[QUOTE=daisyduck;n2609402]BFN after 2nd IVF!
My doctor suggested we do PGD with embryo banking since I am a poor responder. My signature tells my story. I am doing out of pocket IVFs and have already spent close to $35K on Infertility treatments. Embryo banking may require a few more cycles. Even if I do all that, what are the advantages of PGD other than they can select good embryos for transfer? What if ALL embryos have genetic disorder and what choice do I have if that happens? Apparently, genetic disorders cannot be treated either!!
Another option for me is to do a few cycles of natural cycle IVF since I am anyway a poor responder. Can you ladies suggest what I should do based on your experiences? I know every body and every woman is different but I still need some opinions. This situation is so confusing and difficult!!
Natural IVF is cheaper, and depending on your age and if you already ovulate a lot, is a viable alternative. However, if you’re a “poor responder” (so am I!) your doctor should tell you that your best option is still regular IVF because you won’t respond as well to lower stims. I’m doing this out-of-pocket, too, so I know the pain. Luckily we saved quite a bit for a few tries and my mom even donated to the fund (she wants that grandchild!)
I don’t think there are that many advantages to PGD if you don’t pop out a lot of eggs and embryos. There’s a chance the biopsy can damage the embryo, and thus hurt an already healthy embryo. In my opinion, if something isn’t working in the embryo it’s likely not to even implant, so your body is kind of doing PGD already. If you had like 16 embryos, I’d say do PGD because you have plenty of chances. There’s also some opinion that PGD at five days may be too early, so I really think the reasoning is 50/50. If you want to save money, I’d save money by not doing PGD. I’m not – but I’m quite a bit older than you. (I also read an account of Trisomy 16, where several babies were diagnosed with that but essentially had no symptoms, but that the Trisomy 16 anomaly can be carried in the placenta and the baby is healthy – so it shows up on tests as positive.) If you read any of this stuff, it’s hard to believe that anyone gets pregnant!