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#1 nicmc

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 08:45 PM

Hi,

 

My wife and I are new to this forum. She is 38, soon to be 39. We have been trying to have a baby for the last year. We have gone through 7 cycles of IUI and 1 failed cycle of ICSI with assisted hatching; quite depressing as some of you may know.

 

We were recently speaking with a friend who has gone through the same frustration as us. She had suggested starting DHEA. Now, of course, I have read medical journals on research in regards to DHEA and infertility. There has not been any negative affects that I can see. We are looking to try just about anything to make our dream come true (so far we have done acupuncture, dietary changes, Coenzyme Q10, just to name a few).

 

I know some clinics are strongly against DHEA and will not prescribe it to their patients. We have an appointment two weeks from now to see our FS; however, we want to get the ball rolling on DHEA. I know it is only a prescription drug in Canada; however, some go over the border to get it in the US.

 

Question to anyone who uses DHEA:

Where did you purchase DHEA? In the US or Canada?

How much did it cost? (looking at a 4-6 months supply)

 

We are going to try another ICSI cycle 4-6 months from now.

 

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#2 EMJ

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 09:07 PM

Hi nicmc,

Welcome to ivf.ca!

I purchased my dhea at a compound pharmacy in Calgary after getting a prescription from the clinic. My RE didn't mention it but wasn't against writing the prescription when I brought it up. I paid $112 for a three month supply (75mg daily) and it is not covered by work benefits since it is a compound drug. I figured with the cost of IVF, what's another hundred bucks.

Also, from what I know about dhea, it is best to take it for a short amount of time, especially in older women. Be sure to ask your doctor if a 4- 6 month supply is necessary. I was told to take a break from it after three months.

Good luck with your next cycle! Looks like you guys are doing all the right things to increase the odds in your favour.
Me- 38, DOR
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IVF 1- cancelled due to poor response
IVF 2- poor response, converted to IUI- BFN
IVF 3- finally made it to transfer- BFN
IVF 4- BFP!

#3 LastTry

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 09:42 PM

 I paid $112 for a three month supply (75mg daily)

Wow - this is cheap! I've paid for mine 90$ for 1 month supply (and then another 90 and probably there will be one more)

But if you are looking at the total cost of ivf (10-15K), another 100-300 dollars will not put you into debt...

I've got the prescription from the doctor when asked her if I can do something to improve the quality of my eggs... Apparently she thinks it might help. Or at least, doesn't hurt :-). I could not take 75 mg per day because I've had skin irritation. But 50 mg was OK for me.


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#4 JacMac

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 10:06 PM

I bought mine online with no prescription....
Me - now 36 Him - 37
Trying to conceive since our wedding day May 25, 2008.
Started Clomid Jan-April 2012.
Referred to RFP June 2012.
First consult at RFP November 2012.
First IVF cycle on antagonist protocol (GonalF, Luveris) January 2013.
Transferred two day-3 embryos, had severe OHSS, lost one twin between 7-13 weeks but was expecting one little one October 2013.
Found out at 6 mos that our little one had died weeks earlier and had to induce and deliver stillborn, July 25, 2013.
Something found on adrenal gland at follow up ultrasound, MRI showed what seems to be a benign tumor. Meeting with specialist Jan 8, 2014 - all fertility treatments on hold. :/
Tumour is definitely producing Aldosterone (causes high blood pressure) and Cortisol. Lucky me, only 34 similar cases recorded in the world! Tumour removed May 2014.
Approached about a possible adoption March 2014. Rush through all the paperwork and process.
Charlotte Evangeline born June 27, 2014. We brought her home on July 7 and held our breath for 10 days until she officially became ours.
Surprise BFP October 2014. Due to wonky cycles, ultrasounds convince Doctors I have a blighted ovum but detailed ultrasound reveals heartbeat at 6w3d. On progesterone support and waiting to see if pregnancy is still viable. Holding our breath again.
Adalyn Marie born on June 9, 2014 after a roller coaster pregnancy.

#5 MEMac

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 10:05 AM

I also have DOR and my Dr recommended DHEA after my first IVF cycle resulted in 7 follicles and 2 embryos. My second cycle after 3 months of DHEA and other supplements resulted in 7 follicles and 4 embryos. Below is an info sheet my clinic has on DHEA and another on what you can do to prep for IVF. I am on every supplement suggested, around 20 pills/day smile.png. I received a prescription for DHEA and purchased from a compounding pharmacy (Pharmasave) $50 for 90 pills (1 month 75mg/day).

