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10/7/2014 9:23 AM
Does the acupuncture hurt ? & where do they put the needles

10/6/2014 3:57 PM
Alrighty thank you & I will

10/6/2014 10:27 AM
I haven't tried Circle & Bloom, but I'm looking at it right now and I think I need to try it! Thanks!!

I've loved Natural-Fertility-Info .com for advice on a healthy diet and holistic/natural therapies for mind/body wellness. They even have a whole section on increasing your IVF success rate naturally : )

Good luck with your acupuncture on Wednesday - I hope you love it!

10/4/2014 3:03 PM
also have you ever tryed circle & bloom ?

10/4/2014 2:39 PM
@liv24 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 10:30 AM
Lots of baby dust and good luck to you too! You'll probably need it before me

This is my first ever cycle, so I'm learning as I go... my understanding is that a regular FET cycle is a 4-7 week process. What I'm doing is a FET with Natera cycle, which takes 4+ months. After retrieval, they freeze and biopsy the embryos and send them for genetic testing... I take a full menstrual month off to recover from the hormones, and then after 2 periods (or more, in the case that I might have to have this hydrosalpinx surgery) we start the transfer process. I think it just depends on your doctor/clinic and what they recommend -- each patient is different!

And YES to acupuncture!! I can't believe I didn't mention it before! I've been getting acupuncture for a little over 2 years now (only focusing on fertility issues since last year). It helps with stress levels, balancing hormones, all kinds of things. My acupuncturist helped to stimulate my follicles while I was in that stage (I even ended up having to lower my dosage of Follistim after that!). She helped bring my period following my retrieval, and now we're working on preparing my uterus for implantation. There are also tons of medical studies that say acupuncture before and after transfer greatly increase your chances of successful implantation! And for anyone who's scared of needles, don't be -- they're tiny tiny filament-sized and you can't hardly feel them. As an alternative, acupressure is pretty effective too

10/3/2014 11:27 AM
So your transfer depends on ya doctor & ya body ?

10/3/2014 10:59 AM
Omg such big relief you gave me & indeed congrats too u on your process also & lots of BBy dust , is acupuncture any good ?

10/3/2014 10:39 AM
Hi all,
I'm new to this site and actually I don't think I've ever posted on a forum before, but this one seems so wonderful and supportive!
I'm 31 and right in the middle of my first IVF cycle... had an ectopic july 2013 (Momfor26 I feel your pain!) where my tube burst and I came very close to death. after a year of grief and indecision, my husband and I decided it wasn't worth the risk of having to go through all of that again, not to mention risking my life, so here we are on our IVF journey. Not a place I ever thought I would be, but I imagine that's probably true for all of us.
Momfor 26: My experience with the stims was that, after what seemed like so much waiting and doing nothing, I was SO thankful to actually be doing something twice a day that was helping get me to my goal (even if it was something as not-fun as giving myself shots!). I was taking Follistim and Menopur, and then towards the end they added Ganirelix. I iced the injection sites for a few minutes before each shot, and then rubbed the sites afterward to help get rid of the stinging sensation. I also rotated the injection sites as much as I could. I personally didn't have any crazy mood shifts or other adverse reactions to the hormones, which was a huge relief. I was uncomfortable the day of my retrieval, and the few days after that, but by then I was just thankful that I was done with that step of the process!
As far as stress reduction goes, it's nearly impossible! It's by nature an intensely stressful process, not to mention the financial burden on top of everything else. I avoided all caffeine and alcohol, meditated, took long walks and hikes, spent time with friends to distract myself, and probably unloaded way too much emotion on my sweet wonderful husband.
For now, I'm back to the waiting game. We have 6 frozen embryos and I'm in my "wash month" where I let my body recover from all of the hormones. It looks like it may have to be way longer than a month (we'll find out on Tuesday if I have to have a small surgery because of a hydrosalpinx that will set my transfer date back until January). I have to trust the process and my doctors -- they've gotten me this far!
I want to say that I wish all of you ladies the very best. There are so many roads that arrive at IVF, and none of them are easy. Hugs to all of you!!

10/2/2014 10:27 AM
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

9/29/2014 5:27 PM
I hope that you can be more relaxed and not have such a heavy plate when round number two comes. Funny, my RE works or worked at Kaiser as well and has a few fertility clinics throughout So Cal. His name is Peyman Saadat. A high school friend I ran into a few weeks ago told me she had a lot of problems conceiving and her specialist was from Kaiser. To our surprise, it was also Saadat. Lol. Small world. I see him in the West Hollywood office.
I hope that we all find peace and end up with a little one in the very near future. XOXOXO ladies!

