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12/14/2014 10:17 AM
Nwells so sorry. I have been checking in on you for awhile now. I am sorry this has not worked for you. I hope that you can adopt and find happiness in that child. Did you meet with the RE about tnext steps? I know you mentioned you were done but going to hear him out? Did anything change your mind?

What ever you decide I wish you all the best!

11/21/2014 11:35 AM
Hello,
Figured I would check in with everyone, it has been a very long time. I don't have great news, we did our last cycle. We started the stims in October, but due to my progesterone #'s rising before trigger my embryos were frozen. We ended up with two, multiple celled, one 6 one 8. I did a natural FET so they track my surge by doing blood work starting on day 10, once you surge they put the embryos back three to six day later, mine was day three. Once again, something happened, I had HCG in my system but the numbers were low, this time so low that it was hard for them to tell me no but they couldn't tell me yes, all I got was continue the meds and hopefully it was a late attachment. My second blood work the numbers dropped, and trust me they didn't have far to go. SO with that being said, I am ok, I think I have just come to terms with the fact it is just not going to happen. My RE wanted to meet with me, so I go on Dec 16th to see him and see what he has to say. This was only my second cycle with him so I don't know what plans he has. I say this was my last, but if he presents something new, I may bite LOL!!!! For now Michael and I have planned our ski trips for the winter, we are meeting with DCF Dec 3rd, and beginning the process to adopt.

I wish everyone the best of luck, looks like many of you are on your way to being parents. The journey for some is longer then others, but be strong, have faith and never give up!! Some how some way the blessing of becoming parents will find you...

11/14/2014 11:29 PM
Forgot to update everyone. I'm at 23 weeks and the twins are a boy and a girl! Hope everyone is doing well!

10/11/2014 2:26 PM
That is exactly how I feel about it better to know early

10/11/2014 7:57 AM
Sorry your cycle was cancelled. Hope the next one will be perfect. It's better to know early though, before you waste all of your money/insurance.

10/9/2014 11:41 AM
So my cycle got cancelled due to a simple cyst which was causing a lot of estrogen so I go back Monday the 13rd for bloodwork again After taking the Novarel

10/8/2014 7:53 PM
Thank you baby & also keep me updated on the baby's progress

10/7/2014 8:47 PM
Momfor26,
Good luck with the acupuncture treatment! I hope it's helpful! Keep us updated on your progress. It can feel like a lonely road without someone to talk to who understands. I hope you have people in your life who are supportive, otherwise just vent here!

10/4/2014 2:41 PM
& thank you soooo soooo much you dont kmow how much of a great help you are to me right now, its like im a emotional wreck bcuz i just want to do everything right so that i can be successful, i am going to eat healthy , my physician insist me drink lots of water & stay away from salt & alcohol.... i start my first acupuncture treatment on wednesday hopefully that goes well.

10/4/2014 10:07 AM
Hopeful mom congrats on the bundles of joy ! Thank u I am only taking prenatal & I am going to do fertility acupuncture , I will keep u updated

10/4/2014 8:15 AM
Momfor26, Welcome!
i just went through my first IVF cycle in June after 10 years of trying , on and off (age 35). Fortunatly we got 17 eggies, 14 were mature and fertilized, 11 made it to the second day. We transfered 2 and now I am 17 weeks pregnant with twins! I never thought it would work on the first try! The RE said our embryo quality was excellent! We did take several supplements, starting 3 months in advance to try to improve our sperm/egg quality. Don't know if that is what helped, since those were the first eggs we ever retrieved. We also did ICSI, which I think is routinly used for nearly all cases at our clinic. I also listed to the circle+bloom IVF series, after my husband gave me my injections each day, which helped me get over my ick factor feelings, since I am a needle-phobe! We will find out on the 16th of October, what brand of babies we are having! I wish you great success! Try to eat healthy and moderate excercise! I look forward to hearing more from you on your Journey!

10/3/2014 11:51 AM
Mom26 it was on the today show. So its national story now. I am not really worried about a mistake, but my husband and I do joke about it. The funny thing is she looks a lot like him so people ask me where she came from. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. I have brown hair and brown eyes. Although my mother has blue eyes and blonde hair so I do have the genes for it. Its just so crazy that it happened at the clinic we went too.

