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IVF-My experiences shared--Xpost

Discussion in 'Fertility & Trying to Conceive' started by annavarapus, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. annavarapus

    annavarapus Senior IL'ite

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    I already posted this and I thought that I started a new thread but I didn't..So here it is..

    The IVF generally consists of 3 phases:Suppression,retrieval& fertilization and Transfer followed by the 2ww.

    Suppression lasts for about 5-6 weeks.This period is needed for the RE to regulate our cycle and to make sure that the IVF cycle would be as planned.They usually start with the birth control pills(BCP's) for about 21 days to make the periods start on the stipulated day.Usually the periods start after the dosage of the BCP's but in my case I didn't bleed at all.Meanwhile the lupron injections start before a week of the periods.My RE cleared my doubt saying that what they are interested are the E2 levels(blood work) on the supposed date of start of the periods,which in my case was good.Lupron is prescribed for production of more mature follicles in the IVF cycle.

    After the start of periods the regular scans will get started.vaginal Ultra sound (US)on day1 and day 3 are done to see the progress of the follicles and to prescribe the dosage of the stimulation injections.The normal dosage of the injections start on day 1 and they are adjusted after the blood work and US results.The stimulation protocol in my case was Follistim and low dose HCG injections.Both were sub cutaneous injections as lupron and are very easy to administer at home.DH did a good job[​IMG].The stimulation phase will be for 9-10 days.US and blood work is done with an interval of every 3 or 4 days to study the growth of the follicles.The drs relate the US and the E2 levels from the blood work to know the approx size of the eggs inside the follicles. Once the follicles reach 29-30 mm,ovidrel (injection)is administered to make the eggs mature and to be ready for retrieval.

    Egg Retrieval (ER)

    usually done after 36 hrs of ovidrel shot.The eggs are retrieved by inserting a catheter through the vagina into the ovaries.This is done after anesthesia is given and so we wouldn't experience any pain.Little bit of spotting is seen after the process.I felt very bloated and some abdominal pains for 2 days.The sample from DH is taken the day of retrieval and the eggs are fertilized in the IVF lab.Rest is needed on the day of retrieval as we feel dizzy after the anesthesia.The hospital visits are not so frequent after this and we need to visit them for the transfer followed by a pregnancy test confirmation.The stimulation injections stop the day when ovidrel shot is taken.The progesterone shots(Intra muscular and big needles!) start the day after retrieval.This is given to prepare the lining suitable for implantation and to sustain a healthy pregnancy.

    Fertilization and Embryo Transfer(ET)

    The lab called us every other day to give us the report of fertilization.The transfer day is decided on the way the embryos are progressing.Higher success rates are recorded on day5 transfer than day3.I think they generally do a day 5 transfer when they feel that the embryos are dividing good and can make up till day5.Day3 transfers also yield positive results.ET is very simple and it's the same as IUI/papsmear test which is done by insertion of a catheter.It takes just 5 -10 mins and no anesthesia is required.Bed rest is recommended for 36-48 hrs after ET and the restrictions are same as in a 2ww for the rest of the days. Then they call in after 12 days past transfer to do a blood test to confirm pregnancy.They repeat the test after 48 hrs to make sure that the HCG levels are doubling.

    Only good thing about our IVF process is that I gained a lot of knowledge about the whole infertility discussing with the doctors ,browsing the internet and some live chats and seminars with my RE.We would have been happy if we were blessed with a positive result.All these infertility processes have made Dh and I closer and Our love has withstood all and grown stronger through all of this. Some day we will be blessed with a child, but until then, we are blessed with each other and WILL continue this journey TOGETHER.

    Still Hopeful
    Priyanka

    p.s Hope my post is not too long and It made some sense to the TTC friends.
     
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  2. hemadurga

    hemadurga Bronze IL'ite

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    hi annav,
    nice u wrote this post... i have some doubts

    is BCP necessary even if our periods are regular ? i am somewhat against taking bcp just for the reason of any birth problems after the ivf because these are strong hormonal medicines and their effect stayes for 3 months or so...:spin

    so will it affect the baby if ivf is done next month itself ?

    i have never taken a bcp in mu life even when we are not prepared for a child....

    can bcp be avoided ? i dont understand this funda of a BCP when it is not at all necessary ..... actually how does BCP help IVF ?
     
  3. baby boom

    baby boom New IL'ite

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    Dear Hema

    I think BCP is very important when you are starting on your ivf cycle. You typically start on your BCP the 1st day your period begins for that IVF cycle. One of the main reason is to suppress your ovaries from ovulating during that cycle and sometimes to prevent cysts. Your RE might generally not want you to ovulate because they want this entire process to be regulated. Also the reason why we would want to prevent these cysts is they generally release hormones and since we will already be put under a strict protocol of hormones we do not want them to interfere with it and cause any hindrance to follicle growth. So to put in a much simple way.....BCP is an effective way to suppress ovulation.....and I guess you would use LUPRON later which would kinda fine tune your suppression process further and regulates the growth of follicles.

    Hope this helped.

    Have a nice day..:thumbsup
     
  4. bfp2010

    bfp2010 New IL'ite

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    Priyanka and BabyBoom thank you so much for explaining the details of IVF.
    Much Appreciated.
     
  5. rajalakshmigopal

    rajalakshmigopal Gold IL'ite

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    Priyanka,

    Thanks for sharing.It is wonderful.Handy info about IVF.Dont worry.Next cycle will be yours.:thumbsup

    Hema,

    I completely agree with baby boom about BCP's.

    Babyboom,

    You explained it very well.Good Luck to you too :thumbsup
     
  6. hemadurga

    hemadurga Bronze IL'ite

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    dear babyboom,
    thanks for explaining the reason for BCP before IVF cycle... i was very much scared on being asked to take these drugs without reason !!:hide:


    think have to do a lot of search on IVf as i am just a beginner !!:drowning
     
  7. annavarapus

    annavarapus Senior IL'ite

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    Hemadurga,

    Baby boom cleared your doubts with what I had to say.Good luck.

    Baby Boom,

    Where are you in your cycle?Good luck.Keep us posted.

    Luv
    Priyanka
     
  8. radhaparth2000

    radhaparth2000 Platinum IL'ite

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    Dear Priyanka,

    Thanks for the detailed explanation. This explains the procedure very clearly and gives us insight of what we can expect during IVF. Dont worry be positive, you will be blessed with a healthy baby(ies) soon.
     
  9. baby boom

    baby boom New IL'ite

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    Hi Priyanka,

    I actually had my tranfer on Dec7th and so 9dp 5dt.....Have been taking HPT from 6dpt and it has been BFP so far with lines getting slightly darker .... also going in for my beta tomorrow......pray for me guys.....everything looks so good so far....will keep u guys updated..
     
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    meganesh Senior IL'ite

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    Hi Baby_Boom,

    All the best for tommorrows blood work.. We are sure you will post a good news soon..

    -Meganesh
     

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