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  #1  
July 8th, 2008, 10:48 AM
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UGGGHHHHHH!!!! My intuitions were RIGHT!!! I have no mature (or even dominant follicles!!!) ***???? I did *5* rounds of 50mg Clomid and O'd everytime! I did *1* round of 100mg and O'd-but they give me 150mg and my OVARIES take a VACATION!!!!


I told the doctor that I'm done, I haven't seen *my doctor* (Dr. Duffy) my last 2 visits (I've seen Dr. Freeman) and after today's appointment, I decided to switch to Dr. Freeman....


During the appt. Dr. Freeman said that I had "other" options such as ovarian drilling that "we could try"...I told him I'm not a science experiment and I want to DO something that has a good chance of getting me pregnant! I told him straight up that *MY* only option as far as I'm concerned is IVF....so he told me to schedule a reconsult with Dr. Duffy to get the process started! HOWEVER, Dr. Duffy's next available appt. wasn't until the 25th!!!!! So THAT'S why I switched to Dr. Freeman! My reconsult to start IVF is MONDAY !! We will hopefully be able to begin the process right away!!! I'm a little freaked about the money, but DH said we'll worry about that later-also, I know my parents will help us if need be (although I'm not counting on it nor depending on it)

They gave me a printout with a list of meds and procedures along with prices....the estimated total cost is between $10,424 and $10,626
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July 8th, 2008, 10:56 AM
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omg wow thats so much to swallow at one time well im soo glad that you can start the consult so soon! I really hope that IVF is exactly what you need!!! the prices for the IVF they gave you is only for 1 cycle? You should ask if they have a "shared risk program" you basically get more than 1 try and then lets say if you dont ever give birth to a healthy baby then you get money back. For me i called the one that my doc is associated with and for 6 cycles, 3 fresh & 3 FET, is $13,750.00 if something happens and I dont concieve or give birth to a healthy baby I get back 70% of that amount.

Well girl I love you lots and please keep us updated!!! I hope everything goes great at your appt.!
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July 8th, 2008, 11:13 AM
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I am sorry to hear that you have no mature follicles this cycle and you have to move to IVF. I will keep my fingers crossed that your first IVF cycle will work.
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July 8th, 2008, 11:14 AM
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That sounds like a good idea- the shared risk type of program- just in case it doesn't take on cycle one.



I'm glad this new doctor has been so much more helpful. Sometimes a new perspective is all you need.
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July 8th, 2008, 11:21 AM
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Thanks ladies Yeah, I'm definitely going to discuss the shared risk program at Monday's appt....I hope that is an option, as I have read a lot about it online and it seems like the right thing for me....**sigh**
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July 8th, 2008, 11:34 AM
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Thanks ladies Yeah, I'm definitely going to discuss the shared risk program at Monday's appt....I hope that is an option, as I have read a lot about it online and it seems like the right thing for me....**sigh**[/b]

Good luck at your appointment on Monday. It's a great idea about the shared risk program but hopefully you will get that BFP on the first try!!
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July 8th, 2008, 11:54 AM
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I responded to the other one, but I've also heard of the shared risk program and I think that's a good idea for you if they can do it.
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July 8th, 2008, 08:31 PM
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Aw, hunny I am so sorry. I am glad to hear that you have switched doctors and have a new plan that will hopefully start soon. I love you and always have you in my prayers. I look forward to hearing about your IVF journey and can't wait to hear that BFP!! I love ya!
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July 9th, 2008, 02:58 AM
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I'm sorry to hear you didn't have any dominant or mature follicles. That happened to me with the Clomid all the way up to 150mg. Once the doctor added Follistim injections to my meds (combo cycle) - that did the trick. I've heard alot of great follicle results from a COMBINATION cycle or PURE cycle (just FSH injections - Follicle Stimulating hormone) which is still SO MUCH cheaper than IVF. Just a thought.

I remember tearing up and crying on my drive home from the Clomid cycle where they said their were no dominant or mature follicles. Luckily they were awesome and I started Provera immediately (I started it that same day, drove straight to the pharmacy) to restart my period so we could start again to do the combo cycle without any delay

The Clomid & Femara only work INDIRECTLY on the ovaries by tricking the brain and isn't very reliable. The FSH injections like Follistim (or Gonal-F, Bravelle) work DIRECTLY on the ovaries and are usually VERY effective. I hope your consult goes well and you guys find a treatment that works best for you. We're going to do up to 3-4 IUI's before IVF since it's still sooo much cheaper. Good luck and keep us posted on how your consult goes!
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July 9th, 2008, 01:02 PM
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I'm sorry to hear you didn't have any dominant or mature follicles. That happened to me with the Clomid all the way up to 150mg. Once the doctor added Follistim injections to my meds (combo cycle) - that did the trick. I've heard alot of great follicle results from a COMBINATION cycle or PURE cycle (just FSH injections - Follicle Stimulating hormone) which is still SO MUCH cheaper than IVF. Just a thought.

