Hey ladies! I have an 18 month old daughter from my 6th round of IVF back in 2014 and we have started the process of trying for baby #2 in 2017. We may do a couple IUI rounds before using our frozen embryos from 2014. Any ladies who will be doing IUI or IVF in the new year?
413 Replies • 7 years ago
Thank you mnor, I will keep testing because I'm trying so hard to hold out hope and I guess I like to drive myself insane! I'm just so scared since we had nothing to freeze and 100% self pay. This might be our last chance.....
That's excellent to hear that all of your bloodwork came back perfect! I hope whichever method you do this cycle works and if not you have the frozen embryos to fall back on! That must be so comforting. :)
And I am so sorry! I didn't realize you meant valium, Jandei. They were going to give me Zanax but I didn't press the issue. Because of my problems, it is really painful and I was in tears. I know some women do not even feel it but as for me, if there is a next time, I'm going to insist on it lol
6 years ago
brandy, I would think it's still too early to know. I can imagine what you're going through thou. I will be there in 2 weeks feeling exactly the same
mnor - yes, I meant volium. Didn't even know how to spell it lol I heard a lot of places give it to relax, like you said. When you had your embies frozen were they frozen individually? My 10 were frozen 2 per straw. I was devastated when I found out. It was only by mistake when the doctor told me I have 5 great chances. I asked why 5 when I have 10 blasts and that's when it was revealed that it's 2 per straw. I only want to transfer 1 per cycle. I started crying and then the doc tried to make me feel better by saying "well, they can be refrozen" Apparently they do that in most clinics due to storage capacity
6 years ago
Honestly I have no idea how mine are frozen! I'll try to remember to ask next time. They did say they can be refrozen but it's not always possible. I haven't decided if I will transfer 1 or 2. I've never transferred just 1 before because I wasn't scared of having multiples. I thought hey I could complete my family in 1 shot! But now with a toddler on the loose I don't know if I want to risk twins or more this time around. But I also don't want to shell out $2,500 to transfer just 1 and not have a spare in there. I'm so conflicted about it lol. My 6 transfers before I did 2 embryos on 5 attempts and 3 embryos on 1 attempt. My daughter was from a 2 embryo. Both embryos stuck and I had 2 gestational sacs, 2 yolk sacs but only 1 baby developped.
6 years ago • Post starter
mnor - did you do a few fresh transfers and then frozen or were they all FETs. How many do you have now to try with? Unlike you I am actually really scared to put in 2 especially my very first time (maybe second and 3rd too, who knows lol) I read you want to do a few IUIs first. My clinic did 2 in one cycle. O day and day after. My husband had borderline low sperm count so they wanted to maximize the chances. I had total of 10 IUIs in 5 cycles. Just saying, maybe you'd be interested in doing it that way. Anyway... sorry for all the questions.
6 years ago
We went through a bunch of testing and qualified for an IVF refund program where we paid up front for 6 rounds, 3 fresh and 3 frozen. If we didn't have a successful pregnancy after all 6 we would have gotten 75% of our initial payment back. The program dictated that I do them in an alternating pattern...fresh, frozen, fresh, etc. I still have 10 embryos left from all of that. Over the 6 rounds I transferred 13 embryos total. So I'm hoping 10 will be enough since I really don't want to do a retrieval again.
I have friends with twins and triplets from my same fertility clinic and they make it work. I've babysat the triplets and you just have to be a bit more organized and do everything assembly line fashion. It's really not that bad once you get a routine going. I'm sure it was a nightmare when they were newborns for a little while though lol. But now they all keep each other entertained and always have built in best friends which is just adorable!
We did 4 IUIs before moving on to IVF last time. My hubby falls into the very low count category with between 1.5 and 6 million. Our clinic said they had seen IUI successes with similar numbers but not very many. So we went into it figuring we would end up doing IVF. We are just doing IUI this time to pass the time, figuring it probably won't work but there's always a small chance, and to stock up on meds again. My ins covers meds for IUI but not IVF so I just get extra and save it so I won't have to pay as much out of pocket later.
6 years ago • Post starter
Brandy... sorry to hear about this. I know you are having a very difficult time right now. Sometimes it takes longer than we hope for. Just reading mnor's story alone. She had a great outcome and it just took awhile. Not much I can say but don't give up. I know you said it may be your last shot as far as the financial aspect. I don't know where you live but some states in US (Illinois being one of them where I am) they cover 4 IVFs per year. Maybe you can check into it with your state. I also know that IVF is about 1/3 the price in other countries. Some in Europe so it's worth going there paying for a ticket, having it done there and it's still much cheaper. Sounds like a long shot but def something to look into.
Mnor - thanks for the explanation. Sounds like you really have everything planned. My hubby has low sperm count too. One iui we did he had only 2 mil (that's post wash) Man this journey is tough... You are truly an inspiration with a success story and thanks so much for sharing it. Have you ever hear of red Korean ginseng extract tea? It's like this amazing tea for male issues. They call it male viagra and it raises sperm count. On our 4th iui he was able to get to 12mil post wash! I really believe this tea helped him. It's a bit expensive about $60 per box but well worth it.
6 years ago
Brandy - So sorry :-( I know it sucks to shell out so much money for it to not work. But perseverance can pay off! I am definitely evidence of that. I know that it seems expensive but if it works it will be worth every penny. And when my daughter is a teenager and pisses me off I'll be sure to remind her that she cost us almost 30k just to make so she owes us lol. We are in no way rich at all. I was a teacher assistant before becoming a sahm and my hubby is an hvac tech. There are many ways to find the money for IVF or make it more affordable. Multiple cycle discount programs, loans, grants, mini ivf, asking family members, crowd funding, fundraising on your own, going overseas, leftover medication sharing programs, borrowing against life insurance, 401k or house, health savings accounts to use pre-tax money, downsize house or car, If there's a will there's a way right? We ended up buying a house that was almost half what we were approved for. I emptied my health savings acct. We did a garage sale and a lot more budgeting for groceries, meals out, etc. We talked my hubby's company into giving him a company vehicle so we were able to downsize to a 1 car family and sold our 2nd car that we owned outright and saved on car insurance. We also talked to my husband's company and they were able to combine all the health savings money at the end of the year that went unused by other employees and gave us 1 big check. We also received a generous check from our in laws of the interest from their retirement mutual funds in lieu of getting Christmas presents from them for 3 years. Our friend with triplets decided they were done obviously lol and gave us all their leftover meds and we got some through a med share program through our clinic. We even considered moving to Massachusetts where it's covered! Just look at all your options.
Jandei- 12 mil post wash! Wow nice imorovement! I don't know if I could get my hubby to drink ginseng tea. Does it come in beer form? Hahaha
Two+1- Good luck! I hope you get to trigger today! How exciting! I am nowhere close to IUI I think. My opk yesterday was a big negative. My follicles take awhile without meds if they get big enough to release at all.
6 years ago • Post starter
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