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Feeling somewhat optimistic...

Posted by papoose76 , 11 June 2010 · 676 views

I feel like I'm ticking things off my "IVF to-do list".

Quit smoking: check
Registration fees paid: check
Information session: check
Mandatory counselling session: coming August 22/10
Injection training: waiting
Acupuncture: will set up when school is out for summer
BCP: to start first cycle in August
Injections: September
Egg retrieval: October

Hmm, what else is there... I am constantly thinking about this IVF and questions keep popping up and I keep researching. For instance, I have a new question today. How much time am I going to need to take off work, total?

Sounds like you are prepared both mentally and physically!
Wishing you lots of luck, all the best.
good luck! sounds like you have all your ducks in a row, and have a lot of good questions!
Jun 11 2010 02:41 PM
I wish you the best of luck, Papoose. I'm all about the lists too.

As for your question:

My first IVF I took a week off for egg retrieval and transfer. You're pretty achy after the retrieval and more than likely will be bloated beyond belief lol. For the next few days after transfer, I took it easy--lounging, watching tv and reading. So I'd say a week. Some people go about their regular activities almost immediately. Personal choice.

My second IVF was in the summer so I was off (I'm a teacher too).

Power to the Heartland girl...good luck.

K :Emoticons09757:
bloated AND backedup! :Emoticons09757:
I am so glad you are feeling optimistic! You have lots of ladies cheering for you!
You should feel optimistic! :Emoticons09757:
I'm a teacher too and I took off 3 weeks. I had originally taken off 2 weeks (the week of retrieval and the week of transfer). But the drugs got to me. I teach kindergarten and I found it too physically and emotionally draining so I went off a week earlier while doing stims. I don't regret taking the full 3 weeks. I was much more relaxed and I think it helped. Everyone is different. Good luck!!
Thanks so much ladies! Alanna, I teach Kindergarten too and was thinking I will probably take 1 or 2 weeks off following the egg retrieval. I can't imagine what it would be like trying to teach in that state of mind.

My reproductive history (or lack thereof)

From age 13 to 18 I had one boyfriend who it turned out was unfaithful to me. We never used condoms because I trusted him and I was on birth control. He gave me an STD at age 17 (gonorrhea) and I had no symptoms, so I have no clue how long I had it before I had it treated.

From age 18 (yeah my relationships overlapped because I was "getting even" but fell in love with the guy I cheated with) to age 22 I was with a different guy. We lived together for 3 of those 4 years and ttc with no luck at all.

Age 23 to age 30 I was with my ex-husband. I started seeing my fertility specialist in 2004 (age 28). HSG showed clear tubes. Lap- 2 fibroids removed, some lysis of adhesions. 3 Clomid cycles all BFN. Another HSG showed clear tubes a year later, and another lap after that showed nothing major (exploratory). More clomid cycles, more bfn's. He never wanted to do ART, he called it "playing God". Then he cheated on me and I had to kick the bastard to the curb.

Age 32 (2008) to present, I have been with my second husband. We instantly fell in love and after a couple months of dating, moved in together and started ttc. We "just knew". We started seeing my same fertility specialist and had an HSG which showed one partially blocked tube (non-mechanical blockage). May 2009 I found out I was pregnant!! Very unexpected but very much wanted. Ultrasound at 6 weeks 6 days showed nothing in uterus, pregnancy was ectopic. It was removed at 7 weeks pregnant. Worst emotional pain ever sad.gif HSG 3 months later showed one fully blocked tube, one open. We registered in the IVF program in January 2010, and are just now in the process.

IVF #1
Suprefact: Sept 27-Oct 17
Puregon: Oct 8- Oct 17
ER: Oct 20
ET: 23: 3 eggs retrieved, all intact, 2 fertilized and made it to transfer!
Beta: November 4/10 moved up to Nov.2/10 because I started bleeding heavily and tested negative on a FRER. I am beyond devastated... Beta was less than 1.2 BFN

I am back on the waiting list at my clinic to do another IVF cycle. The wait is 8-9 months, so I won't be cycling until either July or August 2011. In the meantime, I will be trying naturally and giving "Benedryl therapy" a try in case I have implantation issues. Can't hurt.

HSG done March 15/11- Both tubes were clear. Appointment on April 6th, new b/w, pap, and Rx for Femara for May and June cycles.

IVF #2
July 25- first u/s and b/w. Cyst on right ovary & estrogen level high. Injections delayed.
July 28- second u/s and b/w; no change... cycle cancelled th_aggahhh.gif
July 31- October 1st I will be on BCP.
Oct 3- first u/s and E2 b/w- fingers crossed that the cyst will be gone...
Cyst is gone! Started microdose Suprefact (20 units) on October 4th twice a day, and Bravelle (150 iu) & Menopur (75 iu) on October 6th twice a day.
First monitoring appointment on October 12th!! Fingers still crossed!
ER, October 19th: 10 eggs retrieved, 9 fertilized!!
ET, October 22nd: 2 embryos transferred (one was 8 celled, the other a morula)
BFP on early pregnancy test (10miu) on 8dp3dt
Beta: November 3rd!!! Fingers crossed!!! 112!!!!! yahoo.gif
Beta #2: November 5th- 133 sad.png
Beta #3: November 9th- 31... cry.gif Another angel baby in Heaven...

HSG; December/2011- Right tube blocked (hydrosalpinx) at the end where the ovary is. Left tube clear.

FET #1- transferred 3 embryos on March 23rd
BFN on FRER (April 4th)
Beta: April 5th- negative


December, 2012- Husband left me for another woman. TTC has ended for me.cry.gif


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