6 IVFs since 2011 and I’ve never tried Lupron. Times are a changin’ as it’s now on deck for IVF #7. As is a completely new protocol. And a new doctor. At a new clinic.
The worst that can happen is we get 0 blasts again, but let’s be honest here, we are very experienced in cycles that result in 0 blasts.
After reviewing our history (it’s a novel really) and sitting with our new doctor, he didn’t pull any punches. He said we have issues from all sides of the infertility spectrum and we cannot realistically expect high blast counts.
This was not news to us, but I am glad he didn’t try to sell us the world.
He also said he’s seen many couples like us, and he was genuinely surprised we didn’t look more defeated. I told him if he had seen me after my miscarriage, he would of felt differently,
Prior to IVF #7 in March, we are going to take a quick, cheap vacation. I am exhausted.
IVF Number 6 is ongoing right now. This 6th IVF is weighing pretty heavily on my mind. When I started doing retrievals in 2011, I certainly didn’t think I would have endure this many retrievals.
I feel like my life has been frozen. I’m tired of it. I should have a baby. Yet all I have is significantly less cash.
I embarked on this infertility process at the age of 35. I am going to be 39 in March. When is it time to call it quits?
I am not sure what our next steps are. During the summer of 2013, my husband’s employer informed us they were no longer going to offer health insurance. However, at the 11th hour they came back and offered what my RE refers to as “the Cadilac of insurance plans for infertility.” With this extremely good coverage available to us the logical part of my brain is telling me we should continue on with back to back egg retrievals.
I acknowledge that I am very lucky to have wonderful insurance coverage, but like I said above, I embarked on this infertility process at the age of 35. I am going to be 39 in March. When is it time to call it quits?
Happy holidays everyone, and thank you to those of you that have reached out via e-mail. I hope your holiday season is merry and bright.
Our 6th IVF is scheduled for January and the 7th will most likely be in March. Both of these cycles, like the 5 prior, will take place at our existing IVF clinic. However, we are also discussing a cycle with Dr. Braverman at some point. Either way, the plan is to bank embryos for the next few months and then reassess. If we can get a few more blasts, we may attempt a transfer into me. If we cannot, we may use a gestational carrier.
I am hit up all the time to make charitable donations.
From friends, from family, from acquaintances at work, outside the grocery store, at the mall.
Every time someone approaches me to cough up money for their cause, my brain immediately goes to the same place, i.e., who is going to donate to my charity?
All the donations I’ve made in my lifetime have resulted in little return karma for me. At this point, I’m only donating to my infertility fund. I feel no guilt about this.
It just occurred to me that I went in for day 3 #’s, but didn’t ask what they were. All I know is that they were “fine.” They had me repeat the progesterone draw and then asked me if I was taking DHEA (which I am). Ok then.
We are gearing up to write the IVF clinic some big checks, but we are waiting till the last possible minute. I am trying to find some Lovenox and Gonal F still. I do have some donated meds coming my way (thank you thank you thank you) which has offset the costs some, but the expense of IVF is still outrageous.
Also, Dr. Braverman suggested my husband take Clomid, and he said he’d be happy to prescribe it, but has since reneged. It’s been an absolute headache trying to get Clomid and since IVF is approaching, we are running out of time.