I remember tearing up and crying on my drive home from the Clomid cycle where they said their were no dominant or mature follicles. Luckily they were awesome and I started Provera immediately (I started it that same day, drove straight to the pharmacy) to restart my period so we could start again to do the combo cycle without any delay

The Clomid & Femara only work INDIRECTLY on the ovaries by tricking the brain and isn't very reliable. The FSH injections like Follistim (or Gonal-F, Bravelle) work DIRECTLY on the ovaries and are usually VERY effective. I hope your consult goes well and you guys find a treatment that works best for you. We're going to do up to 3-4 IUI's before IVF since it's still sooo much cheaper. Good luck and keep us posted on how your consult goes! [/b]

April, there's a part of me that really wants to try the injectibles....however, Dr. Duffy said that he would *NOT* do injectibles for me because my ovaries are so severely polycystic and he was afraid of over stimulating me even on the lowest dose HOWEVER, Dr. Freeman *may* feel differently and might suggest it <?????>

My only reservation is that we've ALREADY spent so much money in the past year <$2,000 in hospital bills, $2,000 in funeral expenses, $2,000 at the RE so far> We're at $6K ALREADY and haven't ACCOMPLISHED ANYTHING!!! I just don't know if I want to spend $1,000 for an injectible/IUI cycle when I've had such bad luck thus far

I guess there's a part of my heart that isn't totally made up yet!! I'm going to consider everything Dr. Freeman discusses on Monday and we will go from there
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July 9th, 2008, 01:58 PM
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honey! I am hoping & praying that whatever you decide to do, it does the trick on the first try.
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July 9th, 2008, 05:52 PM
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I'm sorry to hear you didn't have any dominant or mature follicles. That happened to me with the Clomid all the way up to 150mg. Once the doctor added Follistim injections to my meds (combo cycle) - that did the trick. I've heard alot of great follicle results from a COMBINATION cycle or PURE cycle (just FSH injections - Follicle Stimulating hormone) which is still SO MUCH cheaper than IVF. Just a thought.

I remember tearing up and crying on my drive home from the Clomid cycle where they said their were no dominant or mature follicles. Luckily they were awesome and I started Provera immediately (I started it that same day, drove straight to the pharmacy) to restart my period so we could start again to do the combo cycle without any delay

The Clomid & Femara only work INDIRECTLY on the ovaries by tricking the brain and isn't very reliable. The FSH injections like Follistim (or Gonal-F, Bravelle) work DIRECTLY on the ovaries and are usually VERY effective. I hope your consult goes well and you guys find a treatment that works best for you. We're going to do up to 3-4 IUI's before IVF since it's still sooo much cheaper. Good luck and keep us posted on how your consult goes! [/b]

April, there's a part of me that really wants to try the injectibles....however, Dr. Duffy said that he would *NOT* do injectibles for me because my ovaries are so severely polycystic and he was afraid of over stimulating me even on the lowest dose HOWEVER, Dr. Freeman *may* feel differently and might suggest it <?????>

My only reservation is that we've ALREADY spent so much money in the past year <$2,000 in hospital bills, $2,000 in funeral expenses, $2,000 at the RE so far> We're at $6K ALREADY and haven't ACCOMPLISHED ANYTHING!!! I just don't know if I want to spend $1,000 for an injectible/IUI cycle when I've had such bad luck thus far

I guess there's a part of my heart that isn't totally made up yet!! I'm going to consider everything Dr. Freeman discusses on Monday and we will go from there
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oH girl! I know it must be so hard to know what's the best decision. My RE said they hold off on doing PURE FSH cycles (injectables only) at first for patients with PCOS because our ovaries tend to stimulate so easy. I only do 2 days of injectables at a lower dose. Our IUI only costs $274 total since our meds are covered by insurance, but if yours ranges around 1K then I can certainly see why you would prefer to move ahead with IVF. I would probably feel the same way.

Keep us posted on how your consultation goes!
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July 10th, 2008, 06:24 PM
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I am so sorry to hear that this cycle didn't work and that you have to start thinking about other stressful options. I am also polycystic and was told that IVF was great for polycystic patients. It worked out great, I hope that you have great results with IVF!
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July 10th, 2008, 07:30 PM
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Good Luck with your appt on Monday. Hope you can get things going and get your BFP real soon.
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July 10th, 2008, 10:57 PM
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Goodluck on your appointment!!!!!
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