I was told by friends to take folate instead of folic acid, as folic acid can increase the risk of some types of cancers and it may not be as effective in preventing neural tube defects. I have seen many articles and posts discussing this, but most refer to the same article by Chris Kresser. Is there scientific evidence to suggest it is preferable to take folate?
Me - 40, DH - 44, DD - 2
Male factor and DOR. RE will have us do IVF/ICSI
May 2015 - Consent signed! Now waiting on DH's sample to be shipped from abroad
15 July - The swimmers have arrived! We are scheduled to start our first cycle in late Aug
IVF/ICSI #1: September 2015, Patch protocol (Estradot Patches, 400 Gonal-F, 150 Luveris, 0.5 Decadron, Cetrotide)
Estradot Patches 13-17 Aug
CD1 17 Aug. We start stimming on 18 Aug!
Stims 18-28 Aug, trigger on 29 Aug
ER 31 Aug: 12 eggs retrieved.
Fertilisation report 01 Sep: 7 eggs fertilised!
ET 5 Sep: 2x 5 day blasts transferred, none made it to freeze. Beta on 17 Sep!
IVF/ICSI #2: December 2015, Microdose Flare protocol (20units Lupron twice a day, 450 Gonal-F)
CD1 25 Oct. BCP 26 Oct-15 Nov
Start Lupron 18 Nov
Stims 20 Nov-01 Dec, trigger on 02 Dec
ER 04 Dec: 8 eggs retrieved.
Fertilisation report 05 Dec: No egg fertilised. Total fertilisation failure is rare with ICSI, not sure what to think...
06 Jan 2016: signed OHIP consent for funded cycle. AF finally arrived on 23 Jan.
IVF/ICSI #3: March 2016, back to the Patch Protocol (Estradot Patches, 400 Gonal-F, 150 Luveris, 0.5 Decadron, Cetrotide).
Estradot Patches 23-27 Feb
Stims 29 Feb-11 Mar, trigger on 12 Mar
ER 14 Mar: 7 eggs retrieved (all mature).
Fertilisation report 15 Mar: 4 eggs fertilised
ET 17 Mar: 2x 3 day embryos transferred (one 8 cell grade 3, one 6 cell grade 3), none made it to freeze. Beta on 31 Mar!