Wednesday, July 1, 2009

IVF#2 - Plans and Speculation

Saw the RE this morning and the ultrasound showed no cysts, so we are on schedule for IVF#2.

Still on the Antagonist protocol but with a tweak based on IVF#1 response. The RE feels that Lupron will be too suppressive, and with my low response record, that's the last thing I need.

So that means, I took the last of the BCP of this morning (two weeks only), and start the medications on Saturday.

  1. Follistim - 375 or so per night. (Read as use a 600u vial - do 375 one night and the rest of the vial the next night. This is an increase.) (Also, how cool is it that there is an offer floating around for a free 300u vial, so that helps the costs!)
  2. Menopur - 75 per night (This is a decrease.)
  3. Ganirellix - as needed
  4. HSG - trigger
The total for this round is just over $1600 (thanks to having not one, but TWO vials of Follistim and 2 vials of Menopur left from the first round, and the freebie vial). Much, much better than the almost $5k on the first.

I have an appointment for next Thursday morning to have a ultrasound response check, and I suspect, blood work. After that I will most likely have to make the early morning trek on either Saturday or Sunday for the same. Grrr.

If you haven't noticed (and, please, if you have noticed you are paying way too much attention to my life and need to activate your own) this puts me on the exact same schedule as IVF#1 - so my best guess is that the retrieval will occur on Wednesday the 15th. But guesses have a way of being wrong, so don't keep me to that date, just know it will be sometime that week.

As much as I'm looking forward to getting moving again with this, I'm not looking forward to being a human pincushion once more. Mah por bellah!


  1. Good luck! I hope this new combo does the trick!

  2. Wishing you all the best for this cycle, may it bring you success.

  3. Hoping for the best for you this cycle! Hopefully the lack of suppression will help stims.

    Keeping fingers crossed for you!

  4. Sounds like a great plan! Sounds very similar to my IVF#1, except I did estrogen priming and no BCPs. Did your RE mention priming at all? Though your course is much more common and usually (fingers crossed) will be super successful!

  5. Really, really, really hope that this cycle goes perfectly for you...keeping you in my thoughts. Since it sounds like you're going away for the holiday weekend - hope you have fun!

    BTW, also was just looking at your blog where it says you own a condo @ Wintergreen. My husband and I got a gift certificate for Wintergreen this past Christmas and - since hopefully I'll be pregnant and unable to ski this Christmas (hoping hard!) - we may try to get up there this Summer or fall to visit the spa. I'll let you know!