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April 2nd, 2014, 08:38 PM
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I was talking with another patient in the waiting room at my fertility clinic the other day. She mentioned she feels like by this point there should be more progress in treating infertility. We have made so many medical advances with other diseases but it seems like maybe there isn't as much research being done for infertility. Wanted to see what you ladies think?
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April 3rd, 2014, 09:46 AM
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I think a big issue is that alot of the time, infertility can be caused by other diseases that they're still working on advances in. People aren't just diagnosed as "infertile", it's "infertile due to X", you know? Yes, there's unexplained infertillity, but for example, my DHs MFI is [most likely] caused by liver disease. In order to fix the fertility issue, the liver disease would have to be "cured", though the damage is already done with the antibodies.

Continuing with that, are there ways to treat the antibodies? Yes. But they're very risky and controversial and not necessarily effective. I wish there were a way to fix the antibodies, and there probably will be one day, but for now there's a solution (ICSI) so they'll continue to work on other issues, you know? So, there are treatments available and they know that they work (or at least they're supposed to), but nothing is guaranteed, even with other diseases.
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Me: Autoimmune (Hashimotos and Fibromyalgia), vitamin D and calcium deficiency. Treated with Synthroid, supplements, TCM and acupuncture.

DH: Severe MFI (low counts, low motility, poor morphology and high antibodies), likely caused by poor liver function. Treated with Clomid to increase total counts.

DD: Conceived after 1 year of TTC with progesterone to correct LPD (likely caused by undiagnosed thyroid dysfunction). Born Aug 2009 via c/s after an induction due to pre-e and HELLP.

TTC #2 since Oct10 with an early loss in Aug 2011. Post-wash counts are too low for IUI to be successful, so moving on to IVF/ICSI in May 2014!

IVF/ICSI #1 (May 2014): Estrogen priming and antagonist protocol, including acupuncture and prayer!
17/05/14 - Baseline looks good, start Gonal-F 225iu and Luveris 75iu
28/05/14 - 18 eggs retrieved, 14 mature
29/05/14 - 13 fertilized!!! All are looking great still on day 3, so we're going to blast!
02/06/14 - Transferred one 1BC blast, with 3 other blasts and 3 morulas to watch and freeze
03/06/14 - All embryos have arrested. None to freeze
09/06/14 - Faint BFP at home at 7dp5dt!!!!!
10/06/14 - Beta?
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