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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsErinR View Post
    Hi ladies

    We have 1 expanded blast on board, and apparently 20 blasts going in the freezer. Insane. Totally insane.

    Anyway, thanks so much for listening to all my stories here from Cape Town. It's been good for me to get them out to people who understand.

    Good luck to those of you cycling right now or preparing for it.

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    congratulations on being pupo !!! Xx. Really hope this is the one Mrs Erin

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnH View Post
    Hi Girls
    I can’t get on very often to post, but I do read everythingyou post so am up to date on where you are all up too….
    For those that haven’t had cycles go so well, I really feelfor you, but keep trying, you all have such strength. MCGBertie, I know youhave spent a lot on this dream of yours, but as it was so well pointed out,people waste so much money on other things not so important. I hope you keeptrying for your dream.
    Faithandhopellove – 18 eggs that is great, we will be on EPU together. Best of luck. And go for2 to be transferred! I got my DS with two eggs transferred.
    Biscotti71 and Kelly70 – Keep trying, my best friend alwaysreminds me of Effie (the actress) who went through like 20 cycles of IVF andfinally got her baby.
    I have had an up and down cycle this time, after very lowestrogen levels (1089) and only 6 small eggs last Friday I was all set on thecycle being cancelled, but yesterdays ultrasound and estrogen levels (3100) wasmuch better, looks like I have 8 eggs growing well, and my estrogen levels werebetter than expected. And am feelingvery heavy on my abdomen so think they are growing : )
    So ultrasound tomorrow and then EPU on Friday and then spendingthe rest of the weekend, with everything crossed that the eggs fertilize andkeep growing…
    I have been doing a bit of research and I have found that alot of info points to acupuncture being good for fertility….not only for thosedoing IVF with their own eggs but also for those using DE. I have found someone who specialises infertility acupuncture and she said that acupuncture on implantation day canreally help. I also asked about improving number of eggs collected and qualityand she said yes to that too, and apparently its fast working….so depending onwhat happens with this cycle I am going to see her. I can’t believe I amthinking of more needles but will do what ever it takes. She also suggestedtaking Co-enzyme Q10 300mg daily. Wemake this naturally but as we get older not so much.
    Would like to hear if any of your ladies have any info to add to this.
    Also my FS isn't keen on increasing Gonal f past 300iu, he doesn't seem to think it improve the eggs, but some of you are going to 450iu, so what does your FS say about this ?
    And what is AMH ? youwould think this being my 5th cycle I would know ! GnH xxx
    AmH is anti mullerian hormone. It tells you about ovarian reserve but not about egg quality.

