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#1 dkyxtt

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 01:37 PM

I am new in Genesis. Next month I will do IVF. I need advises. Is that painful in whole procedure?

Thanks so much.

#2 vball_gal

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 01:55 PM

It varies from person to person.   Each of us a slightly different response to it.  I found it uncomfortable because I got so bloated at the end but it wasn't awful.  The egg retrieval felt like a visit to the dentists office for me.   One way to look at it, it won't be nearly as painful as giving birth :-)

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 01:59 PM

Hi dkyxtt,


For me IVF was uncomfortable, at times quite uncomfortable, but not painful.  There are a lot of needle pokes and they start to get old very fast.  They give you pain control +/- sedation for egg retrieval.    For me it was unpleasant, they are poking a needle in rather delicate places, but I have certainly experienced worse pain and it was over relatively quickly.  I can say that If things don't work out for me I could go through the exact same process again without anxiety about pain.


Good luck on your journey!

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#4 ebonyglare

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 05:00 PM

I found the needles to be a walk in the park. You get used to them after a while. Egg retrieval was torturous for me but primarily because it apparently hurts more to retrieve immature follicles. I couldn't have any kind of sedation because I am asthmatic and the Anesthaesiologist wasn't present. I think ER would have been much more bearable otherwise. The bloating afterwards was uncomfortable, but not the end of the world.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 11:57 AM

I didn't find IVF painful; more uncomfortable. I was good till one of our final scans before retrieval. I developed lots of follicles and had mild ohss so I was very bloated and uncomfortable after retrieval. The worst part of it for me was the transfer. The full bladder and nurse pushing too hard on my stomach during the scan; was the worst but only lasted a few minutes.

I found the worst part of the whole process; the hurry up and wait. Good luck with your cycle next month. 

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Me-38 DH- 42

TTC since 2000
Unexplained Secondary Infertility (Had a son while a teen and gave him up for adoption)
March 2000- M/C @ 11 weeks
January 2001- M/C @ 9 weeks
February 2003- M/C @ 8 weeks
2004-2007- 6 Cycles of clomid and natural conception- BFN
November 2009- IUI with injectables- BFN
February 2010- IUI with injectables- BFN
May 2012-Consult with KRF. Re-due blood tests and prep for IVF
June 2012-Started taking Estrace for estrogen priming protocol
Blood test to see why af hasn't started. BFP with low numbers. Chemical Pregnancy
IVF#1 (KRF/Genesis)--July 29, 2012- Estrogen Priming Protocol
August 19-Egg Retrieval 20 eggs; 18 fertilized; 11 made it to Day 5
August 24- Transferred 1 Blast; Froze 4 (the rest didn't make it overnight to Day 6)
Sept 2-Took HPT (Faint Positive)
Sept 5-Beta 3 (BFN--Another Chemical)
FET#1(KRF/Genesis)-Oct 30 2012 On Estrace and Prednisone. Transferred 2 blasts (Had to thaw 3-one didn't make it. One left in the freezer)
Nov 13 2012- Beta- BFN

FET#2(KRF/Genesis) -Nov 16,2013 BETA Nov 27--Chemical Pregnancy 


IVF#2 (KRF/Olive)Consult Jan 27. (Doing CCS & immune treatments this cycle)

Estrogen Priming Starts February 19, 2014 YAY!!!!

STIMS START March 1, 2014

Retrieval Mar 13, 2014. 17 eggs retrieved, 16 of which mature and 15 fertilized. 

11 made it to blast and were biopsied and frozen. 5 NORMAL BLASTS yahoo.gif

FET with next af (transfer May, hopefully). 

FET transfer with One Normal Perfect Embryo May 15, 2014

5dp5dt--Faint positive on hpt. Darker on 6dp5dt yahoo.gif

BETA--May 26, 2014 (FX this is it)

ANOTHER F**KING chemical--beta 21 th_agrr.gif

FET#2--Lining scan on July 15. Lining at 10mm and dominate follicle is at 19mm. Waiting on ovulation to time transfer. Here we go again. FX this is it!!!

TRANSFER July 21, 2014--1 PGS Normal Blast

8th confirmed Chemical


LOOKING FOR A SURROGATE. Still have 3 PGS normal embryos frozen.

Trying again with my body......'initial' consult is April 14