And I'm officially confused....


#1

Hello everyone, I am new to the forums and am so happy that I will get some much needed support and info here!

My hubby and I are about to start our first IVF attempt and I’m a little confused regarding the timeline.

I started 21 days of BC on 10/28. I have a saline sono tomorrow, then another sono on 11/19 (I’m assuming to check the follicles?). Anyway, a very big and daunting box of torture - aka fertility meds - arrived today and now I’m overwhelmed.

My question is…how long does a “typical” IVF cycle take? I know they are all different. But will I have to finish the 21 days of bc pills before even starting injections? If so, we’re probably looking at 2 months until the retrieval and transfer, right?

See, I told you I was confused!! :eek:


#2

Yes, you will finish your BCPs, get your period and start your stims around CD3 of your cycle.

Good luck!


#3

Jennifer- You are right, all protocols are slightly different. I could tell you a little more if I knew what was in your box o’ meds, but basically I will sum it up.

Looks like you’re doing the 21 days of BCP. The sono on 11/19 is for baseline (antral Follicle Count). You will probably also have baseline bloodwork done at the same time to make sure your estrogen levels are suppressed by the BCP.

If all is good, you’ll start stims on CD 3 (give or take a day) and how long you stim will be determined by your follicle growth and E2 levels. The longest you can stim is 20 days (according to the safety info on the meds). Average seems to be 8-12 days. Trigger, then ER 36 hours later, then ET 3-5 days later depending on your clinic.

It is about a 2 month process altogether, if you’re counting the BCP’s.

Good luck!!


#4

[quote=angelique]Jennifer- You are right, all protocols are slightly different. I could tell you a little more if I knew what was in your box o’ meds, but basically I will sum it up.

Looks like you’re doing the 21 days of BCP. The sono on 11/19 is for baseline (antral Follicle Count). You will probably also have baseline bloodwork done at the same time to make sure your estrogen levels are suppressed by the BCP.

If all is good, you’ll start stims on CD 3 (give or take a day) and how long you stim will be determined by your follicle growth and E2 levels. The longest you can stim is 20 days (according to the safety info on the meds). Average seems to be 8-12 days. Trigger, then ER 36 hours later, then ET 3-5 days later depending on your clinic.

It is about a 2 month process altogether, if you’re counting the BCP’s.

Good luck!![/quote]

Thank you! I’ve got 3 Gonal-F pens, Estrace, Ovidrel, Menopur (10 I think) and the progesterone suppositories. It was delivered today so I will dig into it this evening after work.

Two months from when I started the BCP will fall right smack in the middle of Christmas…where I get to be around 2 cousins who will be about to pop, my sis-in-law who will be 5 months and another cousin who will be 3 months. JOY. :frowning: Maybe Santa will bring me a :bfp: for Christmas! :cross: Come to think of it, maybe I should take a trip for Christmas instead of going to my families festivites (aka my own personal infertile hell). ha!


#5

Your clinic should give you some kind of calendar with tentative dates for each step. If they don’t, ask for one, it makes it much clearer.

If you are doing the standard long Lupron protocol you will most likely start suppressing with Lupron sometime before you end the BCP. Then the 11/19 ultrasound is your baseline/suppression check. You should start stims soon after that ultrasound (within a few days). Most people stim for 8-10 days then you will do the trigger shot. Retrieval is 2 days after the trigger shot and transfer is usually 3-5 days after that. Then you have the 2 week wait until your pregnancy test.

Other protocols vary - some do not include Lupron suppression. But, regardless of your protocol 2 months is about right beginning to end.

I definitely understand your frustration at infertility hell aka family functions. I have a bunch of cousins that all pop out babies like there’s no tomorrow. Sometimes it’s very hard to be around all that. I skipped Easter last year because I was still recovering from my 2nd failed cycle and 3 of my cousins had given birth within the 3 weeks before that. I said, no thanks!

Good luck to you and hope you get a BFP for Christmas!


#6

Jennifer- You should be pregnant for Christmas! Hooray. Perfect time to announce your wonderful news!!


#7

Thank you! I hope I get to, but don’t want to get my hopes too high since this is our first IVF attempt. However, I was hoping to announce news by my neighbor’s bday…last year at my bday party, just days after I’d told her that we got discouraging news from my OB (Clomid wasn’t working, probably needed a specialist), she announced her pregnancy. REALLY? At MY party? I will not repeat my response, but it didn’t include warm fuzzies and a congratulations dance. :slight_smile:

So I was being evil and wanted to return the favor to her…I know that’s mean, but dang. :grr:


#8

That’s not mean…that’s karma!