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  #1  
March 14th, 2011, 08:24 AM
Jenn in DC's Avatar Super Mommy
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I've been posting alot on the IVF thread but just realized that I haven't been posting much here so I just wanted to give you all an update.

Some of you may remember that I applied to be part of a IVF Clinical Research Trial. Well, I got accepted to the trial and started my treatments. I have been taking Lupron for a little over 2 weeks and just started Menopur (an FSH) on Saturday night. I have appts for bw and us this Wednesday and probably Friday. If all goes well, my egg retrieval should be next week Thursday or Friday (24 or 25 of March).

I am really excited to be moving forward with my next step to (hopefully) getting my first BFP ever but I am also really scared. I always thought of IVF as a "last resort" and there is part of me that still can't believe I'm doing this. I'm terrified that it won't work and that I am going to blow this great opportunity of participating in this trial. But at the same time I am SO thankful to have this opportunity.

Speaking of being thankful for this opportunity, I want to encourage others to think about applying for a clinical trial if IVF is your next step. My experience with this trial has been really good so far. They cover all of the expenses associated with the IVF cycle (with the exception of my travel to NY). If you have any questions about it, I'd be happy to try to answer them.
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My History
Jenn in DC=37 DH=46
TTC #1 since July 2009

Cycles 1-12 = BFN
Cycle #13 - 15= IUIs with Clomid & Gonal F - All BFNs
Cycle #16 -21 - Natural Cycles, started acupuncture and chinese herbs - BFN
Cycle #22 - IVF Clinical Trial. Cycle Cancelled.
Cycle #23 - Minimal Stimulation IVF #1 - 2 eggs retrieved, fertilized and frozen on Day 3.
Cycle #24 - Mini-IVF #2 - 2 eggs retrieved, fertilized and frozen as expanded blasts on Day 5.
Cycle #25 - 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.
Cycle #26 Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP and then miscarriage
Cycle #27 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP!!
Due Date: July 20th
Aven Robert Born on August 4th
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March 14th, 2011, 08:27 AM
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I wish you lots of luck! If it comes down to that for us I would certainly look into it! I guess I am hopeful that we won't need anything like that as I do get pregnant, easily even, just never sustain.. so we'll see. I hope it all goes well!! Think happy thoughts!!!
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March 14th, 2011, 08:33 AM
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Thats so awesome that you got in and are already so close to retrieval!! I've looked into trials numerous times but can never find any that I qualify for, I would even be willing to travel pretty far.

I hope you are on your way to a BFP! You have to keep us updated!
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Cycle #10-11 - Met with first RE, diagnosed with heterzygeous MTHFR mutation & slightly low SA on all counts. -BFN, Cycle #12 - First IUI+Trigger - BFN, Cycle #13 - BFN
Cycle #14-15 - Met with new RE, diagnosed with a blocked right tube that previous RE completely overlooked or didnt care to mention. Soy (120mg) - BFN
Cycle #16 - Clomid (100mg) - BFN, Cycle #17 - Clomid (100mg)+Trigger+IUI - BFN
Cycle #18 - Acupuncture+Clomid (100mg) - BFN
Cycle #19-27 - 2 Soy (160mg) cycles, the rest all natural also 30lbs lost!! - BFN's
Cycle #28 - New RE is GREAT! Put on bcp 7/6/11, Lap surgery 8/1/11- Tubal cyst (5cm) found and removed, Uterine Septum removed, and Stage II-III endo removed. Cycle #29 - All Natural - BFN, Cycle #30 - All Natural - BFN, Cycle#31 - All Natural - BFN, DONE TTC FOR NOW




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March 14th, 2011, 09:42 AM
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I'm so excited for you...what an incredible opportunity! My fingers are crossed that you'll have huge success.

I know what you mean about it being scary...I always thought IVF was a "last resort," too. BUT, it is also the very best chance you have EVER had at a BFP...you have a whole army of doctors and nurses helping to make this happen
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March 14th, 2011, 10:12 AM
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I considered IVF as a last resort too - and thank goodness we did it!

Good luck Jenn!
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March 14th, 2011, 10:19 AM
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jenn - being that i live in NY, i would really love to hear about this trial; i dont know if you would be willing to chat over the phone one night??? my doc wants me to do 2 more IUIs if this one does not work and then move to IVF; however, i just spent 730.00 yesterday for my IUI; crazy cash and if does not work, might just want to get more aggressive
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TTC since August 2010, almost a year
IUI in December 2010 - BFP - chemical
IUI on 3/13/11 - BFN
April natural cycle - BFP on 4/22 - chemical confirmed 4/28
IUI done on 5/12 - BFN

IUI #4 done 6/6 - BFN
so sick of getting BFNs

total of 4 failed IUIs
IVF in July

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March 14th, 2011, 10:37 AM
Jenn in DC's Avatar Super Mommy
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ACGKA - I am happy to talk with you about this. I just sent you a PM.
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My IVF Miracle Baby
Aven Robert - Born August 4th 2012





My History
Jenn in DC=37 DH=46
TTC #1 since July 2009

Cycles 1-12 = BFN
Cycle #13 - 15= IUIs with Clomid & Gonal F - All BFNs
Cycle #16 -21 - Natural Cycles, started acupuncture and chinese herbs - BFN
Cycle #22 - IVF Clinical Trial. Cycle Cancelled.
Cycle #23 - Minimal Stimulation IVF #1 - 2 eggs retrieved, fertilized and frozen on Day 3.
Cycle #24 - Mini-IVF #2 - 2 eggs retrieved, fertilized and frozen as expanded blasts on Day 5.
Cycle #25 - 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.
Cycle #26 Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP and then miscarriage
Cycle #27 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP!!
Due Date: July 20th
Aven Robert Born on August 4th
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March 14th, 2011, 11:53 AM
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I wish you lots of luck!

