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#1 mothertoBee

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 11:55 AM

I started Lupron today to get ready for a frozen transfer on 04.28.16.

I had a failed fresh transfer on 3.7 although my doc says my Euterus looks good. I had two polyps removed in July 2015 and I also have a pit. tumor so I am on cabergoline twice a week.

I am taking the following hoping to help my whole system fight inflammation and increase blood flow to the euterus. I am afraid i might create problems in the process. What are you taking? Is there anything I should stop taking?Thank you.

Maca root

CoQ-10

Kelp for my thyroid

L-Arginine

Vitamin D3

Calcium

Prenatal

super B Complex

Zinc extract

red clover extract

Liver support

Immune support extract

Omega3

Magnesium powder.

 



#2 Sophiemarie

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 07:25 AM

my recommendation is less is better ....

 

when I asked my Dr. about which ones to take he said just to stick to Vitamin D and prenatals. But you could email your nurse and see what she says?


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#3 Raebuk

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 03:15 PM

My clinic said vitamins prenatals that's it. So I'm taking (they ok'd) CoQ10, vitamin D and C, and prenatals. Sophie is correct though maybe emailing them to see what they said as all clinics are all different.
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#4 Sophiemarie

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 05:27 PM

just seems like that is alot of vitamins to be taking and who knows if they actual counteract the ivf meds. 


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#5 hs4816

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 05:38 PM

My clinic recommended prenatal only and specifically to avoid herbs.

They said "ok" when I said I wanted to add extra D, C, and try coenzyme q10.

I'm 41 with endo

IVF #1: March 2016: Long protocol: Suprefact (200)/Menopur (225)

9 follicles => 4 eggs => 3 mature => 3 fertilized (ICSI) => 2 blasts (one transferred, one frozen)

BFN

IVF #2: June 2016: Microdose flare: Suprefact (40 BID)/Menopur (150)/ Gonal (300)

7-10 follicles (?) => 12 mature eggs => only 4 fertilized w/ICSI => transferred 2 @ 3days and 1 blast frozen

BFP: day 14 beta = 93, day 18 beta 557 (37h doubling time)

.... it stuck and we welcomed our boy March 2017!

back on this crazy journey again: June 6, 2018: FET #1...


#6 hopefulmommy2

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 04:19 PM

I'd recommend reading "It Starts with the Egg" by Rebecca Fett.  She outlines various supplements and recommendations of doses, etc. based on over 500 studies she analyzed and RE's she interviewed.  She also recommends avoiding some you listed, which may do more harm than good. 


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#7 aletheaj

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 10:28 PM

Hello all.  

 

My MD has us take DAILY: 75mg DHA during the EH protocol (even a few weeks before) and 2mg Folic Acid - which is more than what you find in a prenatal. (if you don't know whether you have the MTHFR gene mutation then I'd suggest using 5 Methyfolate which is the methylated version of Folate/Folic Acid - if you have it then you can't make use of regular folic acid.  I also take fermented cod liver oil & high vitamin butter oil, Co-q10 100mg, prenatals and a B complex which has the 5 methyfolate. 

 

I Strongly recommend the DHA 75mg and Minimum 800mcg up to 2mg  5 methylfolate.  My follicle count significantly increased - DHA has great research with it.

 

I hope that helps.  



#8 returnable

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 08:16 AM

My doctor has me taking 2000 IU of Vitamin D and 300 mg of Ubiquinol (the more effectively absorbed form of Co-q10). I've never been a proponent of supplements as I try to eat a healthy balanced diet and get exercise, but I followed the doctor on this one, as he is the expert.



#9 Kayte

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 08:43 AM

I'm a strong believer in Ubiquinol, folic acid and a multi-vitamin.

 

I'm confused about Vitamin D. I know it's important and that it's been linked (a lack of it) to infertility. But it seems you'd have to swallow a ton of them each day to get to the suggested amount. (1000s of IU.)

 

Has anyone ever asked their doctor or RE about vitamin D specifically and how to get enough in relation to infertility when it's such a high amount?



#10 hs4816

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 08:52 AM

Vitamin d is quite easily available in 1000 unit tabs...
It's fat soluble so it will accumulate in your body.

How much have you read you should be taking?

