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#1 ~Audrey~

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 04:23 AM

Hi ladies -

Have any of you seen the infertility counselor at PCRM? What did you think of her? How much did it cost?

We're thinking of seeing someone after our last genetic counseling appointment in December, before we start with any treatments.

DH is very angry about all this, and I admit, I'm feeling a little depressed.

Any insight on this counselor would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Audrey
3+ Years TTC Baby #1 with Severe MFI and Genetic Abnormality
May 2010: Miracle BFP - spontaneous pregnancy after 2 years of trying, without ART assistance. Clomid IUI cancelled.
July 10: Miscarriage at 12w5d, chemically assisted. Mummy loves you, little bug.

March 2011
IVF+ICSI+PGS #1: Cancelled on day 9 of stims, thought to be oversuppressed or poor responder. Long protocol (Marvelon+Synarel, Menopur 75iu + Bravelle 187.5iu).
May 2011
IVF+ICSI+PGS #2: Starting to look the same as IVF#1, depsite switch to short (flare) protocol (micro-dose Lupron 2cc + Menopur 150iu + Bravelle 225iu).

10 eggs retrieved. 9 of those mature. 6 of those fertilized. 5 biopsied day 3 for PGD. Only 1 survived to transfer day 5 - and it was genetically normal.
5d transfer of a genetically normal XX, grade BB hatching embryo - SUCCESSFUL! EDD February 2012. HB @ 9w0d = 174bpm

#2 Heather S

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 03:52 PM

I found her to be quite helpful and continue to see her. If you do IVF, one session is covered by PCRM. Otherwise on your own its around $140/hour. Kinda pricey but worth it. She's not flakey and really knows her stuff. I'd recommend her.

me 40; DH 41 PCOS + Male Factor

ICSI #1: Apr/May09ER
Apr 30/09; 24 retrieved, 21 mature, 17 fertilized
ET May 5/09; transferred two 2BB embryos + froze two (a 4BB and a 4BA) on day 6
beta May 14/09 = BFP! (99, 147, 299)
u/s #1 7.7mm & 123hbpm u/s #2 9weeks - everything looks good
7/13/09 missed miscarriage identified at 12 week appt . hb stopped @ 9w4d.

FET #1 Oct 29/09
transferred 2 (4bb and 4ba)
Beta Nov 7/09 = BFP hcg:55. Beta #2 = 84. Beta #3 = 151; Beta #4 = 1424
u/s #1 160bpm and 8.7mm;
EDD July 17, 2010
u/s #2 178bpm and 2.46cm
Baby girl Hailey Denae born July 21st 2010

ICSI #2: Nov/Dec12 Here we go again! Antagonist protocol this time around.
300 bravelle 150 menopure Baseline Nov 22nd.
Start stims Nov 23rd. Est Retrieval Dec 4-6 and Est Transfer Dec 9-11
after 3 days of stims e2=1604, s/b 500-700. yikes! E2 levelled off.
ER Dec 3/12; 14 Retrieved, 9 Fertilized
ET Dec 8/12; 4AA & 2BB transferred, froze 4BB and 3BB on day 6
Beta Dec 17/12 9dp5dt = 64. Beta #2 11dp5dt = 68. Beta #3 13dp5dt = 101. Beta #4 15dp5dt = 178. Beta #5 19dp5dt=493. 
Heartbeat at 6w u/s.  No heartbeat at 7w u/s.  Miscarriage, again

FET March 27/13 One blast didn't make it, the other hadn't fluffed up before transfer. BFN

We're done with ART and will be a happy family of 3.


#3 Aja

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:54 PM

I would definitely check her out. I didn't and really regret it. I could have used the help. I did use the counseling at UBC for previous cycles and found it extremely helpful. Even if she only says one little thing that helps, it could make a world of difference.
Me: 38 DH: 42
TTC 11 yrs
PCOS, Endometriosis, male factor, thyroid
5 yrs trying natural, Clomid, etc.
4 failed IUI
2 laps
IVF/ICSI - 2003
U/S - twins!
14 wks - miscarry one
Feb.2 04 beautiful baby boy!

IVF#2 - BFN

Waiting for a big bag of money to fall from the sky and land on my lawn so that we can try again.

#4 impatient

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 11:01 AM

Audrey - the counsellor that PCRM uses is great! I've met with a few different counsellors over the last year, and this one is definitely a keeper. She works with clients from all of the different clinics and the reason I like her is that she's really down to earth (no false optimism) and she has a strong knowledge of infertility and all the various investigative procedures.

Heather - thanks for letting us know that PCRM covered one session with her - I wouldn't have found her unless you'd told me that!
Me: 41, DH: 44
TTC: since Jan, 2008 (age 34)

DH: Low morphology, low count. Me: Stage 2-3 endometriosis, non-functional fallopian tubes, small fibroids, low AFC, low poor responder ... anything else?

Jun 2008-Sep 2011 in a nutshell: One HSG, one very traumatic office hysteroscopy, one operative laparoscopy, three fresh IVF/ICSI cycles, one chemical, one early miscarriage, two tubal recanalizations, five IUIs (3 with Clomid).

May 2010 - Aug 2011 Attempted adoption application process through the BC MCFD. Aug 2011 Signed up with a private agency. On both waiting lists as of Apr 2012. Proposal through MCFD Jul 2012. Aug 2012 - Finally ... she's home and we're a family! : )

Adoption application #2 started Aug 2013. DD2 placed May 2014, finalized Feb 2015!


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#5 ~Audrey~

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 01:27 PM

Thank you so much for replying, ladies.

I'm actually looking forward to seeing her now.

I wonder if counseling is covered under my extended medical plan.... hmmm....
3+ Years TTC Baby #1 with Severe MFI and Genetic Abnormality
May 2010: Miracle BFP - spontaneous pregnancy after 2 years of trying, without ART assistance. Clomid IUI cancelled.
July 10: Miscarriage at 12w5d, chemically assisted. Mummy loves you, little bug.

March 2011
IVF+ICSI+PGS #1: Cancelled on day 9 of stims, thought to be oversuppressed or poor responder. Long protocol (Marvelon+Synarel, Menopur 75iu + Bravelle 187.5iu).
May 2011
IVF+ICSI+PGS #2: Starting to look the same as IVF#1, depsite switch to short (flare) protocol (micro-dose Lupron 2cc + Menopur 150iu + Bravelle 225iu).

10 eggs retrieved. 9 of those mature. 6 of those fertilized. 5 biopsied day 3 for PGD. Only 1 survived to transfer day 5 - and it was genetically normal.
5d transfer of a genetically normal XX, grade BB hatching embryo - SUCCESSFUL! EDD February 2012. HB @ 9w0d = 174bpm