I am 6dp5dt on our first IVF cycle. We have been TTC#1 since January 2009. I had a missed miscarriage @ 5 weeks in 2010 and haven't seen a BFP since...until today! We have been through the full suite of infertility treatments from 2010-2013: clomid/timed intercourse, clomid/IUI, and now IVF. Knowing that IVF may be our only shot, my hubby and I found new jobs with great insurance coverage, and left an amazing, custom-renovated home and network of friends behind to move cross-country.
We were "unexplained" infertiles until last fall when our new RE diagnosed me with PCOS (noticed "string of pearls" on my ovaries w/ monitored clomid/IUI cycles). He immediately started me on metformin (3x500mg daily). After a few more failed clomid/IUI cycles, we did a laparoscopy/hysteroscopy/D&C where my RE found endometriosis on my ovaries and bladder and endometrial polyps. After a few more failed clomid/IUI cycles, we finally decided to proceed with IVF. Our current insurance provides limited coverage of one lifetime IVF cycle. Hubby has low motility/morphology and below average counts.
I had an amazing stim cycle for someone my age (35 yrs old, long lupron w/ menopur/follistim), and we were blessed with 11x5-day blastocysts fertilized via ICSI. We had to postpone the transfer since I was at high risk for OHSS (E2 levels neared 8,000 before retrieval, and they harvested 30 eggs). I had mild OHSS, and recovered well. We transferred 3x5-day blasts and I just got my BFP at 6dt5dt. Beta results TBD, but we are celebrating this small victory today, as one must celebrate these baby steps to survive infertility treatment!
Things I did differently (everything but the kitchen sink):
- drastically reduced my exercise/activity levels last fall (doctor's orders...i used to be an avid runner/biker/fitness freak). no exercise during stims, light yoga and light walking of my sweet little hound dog prior to FET. bed rest for 2 days following FET.
- reduced carb intake (nothing drastic, just limited sweets & breads)
- changed to a much less stressful job
- took coenzyme Q-10 during stims
- "juiced" or supplemented w/ nano-greens and other nutrient-packed drinks once daily
- pineapple core for two days following FET
- raspberry leaf tea during week prior to, and following FET
- weekly acupuncture starting 3 months prior to stims, and continued through FET. acupuncture immediately before and after FET.
- counseling for IVF/marriage support (much overlooked aspect of infertility treatment...it's so hard on a marriage!)
- chiropractic treatment since last fall
- benadryl - initially to help w/ a potential mild allergic reaction to lupron during FET prep, but I continued 25 mg just before bedtime with doc's OK, and after reading stories of potential benefits of antihistamine treatment for implantation. Will stop after betas.
- FET prep included lupron, delestrogen shots, PIO, baby aspirin, medrol, and antibiotics
1-2dp5dt - bed rest, leg cramps, stomach cramps
3dp5dt - gassy, vomited after breakfast
4dp5dt - gassy, tired, stomach constantly rumbling
5dp5dt - stomach cramps, hungry
6dp5dt - faint BFP! nauseous, but kept breakfast down, hungry
(also, i got up to pee in the middle of the night every night since the transfer)
My best advice to anyone TTC...don't give up! Seek out a doc if you're struggling...don't wait! Seek a new doc if you're not happy with your current doc. Many of the docs/clinics have different approaches. One clinic that I went to treated all patients with the exact same protocol initially. That doc refused to do a laparoscopy. Despite several previous monitored clomid/IUI cycles, previous docs missed the PCOS diagnosis. I really think metformin helped w/ my great stim cycle. My new doc kept saying, "you're going to have a metformin baby!" Insurance coverage is sooo key in infertility treatment as well! Do your leg work and figure out what kind of coverage is available to you.
Baby dust to all! I'm really hoping we have at least one sticky bun in the oven!