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IVF clinic success rate numbers game ...please be careful.

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July 28th, 2010, 10:26 AM
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I am new to this forum and as I have been reading something occurred to me and I want to offer some advice to anyone doing IVF.

I have had 1 round of IVF and I have one ovary and a very high FSH number. I am definitely one of the worst case scenarios. The fertility clinic that I went to refused to do another round of IVF because they only got 2 eggs from me. Ok some of you are probably thinking ..why would you want another round and risk losing more money to possibly only get 1 or 2 eggs? The fact is I was not given the choice, they made the decision for me and offered to help us find a donor egg.

Here is where the caution comes.....fertility clinics need good numbers, when you were looking for a clinic didn't you want to know their success rate? I did the same thing and went to the most successful clinic in my city. The problem is I am potentially going to bring their numbers down. I do not produce enough eggs and my success % is going to be way lower. Does this mean I do not get a chance with the few eggs I can produce? AM I at the mercy of the clinic? YES. Please be careful to not let your clinic sway you to up their numbers game.

I am currently working with Dr. Silber in St. Louis doing the Mini IVF procedure and the one thing he said to me that made me breakdown and cry was "I don't care about the numbers, I want you to have a chance at having your own child."

Please remember when you are working with anyone in the IVF field that at the end of the day they need good numbers. We all stand a chance of having our own children and I am not giving up. Ask questions make sure they will work with you no matter what your odds are. Women everyday have miracles happen.
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July 29th, 2010, 03:52 PM
Jenn in DC's Avatar Super Mommy
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Thank you very much for your thoughts. I hadn't really thought about it this way and I appreciate you sharing your story. I wish you the very, very best and I hope that the mini IVF works for you!
My History
Jenn in DC=39 DH=48
Started TTC #1 July 2009
Summer 2010 - Three IUIs with Clomid & Gonal F - All BFNs
Winter 2011 - IVF Clinical Trial. Cycle Cancelled.
March 2011 - Minimal Stimulation IVF #1 - 2 eggs retrieved, fertilized and frozen on Day 3.
April 2011 - Mini-IVF #2 - 2 eggs retrieved, fertilized and frozen as expanded blasts on Day 5.
May 2011 - Mini-IVF #3 - 4 eggs retrieved (two mature and 2 immature), one egg made it to blast and was frozen. Five snowbabies in all!! Hysteroscopy.
July 2011 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP and then miscarriage

November 2011 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP!! Aven Robert Born on August 4, 2012

July 2014 - Got Pregnant Naturally with Twins! Miscarriage at 9 weeks.
November 2014 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP!
Beta #1 12 DPO = 45
Beta #2 14 DPO = 118
Beta #3 21 DPO = 3,451
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August 4th, 2010, 04:45 PM
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my dr was pretty great and he is SO optomistic. And to be honest I never asked him about his clinics numbers and success rates. But we got pregnant on the first IVF cycle with a lot of bad news in terms of my eggs and what we ended up with. So I love my dr

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January 1st, 2012, 08:50 PM
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I know it has been a while since you posted, but if you are still on this forum I would love to hear how things turned out. I'm considering working with another doctor in Dr. Silber's office - Dr. Pineda - and was wondering if you ended up happy with your experience at that office.
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June 20th, 2013, 03:38 PM
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I am so sorry to hear you experienced this kind of treatment. It's true; many clinics do turn away women who are considered the "difficult cases", or leave them little choice of trying conceive with their own eggs.

A good fertility clinic should always give you the choice.

IVF success rates are not the most important thing to look at when choosing an IVF center.

Some centers are world renowned and respected for taking on the most difficult cases of infertility.Their success rates may not be as high as other clinics who just accept younger women with higher pregnancy chances, but the care and expertise are just as good, if not better.
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June 20th, 2013, 03:42 PM
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Wow this is 3 years old!
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June 20th, 2013, 03:46 PM
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June 20th, 2013, 04:28 PM
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June 21st, 2013, 07:11 AM
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What the heck?
Me (43) DH(33) 12 years together - ttc our first together-I have 14yr old DS
Cycles 1-6 = BFN
Cycle 7 SA results abnormal morphology 2%, 50 mg clomid = BFN
Cycle 8 sonogram normal 50 mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 9 SA results abnormal morphology and motility. Count 200 mill, 100mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 10 natural = BFN
Cycle 11 hsg tubes clear, natural + trigger+IUI = BFN
Cycle 12 repronex + trigger + 2 IUI = BFN
Cycle 13 natural ovaries to stimulated for more meds = BFN
Cycle 14-22 natural cycle with Acupuncture and planning ivf/icsi/DE = ALL BFN
Cycle 23 Clomid 50 mg & Progesterone = BFN
Cycle 24 Natural = BFN
Cycle 25 BCP, SA result 7% morphology = BFN
Cycle 26 BCP and Lupron preparing for IVF
Cycle 27 IVF Acupuncture, DE Retrieval April 7, Transfer April 12 =
7 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 transferred - zero snow babies
BETA # 1 16DPO or 11dp5dt = 569
BETA # 2 19 DPO or 14dp5dt = 1078
BETA # 3 22DPO or 17dp5dt = 2414 TWINS!
BETA # 4 30DPO or 25dp5dt = 12,685 6weeks 3days 2 heartbeats! 114 & 116
Clayton and Colton Born @ 34 weeks 11/22/13
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