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May be mock transfer. I swear she said mock cycle though. Hmmm...may be I should call. I've had 2 transfers for IVF with them before...the last one being in Dec. I guess I definitely need to call.
I found this online about surrogacy though...
Basically, both the surrogate and the IM take all the meds, shots, pills, patches, etc, and have all the blood tests and ultrasounds done, as if they were doing a *real* cycle. Hormone levels are monitored, egg quality and quantity are closely watched, uterine lining is measured, etc, just like the real deal. Then, a day or two before an egg retrieval would normally take place, the RE will evaluate everyone’s responses, and say, “OK …. Whew! Looks like we’re good to go for the real thing!” Then, you both stop all your meds, get your periods (hey, there’s some female bonding, isn’t there???) give the IM’s ovaries a month to rest, and then basically start all over again … for “realsies” this time.
Because my lining looked a little funny during my fresh cycle, we did a freeze all for a FET later. But before my FET I did a mock cycle and endometrial biopsy. Basically, I did everything like I was going to transfer, but the day that should have been transfer was the day the endometrial biopsy was done. I can’t remember everything my lining was tested for, but I’ll see if I can find the results to let you know.
BABY BOY due June 6
Me 40 DH 42 with an amazing 15yo DS
TTC #2 NTNP starting in 2009
actively TTC (BBT and OPKs) 2011
natural BFP Feb 2012, ending in mmc Apr with d&c in May
IVF Sep 2012, 4 eggs retrieved, 2 mature, 1 fertilized, but showed abnormal
growth, so not suitable for transfer
Nov 2012 IVF take 2 = 3 embryos, but due to concerns with lining unable to transfer
Jan 2013 endometrial biopsy = normal
Mar FET transferred 2 beautiful embryos, but unfortunately BFN
moving to donor eggs fall of 2013
Septemeber 30, 2013 - surprise BFP while waiting for DE
No, KMH, tht quote is for surrogacy. I just heard back from my nurse that I cycle as though I were going to have my DE transfer (the fresh donor would just be "on hold" for me to complete this cycle in order for her to be cleared to start. They make me take my meds (BCP, Lupron and then Estrace) and I go in for scans and bloodwork as though I really was doing the DE IVF. Apparently, it's just to check that I respond to those meds to make a nice lining so that there's no reason to stop the real thing because I'm not responding well or my lining isn't ready for transfer. They can tweak the meds if need be for the real transfer.
Oh okay that makes more sense to mock cycle just you... to make sure your linning responds and they can make you NOT ovulate. We didn't do this though...we just went for it. I imagine if something would have been wrong with my lining they still would have done DE retrieval and fertilized them and then froze them. Then we would try again next cycle to get my lining fluffy.
I did do Acupuncture as well and I believe that helped with my lining too to prepare for transfer. You might want to look into acupuncture at the same time.
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
Plus, in all of my IUIs and IVFs my lining has always been 12 or more, which my RE has told me is great. That's one of the reasons she said that she believes I can hold a pregnancy & suggested DE. I'm going to call and ask. Man, my nurse has got to be sick of me...too bad she's stuck with me and my questions for a little bit longer!
My RE's office has always been really attentive to me and all of my questions along the way. When we were in there yesterday waiting for the psychologist, it was like we were RE office celebrities. Everyone who works there stopped to talk to us, said hello to us by our names, etc. The other people in the waiting room kept looking at us because even the nurses coming out to get them stopped to chat with us first and find out how we're doing and what our plan is!
Even today, I've gotten calls right back. So, I have every confidence that they are there to help us!