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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Feeling Hopeful

The big consult went really well today. I feel very hopeful and a little excited about the upcoming IVF cycle. The IVF series is between May 11th to the 18th. I have my consult with the nurse on Tuesday and I will find out more about my schedule.

I asked Dr. K all of my questions I posted so I figured, I should share some of his answers...
  1. What are the possible reasons that the IUIs failed? I am pretty sure he thought this was a dumb question, but he answered it. He said there are lots of reasons (uterine lining, no eggs even though I had good follicles, etc) and there is no way that we will find out what really happened.
  2. What is a good number of follicles produce? 10-20
  3. What % of fertilization do you want to see? 70%(see next question why so high)
  4. When do you decide to do ICSI? All of the IVF cycle done in my clinic is done with ICSI. They feel that by doing everything by ICSI it eliminates the unknown variable about the male. I know some of you think that this is pretty aggressive, but in Illinois, it is a mandate that insurance pays for 4 IVF cycles, and so I think clinics have more freedom. We are very fortunate.
  5. Is it a possibility that no eggs will fertilize? None issue since they do all ICSI...he's seen it happen before, but it is not very common.
  6. Should S get tested again? Again, none issue since they do ICSI. If no fertilization on the first cycle, then we will discuss this further.
  7. How many embryos will be transferred? 2 or 3
  8. Day 3 or 5 transfer? He prefers 5 but if depends on how the embryos are doing.
  9. How much bed rest is required? One day for the retrieval and 48 hrs for the transfer
  10. Is IVF the same as clomid and IUI, does the success rate plateaus after x amount of attempts? No
  11. What is the success rate of IVF for my age group in your clinic. 50%. 70% of their clients get pregnant after the 2nd IVF cycle. I thought this was really good. He mentioned that a lot of his clients have done about 2 cycles of IVF at another clinic before they come to see him.

We also talked about the risk to the baby and myself and he talked about the risk of miscarriages and this is not bec. of the IVF, but bec. of age. The average age of mothers giving birth is 27, so at 34 the odds of a miscarriage is higher. Premature birth is common to multiples but again, that is common even if multiples wasn't conceived thru IVF.

I felt really good after talking to him. I don't know if it is because he sounded so optimistic or the % sounded so good. But for now I will let myself enjoy this moment, feeling hopeful that maybe this will actually work.


Blogger Ornery said...

I'm so glad he answered all your questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. If I'd had that kind of consult with my doc, I'd be really excited, too!

Also, I'm insanely jealous that IL mandates IVF coverage. If I had known this, I wouldn't have moved from IL to CA, land of crappy IF insurance coverage.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you! May 11 will be here before you know it!

April 14, 2006 3:44 AM  
Blogger electriclady said...

Sounds like it went really well. And their success rates sound excellent. I hope this has a happy ending for you!

and wow, 4 cycles covered? So jealous.

April 14, 2006 2:35 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

You should feel hopeful - sounds like you have a great doctor. Hope you don't mind, but your list has given me the jumping off point for my consult on Monday - thanks for posting it.

April 14, 2006 4:47 PM  
Anonymous meg from the egg said...

Hi Momo. Your doctor sounds lovely.. Ours doesn't give us nearly as many straight-forward answers. Best of luck.

April 15, 2006 6:47 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen and Steve said...

It sounds like you got some good answers to your questions. It is great that he was so straightforward with you. I am sure that it is a relief to get some answers. Good luck with everything!!

April 15, 2006 1:41 PM  
Blogger ak1908 said...

Hi Momo,
You don't know me, but I'm a fellow IFer and I'm in the Chicagoland area as well. I came across your blog as a link to Chee Chee's blog. I wanted to invite you to visit my blog also at We get our tx at the U of Chicago. If you're ever interested in talking, let me know!!! I'm hoping and praying that this cycle will go well for you!

April 15, 2006 7:40 PM  
Blogger Thalia said...

It's great you've got a doctor you feel so confident in - that's wonderful.

April 16, 2006 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Nikole said...

I'm glad that things went so well with the new doc. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!

And, how did the test go on Friday? It sounds somewhat similar to the HSG I had in Feb. Hope it wasn't to painful or uncomfortable.

April 17, 2006 6:08 PM  

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