lots of it!)
- DH takes zinc, fish oil, C and D

#14 SunflowerGirl

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:07 PM

Hi ladies! I'm in it with you! Started BCP March 18th, Suprefact on March 29th.
Bloodwork scheduled for April 12th - should start Puregon then if all is good.

I'm crazy tired lately. Not sure if it's my busy schedule or the Suprefact making me so tired. Yawn!

Good luck to everybody!
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#15 DeniseLBC

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:13 PM

Ugh, I was just thinking about how exhausted I am. Is that a side effect?
Me: 35, no known fertility problems
DW: 33, low-average motility but not considered an explanation

TTC 4 years

2011 - IUI #1 with Clomid - BFN (produced 2 eggs)
IUI #2 with Clomid- missed ovulation
IUI #3 with Clomid - BFN (produced 1 egg???)

IVF #1 - April/May 2012
March 17 - started BCP
March 30 - started Suprefact injections
April 3 - end BCP
April 8 - bw/us this morning- all clear to start stimming! First Puregon injection...here we go
April 23 - ET - 1 perfect embaby transferred (4AA grading, best the lab sees!)
May 2 - beta! eek!


​ Regular Acupuncture and Naturopathic remedies/vitamin mineral supplements
- COQ10
- Chromium
- Sisu pre-natal
- Vitamin D and C
- Nutri-Sea fish oil
- organic raspberry leaf tea (and lots of it!)
- DH takes zinc, fish oil, C and D

#16 Graceland

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:32 PM

Hey SunFlowerGirl! I'm a patient of Dr. K's, too. :)

Me - 34, DH - 32, TTC since April 2010, Dx: Stage I endometriosis, tubal issues

Natural BFP January 2011: Ectopic rupture @5w6d, loss of right tube
 

IVF/ICSI #1 (January 2012 - OFC):

  • 7 eggs retrieved, 6 mature, 6 fertilized
  • Day 3 transfer of 2 embryos (7-4 and 7-3): BFP but chemical pregnancy

IVF/ICSI #2 (April/May 2012 - OFC):

  • 10 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 5 fertilized
  • Day 3 transfer of 2 embryos (8-3 and 7-3): BFN

IVF/ICSI #3 (October/November 2012 - Hannam):

  • 8 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 8 fertilized
  • Day 5 transfer of 2 morula: BFN

IVF/ICSI #4 (March/April 2013 - Hannam):

  • 26 eggs retrieved, 24 mature, 20 fertilized
  • 1 day-5 (3AA) and 3 day-6 (3AA, 3AA, 3AA) blastocysts frozen! Planned freeze-all cycle

FET #1 (July/August 2013 - Hannam):

  • 1 day-5 (now a 4AA) and 1 day-6 (3AA) blastocysts on board!
  • BFP at 5dp5dt!
  • Beta results low and slowly rising: 235 @14dp5dt, 350 @16dp5dt
  • First ultrasound @5w2d: Ectopic pregnancy... loss of left tube

FET #2 (October/November 2013 - Hannam):

  • 2 day-6 (3AA) blastocysts on board!
  • BFP at 5dp6dt (spotting from 6dp6dt to 9dp6dt)
  • Beta results: 50 @8dp6dt, 201 @12dp6dt, 624 @14dp6dt!
  • First ultrasound @5w3d: Uterine pregnancy finally! Baby measuring 5w2d
  • Second ultrasound @7w2d: Heartbeat of 143 bpm! Baby measuring 7w1d
  • Third ultrasound @8w3d: Heartbeat of 178 bpm! Baby measuring 8w3d
  • Fourth ultrasound @9w2d: No heartbeat. D&C with genetic testing: a baby girl with Turner Syndrome

IVF/ICSI #5 (March/April 2014 - Hannam): 

  • 18 eggs retrieved, 15 mature, 13 fertilized
  • 1 day-5 (2BC) and 2 day-6 (3AA, 3AB)  blastocysts frozen! Planned freeze-all cycle

FET #3 (July/August 2014 - Hannam):

  • 1 day-5 (now a 3BC) and 2 day-6 (3AA & 3AB) blastocysts on board!
  •  BFP at 8dp5dt but line is slowly fading... chemical pregnancy

#17 Mel W

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:08 PM

Hi Graceland - My protocol has changed slightly from my doctor - I will take Menopur instead of Luveris and my dosage will actually decrease since I responded a little too well last time - 19 eggs on ER day and 15 fertilized initially. However he is concerned that my egg quality is not as good as it appears - since most of our embryos did not survive the thawing process in Jan of this year. They had to thaw 7 embies to get two day 3's to transfer and they were only 5-cell. When they were frozen they were all beautiful 8 and 9 cell Grade 1 and 2's. This time we are aiming for two 5-day blasts to transfer!