9/29/2014 5:11 PM
2014mommy thank you for all your sound advice. I will be more positive, relaxed, stress-free this time around. I will take one week time off from work the week i get my 2nd positive blood test, coz that's when I lost it, like 4 days after. The fertility center is RFC in Irvine, CA. Their webiste says their success rate my age group is higher than the national rates. I have my own nurse but during my appointment/visits, it's different nurse depending on who is on their shift, but the clinic is very nice and clean. My doctor is from Kaiser (he's my feritility doctor in Kaiser since i have kaiser for my health insurance. There is so much to digest on your messages but I will keep reading them. I am very thankful for this forum for people like you guys who take time to read my posts and actually reply and show support, care and give me sound advice. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I will also keep praying as I always do for women like us who want to be given the chance to be mothers

9/29/2014 4:53 PM
2014Mom, hi!!! I had a wonderful birthday. I'm so luck to have such an amazing husband. He spoiled me rotten all week! From 44 roses, trip to Disneyland, steakhouse dinner to a surprise evening with friends at a rooftop bar in downtown LA...gorgeous views! I had the HSG on Thursday and so glad it is over. That test is soooo painful! Maybe it's me but I hurt so bad! I should get my results from my RE this week and then see what the plan of action will be. How do you feel?
Hope37, as 2014Mom said the FET's are not as expensive as fresh cycles. I like to ask what we are looking at before we move forward to get an idea as to what is in store for us. We are in huge debt as we are still paying off our wedding. That's why I was telling you, you will always owe money so try not to worry as much about that. If you don't mind me asking, who is your RE? I had my 3 cycles with one RE whose bedisde manner was horrible and then I found God, Lol! This new RE is amazing! We have met so many people, random people who have been to him and have gotten pregnant. He is the one who got me pregnant with the FET. I absolutely love their office! You get assigned your own nurse and ours is great! She gave us her cell number to contact her at any time with any questions. Who does that?!?!? I'm so grateful to have found them. The RE is all about the patient. He is compassionate and supportive and never makes you feel like he is rushed or uninterested in your questions, however silly they may be!
Ideally, we all want things done at our time but not always will it happen that way. God, mother nature, a higher being has a plan for us. If you feel you can do another cycle in November, go for it. However, try not to place so much burden and stress on yourself with the two jobs and financial pressures.
At 37 you should do well! Keep in mind you still have 6 embryos...you might just get half dozen kids The frozen embryos that we have are all from the donor. We didn't want to go through the huge expense at such a low probability of being able to have good and mature eggs. I want to be a mother and that child will be mine, maybe not biologically but he/she will have something of me as I carry it for 9 months. I'm anxious to be pregnant and see the tummy grow.

9/29/2014 4:11 PM
@Wannabeamommy, I hope you had a nice birthday. How is everything else fairing on?

@Hope37, I am very sorry for you loss. Please take time to grieve and soak it in. This journey is very challanging. From what I have been reading it is recommended to wiat a month before starting again because they want your body to cycle. Be patient, in the meantime find out all the answers you can as to why it did not work out the first time. Do not proceed unless it is clear why it did not work out even if it means seeking second opinion.

About your fiance and your job, try to find a balance. You may be finding it extremely overwhelming now more than if you did not have the added expenses of trying for a baby. First take a step back and relax. Please please please it is going to be ok. Think positively. Your fiance will get a job, say it and believe it. Intentionally do something everyday to reduce/avoid stress...take a walk, watch a comedy (Big Bang Theory), do some yoga (from you tube), take a nap You must intentionally avoid stress; otherwise it will consume you. It is going to be okay.

Everyone's fertility story and struggles are different. The forum has so many of those you can read through some and see....but in as much as you read based on your current stress level focus on the positives/ By all means avoid anything negative (including news) focus on positive things only me dear. I am more worried about your stress level.
Anyway as I was saying your next cycle which if you have 6 Frozen embryos will not cost as much as this first cycle. In the first cycle the price includes ER and the numerous US and bloodwork. So ask your doctor or fer center about the price so you will not be surprised.

