Hi, after meeting with my new FS on Friday, he's decided to put me on the AACEP Protocol. I've got a few questions I'd like to ask, but first I'll fill you in on my DP's and I's background.
My DP has Obstructive Azoospermia which we found out about at the end of 2011 after TTC for a few months. As age wasn't on our side, we took ourselves off to the GP for the standard round of tests and SA. As my DP has two adult children from a previous relationship (21 and 19) we weren't expecting there to be any major drama's, so it was a total shock and real kick in the guts to be given the diagnosis from the GP. My only issue is my age. My AMH was 7.5 when last tested about 12 months ago and apparently that's about average for a woman my age.
DP and I started IVF/ICSI in May/June of last year. Our first cycle ended up in an early Chemical and the last 2 were straight out BFN"s . My last EPU was a major disaster with only 3 of the 9 eggs collected mature. All of those cycles were long down reg with Gonal-F or Puregon. I started at 225iu and was increased to 300iu on my last cycle. Despite being happy with my FS, I did feel he was a little conservative in his approach and unwilling to try different protocol's/drugs when I asked about them so I decided to seek a second opinion with a different FS (but still with the same company) and after 4 long months, I finally met with him on Friday afternoon(26/4). He has recommended the AACEP protocol for me for no other reason than my age and the fact that my ovarian reserve is diminishing which is to be expected (I'm given to understand this protocol is also recommended for women who are poor responders or for women with premature ovarian failure, neither of which applies to me)
It's fair to say my head was done in after reading about all the different drugs I'm going to have to take/inject. As I'm a Phlebotomist, the injecting part of the cycle doesnt bother me at all, nor the pill popping My concern is what side-effects I'm bound to experience which really is what I'm wanting to ask about. Have any other lovely ladies done this protocol before and if so, did you experience any major side effects??? Did it make any difference to egg quality/numbers or embryo quality and were you successful??? Our FS has said we can include Saizen as well if we want to but is not insistent that we do which is good because there's no way DP and I can afford the $1500 for the 10 injections I'd need (we're both low income earner's and the extra drugs+natural supplements for this protocol have already added on another $1000 approx out of pocket for us)
Thanks for taking the time to read my post and any advice/tips or words of warning would be greatly appreciated....... to you all...........