I am doing acupuncture weekly and will do it before and after ET. I have cut down big time on sugar, caffeine - one small tea a day only! And I get what YVRunner is saying - hopefully I will get it out 100%. I only eat organic, eat tons of fruits and veggies, take Vitamin D, Omega 3, and my hubby is also taking the same vitamins.

I have gone back and forth on the fertility aids/fertility herbs - like Fertil Pro and there is one this website but keep wondering if I should have taken them. Anyway I swear by acupuncture! Would definitely recommend it!

#18 nextchapter

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:18 PM

Hi Ladies
Here I go AGAIN!!!! Doing my third IVF/ICSI April/May..I'm on Cycle Day 3 and will start BCP tonight. Haven't gotten my schedule so not sure when I start Lupron or Gonal-F or Menopur.. Wish/pray/sing to the heavens above that THIS is OUR cycle!!

Me 31 DH 33
Male Factor

IVF/ICSI #1 July 2011
July 8-17 Gonal-F 300 Menopur 150, Centritide .25mg starting on day 5
July 20, 2011 ER - 8 follies retrieved 7 matured, 5 fertilized, 2 slowed in growth, other three continued till day 5.
July 25, 2011 ET- 5 Day transfer with 2BBx2 eggs, none to freeze
Aug 3, 2011 beta results- BFN

IVF/ICSI #2 September 2011- Low Dose Lupron Protocol
Sept 1-11 Gonal-F 300, Menopur 150, Lupron (5 units)
Sept 14, 2011 ER- 14 follies retrieved, 13 matured, 10 fertilized, 8 continued with 2 slower in growth until day 5
Sept 19, 2011 ET- 5 day transfer with 2 eggs- 2AB, 2B+
Sept 20, 2011 - able to freeze 2 eggies! super excited
Sept 28- BFP!! beta number #1: 33
Oct 4- beta number #3: 560
Oct 19- 7 week u/s- heartbeat detected small sac, embryo measuring 6 1/5 weeks
Oct 25- noticed spotting, clotting and more spotting..
Oct 26- u/s performed and indicated that i had a 7w6d miscarriage

FET # 1 Jan 2012- Lupron/Estrace Protocol
Dec 31 Lupron 5 Units, start Estrace 2mg
Jan 20 FET!! 4BB and 2AB
Jan 30 beta: BFN

IVF/ICSI #3 May 2012- Low Dose Lupron Protocol--Aggressive Protocol
Mar 14 Immunological testing for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss blood tests-everything OK!
April 26- Uterine Lining Biopsy- to "stir" things up
May 4-12- Gonal-F 300, Menopur 150, Lupron 5 units
May 15- ER- 13 follies retrieved, 9 mature, 8 fertilized, 7 continued with 1 slower in growth until day 5
May 16- Start Prometrium (the usual) and have added 2 mg Estrace twice daily
May 20- ET- 5 day transfer with 1- 3AB, 1- 2BB and 1- class 3 morula
May 21- able to freeze 1 egg!
May 29- (9dp5dt) Beta-BFP!! 311
May 31-(11dp5dt) Beta #2- 683
June 25 - 7w6d u/s- I have two babies growing!! Baby A 7w3d and Baby B 7w2d- heart rate in the 160's
July 4- 9w1d u/s- Baby A measured 8w4d and Baby B measured 8w2d and heart rates in the 170's
July 31- 13w0d- First Trimester Screening (FTS)- baby A 12w6d and baby B 12w6d!! Heart rates 160's. NT, Tri 21, 18,13 low low %!!
Oct 10- 23w1d- put on bed rest and Progesterone as cervix is measuring short. Praying babies stay in there!
Nov 14- 28w1d- Baby A's waist is small. OB detects the possibility of growth restriction and will keep a close eye on him. Baby B doesn't seem affected at the moment.

Dec. 3- 30w5d- Going in for Fetal Monitoring (1x/wk) due to Mild Restricted Growth for Baby Boy A. Baby Girl B is on the cusp of being Growth Restricted.
Dec. 24- Fetal monitoring 3x a week. OB says I will not go past 36 weeks due to Growth restriction for both babies.

Jan 17, 2013- Andrew John ( 6 lbs 5 oz) and Lucy Cristina (4 lbs 14 oz) were born via C section.

Things I did for this cycle that's different from previous cycles: CoQ10 400 mg twice a day (started in Jan), Benadryl 25 mg 1x day after ET right up to Beta, drank more Rooibos tea after ET, increased my carbs since I am on low carb

 

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#19 sonya

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:31 PM

hi Mel w
is it too late to start acupunture?

