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October 6th, 2012, 10:07 AM
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I am new to this board. I posted a few months ago in the miscarriage boards after my first loss, but shortly after became pregnant again. I also posted this same thread in the older moms boards.

I am so glad to have a virtual community to turn to (I read these board a lot, but have posted only a little).

So, I am 43 now and conceived twice this year, both ending in miscarriage at 9 1/2 an 8 1/2 weeks. I am waiting for AF, as I miscarried 3 weeks ago. This week I went for a preliminary visit at a renown fertility clinic in NY. They saw follicles waiting to be released, in 48 or so hours, they said. I also had EWCM around that time. We, of course, BDed, though I felt like I was sabotaging the ivf that could make a healthy baby, as I have been miscarrying...

My questions are manifold:
1. Will ivf help my chances of not miscarrying again? I don't understand how it might be any healthier than our embryos that implant and survive, only to not have a heartbeat later.
2. Since I can get pregnant, should I continue to just try, hoping to get a good egg?
I am doing acupuncture and herbs and living healthy (though I have been a bit of a drown my sorrows hedonist in the weeks since miscarriage)

The price of ivf is certainly prohibitive, and I am also looking into an "ivf vacation" where you travel to Cancun for instance, and the costs are 1/3 of US prices, but my partner has huge reservations about medical tourism.

Does anyone know about that?

Thank you. I wish baby dust to you all!
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October 9th, 2012, 09:08 PM
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IVF can help your chances of not miscarrying. It helped me. During the process they are able to examine your eggs and see if they are 'good' (for lack of a better word) or not. If they are good, they take those along with the good sperm and can do ICSI, in which they implant one good sperm into the egg -- creating a healthy / strong embryo -- they wait a few days to see how they progress/grow, and put the strongest ones back in.

I could get pregnant, however, I could not keep my pregnancies going past a certain point. In addition to IVF, I also needed progesterone supplements. My progesterone was always low during the early stages of pregnancy, causing me to miscarry.

I did not have success with 4 IUI's .. but my first IVF cycle was a success, and I wound up carrying twins for 38 weeks - born healthy without complications :-)

I don't know anything about 'medical tourism'...

Baby dust for you too!!
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November 18th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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Hi Adriessa, my understanding of IVF is that it gives the best chances of a successful pregnancy, not explicitly a healthy baby. Although during the IVF process there is a selection of the "best" eggs, but that selection is not really correlated with baby health down the line. That being said, there is a process called PGD (What is PGD?) that examines the eggs for certain types of genetic disorders, and as such can select the egg that will be the healthiest in a genetic sense.

Not sure if that helps.

Best of luck.

Last edited by nqhappy1; November 18th, 2012 at 04:09 PM.
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