10/3/2014 8:17 AM
Lucky3128, I saw that this morning. What a scare, and it is funny coz I keep thinking on the delivery day what if we get a suprise... Mistakes happen but I believe there are extremely rare.

10/2/2014 6:22 PM
Wat channel news wat it on ?

10/2/2014 6:20 PM
Just curious if anyone saw the story on the news about the woman who got the wrong donotr sperm. Then later found out it was from a black man. Do you ever worry about mix ups from the clinics? Well it really made me think as this was the same clinic we went to. This mistake happen a year after we were there. I really think our embryo was ours as she does look like my husband. But if they made a mistake to late she is ours and I love her so much.

Just thought the whole thing was crazy and too close to home.

10/1/2014 5:43 PM
Hello everyone I'm 26, had 2 ectopics after having both my tubes tooken out , I'm undergoing my first cycle of ivf I'm on my last day of bcp & starting stims soon, any tips for success anyone got that is helpful besides not stressing

10/1/2014 2:45 PM
Good Afternoon,
Toni, HI!!! great to hear from you!!! Yes I have been down a long emotional road, but I keep trucking away. This is however our LAST round. I figure at this point it is all in GODs hands, I am relying on him to make everything work. If it doesn't then we know that adoptions is the road for us. As we have been exploring that option as well. Here is the post I put on the other forum conversation.

I have been very busy so I haven't spent much time on the forum. It looks like everyone is doing well. My Retrieval was on Saturday. My stims went well. AND as expected my Progesterone was 1.6 the day of trigger. My RE say that if your Progesterone spikes before trigger the chances of a successful pregnancy are decreased. SO we will be freezing all our embryos. Now I had 19 eggs, 17 mature, I don't have a problem making them that is for sure, but only 4 fertilized. SO those 4 are growing under a high powered microscope, being monitored and evaluated constantly. Tomorrow will be day 5 so I hope they make it to be frozen. Once I get my period, I call and instead of doing a normal FET with hormones, I am doing a natural FET. Just me and my body and my own hormones. I am kind of excited about this. They say the ovulation sticks are unreliable so I go for my base line on the third day of my period, then on day 8 I go for ultra sound and blood work, and then every day there after just blood work until I have my LH surge. Then they will put our embryos back 6 days later, GOD willing we have some and they survive the thaw. So that is where I am. Great mindset this time, not stressing, even with the 4 embryos I am ok. So I will keep everyone posted as to what happens.

All you pregnant moms take it easy, and relax you have made it this far, it will work out!!!!

9/30/2014 8:45 PM
Hello Ladies,
I have been gone for what feels like YEARS!!!
As I sat here after having been to the hospital to watch yet another girlfriend give birth to a HEALTHY SON, I felt the need to visit with my sisters on this site.

It brought me GREAT Joy to see Nwells is still on and cycling successfully. There was a time we did not even make it there.
I have thought of you over the years, and your post always brought up my spirits. Good Luck love. AND LOTS OF BABY DUST!


Toni.

9/26/2014 3:02 PM
Jmbhopeful ~ that's great news! So happy for you!

9/19/2014 4:18 PM
congratulations jmbhopeful - What a great result - great decision! The best of luck with finding Mr right.

9/18/2014 7:56 PM
Just thought I would update everyone that I did a second round of egg freezing. I had my retrieval yesterday. 13 retrieved, 9 mature (8 m2 and 1 m1). I have six already frozen from the first round, so all in all I have 15 eggs frozen. I'm turning 38 on Sunday and am happy that I did this. Hopefully I won't have to wait too long to meet Mr. Right.

8/25/2014 7:40 PM
Yay for pink! Congratulations 2014mom!

I have separate sacs, I hope I do have an ultrasound at my first ob appt next Tuesday!

8/22/2014 12:52 PM
Hi ladies...we start our weekend by see a pink-ish future.

8/19/2014 6:17 PM
Hopefulmom-o-saurus: Congratulations on the twins!!! Welcome to the club!! I was so shocked when they told us we were having twins, just be prepared lots of ultrasounds every appointment. It is so fun to see them interacting in the womb though. Do you know if they are fraternal or identical? Are they in the same sacs or different sacs? Take care of yourself!!!