How did you find out about the trial? I'm tryng to google IVF Clinical trials but finding not much info.
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Me-38 DH-38. TTC #1 since August 2009
2/2011 - IUI + Femara + HCG trigger and Progesterone injection BFN
3/2011 - IUI + Femara + HCG trigger and Progesterone injection
4/2011 - not doing IUI - DH out of town
5/2011 - IUI with Femara and HCG trigger. In hospital due to infection from IUI.
Took a break from all meds this summer.
9/2011: - Start with new RE - testing begins.
10/2011: - Hysteroscopy - determine tubes are blocked.
10/2011 : - Laparoscopy - clip blocked tubes, determine right ovary is adhered to pelvic wall, cut adhesions
11/24/2011: IVF cycle #1 begins. Start stims.
12/2/2011: End stims. HCG trigger.
12/4/2011: Egg Retrieval. 9 eggs, only 1 embryo.
12/7/2011: Transfer.
12/20/2011: IVF #1 failed.
1/16/2012: IVF #2 first scan
"Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible." Matt. 19:26
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March 14th, 2011, 12:39 PM
Jenn in DC's Avatar Super Mommy
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ccartanddesign View Post
I wish you lots of luck!

How did you find out about the trial? I'm tryng to google IVF Clinical trials but finding not much info.
You can go here - Basic Search - ClinicalTrials.gov and search for trials. You can search by IVF, IUI, Fertility, etc. There is also a way to then search on a map so you can find trials close to you.

The one I'm doing is - IVF Clinical Trial with cost of treatment included
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My IVF Miracle Baby
Aven Robert - Born August 4th 2012





My History
Jenn in DC=37 DH=46
TTC #1 since July 2009

Cycles 1-12 = BFN
Cycle #13 - 15= IUIs with Clomid & Gonal F - All BFNs
Cycle #16 -21 - Natural Cycles, started acupuncture and chinese herbs - BFN
Cycle #22 - IVF Clinical Trial. Cycle Cancelled.
Cycle #23 - Minimal Stimulation IVF #1 - 2 eggs retrieved, fertilized and frozen on Day 3.
Cycle #24 - Mini-IVF #2 - 2 eggs retrieved, fertilized and frozen as expanded blasts on Day 5.
Cycle #25 - 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.
Cycle #26 Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP and then miscarriage
Cycle #27 - Single Frozen Embryo Transfer. BFP!!
Due Date: July 20th
Aven Robert Born on August 4th
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March 14th, 2011, 02:05 PM
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I have been waiting for you to post that AF arrived.

Hoping you get your
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March 14th, 2011, 02:09 PM
ccartanddesign's Avatar With Faith
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Thanks so much for posting those links!
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Me-38 DH-38. TTC #1 since August 2009
2/2011 - IUI + Femara + HCG trigger and Progesterone injection BFN
3/2011 - IUI + Femara + HCG trigger and Progesterone injection
4/2011 - not doing IUI - DH out of town
5/2011 - IUI with Femara and HCG trigger. In hospital due to infection from IUI.
Took a break from all meds this summer.
9/2011: - Start with new RE - testing begins.
10/2011: - Hysteroscopy - determine tubes are blocked.
10/2011 : - Laparoscopy - clip blocked tubes, determine right ovary is adhered to pelvic wall, cut adhesions
11/24/2011: IVF cycle #1 begins. Start stims.
12/2/2011: End stims. HCG trigger.
12/4/2011: Egg Retrieval. 9 eggs, only 1 embryo.
12/7/2011: Transfer.
12/20/2011: IVF #1 failed.
1/16/2012: IVF #2 first scan
"Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible." Matt. 19:26
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March 15th, 2011, 04:50 AM
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Just wanted to wish you luck Jenn! Praying for a beautiful BFP for you!
(I just filled out the clinic's screening quiz since I'm only an hour from NYC and my local trial is over....)
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March 15th, 2011, 03:32 PM
LindseyandJoeinAL's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Hi Jenn! I've been stalking the Jan/Feb/Mar IVF thread, so I know all about your IVF. This is so exciting and I am thrilled that you're finally going to get your BFP. Good luck, I'll be thinking about you and sending lots of prayers your way!
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IVF #2 BFP! 12/2010
Wonderful, sweet daughter Khloe born August 2011
FET #1 - Oct 2012 BFN
FET #2 - Dec 2012 BFN
2nd lap surgery Dec 2012 stage 1 endo removed
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March 15th, 2011, 05:14 PM
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Jenn im so excited that your trial has started . Im sure it is super scary. Ive looked at IVF like you do, as it being a last option but i think that this will bring you that BFP that you deserve so much!!!
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