Hello all. We found out this week that we got on the funded list for January. This will be my second IVF as I just completed one in October which ended up with one perfect looking blastocyst that was unfortunately chormosomally abnormal. This is our last try with my own eggs. I have DOR due to advanced maternal age and only managed to grow three follicles last time on an estrogen priming antagonist protocol. This time I will be starting my priming with OCP and cetrotide in December, and the IVF will be a microflare protocol.
For my previous cycle my doctor had me on ubiquinol (the active form of CoQ10) 100 mg three times daily and DHEA 25 mg three times daily. For this cycle he does not want me to take the ubiquinol, but continue with the DHEA. During our WTF appointment I asked him whether I should be taking any other supplements, eating anything differently or doing anything differently and he said no. He is the expert, so I follow him on the supplement advice. The only other thing he is a believer in is a glass of red wine every day do to the resveratol in red wine which is a powerful anti-oxidant that has shown positive effects on "old eggs" by some studies. I'm not a big wine drinker, so I'm not sure I'll do that one. Other than that my RE and other docs that I see have me taking Pregvit, vitamin D and folic acid.
I am feeling a bit less enthusiastic about this cycle as I know our chances are low for a clinical pregnancy (about 15%). We were actually told our funded cycle would not come until the end of 2017, so gave up on using my own eggs and started informing ourselves about DE. If this IVF does not work out, we will pursue that path.
Since doses are high for me, we spent almost $7000 on medication last cycle, and I went to the pharmacy here in Ontario that sells the drugs at cost +2% to cover credit card fees as well as using Gonal F overfills on the multidose pens. We also started looking into getting the medication online, but I do have concerns about medication quality (how has it been stored, expiry dates, etc.), Canada customs and how much to order. An alternate, though not as cheap as the online pharmacies is getting the gonal f in a multidose vial form. We found that with the Gonal F multidose pens, each pen had about 75IU overfill. I have been told that the 450IU multidose vial is filled to 600IU as the pharmaceutical companies expect a greater loss with the use of syringes.