8/18/2014 8:26 PM
Hopefulmom-o-saurus ~ So exciting!!! Thanks for the update! Keep us posted on how you are!

8/15/2014 5:57 PM
Kana Joy,
Thanks for asking, I havn't checked in for awhile I guess! I am at 10 weeks today! Yay, last day of progesterone! I am having twins for sure. I am finished with my RE for now, and my first ob appointment is on the 2nd of Sept. I have been feeling fine, no symptoms other than sleepiness. I hope everyone is doing well!

8/10/2014 9:34 PM
Hopefulmom-o-saurus ~ How are things going?

7/20/2014 1:47 PM
Wannabe...

Thanks so much for sharing your story. I can't believe you did 9 cycles! Im glad you got your little one in the end! I am considering doing one more round, but I'm trying to take a few months off to really think this through. This biological clock thing is really stressful. I did call my clinic and asked for a discounted rate, but they will not offer it. They are the only place in town that does it, so I'm kind if stuck. I know another girl in another state going for a second round who is getting a $3k discount. Really wish my clinics pricing was more reasonable. Sigh. If/when I do round 2, I will post here again.

7/19/2014 1:09 AM
For JMBhopeful....

I am an old timer on these boards and now that I finally have a toddler of my own, I seldom post, but when I saw your post regarding freezing your eggs I just wanted to weigh in with my opinion. Firstly, congrats on being proactive and freezing your eggs!! I think that is a very smart thing to do. I briefly considered it in my mid-30's but never really pursued it. At nearly 38 yrs. of age, I think you are very wise to be freezing for the future.

I finally started IVF right after my 40th bday. I had never tried to get PG before that. I only have 1 ovary due to a cyst many years ago. Anyway, on my first cycle, we retrieved 7 eggs, 4 were mature, 2 fertilized, 1 made it to transfer...BFN. Second cycle was exactly the same. Moved on to DE and retrieved 12 eggs from a young 22 yr old donor with stellar proven record. 8 were mature, 6 fertilized, transferred 2 & froze 4. BFP with twins which I lost in the 2nd trimester possibly due to an undiagnosed immune issue. Of the 4 frozens, 2 were transferred for a BFN & other 2 didn't survive the thaw. Fast forward to new donor cycle. 67 eggs retrieved (yes, I'm not kidding!), 52 mature, 38 fertilized, ended up with 18 blasts at the end of the day. Transferred 2 and ended up with 1 baby. Going for baby #2, did an SET which ended in m/c (thawed 3, transferred 1). Did PGS testing on remaining embies and several didn't survive the thaw process. Did another FET with 2 PDS tested blasts this spring and another BFN. Have 4 remaining out of the batch.

I've done 9 cycles so far and it seems that the law of 50% averages is a good rule of thumb to go by. Usually 1/2-3/4 of the eggs retrieved will be mature and or fertilize. Of those, another 1/2 will make it to blastocyst stage. So, at the end of the day 6 eggs may really mean 2-3 embryos if you are lucky. I am not trying to be discouraging at all, just realistic based upon my own experiences.

So, with that in mind, I would personally do as many cycles and freeze as many eggs as you are able to afford in hopes of having success with them in the future, especially if you want more than 1 child. While it may be expensive now, the cost of FETs in the future will be much less. I would also speak with your RE and see if you can work out some type of "package" deal for X number of retrievals rather than having to pay full price each time. It never hurts to ask and have found that many times they will work with you if you just ask.

Best of luck to you and I hope that some day you are holding your baby(s) in your arms.

7/16/2014 6:28 PM
Had an ultrasound yesterday. Dr. saw 2 sacs, but at this time could only see one yolk, so I guess we'll know better in 2 wks at my next appointment. He said it may be a bit early to see, or it may be hidding. Still no symptoms except tiredness!

7/16/2014 11:42 AM
Jmbhopeful you are really a brave lady..cheers to you. I would say do whatever you feel is comfortable for you. If you want to cycle again and you are comfortable then well and good if not at least you have something already. Also Something to consider, yes as we age it becomes more challenging to get pregnant and chances are lower but there are many women in their 40s who are having babies naturally. So you never know, this could be your case. My sis in-law is 44 years old and she is pregnant naturally. Yes it does come with many tests and issues but it is possible. So I wish you the best in your decision and in finding Mr. Right.

