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Got the timeline for injections, etc.... excited to report that my retrieval and transfer will be mid-Nov! wow this happens fast. i already feel so anxious and excited, gonna have to start meditating... or SOMETHING to figure out how to stay calm and avoid stress. I've been doing hot water bottles on my belly already, anything else you guys recommend? doing the acup, some herbs until the meds start...

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Hi Amber its really exciting that you are progressing well, thank god phew. Owe and wow Vanessa your timing is going to be similar to mine, actually its seems you may a little infront.

I have had a crappy day but am alot more settled. Spent all day in bed with aweful AF pain and a shocking headache. Even had a little bleed this arve (prolly all I'll get now based on taking the bc pill) so am confident that I am on track for the IVF, albeit a couple of days behind, so I just have to hope the nurses are confident they can make my body do what it needs to within the allocated timeframe. When I called the other day and with all the confusion they basically said they would add an additional blood test to the equation, prior to me starting the meds to ensure that I have appropriately down regulated.

I have been telling myself for weeks and trying to coach myself into learning how to just leave it to them, to do my best to relax and trust them to do what they do, but it just seems impossible, even when you think you are not stressing you are totally consumed 'what about this what about that, I hope this, I hope that, what happens if this...argh' I think its perfectly normal but I wish I could stop it. DH keeps saying just dont think about it (yer right, I wish) and my best friend just says dont worry about it just do what they tell you and trust that this is what they do, you no longer have to worry (nice idea, but...) Puzzled

So Vanessa there is nothing I can say to help you, I am a shocker. I did however get a CD of a hynotic IVF aid. Just a walk through relaxation with things like imagining your uterus lining all thick and warm ready for your new baby etc. I have been wanting to resign my fact to not doing anything else but I really cant seem to do it so I am off to see a lady on Monday for a PSH treatment, not really sure what it is but the principal is that we hold things deep down in our subconsious that can affect our health etc, so this is like an access to healing that. (I want to try to let go of the fears of not being a good mum or not being able to provide a better childhood than I had etc).

I am also going to try and get my GP to do some immune system testing (its a long stretch) but want to see if it is likely that my body may resist the embryos. Of course it wont really tell me anything as no-one knows but its just another thing that i would like to do to settle myself. Realistically it will all be more stress throwing up more questions than answers but I have to feel that I have done all that I can.

Vanessa are you taking any suppliments? Folic Acid is a must but I am sure you know this, Zinc and Q10 is also considered good but as you are so near to EPU it probably wont make any difference.

Owe I talk to much.. ta ta

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Me low AMH @ 8.4 = Low fertility
DH Low S Morphology @ 5% normal = Low fertility
2 x IVF/ICSI.... BFN - bad eggs, advised to use donor eggs.
Gave up and moved on. Then conceived naturally but had missed miscarriage.

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Intrigue... I only just met you, but I imagine you'll be SUCH a great mum. I hear you on the "just relax and don't think about it" stuff - yah, right. Easier said than done. My friend did just hook me up with about three series of yummy (teen-ish, spa-like?) vampire books. I plan on starting them around the time of retrieval as a distraction. Funny, but I'm already WORRIED about over-worrying in the future!! We're probably all in the same boat, but my biggest fear is that it won't work. But I keep reminding myself that I have to at least try. and..... who knows. it's the $!5K gamble that could pay off in dirty diapers, troublesome teenager, etc. I say bring it. Anyway, that's my ramblings for the morning. The CD is a great idea, and I've been taking vitamins, not those specifically, but multis and b-6/folic. Random question, how hard is it to travel overnight somewhere when on injectibles? It all seems so foreign so far, and I find out Monday what the exact med schedule will be.

