Looks like I'll be doing a FET in early May! We went through IVF this month. Issue is husbands mobility and they found out I have a low egg reserve. So they put me on a very high dosage (300 gonal f & 150 luveris). I reacted very well to the meds, and ended up getting 27 eggs, 20 were mature and all 20 fertilized using ICSI. Went back on March 20th for transfer (though we didn't get our hopes too high because we were told it would likely be a freeze all), I was too high risk for OHSS, so we did a freeze all cycle - but we got to freeze 5 embryos (yay). We are skipping this cycle and going to do a medicated FET with my next cycle (CD1 should be April 21st). It sucks because we have to pay another $2000, but we are still on the waitlist, so if it doesn't work, we at least have that and more time to save... to try again. Hoping that May will be our lucky month though! If anyone has any questions about IVF, I am all ears. I was a little nervous of the injections (we ended up having to do 28), but with my husband doing them, they weren't bad. After about a week when you start running out of room if you pick a spot a little too close to a previous shot, it stung for a second, but other than that the shots aren't that bad! Sending all the positive thoughts out to you ladies, xo
I am starting my orientation next month. I have no clue what is involved. If all goes well, I will be starting on meds around mid to late April. I have a low egg reserve(5.37 cdn values). Doc doesn't think they will retrieve more than 4 eggs. We have been given 30% success rate. can I ask what was your number.
I have gained some information from this forum but it seems like everybody is different. Anything I can do to prepare myself?
Don't let that number discourage you, I was so down when my doctor called me. I was 6.7, which he said we would be lucky if we got 10 eggs and I got 27! They didn't lower my dosage when they realized I had a lot of follicles, they did warn us however, that we likely would have to do a freeze all - which just prolongs the process a little. I was obviously disappointed that we have to wait an extra couple of months, but it was better then the possibility of me ending up in the hospital. Try to be as optimistic as possible! I know at times it seems tough, but we just kept telling ourselves that this was totally worth it. The needles really aren't that bad! I was pretty bloated from the needles though, so I had to wear leggings to work for a week (I ended up taking the entire week of egg retrieval off because I have the luxury of being able to work at home.. and my boss knows what's going on and has been amazing about it, they don't question any of my appointments and tell me to take all the time I need). Again, really just try to stay optimistic about the whole process, I think that really helped us. Remember - it's all worth it in the end! If you have any questions during treatment, let me know - I am happy to share/let you know what my experience was like.
Keep your head up - numbers can be deceiving, I am living, breathing proof of that - got more than double of what they thought I would get!
Thank you so much for providing me with a positive outlook. I will definitely be bugging you once I start the process.
how long does the whole process take? I am guessing it is bit longer for you as you had to freeze all. Do you know if you can be sure of a positive outcome after eggs fertilize?
BTW, You have great numbers.
Wishing you the best:)
Feb 25th - started estrogen patch (my cycle's aren't long, so they wanted to make sure it would help) - this is also my birthday, so I told myself this HAD to be a great sign!
Mar 2nd - started gonal F & luveris shots
Mar 7th - started cetrotide shots
Mar 9th - first US
Mar 11th - second US
Mar 12th - first BW & third US
Mar 13th - second BW & fourth US - ovidrel trigger
Mar 15th - egg retrieval (also started endometrin)
Mar 20th - 5 embryos frozen (stopped endometrin bc didn't need to worry about it with not doing the transfer)
So I was about a month from start to end of the IVF part of the cycle, because I had to do the patches. My next CD1 should be April 21st (this is my dad's birthday - so again, trying to keep up with the optimism and say this is also a GREAT sign). Then I get to start a whole whack of vaginal estrogen pills (could have taken them orally, but my doctor said that they seem to have a better handle on this if they are vaginal, so - vaginal it will be) and progesterone shots! Lucky for me, my hubby is phenomenal and has been just great throughout the whole process, it has really helped. The days when I was a little crazy from all the hormones, he just let me be crazy (I do NOT suggest watching a season finale of a show while on these meds, lol - I was a HOT MESS crying the entire time, lol).
Wishing you all the best, let me know if you have any more questions!