 

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BFP Oct, Ectopic Nov 2007 - lost left tube

BFP Aug, Ectopic Sept 2009 - saved right tube

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BFP Sept, Ectopic Sept 2012 - saved right tube
IVF #2 at VFC Feb/Mar 2013 BFN

BFP May, Ectopic May 2013 - removed right tube

FET #1 at VFC - May 2014 BFN

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#6 Seems like forever

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 03:39 PM

I purchased mine in the states at gnc. It was $11.99 for 90 pills of the 25mg. My doc wants me to take 25mg 3 times a day so a 30 day supply would be one bottle.

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#7 Lisa1981

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 07:17 PM

Hi :)

 

I was also on 75mg of DHEA for 3 months. I paid about $50 for a 90 pills (1 month). For me, it helped a lot.. IVF#4, I made it to egg retrieval and transfer. I started my cycle with 9 follicles instead of 6. Ended up with 8 eggs retrieved instead of 2 (those 2 retrieved on a previous cycle didn't even made it to transfer). 

 

If I were you, I wouldn't get a 4-6 months supply, I was told that 3-4 months is good enough and then you need to take a break. DHEA is a form of steroid... best to be careful :)

 

I was told that it would be best to get a prescription and get the DHEA from a compounding pharmacy... Anything you buy over the counter in the US or online, may not be as pure and as efficient as what you would get with a prescription.

 

Good luck to you and your wife :)

 

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Me: 33 - DH: 36

July 2012: referred to Ottawa fertility center
August 2012: Test results are back
High FSH, Low AFC (only 6)
Endo (duuuh) & DOR  (great....)

And may has well make it a trio...male factor (motility)

 

After 2 failed IUIs, 5 Failed IVF:

Trying on our own until spring come's along... 

 

Feb 09: A little Miracle, a natural BFP. Praying it sticks around for 9 months.

Feb 11: Beta 25 (yikes)- P4: 47 oh boy, put on progesterone

Feb 13: Beta 86 - P4: 144

Feb 18: Beta 544 - P4: 96

Feb 20: Beta 1128 - P4: 81... increased progesterone to 600mg

Feb 24: Beta 1608 - P4: 100... oh boy, not looking promissing

Feb 25: Beta: 1942 (no P4) at another hospital.. ok, looking better... U/S: sac and yolk. Nothing else.

March 04: HB 115. Problem: Sac is small... repeat u/s next week

March 14: U/S , HB (abdominal) 167bpm (internal) 158bpm. Problem: Sac still small, reapeat u/s in 10 days..

March 24: U/S confirmed no HB.. stop progesterone. M/C that same evening


#8 snowmom

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 10:34 PM

Three months of use is the norm. I was on it for my last cycle, which resulted in a much greater egg response than the previous two, and a bfp. Warning tho, it made me really really irritable.
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#9 mama2be

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 07:55 AM

Lisa is right - most studies I read suggest at least 6 weeks up to 3 months. Best results were within that range.  The anything longer then that did not give as good of a result in studies that I've read about. I am on it right now and have been for just over 3 weeks.  I will keep taking it until I do my IVF early Nov.

 

I would buy it with a perscription for sure and mine cost me just under $100 for 270 pills  - 3 months worth. Mine was compounded at Rexall Drugs. I am on 75mg/day (3 pills of 25mg/day)

 

I did have my blood levels tested first to make sure I wasn't high in my DHEA-S and my testosterone.  It's important to know your levels because not everyone is a candidate for DHEA.  It is a mild male hormone.

 

Also, has your wife had her thyroid tested?  They are now testing thyriod function in most clinics.  Mine was in the normal range but my RE has put me on a very low dost thyroid med to lower my thyroid numbers a little bit. This has proven to lower the risk of miscarraiges. My TSH levels are 3.82 and he wants me around 2.

 

Good luck with your next round. Accupunture a healthy diet low in sugar, or no sugar and not caffeine are all good things to try.


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IVF #1 2010

Uterin biopsy September 24

AF September 28 Gonal F 300

September 30 Oglarutron

Oct. 4 Gonal F reduced to 75

Oct. 8 Trigger

Oct. 8 ER

Oct. 9 - 10 EGGS!!! Every follicle had an egg

Oct 10 - Call from clinic this morning only 5 eggs were mature. 4 they did ICSI and one without. Keeping fingers crossed that all survive to day 5 blast so I will have some to freeze.