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Hi Everyone,
Sorry I have been MIA. My husband surprised me with a trip to a wonderul bed and breakfast 3 hours a way. So we had plenty of baby dancing time and time to just relax. So my IUI went great. My husband actually did his sperm deposit at the cryobank and had normal numbers like 65 million the day before so I was nervous how much he would have for Wednesday. It turned out that 24hours later he had 54 million prewash and 25million post wash with 100% motility. He has never had 100% motiity maybe like 70%. So I was happy. So the doctor who did the IUI said go home that night and baby dance and then tomorrow morning. We have never done that before because we always tried to wait at least 24hours but I guess you have enough sperm 12 hours or so later. So this time my husband was more than happy to pull out all of the stops. I also used the instead softcups and preseed that I had left over that I had ordered from this site. I hope something works and if not we know we have a plan and will be doing another IUI in November and then prep for December to the January IVF cycle. Right now I am doing the fertility massage DVD and have an heat pack on my abdomen.

Vanessa- Welcome to our group. We kind of have the same story. I will be 38 this December and we have been trying for two years. I had my first IVF cycle and it was a BFN and I am planning for my second this January. We did have 1 frosty blast on ice but we want a fresh cycle to have two embryos to put in next time. Good luck to you on your up coming cycle. If you are preparing for a November cycle you really don't want to add too many supplements because you are trying to go into the suppression phase and the eggs that will be harvested actually started growing 90 days ago. Definitely CQ10, wheat grass juice or powder, prenatal, green tea-decaf of course, a high protein diet-not atkins but just more protein than you normally eat, fruits, veggies and nuts organic if you can. You can do royal jelly and maca root before you start birth control. They help regulate hormones.
As far as traveling with injectibles. Lupron has to stay cold at all times and its expensive. I actually had to go away over night and I just filled a syringe with my morning dose lupron and kept that cold with an ice pack and cooler bag. I was gone less than 24 hours. But most hotels should have a refrigerator available and if not just call and check. Menapur does not need to be cold and neither does gonal -f.
Intrigue-Aww I know its hard to relax but just be comforted that you have done great preparation work.
Amber-You are almost done! I know you will have a good retrieval.

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Amber- That sucks about the RE just trust that everything will go as it should. They probably have so many people that are in your cycle group.
We had pretty good face time with the doctors but it was a different one everytime. My military medical center is a teaching hospital so we have like 3 doctors that are under the director. However, the director of the program did my transfer and I had never met him before that. He is so busy and he also works at a private IVF practice in Virginia. Becuase the doctors do the scans and then talk to you afterwards about your progress. That is just the way my program is structured. Also we have an emergency hotline to the on call doctor of the day. Our nurses are so busy taking your blood and pass out more meds and needles they can barely return your call. LOL!
Amber my meds are really cheap though the military and fortunately I only needed the minimum to be stimulated. If for some reason you have to do your IVF cycle again. We can work out something before you order medications again. I am a pack rat and save alot of things and all of my meds don't expire until sometime in 2012 or 2013.

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Amber, As I am a little ahead of your time wise I think you are sleeping as I write, when you read this you either will be about to do your EPU or have already dont it. Just wanted to let you know I thinking of you and hoping all goes well for you. Smile

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TTC 5yrs (5yrs previous DH BFN)
Me low AMH @ 8.4 = Low fertility
DH Low S Morphology @ 5% normal = Low fertility
2 x IVF/ICSI.... BFN - bad eggs, advised to use donor eggs.
Gave up and moved on. Then conceived naturally but had missed miscarriage.

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Hello Diane, yout IUI sounds like it went really well, I cant believe DH sperm results.. thats just amazing he must be like super man! I can only hope my DH is half as good Wink

Vanessa, thanks for the kind words. Its nice to hear and I know I'll do fine its just that I dont really think my mum was the best of mothers and I am soooo much like her. I also wonder because I am really not a maternal person. I am with animals, would care for any and all animals. I like animals much more than kids (is that aweful). I believe though that it will be different with my own. Sometimes I wonder if I really do want this, sometimes I think I dont really mind either way but then I think I wouldnt be doing all the crazy things I am doing trying to get pg if I didnt really want it..... this is such a confusing journey. Why couldnt I have just got pg like other people then I would be like wow, cool, I having a baby.. Not all this, if, but, how stuff (sorry venting)

