Friday, November 30, 2007

IVF Follow up appointment...

Well hello, hello....it's been a while ~ mostly because I really haven't had much to say, you've heard it all before anyway. Thank you all for your special heartfelt comments on my last post, you are all sweethearts and I am glad that I have all of you!

Okay so let me tell you about my appt yesterday, I am feeling better, it doesn't take it away but I feel like I finally have closure and a new plan. Dr V is such a sweetie, I almost cried but didn't, you'll be proud of me :)

Okay, so they don't know why it didn't work, after all "this isn't an exact science"...my embryo's are "excellent" quality and I have good potential to make a baby he says, next time we wont do ICSI so we should have a better fertilisation rate and hopefully more embies.

It could be an implantation problem seeing as they grow well and everything runs smoothly until they are put back in me, we'll do the auto-immune testing just before the next IVF and from there they will be able to tell if I have clotting problems stopping the embies from implanting, if I do then they'll put me on low molecular weight heparin.

We'll also do a 5 day transfer, take the best half on day three and grow them to day 5 and freeze the rest, which Dr V is sure will give us a better chance seeing as they will be at blastocyst stage!!!

They will also change my protocol, no Lucrin (yay, yay and yay again...v evil stuff that!) BCP for one month, scan on CD2 to check that all is clear on the ovary front. Start Gonal F 225iu's a day (not Menopur this time which is rather different because I responded to Menopur well and Menopur contains LH whereas Gonal F is pure FSH) until day 5 then carry on with Gonal F and add another injection called probably Cetrotide. Gonal F for 9 days and then trigger on CD 10.

Also asked about DHEA, he says that lots of women use it but it has nasty side effects, oily skin, acne and hair growth since it is a male hormone. He doesn't recommend it and says that there is no evidence to prove that it works...so I think that I should stay away from that for now, he also says that I have no probelm getting eggs so I don't need it, maybe he is right, I would hate for him to say "I told you so" if I go ahead and do it...

He also says that it's not time to remove my endo yet as it wasn't that bad and seeing that they excise it, it grows back a lot slower.

He says that next time will be better, they have learnt alot about me from the last IVF so I hope that this next one results in a healthy pregnancy!

Now we just need to decide when to do the next one, I think I need to get through Christmas first and then think about it again, maybe start BCP in Feb or so....

So it's onward and upward now....I need to remember that:

24 comments:

LJ said...

So good to see you posting - I always love hearing/reading your updates.

LJ said...

So good to see you posting - I always love hearing/reading your updates.

Kate said...

I am so glad that your RE seems to really be working for you!

Sticky Bun said...

Great to hear from you. And it sounds like your RE has a good plan and that there's lots of reasons to be optimistic. I'm really hoping for you, Tam!!

Sarah said...

sounds like an excellent plan!! i think you're right about avoiding the DHEA since you did get plenty of eggs. sounds like your doc is doing all the right things. enjoy the holiday break.

Becks said...

Glad you are ok and you sound positive about the next step. Enjoy your Christmas and then it's all systems go for a 2008 baby!

Carrie said...

That sounds like a really good visit. I know it doesn't help what has already been but it is very promising that your doctor has every reason to believe that these changes could make all the difference.

I hope you manage to cope well over the festive season. Perhaps knowing that you have a definite plan may help.

Waiting Amy said...

Glad you had a good appointment. It helps to have a plan and some things to look into. I hope you get some answers.

Glad to hear from you and that you are doing okay!

SCY said...

Tam, I am holding thumbs bums and tums that the next one goes all the way! I am on the same page as you about timing - get through Christmas and then next year hit the treatment hard :)

Nicole said...

Good to see you writing again. And, I am thrilled to hear that you have a good game plan and a proactive doctor.

JJ said...

Glad you have a GOOD plan, and you sound in much higher spirits--so happy about that=)
Can you tell me more about the immune testing? Im wondering if I should ask about that....

anna said...

I've got hope in this plan too! It sounds good, and you're moving forward. I'm also glad you're going to take a little break through the holidays before plunging back into the IVF sea. I've got my pom-poms ready and will be on the sidelines cheerleading for you all the way to that baby!

Baby Blues said...

I'm guilty too. I haven't posted for quite some time. I'm looking forward to your next cycle. I just have a good feeling about it. :-)

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