Kindly stay positive and be thankful you have a job..actually two jobs..it woul have been alot more stressful if you did not have a job, so look at the brightside my dear. Will keep you in my thoughts and in my prayers and also pray for your fiance to get a job. With love...2014mom

9/29/2014 4:01 PM
I am 37yo but I would want to get pregnant this year. My tubes are not functional so I won't be able to conceive naturally. I'm in California and my health insurance does not cover any of my IVF expenses. So all of it is out of pocket. I will try after one month which is maybe November and hope it works, after that I will probably wait if it doesn't work out. Wow, you had a lot of fertilized egss! I only was able to freeze 6. I just pray and hope that I get a successful pregnancy. So, you have given up on trying the rest of your frozen eggs? Are you going to get a donor egg instead? Tha'ts another expense huh? Thank God for my 2 jobs I'm able to do all these things. I will be extra careful this time around, I will take a week off after the positive blood pregnancy confirmation from the Center so I can relax and get enough rest. I want to be positive about this

9/29/2014 3:14 PM
I had a huge entry written up and lost it all
So, in a nutshell...I am not pregnant. We lost the baby at the end of July. That was my fourth attempt. My first two attempts were with my own eggs. If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? Your story might be different than mine. I just turned 44 on Thursday, so they are not the best quality. We were highly recommended to try donor eggs. We did and ended up with 20 fertilized eggs but only 14 survived. We had two transfers with those embryos. The second one was the one that I got pregnant with but for whatever reason, they did not attach. I have had 3 hysteroscopies, saline sonograms, and pelvic ultrasounds and all seems to be ok. Our RE wanted me to have an HSG, which I had Thursday, to see if there is anything else going on in there that he may not have seen causing the miscarriage. He really did not have an answer as to why it happened only that it just happens some times. Mother nature takes its course and we cannot prevent that.
IVF is not cheap! All in all we spent over $33, 000 in the first three attempts, maybe more and I have not yet tallied up this last time. We have been lucky that my health insurance has paid for most tests, surgeries (but one) and some medications. Do you have medical coverage? Our pharmacy, where we purchase the IVF meds, has a discount plan which we used. Which state are you in?
Have you already had the HSG? What seems to be the problem why you can't conceive naturally? If you don't mind me asking.
I am a BIG worry wart and worry about it all. This entire process is not stress free and I actually read about how there really isn't scientific proof that it can affect your IVF or pregnancy. I don't think it's a good thing to stress but given the statistics of how many women actually achieve pregnancy, it might not affect too much. My two-cents to you would be that you wait a little bit, if you are able to, to try again. Hoepfully, when you are ready to start up again, your boyfriend will have a job and has recovered his car. Taking on the financial responsibilities takes a toll on a person. IVF can either make or break a relationship and to add another thing like finances, is not a good combination. I know very well the desires and desperation to be a mother but if you are young and time permits, wait a little until he gets on his feet again and that will put you at ease as well.

Good luck on Friday! Keep us posted.

9/29/2014 1:29 PM
Hi wanttobeamommy Thank you so much for sharing with me your experience. So you're saying you've had 3 failed IVFs already? Are you on your 4th right now and pregnant? If you don't mind me asking, what did your doctor tell you the reason why they weren't holding up and self abort? Also, were you like under major stress during those crucial weeks? I think I was under a lot of stress that week coz my second job was giving me a lot of pressure/audit that same week, my fiance's car got towed away and confiscated by the bank (I had to deal with that stress coz now we're using my car), and i kept thinking about him being jobless for a while now and our future and everything else. I think i already spent around $15,000 for the first cycle. How much did you spend for your succeeding cycles? I have my appointment with my doctor this Friday and he said I need to wait for a month before I can start again. How long did you have to wait?

9/29/2014 12:56 PM
Hope37, I am so sorry to hear of the devastating news. Something similar happened to me. I, finally after 3 attempts, got pregnant and lost it within the same week. My blood test results were all positive but numbers were fluctuating and dropped. I never took a HPT because I was told by so many people to not do so. I understand why now. As quickly as I had it, it slipped away. It is very heartbreaking and devastating. You will be ok and will be going through the grieving process...know that these emotions are all normal. Many of us here have gone through this loss and we, somehow, manage to move forward. I've learned that the financial problems will always be there and you cannot change that. My husband and I live with my parents. We both have degrees and are social workers with good jobs but cannot afford a place of our own due to the high cost of IVF. We are fortunate enough to have a place to stay and don't have to deal with rent and/or mortgage. Keep the faith and do not give up. You have 6 frozen embryos left...we have 10, so I see it as a blessing and will not give up!
Stay strong and keep looking ahead! XOXO

9/29/2014 10:29 AM
I just want to share that I just lost my baby last Friday. I already noticed some changes in me and I felt different so when I got 2 negative hpt, I immediately called and got a blood test. Dr called me and said I lost it. I was very devastated. Everytime I think about what happened I start crying. It was the stress I have been through that week i lost the baby. I knew it. Now I have to meet the Dr this week to discuss what we need to do. The good news is I have 6 frozen eggs. I pray and hope the next one will work and no more devastating experience. I know i have to be careful now. Its so hard since I work 2 full time job, the second one is from home but I get only few hours of sleep. I can't afford to quit that job because I am the only one who is shouldering all the expenses since my fiance is currently jobless. I know things will work out I know it will.