7/12/2014 10:46 AM
Thanks tcr21! Point well taken!

7/11/2014 7:03 PM
I have a cousin who just turned 42 and has not quite found the right guy yet - she's healthy, fit, active and would love to have a child - The strain of 'time running out' being at the forefront of her mind has made things very difficult for her recent relationships - and she has stayed with (in her own words) the wrong guy as she feels that is her last chance of a baby - I think she wishes she had frozen some eggs a few years ago. Then she could relax some, knowing the possibility for a child remains. In an ideal world you would find the right guy soon, but if it takes a while longer having more eggs can only be a good thing. I can't predict the future, but if I was in your position and could afford to, I would do it a second time. I wish you the best of luck.

7/11/2014 1:57 PM
Hi ladies. Have an opinion question for you!

I just had my follow-up appointment from my egg retrieval/freezing procedure. It took 10 days for my period to start (I was told it will usually be about 4-5 days) so I was nervous for a while there, but my follow-up ultrasound shows that everything is back to normal. He said he had 4 women going trough the same process at the same time and I was the only one that made it to retrieval! So I'm definitely feeling lucky and thankful!

My question is, should I cycle again? Remember I am single, 37 (almost 38!) and freezing my eggs for the future. This first cycle I had 6 eggs retrieved and frozen. The doctor said I could expect about the same if I cycle again. I asked if this is because I am losing my fertility, he smiled and said "it's because you're maturing" lol. Anyhow this is all out of pocket for me, and I haven't yet received all the bills yet for the ultrasounds, etc, so I'm unsure of the total cost. At this point it's been about $8500 but could go up from there (maybe $10-12k?). I asked my RE doctor if my options are to freeze again now, or wait a few years for (maybe) a great guy and do IVF with fresh eggs, which is better? He said banking now is the better option. The embryologist has said that egg freezing/thawing is relatively new and he feels that the success rate with freezing is not as high as with IVF. So what do you think? Is 6 enough? Should I do it again? The thought of another hit to my precious bank account pains me! I'm open to feedback!

7/11/2014 9:39 AM
Hello Khayes, was it this week that you had the procedure? How did it go? If it was not this week I wish you the best when you get it done. Sounds like a lot of work, pain and discomfort. Think positively, we would do anything for our kids and here you are going through all this for your kid. This is such a journey and it molds us for the better. You have been on my mind lately and hopefully and prayerfully this will clear things up for your next transfer. Thinking of you dear.
Have a blessed weekend.

7/8/2014 4:54 PM
Hello Ladies,

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend. Thanks for checking in 2014MOM. I decided to try a new RE to get another opinion as a recommendation through a friend. They recommended just doing a hysteroscopy then the grueling sonohystegram again. It really is the gold standard for determining if there is a scar tissue regrowth/concern. It is scheduled for next week. The funny thing is though, I bled pretty heavy my most recent period, so perhaps it wasn't scar tissue but hormonal imbalances after the FET that threw me off the last couple months. Either way, I will be glad to know definitively if things are okay. I'm just a little nervous to have a new dr. do anything down there. I go for my pre-op appointment tomorrow so I will ask the pertinent questions then. My next cycle will depend on if they actually perform any surgery or not, and the results of my initial testing. Otherwise I am off for the summer and am enjoying exploring new places with my son. I can't believe how much he has grown in a year. I am so excited for you to see this for yourself. I hope you continue to be progressing well!

Cann13- Congratulations on finding out you're having a little boy! That is great news!!! The time has flown by so quickly. So happy to see things are going your way!

Best of luck to everyone else. Thanks for all of your support!

7/7/2014 1:55 PM
Macbaby, I am sorry to hear about the results you got. And on the other hand I am glad that you are looking forward and thinking of meeting with the doctor. Hang in there dear, we are all rooting for you and wishing you the best. Keep us posted on what is going on and feel free to vent if you need to. Hugs.

Hopefulmom-o-saurus very high numbers you have there!! One can tell from the tone of your post how excited you are! Congratulations wishing you all the best.