#20 Mel W

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:06 PM

Hi Sonya - My Acupuncturist advised me to start a minimum of six weeks before - just once a week - and then to do a session ideally right before transfer and right after. If that doesn't work you can do one a few hours before and the next day. I also did sessions once a week during the 2ww. With my last FET I did about 10 weeks before the transfer week and did a session at the fertility clinic before we went in to the FET and then the next morning at my acupuncture's clinic. I didn't get pregnant but I was so relaxed throughout the whole process and I have read many studies that appear to support the link between sucessful IVF/IUI and acupuncture. If you have less time that 6 weeks I would still call and see what they think - if nothing else it will relax and de-stress you which has to be a positive thing overall during this roller-coaster ride that we are all on! Posted Image Sonya - if you are in Calgary I can share the name of my acupuncturist - she is amazing. Just let me know.

#21 KTN

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:30 AM

Yvrunner- I'm pretty new to these forums too.. I didn't know what pupo was until someone just posted it.. (deniselbc) Hehe..
Deniselbc- they usually give you a lot of time. That is if everything goes according to the schedule they gave you. I had to change my requested days off a total of three times.. The medications was working as it should and so I had to continue on them an extra two days. After that, my embryos were going weak so instead of the intended five day transfer it was pulled back to day three. ;(
Graceland- My protocol is staying pretty much the same.. My RE wants to up the dosage a little more. I have been taking a lot of vitamins this time around. Coq10, prenatal, and fresh royal jelly. My DH as well. I gave up all caffeine. All fast food. All junk food. Let's see how it goes!
I hope this is going to be it, my body isn't going to produce much more eggs. Might be our last cycle before having to go over to a donor egg cycle. Downside of getting pushed out from my mom too early I guess.
Does anyone know if acupuncture helps??? What exactly does it do??
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#22 YVRunner

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:57 AM

DeniseLBC - I'm pretty sure we'll do ICSI again. But will wait and see what the doctor says.

Good luck to everyone this cycle! I'm looking forward to being of support to all!

I've just added a signature, so check it out! :)

Me: 37, PCOS
BFF (boyfriend forever): 38
TTC: 7 years

2 Furbabies - Sadie & Molly (long-haired mini dachshunds)

2011
IUI #1 with Clomid - missed ovulation
IVF #1 - 12 eggs retrived, 0 fertilized (ICSI)

2012
IVF #2 - April/May
BCP and Synarel spray
75 iu Bravelle, 75 iu Menopur
April 20 - ER 11 eggs
April 21 - 8 fertilized, 1 transferred on day 5, nothing to freeze
BFN

IVF #3 - July/August
Same protocol as above
August 3 - ER 18 mature
August 4 - 11 fertilized
August 8 - ET 1 blastocyst
August 9 - 8 frosties - finally!!!
August 15 - OHSS kicked in
August 20 - Beta #1 - 590
August 27 - Beta #2 - 7137
September 7 - first u/s @ 7 weeks - no heartbeat

2013
FET #1 - February/March
February 13 - 4mg Estrace
February 20 - 6mg Estrace
February 27 - US to check lining
March 7 - Transfer 2 6-day blasts

BFN

FET #2 - March/April
Same protocol as above
April 8 - Transfer 2 6-day blasts
April 15 - POAS BFP

April 19 - Beta 26...sigh

April 25 - BFN

 

FET #3 - May/June

Long protocol

May 18 - start sniffing (Synarel)

May 29-June 8 - Estrace

June 12 - Lining check - measured at 9.5

June 17 - transfer 2 6-day blasts

June 26 - POAS BFP

June 28 - Beta 36 (17dpt)

July 2 - Beta 65 (21dpt)

July 4 - Beta 158 (23dpt)

July 6 - Beta 348 (25dpt)

July 8 - Beta 793 (27dpt)

July 16 - 7 week ultrasound!


#23 Mel W

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:59 PM

Hi KTN - The medical community seems divided between those who think acupuncture is a direct link to IVF success and those who don't. If you google it there are tons of studies that show increased pregnancy rates in women who had acupuncture during IVF compared to those that don't - but here is where it gets confusing, there are studies that also show NO improvement in pregnancy rates with those who had acupuncture! Overall the studies promoting acupuncture contribute success to its ability to reduce stress and increase endometrial thickness - both of which can improve pregnancy rates. Again who knows for sure.

I can only talk from personal experience - while I was doing acupuncture before my last FET, I was so relaxed, and my PMS and period symptons were gone. No cramping, no moodiness, no breast soreness...it was crazy. I have these symptons with every period since I can remember and none during the months after I started acupuncture. So I don't know, I just think it has to be balancing my body out but again who knows for sure. I started after a friend encouraged me to try it as she did it with her IVF and got pregnant but honestly I wasn't expecting much - overall though I have been really happy with it. Good luck if you decide to add it to your regime and fingers crossed for success across the board for all of us this cycle!

