@Hopefullyanotherbaby my big learning from IVF is that to even get 1 to freeze is huge. I was very disappointed when we only got 1 to freeze on our first round, little did I know we wouldn't get anything to freeze on the following 2 rounds. I'd now be ecstatic to get one in the freezer. My FS says only 50% of couples ever get any to freeze in their whole IVF journey. I had dreams of a sibling in the freezer but in the end if you can have 1 successful pregnancy, that greatly increases your chances for IVF when trying for another bub. I don't think the poor odds of getting any to freeze is well publicised before you start IVF.
Me 37 DX Endo, Tubal Damage DH 41 no issues
3 x IUI 2013 - BFN
Feb 14 - Laparoscopy
IVF#1 Apr 2014 - BFN
IVF#2 June 2014 - total fertilization failure
FET#1 June 2014 - BFN
IVF#3 July/Aug 2014 - BFP
We got none to freeze first round, one second round and five third round. So it can change and even improve!
GeorgieNE - thanks so much I didn't realise that... my first cycle we for 9 mature eggs, 8 fertilised but most stopped growing at 3/4 cells, and 3 made it to day 5... 2 were transferred and 1 wasn't great.. so I am hoping we get at least 2 this time.. I will transfer both and hope for the best!!!
The biggest difference (IMO) between my first and subsequent rounds was that on cycle 2 and 3 I took Luveris 3 times.
Cycle 1 and 2 were both in 2012. Cycle one's one embryo resulted in a chemical pregnancy with an early bleed. Cycle 2 I put 2 in, 2 implanted but had a vanishing twin. One for the freezer, one is my 11 month old. Cycle one and 2 I did acupuncture, took royal jelly, coq10, Elevit, aspirin, prednisone, Chinese herbs and other random vitamins etc that I researched.
This cycle I didn't do acupuncture and took Elevit, aspirin, prednisone and that's it. My Gonal f dose was increased from 375 to 412.5 and orgalutran was the antagonist rather than cetrotide as it was for my first 2 cycles. I think that being focused on my bubba and not on the anxiety of TTC was the big difference - my FS said the same. I am quite stunned at the difference, it's crazy. I'm a big proponent of Luveris though!
BettyW - thanks so much.. this cycle I was on Gonal-F 300 and Luveris was introduced on day 6... I wasn't on as high fertility drug levels. I did cetrotide not orgalutran... I too am on prednisone, evevit and other vitamins...Fingers crossed for both of us. Are you doing the booster shots? will you be able to POAS? I cant wait to see your BFP!!!!
Ladies, if you've done a FET, what endometrial thickness do your clinic want before transfer? My clinic want 8mm but not sure if I should wait longer to get it thicker since our past FETs haven't worked at 7mm and 8mm.
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