Oct 11 3 of the ICSI ones are still here and the one other is on target. Lost one to an abnormal nucleous

Oct 14 ET 2 really good embies

Oct 22 HPT - BFP

Oct 25 Beta 576

Oct 27 Beta 1386

Nov 3 Beta 17,713 - also experienced a little bright red bleeding in evening on this date.

Nov 17 - First U/S - one little bean 154 bpmFeb 9 - 19 weeks complete u/s measurements on track, everything looks good. 145bpm IT'S A BOY!!!

June 13 - Baby boy bornat 37 weeks, 6lbs 5oz. C-section due to cholestasis 

 

2013 Aug 27 met with RESept started 75mg/d of DHEASept blood work results:FSH 7.96E2 120 (should be under 150)LH 4.72 (under 5 low is good early stages of cycle)DHEA 20.9 (normal is 9.15 or lower)TSH  3.82 ( should be .35 5)Testosterone 6Progesterone 2.9

 

IVF #2 - Oct 2013

ICSI (BCP, Cetrotide, Gonal-F, Menopur, Suprefact, Endometrium and low dose Aspirin)

September 11th - DHEA 75/mg per day

October 2nd - Synthroid 0.025mg per day (to lower tyhroid)

October 13th - Day 1

October 13th - Bld and u/s - Right ov - 1 @ 7 Left ov - 1 at 7 & 3 less than 7. FSH 7 TSH 3.1

October 17th - Increased Synthroid to 0.050 mg per day

October 28th - Endo Biopsy and 3mg injection of Cetrotide (once only)

November 1 - Last does of BCP - wait for AF then wait to start stimms

November 3 - AF started

November 6 - Start stimms - 300 GonalF - .5 Suprefact - 150 Menopur

November 16 - Trigger

November 18 - ER today... 4 eggs

November 23 - ET 

 

 

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#10 Mom2BNot2L8

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:19 AM

My clinic presribed DHEA for 3 months leading up to the IVF #2 cycle start, 75 mg a day.  I had to go to a compound pharmacist to make it and I had to make sure it was micronized.  You can get it in the USA but it's illegal to import it.  I am 41 with DOR, mild to moderate endometriosis, hypothyroid and gluten intolerant.  DH is 45 and had PESA procedure.  I was also on L-arginine and ubiquinol (Vital Q - 3 x daily and Fertil Pro).  It is all supposed to help improve the quality of your eggs also.  I tried maca powder and royal jelly and was on low dose aspirin for IVF # 2.  I took vitamin D and iron and omega 3 fish oil. 

 

Our 1st IVF at a different clinic in Burlington was unsuccessful. - also no DHEA, no other supplements.  We ended up with 2 embryos, 8 cell grade 1 and they didn't implant.  I hadn't had the LAP though for endo, no diagnosis for endo, thyroid, no diagnosis for gluten, etc etc.  My medical history was truly ignored. 

 

We went thru our 2nd round of IVF in August 2013 in London - with the DHEA and other supplements and after the LAP.  We ended up with 3 embryos - grade 1 but only 4 cells and did a day 3 transfer of all 3 embryos.  Well we got our BFP with one of those 4 cell embryos.  And yes that is 4 cell on day 3 transfer.  However, we just found out we have a missed miscarriage at 9w3d.  I believe the DHEA helped and would do it again.  Not all clinics subscribe to the DHEA theory.  We had a consultation at Henry Ford in Michigan and they didn't believe in it. 

 

Good luck to you!

 

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Me: 45  DH: 50    TTC for years

Me: DOR, Hypothyroid, Endometriosis, Crohn's, celiac, immune issues, rhesus disease, heart shaped uterus

DH: Vasectomy Reversal x 2 + testicular cancer

 

IVF # 1 Nov. 2011

Nov. 12, 2011 - 9 eggs retrieved, 7 mature, ended up with 2 embryos; DH had PESA

Nov. 15, 2011 - Day 3 transfer: 2 embryos (7 cell Grade 4; 8 cell Grade 4A), none for freezing

Nov. 25, 2011 - th_abfn.gificon_cry.gif switched RE and clinic

 

IVF # 2 Aug. 2013

Aug. 20 - 5 eggs retrieved, only 4 mature and ICSI'd after PESA for DH

Aug. 23 - Day 3 transfer of 3 embryos (4cellG1, 4cellG1 and 4cellG3), none for freezing