Well I have been on bc for 3 days now and did have a bleed over the weekend/today. I called my nurse to let her know and ask about the list of what I do when (I.e meds). My GP keeps saying I must trust them but its hard when she asks me three times in a couple of minute conversation if I am taking my bc pill. Its like YES, I told you that, have you recorded it, are you planning for it, have you noticed its two days late and determined how that fits into my overall plan. How can I trust then when I know the answer to these questions is NO! So what I take my bc pill for 3 weeks and then she goes owe dah we run out of days you'll have to wait till Feb to cycle... (okay so my GP also told me to relax and I'm not doing a very good job am I Puzzled )

Hi Molls, hope you having a nice holz, what was the verdict about your cycling timeframe? Your obviously alot calmer than me, can you please send me some calm vibes.. pleeeease.

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Me 35, DH 44
TTC 5yrs (5yrs previous DH BFN)
Me low AMH @ 8.4 = Low fertility
DH Low S Morphology @ 5% normal = Low fertility
2 x IVF/ICSI.... BFN - bad eggs, advised to use donor eggs.
Gave up and moved on. Then conceived naturally but had missed miscarriage.

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Hi ladies - I don't have much time right now, I'm super tired had a big day yesterday and last night and definitely overdid it but it was fun. I read all the posts and am thinking of you all.

Diane - So glad your IUI went well and you got some baby making time in with DH as well. How very sweet of him to surprise you with some time away. I hope it all adds up to a BFP in about 10 days now! FX FX FX!!!!

Intrigue - I hope you are feeling better. You seem to be going through the same thing I went through so hang in there and I think you'll be ok, just like I was even though I was sure I wouldn't be, but here I am... Thanks so much for your kind words and supprt dear.

Vanessa - Diane already did a great job of answering your question, When you find out what meds you'll be on you can figure out how hard it will be to travel, they gave me a cooler box with ice packs when they shipped my meds, I have kept the ice packs and re-used them when I needed to. You can get away if you want.

AFM - I had another scan and blood test done yesterday and my RE/FS measured one follie at 18mm but the rest were still a little behind so she said she'd rather wait an extra day to allow the others to catch up even if it means losing the one egg. So my Trigger is tonight and tomorrow is a day off and then Tuesday bright and early I go in for my retrieval. The RE told me she thought we could get as many as 12 by waiting, I won't get my hopes up as I know anything can happen at this point but FX she's right. I'm just so nervous that I will ovulate before the retrieval as I took my last Ganerelix (to stop O) this morning and then I still have until Tuesday morning. I hope they know what they are doing!
Hugs!

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Diagnosed with stage 4 Endometriosis in September 2010
3 failed IVF cycles with local clinic
1 failed cycle at CCRM But we got accepted into their new study so we are trying one last time! FX!
2nd cycle w/CCRM. 3 perfect blasts out of the bunch, xferred 1, BFP!!!!
DS Born June 24th! We are truly blessed.

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Amber its so hard to trust isnt it. I mentioned that to my FS a while ago that I was concerned I would ovulate before collection. He said they dont miss... I was like YOU BETTER NOT!

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Me 35, DH 44
TTC 5yrs (5yrs previous DH BFN)
Me low AMH @ 8.4 = Low fertility
DH Low S Morphology @ 5% normal = Low fertility
2 x IVF/ICSI.... BFN - bad eggs, advised to use donor eggs.
Gave up and moved on. Then conceived naturally but had missed miscarriage.

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I'm noticing how easily i completely panic at the unexpected. I started spotting today (day 20 of my pill/day 21 of my cycle), and immediately assumed the worst. called the FS's office finally, and I guess it's totally normal. of course, if it continues or gets heavier, then they'll postpone?...? More to be revealed.

Amber, Diane, Intrigue - great to be on this journey with all of you. FX for the IUI (and bonus BD'ing!) Diane, and for the retrieval tomorrow Amber!!

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