Concerns about stimulation during IVF

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Concerns about stimulation during IVF

Postby MargotTatum » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:31 pm

Hi everyone, I just posted this on another page -- so I apologize for anyone seeing this twice!

I am in the middle of my first IVF cycle. I was doing really well until today -- seems like the hormones finally hit me! Anyways, as great as my doctor is, the nurse who calls me with results barely explains anything. I need some reassurance, and who better to turn to than all of you!

I am 30 years old with unexplained infertility. I have a high egg reserve, and seem to be producing all the hormones necessary. My period has always been like clockwork.

At my baseline, I had over 20 follicles between both ovaries. My doctor actually lowered my dose of Gonal to 187.5. Yesterday, I went for an ultrasound and estradiol blood work at day 7 of stimulation. My estradiol was at 397 and I only had 4 measurable follicles on ultrasound. The nurse called to say the doctor wants me to up my Gonal to 300 for two days and I am supposed to go in for ultrasound/bloodwork again tomorrow.

I am worried I am not responding well. Is 4 really bad? Is it likely more will develop or only that these 4 will get bigger? I am overwhelmed and discouraged -- two emotions that I know are not good for my body. Any insight would be so appreciated.

I hope all of you are having success and taking care of yourselves.
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Re: Concerns about stimulation during IVF

Postby Sunshinetex » Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:21 pm

Hi there! You should still respond and should have more follicles than you do now. The key is them being the same size. The concern is that you are young and probably at risk of ohss, so they don't want to overstimulate. The first cycle is kind of like trial and error. I hope this helps. Fx for you!
Me - 41
BF - 39
TTC #1 - Sept 2012

Hsg October 2014 - blocked tube. Straight to ivf
Ivf #1 - feb 2015 - bfn
Ivf #2 -may 2015 -
5/7 - 10 eggs retrieved, 9 fertilized
5/12 - et. 5 day transfer - 1 blastocyst and 2 morulas - bfn
7/2 - surgery to remove/repair tubes - tubes cauterized
Ivf #3 - sept 2015
9/10 - 13 eggs retrieved, 10 fertilized
9/15 - et 5 day transfer 3 blastocysts....
9/24 beta 152 9dp5dt
9/28 2nd beta 248 13 dp5dt
9/30 beta #3 468 15dp5dt
10/3 beta #4 1672 18dp5dt
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