Monday, September 29, 2014

IVF Round 3/FET Round 2


Today was our WTF appointment with Dr. G.  Joe was unable to go because he is really busy with work right now and couldn't take the time off so my mom decided to join me so she could finally meet Dr. G and his team.  I was happy to have the moral support and a second ear.

We went over all of our stats, we have 5 remaining early blastocysts left, all AA grade.  I've responded perfectly to the Lupron and all other medications.  What it basically boils down to is that having multiple failed cycles of IVF in the world of science is normal and, although it's hard not to feel discouraged, we shouldn't according to our doctor.  The IVF success rate is 40% which is good, but it leaves a 60% chance of failure.  Dr. G is still confident that this will work for us.  We discussed transferring two embryos, but I told him I was only comfortable with one and he agreed with me.  

I did ask my list of questions starting with an endo scratch and an endo biopsy, neither of which he said is proven to contribute to IVF success and he does not recommend.  He said that if we did do a biopsy that we would have to wait another cycle after the biopsy was performed because the endometrium would be damaged during the procedure. 

We discussed the PDG testing of the embryos, but with only one left that was fertilized via ICSI and with it already being a day-5 embryo, we cannot test it.  We talked about another fresh cycle with possible testing, but said that since we had genetic blood work done on ourselves already that he doesn't recommend another fresh cycle because of the results of that testing, my age, and my health.  He basically said that in 36 years they've come long way with IVF, but all that they can do is make the embryo, place it back inside, and wait to see what happens, they have no control once that embryo is inside the uterus.  It's up to your body and nature to perform and if an embryo is abnormal, chances are it's not going to implant.  He said that over 50% of embryos are abnormal and most of the time the body will reject those embryos since the whole point of our reproductive system is to create a healthy baby that will eventually be able to reproduce.  There are of course, some exceptions to this, and there is always a chance that an abnormal embryo could implant. 

What we've basically decided is to move forward with another frozen transfer in the exact same way that we did with the last transfer.  I haven't gotten a date yet, but I am supposed to call tomorrow to speak with the IVF nurse coordinator and make the arrangements.  It should be at the end of October, early November.

I feel confident and happy with the consultation and the decision to move forward.  Dr. G has been in the business for a long time, he has a great sense of humor, and if he is confident in me as a patient then I am confident in him as my doctor.  Although I was a little disappointed initially about not doing any of the testing that I had inquired about, I didn't feel any doubt as I left the appointment.  We are still taking a chance by not having our embryos tested for chromosomal abnormalities, but that is a chance that I'm willing to take at this time.  Out of 7 of our embryos we have used 2.  With a 50% chance of abnormality, we are still taking a gamble.  Dr. G said that my "unlimited" insurance coverage is another reason to jump right into another cycle and after our discussion today, for now, I am OK with everything and ready to move forward with this next transfer. 

20 comments:

  1. Still thinking about you and praying for you! :)

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  2. I'm glad you left your appointment with confidence to continue a new cycle. It was nice of your mom to go with you.

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  3. Will all the upcoming holidays and business... plus the home building underway... hopefully you are super busy and can go in this more relaxed :) prayers for you. I have a good feeling about this one.

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    1. Thank you! I do have lots to keep me busy!

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  4. I'm so glad that you were able to get answers to your questions. I'm not exactly sure what the unlimited insurance thing is but just the words make me a little envious lol. Especially since yesterday we got a bill for tests that have been covered until now. We also found out that they aren't covering my last doctor visit which wasn't even directly infertility related. Needless to say we'll be battling the insurance company ::sigh:: Regardless I'm so happy for you and I'm trusting that things go better this time.

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  5. So happy you are moving forward, & bet it was so nice having your mom there!!

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  6. Yay! Glad you decided to move forward and glad you were able to get all your questions answered. I hope this time is the time for you!!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  7. Glad you felt confident after your appointment with the plan moving forward. That is really important during all of this :) Praying for a positive outcome soon!

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  8. You really have amazing grades on your embryos. Hoping this is your cycle coming up. Fingers crossed for you!

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  9. Glad to hear you got all your questions answered and feel confident about it :)

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  10. Good luck as you move into this next round!

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  11. I'm so happy your moving forward with this one. I'll be praying as always. God has blessed you with a great insurance that covers IVF for you. Best of luck xoxo.

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  12. Glad your appointment went well and you are feeling confident and moving forward! Fingers crossed for you!

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  13. Happy your appointment went well today, and you are feeling confident for this upcoming cycle! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  14. yay for feeling confident and everything is going as well. onwards and upwards :)

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  15. Your doctor sounds a lot like mine and if you felt good leaving your appointment, that's what is most important. Thinking of you! xo

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  16. I'm happy to hear that you have a good relationship and feel confident with your Doc. If you ever have any follow up questions please you can always ask me! Sending you lots of love and positive vibes girl!

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  17. I love how at ease your Doctor seems to make you feel, and that you feel confident moving forward! It sounds like everything still looks great. I keep hoping & praying for you. That next transfer will be here before you know it!

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  18. So glad you have a good plan - excited for you that you are able to move forward with another transfer. I think it's super sweet your mom got to go with you too <3 So much better than having to go by yourself! What a blessing you didn't have any doubts when you left!

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  19. Glad to hear your appointment went well and that your Mom was able to go with you! It's also nice to hear your Dr. has faith in this for you as well! Praying for your next transfer!!!

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