Sept. 7 - 15dp3dt th_abfp.gif Beta = 465

Oct. 11 - 9w3d missed miscarriage zjujfjf.gif8388.gif  

Oct. 16  - 2nd u/s confirmed missed m/c ----> D&C  eusa_wall.gif switched RE and clinic, DH had a 2nd vaso-vasectomy

 

IVF # 3 July 2014

July 20/14 - 5 eggs retrieved, all fertilized ICSI'd

July 25/14 -Day 5 transfer! of 4 embryos 

Aug. 8/14 - BFN  icon_cry.gif

 

Nov. 2104 IUI  # 1 , 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

IVF # 4   May 2018?  with gestational carrier


#11 kunkun789

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:37 AM

 i don't know that DHEA has connection with infertility.  this article is very useful for me. thanks so much. by the way, i am so sorry that i cannot give any useful advice for you.


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#12 Chan

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 11:19 PM

Where are you all from?  I'm in Toronto and I just got a prescription for a 1-month supply of DHEA and it's going to cost me $102.  My insurance isn't going to cover it, but they aren't covering my IVF costs either which I'm sure is going to be in the high single digit thousands of dollars.



#13 PaleoMama

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 05:27 AM

Hi,

 

My wife and I are new to this forum. She is 38, soon to be 39. We have been trying to have a baby for the last year. We have gone through 7 cycles of IUI and 1 failed cycle of ICSI with assisted hatching; quite depressing as some of you may know.

 

We were recently speaking with a friend who has gone through the same frustration as us. She had suggested starting DHEA. Now, of course, I have read medical journals on research in regards to DHEA and infertility. There has not been any negative affects that I can see. We are looking to try just about anything to make our dream come true (so far we have done acupuncture, dietary changes, Coenzyme Q10, just to name a few).

 

I know some clinics are strongly against DHEA and will not prescribe it to their patients. We have an appointment two weeks from now to see our FS; however, we want to get the ball rolling on DHEA. I know it is only a prescription drug in Canada; however, some go over the border to get it in the US.

 

Question to anyone who uses DHEA:

Where did you purchase DHEA? In the US or Canada?

How much did it cost? (looking at a 4-6 months supply)

 

We are going to try another ICSI cycle 4-6 months from now.

 

Any help would be greatflow.gif

DHEA is a simple compound, there is NO reason for it to be expensive.

any micronized DHEA from a reasonably known company will do.

i've been taking DHEA for about half a year before getting pregnant with my first,

and then another 3-4 months before getting pregnant with my second child.

 

i have high FSH and AMH in hardly detectable range,

so i am sure DHEA did play a role in me getting pregnant.

good luck


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#14 PaleoMama

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 05:30 AM

P.S. but it was probably not only DHEA

i was taking at the same time: vitamin D (2000IU daily)

CoQ10 (500mg, this was more expensive then DHEA supplement, but i live in europe so maybe that makes a difference),

diet without sugars and hardly any pasta and bread.

 

good luck


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#15 PaleoMama

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 05:38 AM

IMPORTANT:

 

here is a link to a paper (Gleicher N. et al.2011)

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm....les/PMC3112409/

 

they review over 60 papers related to DHEA published from 1995-2010, summarize results etc.

i am not aware of a better review, free PDF


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#16 Kayte

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 02:34 PM

I'm grateful for all the info and links in this thread. Thanks!

 

I am starting a long protocol at the end of the month... ie. starting Lupron the last weekend of January. My new RE mentioned taking DHEA - I wasn't well-informed and said I heard it could cause facial hair or increased hair growth in women and a lowered voice, so in the moment I said no. I have some PCOS-y symptons already without having the irregular periods.

 

But this cycle I want to try something different and what I can to help with my DOR. I will be stimming less, which means less eggs and hopefully higher quality, but that's also scary to me. It's my first and probably only PGS-testing round, and I wish I had banked eggs and tested in the past, but oh well. Now I just want to hope and pray for good little eggs... I have been taking Ubiquinol for awhile too.

 

Anyway, if any of you familiar with taking DHEA could please, please let me know what you think and I will call my RE on Monday, as I'm rethinking the DHEA....

 

1) Do you think it's enough time or worth it to try starting it now, if my long protocol begins in 2 weeks?

2) Do you think being on DHEA for this amount of time would produce notably negative side effects?