9/26/2014 10:03 PM
I took a hpt this morning and it was still negative so i called the fertility center and went there to take my 3rd blood test just to make sure things are ok. Dr called me this afternoon to tell me that the test came back negative. I was so shattered and cried I couldn't believe it and I don't know what happened along the way. I know i've been going through a lot of stress including my fiance being jobless and expenses but I didn't think it would go this bad. Doctor said they will resend the blood test to make sure that they didn't make any mistake. He will call me back tomorrow to let me know. If ever results will change I would consider this a miracle. But right now, I just lost my baby I'm just wondering if 2 positive blood test and 3rd negative could there still be a chance I'm still pregnant. I know i've noticed though that I stopped waking up in the middle of the night to pee, i don't pee as much anymore like last week, my tummy is not as big anymore. I used to have migranes last week, now I haven't had any. Sigh.....I need help.

9/24/2014 12:14 PM
Be patient and don't worry. If blood says positive, it's a good indicator. HPT's need your levels to be sky high to detect them unlike blood.
God willing all will be ok. I know it's easier said than done but try to be patient.

9/24/2014 11:42 AM
im so worried now. i took a home preg test this morning, was negative. then i took another one just a few mins ago, still nto positive. last positive test was 3 days ago. my first ultrasound is oct 3. i was tested positive pregnancy last week (thursday 9/18) by blood. i'm so worried i can't wait for oct 3. can anybody help me or anybody had same experience. pls tell me it's going to be ok.

9/23/2014 1:25 PM
Good morning, ladies. All seems to be going well Hope37. Don't worry too much as it all sounds pretty normal. I had a friend that had really bad acne during the pregnancy but went away after she had her baby. It looked like a rash, without the redness. I'm sure it is all hormonal. Don't worry and best of luck to you

9/23/2014 1:19 PM
Hi Mom2014 Thank you so much for the kind encouraging words. I do have minor bleeding, actually its like pinkish/brownish discharge/spotting. I consulted this with my nurse and she said that's ok/normal from the endometrin suppository that i've been taking. Yeah, i've been using cleanser for acne and i don't know if that's safe, im assuming it is. I will keep you guys posted on my ultrasound.

9/23/2014 8:04 AM
Hello Hope37, very happy for you. You seem to be doing well. I learnt that mild cramping is ok. So long as there is no bleeding. As for Acne could be because of the homornal changes going on with your body. If possible use OTC products after your doctor says it is ok. I am sure they will go away after sometime. Good luck with your US and all the best. Keep us posted.

9/22/2014 2:53 PM
I tested positive 2x on blood test with my fertility center as of 9/18 and they are asking me to go back on oct 3, friday for an ultrasound. experiencing some cramps but other than that i don't really feel i'm pregnant. also, i'm really feeling so down because my whole face, some parts of my jack/neck and back, chest and stomach are full of acne and rashes i don't know how to fix it

9/13/2014 4:46 PM
I am on my 7th day since my embryo transfer and my schedule for pregnancy test is this Tuesday, i'm really praying everyday for this blessing. I hope and pray everything works out fine and positive good news. After we decided to do this, my fiance lost his job, lost income and is unable to contribute anything to everything. Now, i am carrying all the burden and I sometimes lose it. But I also pray that everything will work out fine and God has good plans for my family. I just have to have strong faith and patience and He will give my fiance a big break and a chance to provide for us. He is a very good guy, and takes very good care of me in so many other ways and for that I am very thankful.

8/23/2014 8:20 PM
Hi everyone! I am totally new to this site and I'm new to the IVF process. I just had my 2nd ultrasound to test for progress of my follicles, after meds given which are $$$$!!!!. Good news Doctor said they've responded well. I started with 9 follicles, then after meds, as of today, i still have the same number of follicles, with 2 of them were about 7cm, while the rest were like around 5ish. May lower dosage of meds Doc said (right now I'm taking 450 of follistim, and 2 vials of menopur). Just wondering if I still need the growth hormones since they might lower my dosage. Sad part is they ordered a lot of meds for me and they're not refundable Next check up is Monday for another ultrasound. Oh we had a mock egg transfer today and went successful. Doc said it went smooth. Although my bp was 150/101. Hmmmmm, dunno what happened but I probably should take my hydrochlorothiazide to regulate my hypertension. I'm supposed to get off of it since I'm doing good but …just not consistent enough. Sigh, hope there would be no complications. Please send me what good food to eat for better healthy pregnancy/baby or tips and suggestions, words of wisdom, advices, warnings, I would love to hear.

Thanks! Goodluck to all of us!
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