    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/hda/news/fTremellen.pdf

    Co Q - my fs has me on 400mg/day. It's been shown to improve fertility in mice (1 study). Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell, and many are found in human eggs, and since co q is thought to be a mitochondrial nutrient, it is thought that taking co q might improve egg quality. There is no current evidence that it does any harm.
    Last edited by Butterfly39; 11-06-2014 at 05:59.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnH View Post
    Hi Girls
    I can’t get on very often to post, but I do read everythingyou post so am up to date on where you are all up too….
    For those that haven’t had cycles go so well, I really feelfor you, but keep trying, you all have such strength. MCGBertie, I know youhave spent a lot on this dream of yours, but as it was so well pointed out,people waste so much money on other things not so important. I hope you keeptrying for your dream.
    Faithandhopellove – 18 eggs that is great, we will be on EPU together. Best of luck. And go for2 to be transferred! I got my DS with two eggs transferred.
    Biscotti71 and Kelly70 – Keep trying, my best friend alwaysreminds me of Effie (the actress) who went through like 20 cycles of IVF andfinally got her baby.
    I have had an up and down cycle this time, after very lowestrogen levels (1089) and only 6 small eggs last Friday I was all set on thecycle being cancelled, but yesterdays ultrasound and estrogen levels (3100) wasmuch better, looks like I have 8 eggs growing well, and my estrogen levels werebetter than expected. And am feelingvery heavy on my abdomen so think they are growing : )
    So ultrasound tomorrow and then EPU on Friday and then spendingthe rest of the weekend, with everything crossed that the eggs fertilize andkeep growing…
    I have been doing a bit of research and I have found that alot of info points to acupuncture being good for fertility….not only for thosedoing IVF with their own eggs but also for those using DE. I have found someone who specialises infertility acupuncture and she said that acupuncture on implantation day canreally help. I also asked about improving number of eggs collected and qualityand she said yes to that too, and apparently its fast working….so depending onwhat happens with this cycle I am going to see her. I can’t believe I amthinking of more needles but will do what ever it takes. She also suggestedtaking Co-enzyme Q10 300mg daily. Wemake this naturally but as we get older not so much.
    Would like to hear if any of your ladies have any info to add to this.
    Also my FS isn't keen on increasing Gonal f past 300iu, he doesn't seem to think it improve the eggs, but some of you are going to 450iu, so what does your FS say about this ?
    And what is AMH ? youwould think this being my 5th cycle I would know ! GnH xxx
    Hi @GnH,
    How are you today after your scan of the eggcellent eight? xx
    Wishing you all the best for this time round!
    I dont have a clue what my estrogen is. Note to self to find out!!
    Dont you feel we should all come out of this IVF journey with a mini medical certificate or something? - sooo much information out there; eastern/western medicines, the abbreviations, the studies, the stories...
    Acupuncture has many positive result stories around it - and I'm heading off tomorrow for my second session with a woman who seems to really know her stuff. She also spoke of acupuncture before and after implantation day. I also throw in a weekly lymphatic drainage massage (not around the ovaries etc when Oing evidently). Bought an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) and used it to do the "baby dance" this week. Interesting to see the positive smiley face on CD26..!!?? Eating heaps of green leafies (cooked) and eggs -on advice of acupuncturist. Vitamins Co-Enzyme Q10 (with added Vit E), Fish Oils by Bioceuticals, folic, vit D3, aaaaand go to the gym a couple of times a week. My FS is all good with this. I forgot to add - no bare feet anymore ( I love walking barefoot with my dogs on the beach - cheap pedicure!!) And keep warm in general.
    Off to google Effie now. One of the(many) reasons I joined the forum is 'coz I love a good story. (Can't get better than a "Walt Disney Style Happy Ending!)

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    So scan didn't go so well today, there are still 8 eggs, however only 3 have grown to the size required for EPU. And my estrogen level is only 3400 so that is right for the 3 eggs that have grown. Nurse thought if level was over 5000 that they may have pushed EPU out until Monday in the hope that another 2 small ones would grow, but due to the estrogen levels we are going to pick up Friday. Trigger all done, so now just have to wait to see if they fertilize. Biscotti71 - with all those vitamins you would think your body would be growing some very healthy eggs, so good luck with your next cycle. Goodluck girls

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly70 View Post
    Hey Biscotti71, your amh is really good for this age, mine is less than 1. I fell preg naturally by mistake 18 months ago, right on my 42nd birthday. I miscarried at 11 weeks but it gives me some hope despite my almost nil amh.

    Why was your first cycle cancelled? I was on 350iu gonal f (antagonist cycle) and had a poor response (2 follicles). This next cycle I expect I will be on 450iu gonal f, just waiting on my phone apt this week with my FS.

    Wonder what the difference in the drugs is for us older chicks - gonal f vs puregon?
    Found this in the Oxford journals of human reproductive medicines, re gonalf vs puregon