I'm 41 with endo

IVF #1: March 2016: Long protocol: Suprefact (200)/Menopur (225)

9 follicles => 4 eggs => 3 mature => 3 fertilized (ICSI) => 2 blasts (one transferred, one frozen)

BFN

IVF #2: June 2016: Microdose flare: Suprefact (40 BID)/Menopur (150)/ Gonal (300)

7-10 follicles (?) => 12 mature eggs => only 4 fertilized w/ICSI => transferred 2 @ 3days and 1 blast frozen

BFP: day 14 beta = 93, day 18 beta 557 (37h doubling time)

.... it stuck and we welcomed our boy March 2017!

back on this crazy journey again: June 6, 2018: FET #1...


#11 Kayte

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 10:15 AM

I've read anything from 4000 to 10 000 IU in articles online.

When I last bought vitamin D the highest dosage was 400 - I will search out another place!



#12 hs4816

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 10:50 AM

1000 is definitely available and very affordable.

A daily 10 000 dose would be to get someone who is severely depleted (ie. Rickets) caught up rapidly. Or some people take 10 000 once a week.

4000 a day would be a lot for long term as it will gradually accumulate in your system, especially if you spend time outdoors in the sun. I have not heard of 4000 causing toxicity, but I'd ask your doctor to be sure.

I personally take 2000 a day - there's 1000 in my vitamin and I take 1000 extra.
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I'm 41 with endo

IVF #1: March 2016: Long protocol: Suprefact (200)/Menopur (225)

9 follicles => 4 eggs => 3 mature => 3 fertilized (ICSI) => 2 blasts (one transferred, one frozen)

BFN

IVF #2: June 2016: Microdose flare: Suprefact (40 BID)/Menopur (150)/ Gonal (300)

7-10 follicles (?) => 12 mature eggs => only 4 fertilized w/ICSI => transferred 2 @ 3days and 1 blast frozen

BFP: day 14 beta = 93, day 18 beta 557 (37h doubling time)

.... it stuck and we welcomed our boy March 2017!

back on this crazy journey again: June 6, 2018: FET #1...


#13 aletheaj

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 12:18 PM

I have tabs that are 5,000 IU but you need to make sure you balance your Vitamin D with Vitamin A - the correct ratio is found in a not so palatable supplement (for non vegetarians/vegans) of 'fermented cod liver oil/high vitamin butter oil.'  It's recommended by Sally Fallon who follows the Weston Price guidelines for fertility & pregnancy.  I take Green Pastures - the Cinnamon Tingle flavor.  Either way make sure you aren't supplementing one without the other or you can end up with deficiencies.  Co-Q10 is a great antioxidant supplement as well.



#14 aletheaj

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 01:40 PM

I'd like to Amend my previous suggestion of supplementing with DHEA.  

 

CHECK WITH YOUR RE BEFORE SUPPLEMENTING.

 

On another board, a fellow member educated me to the controversy of taking DHEA. I had no idea - and I would NEVER want to recommend something that could be harmful.

 

In the US it is OTC but in Canada you need a prescription, and for good reason.  While it seemed to work for me, it could be harmful to others.  Look at the link below that was posted by a fellow member. 

 

I am sorry, I will be more careful but the others I recommended I do stand by.

 

"DHEA is controversial.  Dr. Sher's blog explains the physiology and the potential harm vs. benefits quite well.

http://haveababy.com...n-certain-cases"



#15 hs4816

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 02:07 PM

Thanks for posting. Dr. Sher's is just one opinion.

The problem with medicine, is that if you ask 20 doctors you might get 20 opinions. That's why it's so important that we are careful of the advice we give and take on this type of forum.

:-)

I'm 41 with endo

IVF #1: March 2016: Long protocol: Suprefact (200)/Menopur (225)

9 follicles => 4 eggs => 3 mature => 3 fertilized (ICSI) => 2 blasts (one transferred, one frozen)

BFN

IVF #2: June 2016: Microdose flare: Suprefact (40 BID)/Menopur (150)/ Gonal (300)

7-10 follicles (?) => 12 mature eggs => only 4 fertilized w/ICSI => transferred 2 @ 3days and 1 blast frozen

BFP: day 14 beta = 93, day 18 beta 557 (37h doubling time)

.... it stuck and we welcomed our boy March 2017!

back on this crazy journey again: June 6, 2018: FET #1...


#16 returnable

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 02:26 PM

With all the differing opinions of even experts, I personally follow the instructions of the Dr. who leads the care that is being administered. Sometimes the internet can be a detriment to us and a way to overthink everything.


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#17 Red Wine

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Posted 02 June 2016 - 04:16 PM

I think the prenatal and extra vitamin D and that's it. During my cycle that was successful I consumed more omega 3's in my diet by eating chia seeds. However, I try to get my vitamins and minerals in my diet as that's cheaper than buying lots of vitamins.
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