#24 valishka

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 02:37 PM

Wow it's cool to know that this topic will be alive this time :)
About acupuncture, I agree that it may be more the fact that it reduce the stress that contribute to up pregnancy rate...I won't try it because I'm not a believer, and it's really $$$, but I just bought a relaxation CD on internet made for IVF treatment only, so I hope it will help to reduce my stress and give a booster to my chance of a BFP :)

Sunflowergirl we will be stimming the same time :)

Do you know why some have BCP and some don't ? I'm starting right with stim this time at CD3, no BCP.

I hope to give you hope girl and I want to let you know that it worked at my first IVF and now I have my lovely son with me :) I'm starting again for a sibbling now and I hope to be as lucky as I was !
Good luck to everyone :) It's really a stressfull experience and a huge roller coaster of emotions, but in the end it is REALLY worth it !
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Me, 26

IVF-ICSI #1 February 2010
18 eggs collected, 10 mature, 7 embryos
ET of 2 perfect blasts, nothing to freeze...BFP !!!

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IVF-ICSI #2 April 2012
2nd u/s : 8 follies...
3rd u/s : 18 follies !
ER April 21nd : 16 eggs retrieved !
April 22nd : 11 eggs mature, 10 embryos !
April 26th : ET of 1 perfect blast ! 3 frozen blasts :) Woohoo !
May 1st : HPT BFP ! Woohoo !
May 3rd : HPT BFP !
Beta May 7th : 341 !!!
May 23rd : boum boum boum ! Baby measuring 6mm !

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#25 Graceland

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 03:38 PM

valishka, can you share a bit more about the relaxation CD you purchased? I'd be interested in getting one for myself. Thank-you! :)

I didn't use the BCP during my first IVF cycle, but I'm on it this time around. My RE found my follicle growth too scattered the last time, so the hope is that the BCP (and Suprefact) will shut my system down completely. Then, hopefully Puregon will reawaken my follicles at a steady rate, preventing a dominant follicle from developing.

Me - 34, DH - 32, TTC since April 2010, Dx: Stage I endometriosis, tubal issues

Natural BFP January 2011: Ectopic rupture @5w6d, loss of right tube
 

IVF/ICSI #1 (January 2012 - OFC):

  • 7 eggs retrieved, 6 mature, 6 fertilized
  • Day 3 transfer of 2 embryos (7-4 and 7-3): BFP but chemical pregnancy

IVF/ICSI #2 (April/May 2012 - OFC):

  • 10 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 5 fertilized
  • Day 3 transfer of 2 embryos (8-3 and 7-3): BFN

IVF/ICSI #3 (October/November 2012 - Hannam):

  • 8 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 8 fertilized
  • Day 5 transfer of 2 morula: BFN

IVF/ICSI #4 (March/April 2013 - Hannam):

  • 26 eggs retrieved, 24 mature, 20 fertilized
  • 1 day-5 (3AA) and 3 day-6 (3AA, 3AA, 3AA) blastocysts frozen! Planned freeze-all cycle

FET #1 (July/August 2013 - Hannam):

  • 1 day-5 (now a 4AA) and 1 day-6 (3AA) blastocysts on board!
  • BFP at 5dp5dt!
  • Beta results low and slowly rising: 235 @14dp5dt, 350 @16dp5dt
  • First ultrasound @5w2d: Ectopic pregnancy... loss of left tube

FET #2 (October/November 2013 - Hannam):

  • 2 day-6 (3AA) blastocysts on board!
  • BFP at 5dp6dt (spotting from 6dp6dt to 9dp6dt)
  • Beta results: 50 @8dp6dt, 201 @12dp6dt, 624 @14dp6dt!
  • First ultrasound @5w3d: Uterine pregnancy finally! Baby measuring 5w2d
  • Second ultrasound @7w2d: Heartbeat of 143 bpm! Baby measuring 7w1d
  • Third ultrasound @8w3d: Heartbeat of 178 bpm! Baby measuring 8w3d
  • Fourth ultrasound @9w2d: No heartbeat. D&C with genetic testing: a baby girl with Turner Syndrome

IVF/ICSI #5 (March/April 2014 - Hannam): 

  • 18 eggs retrieved, 15 mature, 13 fertilized
  • 1 day-5 (2BC) and 2 day-6 (3AA, 3AB)  blastocysts frozen! Planned freeze-all cycle

FET #3 (July/August 2014 - Hannam):

  • 1 day-5 (now a 3BC) and 2 day-6 (3AA & 3AB) blastocysts on board!
  •  BFP at 8dp5dt but line is slowly fading... chemical pregnancy