    Two recFSH preparations with slightly different carbohydrate compositions are currently on the market, follitropin α (Gonal-F®; Ares Serono, Geneva, Switzerland) and follitropin β (Puregon®; NV Organon, Oss, the Netherlands). It has been proposed that differences in the isoform profiles of the two recFSH preparations could influence their clinical effectiveness (de Leeuw et al., 1996; Olijve et al., 1996; Shoham and Insler, 1996). However, information about the possible superiority of one or the other is still under debate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnH View Post
    So scan didn't go so well today, there are still 8 eggs, however only 3 have grown to the size required for EPU. And my estrogen level is only 3400 so that is right for the 3 eggs that have grown. Nurse thought if level was over 5000 that they may have pushed EPU out until Monday in the hope that another 2 small ones would grow, but due to the estrogen levels we are going to pick up Friday. Trigger all done, so now just have to wait to see if they fertilize. Biscotti71 - with all those vitamins you would think your body would be growing some very healthy eggs, so good luck with your next cycle. Goodluck girls
    Good work @GnH!!!
    3 juicy eggs is great news and positive stuff. Remember that it's only one egg needed to make that bubba!
    Fingers crossed for you xx

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    MrsErinR, congratulations on being PUPO! Well done to your donor, sounds like you could have a whole footy team of bubs in the freezer!


    GnH, Biscotti, hello and welcome! Biscotti, best wishes for your EPU and for a quick recovery afterwards.

    Kelly, I've used both Gonal F and Puregon in my cycles, and there hasn't been much of a difference in terms of follicles or egg numbers. My FS did do one trial cycle with Elonva and I got a few more on that, but ended up quite ill after that, so I didn't want to use it again. TeamPanda who posted here about her journey, recently had her bub at 43.

    Faithandhopelove, hello and welcome! Hope this cycle works out much better

    Butterfly, Em, TeamPanda, Bertie, Chiefsgirl and anyone else reading along

    AFM - still on a break, we've finally moved into our new place and are surrounded by a forest of boxes. Finally back online with a dodgy mobile connection, still waiting for our internet to be properly connected

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    Hey lovelies, just popping in to cheer you all on. Congrats Erin on being pupils; what an awesome haul of embies you have!

    Well it's been a tough week. I got very down in the dumps there & had to increase my anti-depressants just to cover me. I'm bummed that we cannot afford to go again but think that I will book an appt with our FS anyway. Just as a kind of WTF went wrong debrief. Figure it might help me have some closure. Regretting that I didn't go with my gut & cancel the cycle when we had so few follies; especially today when the nearly $10k was charged to our credit card. DH has been awesome, although I've coped a bit better since I explained to him that him saying "at least we have DS" doesn't actually take away the grief or the heartache that I'll never have another or give DS a sibling, so could he please stop saying it. Today was the first day I've started to feel a bit normal; hope it continues.
    Lots of love to everyone. Xx

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    Hi,
    May I join this thread please? I'm 43 1\2 yes old and DH is 48, we have a beautiful DS who turned 4 yesterday! And hoping for just one more darling bub to complete our family. My story so far goes like this: After trying for 2 1\2 years DS born 11/06/2010. Then EP - 03/03/2012. They removed my RH fellopian tube. Dr.s sent us away despite request to join IVF program. Finally after 12 months of BFN they referred us to IVF. Started in Mar 2014. They harvested 6 eggs but only 3 were fert. And only one made it to be transfered on the 05/04/. Got a BFP and carried to 8w +3 then was diagnosed with missed M/C 18/5 and then had a D&C 20/5
    We restart new IVF cycle in July if all goes well. Feeling a bit battered, but trying to get back in to positive frame of mind.
    Thanks A

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnH View Post
    So scan didn't go so well today, there are still 8 eggs, however only 3 have grown to the size required for EPU. And my estrogen level is only 3400 so that is right for the 3 eggs that have grown. Nurse thought if level was over 5000 that they may have pushed EPU out until Monday in the hope that another 2 small ones would grow, but due to the estrogen levels we are going to pick up Friday. Trigger all done, so now just have to wait to see if they fertilize. Biscotti71 - with all those vitamins you would think your body would be growing some very healthy eggs, so good luck with your next cycle. Goodluck girls
    @GnH I have some under done eggies as well. Not sure how many good ones I'll come out with tomorrow. I hope all goes well for both of us. See you on the other side of EPU.


 

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