Hi and Good Luck!
We've done 2 Full stim cycles this year, first we had transfer but BFN and unfortunately no blasts were able to be frozen. So we were reassessed and FS put me on DHEA and Melatonin to increase egg quality, we have Male Issues so over a month before our second cycle Hubby also jumped on the Acupuncture train too and we had 1 transferred and 3 are in the freezer, and blood test yesterday confirmed were pregnant!
Sorry to write, my whole life story, but agreeing with what a previous poster said, clinics like to use your first cycle as a test run to see how your body reacts to what hormones and drugs etc. even though I was devastated after our first cycle, going into the second I was much more at ease, knowing what to expect and had zero stress as I knew how I was supposed to be feeling at what stage.
Everybody is different and the journey can take you own heaps of different paths on the way, just take them Allan your stride, one day at a time
Hi, I'm 23 and in a same sex relationship. I have suspected mild pcos but mostly we were seeking assisted reproduction due to needing donor sperm. We did 4 unmedicated IUI cycles all BFN except the first which was a chem. First IVF we transferred one (FS refused any more due to age) and I'm now 23 weeks pregnant. Good luck with your journey!
Thanks for sharing your stories everyone !
First round of ICSI for us, we were lucky as had never been pregnant in the two years we were trying before IVF.
We used IVF for both our sons.
When we started the process for our first the doctor told us an average over 3 cycles. I think the amount of people getting pregnant on the first cycle was 33% and by the 3rd cycle the amount pregnant through that group was 85%. Stats will have changed for the better by now, but I do think it is dangerous to go in with the beliefs there is a 50% chance of it working first go. What may have been the norm for one person, may not be the case for you considering you have pcos and your hubby has low sperm count. My advice would be to wait forgive appt with the FS and see what your specific situation is.
Like a PP mentioned as well, go into it with an open mind. Saying you will only do 2 cycles can be tough. More than likely your attitude will change. IVF is addictive. Remember that after a couple of cycles you will have reached the Medicare safety net threshold. If you haven't done so, ring Medicare and get the paperwork sent to you to join up for that. Both of you need to join and after you reach a certain amount of dollars spent for appts to doctors, you will have a heavy rebate and cycles become much much cheaper.
In the meantime, start doing what you can to improve your quality for the upcoming cycles. Start drinking very little alcohol. Eat healthily. If you smoke, quit. All these things have a massive impact on how your cycle will go, and what the quality of your eggs will be. It also applies to your husband's sperm. I cannot remember the %, but when we saw our FS, the rates were quite high of how we could improve. My DH had low sperm count as well. He also started taking menevit which helped.
Age is on your side.
My situation was starting IVF (ICSI) at 35. My egg count was low, and my DH sperm count and morphology was low. We had a 5% chance of natural conception.
We did 4 full stim cycles before getting a bfp which stuck. I had none to freeze after each cycle. One of these was an early mc.
I then had 4 full stims and in between I had 1 frozen tf. Again I had 1 early mc, on the first cycle, before getting a sticky bfp. I was also diagnosed with natural killer cells, so had to take prednisolone, aspirin and an antibiotic to stop my immune system killing the embryo.
1 of my cycles I had no eggs at epu. I was refunded that cycle.
I was only allowed to do double transfers for my second child.
Having 2 embryos put back in does not double your chances at pregnancy. It has a very small increase in success. It also is only about a 30% chance of it resulting in a twin pregnancy as well
Generally clinics will not put 2 in until you have had a few unsuccessful cycles at your age, or if you are older than 37 or similar.
IVF policy Is not like USA. As far as I am aware, only a couple of clinics in qld clinic will put in more than two embryos at a time.
Good luck. It is a highly stressful time, so take care of yourself and your DH. I hope you get it'd first go!
I don't have polysistic ovaries I have suspected endometriosis in one blocked tube I haven't had surgery to confirm this but during the ultrasound I had my tube was adhered to my intestine and my left ovary was adhered to a place down the bottom somewhere lol
I have also had pid.
Df and I are both young we don't smoke and don't drink often, he has also started menevit and maca root capusles
I'm not to sure why his semen had a sudden drop in such a short time it went from 21million to 11 million in two months we were told then by the specialist that we had only.a 5% chance also and that we didn't have much time.
I am preparing myself day by day for Ivf I'm more excited than anything else march can't come soon enough !
After reading all these comments I spoke to df and we decided to do 3 or more cycles throughout the year if need be I have recently registered both of us for the safety net and we found out from the clinic that the subsequent cycles are cheaper than the first.
Thank you so much for taking the time to give advice
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