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    Default Non-IVF options?

    Hi everyone, keen to hear ideas and experiences from people who have struggled with conceiving but for whatever reason, aren't going down the IVF route.

    DH and I have a DD (3) who was conceived through our very first cycle of IVF after years of trying naturally. We had loads of tests which all came back neg, so we have "unexplained infertility". At the time we also banked one frozen embryo which we are just in the process of cycling to use this month.

    Because I like to plan and think it's important to have a "plan b", I've been thinking about next steps if this isn't successful. On one hand I think I'll just let it be and walk away from the whole thing, but on the other I have a little nagging voice in my head that says I really would like a second child.

    My problem is I'm not sure I have it in me to do IVF again after this. The cost is enormous, both financially and emotionally. My fertility specialist at Monash IVF has already said she's wanting me to consider another fresh cycle pretty much straight away if this doesn't work.

    I'm wondering if anyone has opted to do other non IVF assisted fertility, (please no "natural therapy" suggestions, been there done that!). Things like blood testing, cycle tracking, clomid, etc? Did you use a fertility specialist or just GP ? Thoughts?

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    Bump. Anyone??

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    Leisylou is a lovely lady on our ivf threads who has not gone the ivf path, you could ask her about it. Check our ivf over 40 threads for her story.

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    Hi there - not sure if this will be that helpful as my infertility is PCOS anovulation rather than unexplained. We wanted to go down the path of least intervention before trying ivf.
    So I have done clomid ovulation induction (x2 cycles = no ovulation either cycle), FSH injection ovulation induction (x2 cycles = ovulated but no pregnancy with timed intercourse), FSH ovulation induction + IUI (x1 cycle = ovulated but no pregnancy). At this point our clinic strongly suggested ivf so we had 1 stimulated cycle with no transfer due to ohss. Got 5 embryos frozen from this. Couple of months later we had a FET and I'm now 31 weeks pregnant.
    In some ways I wish we had just gone straight to ivf instead of wasting the time and $ on the other treatments (spent about a year and $3500-$4000 on the IUI and OI cycles). But it was right for us to go that way as there was always a chance less intervention would work and that was our hope. Anyway here we are now. I totally sympathize with your feelings on whether to go through it again. At this stage I'm happy with 1 baby however that may change after she's born. We only have 2 frozen embryos left though. I will be very reluctant to go through a full cycle again. Not saying never but it would be doubtful for the emotional and physical side effects.
    Good luck in your decision making. I guess weigh up the time and cost factor of potentially unsuccessful alternative treatments and see what your clinic says about your chances with those methods. It's a tough call so I feel for you.

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    Thanks. It's a tough call! At the moment I'm mid cycle with our one and only frozen embie but I'm really unsure. I guess our fertility specialist was really saying that our best chances are with IVF so may as well just do that?

    Congrats on your pregnancy, what a great outcome after everything you went through. :-)


 

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