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Old 11-13-06, 11:20 AM
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Danielle...
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I wanted to put my 2 cents in because I am one of the success stories. I have done 2 fresh IVF cycles (1 worked, the other did not). Dh and I tried for years to conceive with no luck. We did a year of IUI, I had a hysteroscopy and a laporoscopy (to remove endo and fibroids), I also had my tubes tested to see if they were blocked. After all of that we still couldn't get pg. So, we did an IVF cycle. I got pg. but lost it a week later. 2 months later we tried again and ended pg with twins (which are almost 9 months old now). We know what it's like to experience the pain and the joy. I can honestly say that I am sooooooo thankful that we did IVF. My insurance did not cover a cent of the whole process (which ended up costing us about 26k). Alot of the clinics have finance options and even some of them have trials that you can get in on. The financial part is VERY stressful, but it was very worth the risk for us to try. I was 35 when I got pg and 36 when I delivered. My eggs aren't the greatest (I am in early menopause). Only 3 eggs fertilized both times that I tried. However, it only takes 1 to work
 


Their are ALOT of success stories on this board. The shots are easy once you get used to it. They don't even hurt. I am also open to any questions you might have. Good luck and I hope it works out for you. Take care Missy
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Old 11-13-06, 03:40 PM
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Danielle,
I also wanted to put my 2 cents in. The girls are right IVF is a long tough road. My story is we started trying 2 years ago, we tried for probably 6 months with no luck. I too come from a long line of fertile myrtles, women in my family so as much look at a penis and they are pregnant. I went to my gyno she did a bw and found I had elevated testerone levels and elevated glucose levels but my insulin levels were fine. She sent us to a fertility specialist and they sent DH to a urologist. He too has vericose veins on his testicles, but our dr said that the surgery wouldn't really help us. DH produces 2 million and of that 2 million only 35% swim and are good. So we went back to the fertilty specialist and the ran test on me and found that I don't ovulate every month, not sure when I really do ovulate, so I am labled anovulatory . Before really believing I was anovulatory my dr wanted to try IUI. We did 2 IUI's which were negative results. Just this past May we did our first IVF cycle. I was a little afraid of the needles too, but the one's in your stomach are so small, and they really don't hurt. I had 23 eggs of the 23 only 14 fertilized, but only7 survived, so we implanted 2 and then ended up freezing 3 due to the other two not surviving. I was pregnant, but I lost it 1 week after my pregnancy test, and they ended up finding that one had implanted in my tube, so I had to have a shot of methotrexate to miscarry. Just this past October we did a frozen cycle with two that we had frozen, I had my pregnancy test last week and it too was negative. But that's ok, because at least this time we didn't get excited and then let down. It's true You pick yourself up and you go again. We thankfully don't have to worry about cost. For our fresh cycle we only paid $1800.00 plus the co-pays for my drugs, this cycle I havn't gotten my bill, but I know it will be less. Forunately we have really good insurance which covers unlimited cycles. We have decided to start a fresh cycle, but we are waiting for the dr to tell us when we can start again. Let yourself feel what ever feelings you have, don't surpress any of them. But Michele is right HOLD ON TIGHT!!!! It is a rocky hard road, but you will get there. There is such an amazing support here. Posting here is great, because you know others know how you feel.

Also feel free to ask me anyquestions.
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Old 11-13-06, 06:49 PM
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hi there, just another success story wanting to wish you luck with this process. My dh had very pooor sperm count and motility. we were told that IUI and other things would not work, so they skipped us right to IVF with ICSI, and I now have a beautiful 4 month old girl from our first try. Everyone here is so helpful, and very knowledgeable. I would not have made it without their help, feel free to ask anything
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Old 11-13-06, 07:44 PM
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Hi again....I'm soooo GLAD that you got some more ladies to respond to this post...I knew the success stories would start pouring in. It just goes to show that each of our situations are so unique and different- w/ all different outcomes
 


As for the needles- I was DEATHLY AFRAID of them...always have been- but once you start them- you just have to get over it. The other ladies are right- in some strange way- you do get used to them- CRAZY- I know
 


Anyway, if you have any further questions...you know where to find me
 
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Old 11-13-06, 10:32 PM
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Thank you all for your postings, it makes me feel better about this whole process.

I only wish my husband's urologist would have been up front in telling us that the surgery had a low likelihood of success. We were both under the impression that after the surgery we would have no problems. I wish we would have gone to the Fertility doc first - it would have saved us some major expense and frustration.

I am very hopeful that I can remain strong through this. We have three kids altogether - my husband has a son from a prior marriage (adopted) who is thirteen and we have two of my husband's neices living with us who are now 6 and 9. They moved in with us over two years ago - six weeks after we were married! All three children were victims of drug abuse while in utero - so I am dealing with trying to get the girls through school, counseling, learning how to deal with the abandonment from their mother, who btw, has 4 kids altogether and is of the ripe-old age of 28. I joke with my husband and tell him we should start using meth, then we wouldn't have any problems conceiving (he is a cop and I am a prosecuting attorney - so it is just a joke).

Isn't it frustrating - it seems like everyone is pregnant. My sister gets pregnant just thinking about it and so do most of my girlfriends.

I guess the bottom line is - I would like to be able to raise a child from birth to adulthood who is my child who calls me mom. (I know I am venting, sorry) This is something DH doesn't understand as he is "dad" to at least one.

I am looking forward to this long journey and I hope that it is a positive one for me. I appreciate all of your encouragement and help - good luck to all of you.

Oh, I do have a question. I am to get bw done on day three of my cycle which should be the last week in November - that is also the day I start taking bcps. So, could I feasibly be ready by ovulation in December or will it take until January? Also, when do I start the injections?

Thanks in advance - and thank you all for letting me vent!
 


Danielle
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