IVF #7

IVF #7 started yesterday with Lupron.

I received an actual calendar with my medications and dates on it (6 IVFs behind me, and this is the first time I’ve received a calendar) and my protocol is extremely different than anything we’ve tried before.

Different, in our case is good. Change is good here. And hey, it can’t be worse than 3 cycles where the outcome is 0 embryos.

However, we have very realistic expectations as to the outcome of this cycle. If, by chance, there are any blasts on day 5 or 6, we will be having 24 chromosome genetic screening done on them via Natera in California.

I’ve received oh so many medication boxes in the past 4 years, and was surprised to see the 14 pre-filled syringes of Ganirelix that arrived at my house for this cycle.  I guess I should be grateful this Ganirelix heavy cycle did not take place 2 years ago when there was a shortage of this particular medication.

I have kept fairly detailed accounts of my prior 6 IVFs (dosages, estrogen, follicles and the like), so I am curious how my body will respond to this new medication protocol.

For those of you who are geekily interested, here is approximate overview of my meds calendar:
Days 1-8 – Lupin
Day 9-12 – Ganirelix in the AM
Day 13-16 – Ganirelix in the AM.  225 Follistim and 1 vial of Menopur in the PM.  60mg Lovenox.
Day 17-22 – Ganirelix in the Am.  225 Follistim in the PM. 60mg Lovonox.
Day 23 – HCG Trigger
Day 24 – HCG Trigger
Day 25 – ER

Well Hello, Lupron

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 #6

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?

Update

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.