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Need IVF and HSG Advice **PLEASE RESPOND**

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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So our appointment with the speciailist is today...wish us luck! I've been writing out lists to take with us of the medications and vitamins we're both taking, and a list of questions to ask. I hope we'll finally get some answers after today's visit!! I'm both nervous and excited for the appointment; I'm excited to finally find out what's going on, but am at the same time nervous for the same reason.  I hope they'll say it's just my PCOS and that it can be "fixed" fairly easily. Say some prayers for us!!

Update:  Well, we went to the appointment with the specialist and got good news and bad news.  Good news is DH's soldiers are perfect, so it's just my issue.  Bad news is my PCOS sounds like it's way worse than we'd been led to believe by our previous OB/GYNs, and the doc said that pretty much my only option at this point is IVF.  Since I am only 27, that's not what I was hoping to hear.  It's roughly $17k per cycle, and our insurance will cover us for a LIFETIME max of $20k, so basically, we're covered (at least financially) for one complete cycle.  

The whole idea of IVF scares the hell out of me.  I saw Guiliana Rancic go through it on her show, and hers ended in miscarriage.  She has the money to re-do it if she wants to, but we certainly don't if it fails.  Has anyone on here gone through an IVF cycle and can tell me what to expect?  What's the process really like?  I know there are rounds of self-injectibles (which really scares me...I hate needles, and DH travels a lot, so odds are that he may not be home to do them for me when it comes time), followed by the retrieval and implantation, but I'm pretty fuzzy on the details. 

How much time off from work is needed?  How many appointments are necessary?  Should I tell my boss(es) since it will require time off that I can't really plan for in advance (since it's all based on certain points in my cycle), and if so, how should I approach it?  I've only been at this job since December, and am only as of today a permanent employee (it was a temp-to-perm position thru a temp agency), so I'm scared of messing it up.  One thing that kind of helps in this part of it is that one of the 3 attorneys I work for is currently preggo (due in June) and her sister is a fertility doc, so she'd be the most understanding.

I am on CD 32 right now (which is pretty long for me since I've been doing progesterone-induced bleeds since last summer, and it's been a pretty regular 28-30 day cycle since I've been on it), and once AF finally comes, I'm supposed to go back for an HSG test.  I'm not so sure about what that entails either.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!  This whole thing has me really freaked out.

HopefulMommy89fingers crossed

by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Good luck!!

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by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Please...if anyone has done either an HSG or IVF, please tell me what I need to expect. I am really freaked out by both of them, and really need advice. Thanks!

by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 3:16 PM

 I had an hsg test and it was painful and it was discovered that I had one blocked tube, but for the IVF I only know what I have read online. I know that corrinacs has been through much of this shy of ivf, maybe message her. There is also another group on here that is ttc with infertility and they are women who are actively going through this with you. I think at this point they might help you more than we can. Also there are a lot less bfps to look at and get upset over.

by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 3:18 PM
good luck
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by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 3:22 PM

I have to agree with truelyred I think u may want to refer ur IVF questions to a group geared to that. As for the HSG here is a website that explains it and what it is used for *huggs* I'm sorry u have to go through this I hope u fin the answers u r looking for and get ur BFP soon!

by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 4:22 PM

IVF is a wonderful technology, but I believe that it is also too quickly prescribed.  I believe it should only be used as a last ditch effort.  The meds that you take can really screw you up (I did a cycle back in October).  Having PCOS you are at greater risk of something called OHSS which stands for Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome.  It's where your ovaries respond too well to the injectables and your ovaries swell to huge sizes. 

The odds of a successful IVF clycle are low, but are better when you are young, which thankfully you are.  If you do decide to go through with it, you'll have a bunch of ultrasounds and blood draws every other day when you start using the stimulation medication.  I don't think the injection part was that bad to be honest.  I injected into my stomach and it wasn't too painful.  The blood draws and u/s are usually done in the very early morning so women can get to work. 

Before you do IVF, read "Making Babies: The Proven 3 Month Program for Maximum Fertility"  by Dr. Sami Davis or "The Infertility Cure" by Randine Lewis.  They use Eastern and Western medicine techniques to get pregnant.  They also address getting pregnant with PCOS.

Good luck!

by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I haven't done either. But I want to wish you the best of luck!

by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM

With HSG make sure you take ibuprofen beforehand. That was suggested to me. Mine didn't hurt, but I Know each woman is different. Good luck to you!

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