 

THANK YOU!



#17 L_in_Calgary

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 03:34 PM

The effects of DHEA are cumulative with the recommendation that it is taken for 3 or more months prior to retrieveal. It is generally not recommended for those with PCOS. I have been on DHEA twice now and the negative side effect have been greasy hair and acne none of the other side effects. However, I've had some positive side effects better strength in gym, easier to build muscle and better libedo. Plus it increased my folicle counts.  I've only been on 3-4 months prior to a retrieval so perhaps the other side effects are from longer use - it is also used as a supplement for fitness/body building....I imagine they are on it longer term. Good luck in your cycle!


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#18 Kayte

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 03:39 PM

Thank you for all the advice. I can deal with those side-effects, but am now wondering if there's no merit if I didn't start 3 months in advance :( I will leave a message with my RE tmrw.



#19 Kayte

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 08:08 PM

So I'm back with another question. I talked about it with my RE and I'm going to try it, although I'm only a couple weeks before beginning a cycle.

 

They called the prescription into my pharmacy (2 hours away from the clinic), the pharmacy called and said they don't carry it. They said to try a health food store?? I was a little surprised by that considering what I know about this drug - they said it's a supplement. So I called several local stores and no one has it. One of them said a practitioner has to sell it and you need to have a prescription... and I do... but where to know??

 

My actual clinic has it but I'm not back for another week. Where do you get it? Has anyone else needed to be creative with finding it?



#20 dragnfly

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 08:07 PM

Kayte- I am in the US & am guessing u are in Canada. I know that some supplements are not as readily available as they are here. I ordered mine on Vitaminworld.com and had then shipped to me. Even if you can't get them until u go back to your clinic, get them and start taking them. What can it hurt. I started my DHEA a week 1/2 into my 2nd IVF cycle. Don't know what it was about our 2nd protocol that made the difference but we tried everything we could and don't regret any of it. Only froze 2 embys the first cycle (3 mature 2 fertilized, 1 of which had a very poor grade but they froze it anyway since I only had 2 & it didn't survive thaw) with 2nd cycle I had 13 mature & 9 fertilized. 5 made it to Blastocyst, much better results. Are u doing a FET or fresh transfer? I stayed on the DHEA after our FET (9dp5dt now) & will probably stay on it until end of Feb. I have read that it is not good to take it for more than 3 months at a time, though the reason for that is not clear to me.

Anyway, best of luck with your cycle, praying all goes well for you
Me:40/DH:40TOGETHER 24 YEARS, MARRIED 16TTC for 10 years before IVF journey beganSurgery in Feb 2015 to remove large fibroid, polyps, & cysts1st IVF ER in Sept 2015- 10 eggs, 3 mature, 2 fertilized w/ ICSI, 2 blastosysts initially frozen,one embryo did not survive thaw for PGS testing ( very poor grade)2nd IVF ER in Nov 2015- 22 eggs, 13 mature, 9 fertilized w/ICSI, 5 blastocysts, 6 total sent out for PGS, 1 missing a chromosome, 2 monosomies & 3 passed test with good grades1st FET - January 17th 2016, BFN 1-31-16, looks like it may have been a chemical3/8/16 - SHG all clear2nd FET - 3/28/16...officially PUPO!4/5/16 - BFP on HPT4/7/16 - no longer just PUPO, Beta = 3144/11/16 - 2nd beta = 3225!!4/20/16 - 6 weeks, 1st u/s. 4mm, measuring 6w1d, heartbeat = 112bpm!5/4/16 - 8 weeks, 2nd u/s. 16mm,measuring 8w1d, heartbeat = 175bpm5/18/16 - 10 weeks, 3rd u/s. 1 1/2 inches, measuring 10w5d (big baby), 180bpmOk, long story shorterWater broke at 23w5d, DD born at 25w1d. She lived 1st 5 months in NICU in Galveston TX (amazing people)I moved to Galveston TX for 5 months, was not leaving that island w/o my babyShe will be 4 on 9/1/20 and is by far the most amazing person i have ever met!!!And the journey continues...ER Nov 2020, just after Thanksgiving- 5 mature eggs, 4 fertilized, 1 made it to blast but then failed PGSER Mar 29,2020-4 new meds added to protocol (including HGH and Cetrotide), 5 eggs, 3 mature, 2 fertilized, 1 blast failed PGS

And we are officially out
Best of luck to all!





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