Cann13 you are already 4.5 months! Wow..I keep using you as my yard stick..I can't wait to get there!! and it is a BOY!!! Congratulations!! Now you can start planning and painting the room, thinking of names, shopping e.t.c.

Khayes! Long time no hear...hope things are going on well on your side.

7/7/2014 1:08 PM
Macbaby, I'm so sorry, it must be such a disappointment. I'll be cheering you on next time too!

I had my second beta today 1059.

7/7/2014 12:14 PM
Good Afternoon ladies!!
Hopefulmom-o-saurus CONGRATS!! Thats GREAT news. I know what you mean by still not believing it. I am 4-1/2 months and I still cant believe it. But its happening! Enjoy every step of it, it goes by fast.

Macbaby- I am sorry to hear the news but do not give up! It didnt happen my first try either and look at me now. Its something we all want too much to just give up. This will make you stronger. Please keep us posted. I continue to pray for all of you ladies.

As for myself, we went today to do the 3rd part of screening U/S and all seems well.
Also,we found out...IT'S A BOY!!! YES!! We are having a boy. We both wanted a boy, especially my husband being the last with the last name. Now he has a little mini him to carry it on. I could not believe it when I saw it. They measured every part of his body so we got to see every tiny bit of him was amazing. I am 18 weeks today and getting bigger.

I hope you all have a great week. Prayers and baby dust to all!

7/7/2014 5:30 AM
Congrats Hopefulmom-o-saurus! I'm so excited for you! I will be praying that you have an easy pregnancy!

Mine was a BFN. It was disappointing, but after being upset for a day, I'm back to normal and ready to fight again! We have an appt. with our doctor in about 3 weeks to discuss what happened and what we should do differently. We are also looking at getting a second opinion from CCRM since they have pretty good success rates for people with DOR. I'm very blessed to have a wonderful family who supports us all the way, and the means to be able to go through this again (although I wish we didn't have to!). Thanks so much to all of you who have provided support, prayers, encouragement over the past month!

7/5/2014 11:06 PM
pepsgirl07 ~ Woo Hoo! Great news! I hope you're feeling well too!

7/5/2014 11:04 PM
Hopefulmomosaurus ~ Congratulations!!! So exciting! I'm very happy for you!

7/4/2014 11:49 AM
Thanks ladies for the congrats, it doesn't quite seem real yet, it's been a 10 year wait after all!

Macbaby, Hope you will have good news as well, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

7/4/2014 8:59 AM
Congratulations Hopefulemom-o-saurus! Such great news!

7/3/2014 8:59 PM
Hopefulmom-o-saurus: Congratulations that is such great news and a great way to start the long holiday weekend!!! Now is the time to enjoy being pregnant. Hopefully you will no get any morning sickness but if you do remember it for something greater. This is such great news and I am very happy for you Welcome to the mommy club. Keep us posted to your progress and appointments.

Yesterday we had another OB appointment and the twins are doing fabulous. The first trimester screen showed the babies have 1 in 6842% chance of having downs and their heartbeats are strong. As of this Sunday 07/06 we will be 14 weeks. I can't wait to find out what they are going to be!!!

Overall ladies, keep us posted to your news and it is really great to see all the success stories. Everyone have a great 4th of July!!

7/3/2014 4:29 PM
Congrats hopefulmomosaurus!!!! That is wonderful news & strong numbers. I know you will have a great holiday weekend!

Macbaby, hang in there....I hope you get a sweet surprise today but if you don't hear the news you are hoping for....don't give up. I know how much it hurts but just keep thinking you are still one day closer to your baby. Big hugs! Xo

Best wishes to the rest of you and hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend!

7/3/2014 10:18 AM
Congrats!!!! Always love seeing happy news on here!! 😊

7/3/2014 10:10 AM
Congratulations to me! I am officially preggers! Beta 154!

7/3/2014 8:50 AM
Went to have blood drawn about an hour ago. I have my phone turned all the way up and put off the vacuuming so I won't miss it. I want to know before the long holiday weekend!

7/2/2014 3:06 PM
Thanks! I caved and did hpt this morning. Bfn. I know it's not 100%, but I had to find out on my terms. I'm so tired of waiting by the phone for the nurse to call. I'm still praying for a miracle though!
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