Just starting ivf


#1

Hi I’m new to this sort of thing, but just needed to know I’m not alone.
I’m 31 with a under active thyroid.
Me and my partner have been referred to a fertility hospital to begin ivf.
I don’t have periods only light spotting sometimes.
Just had my fsh levels done and it came back at 16.
My partner has a low sperm count.
The doctor has told me he’s not sure if I’m ovulating at all.
Is any one else in a similar situation who has some advice or maybe a success story.???

Thanks


#2

Hi!
You’re definitely not alone, and this is a great board.
I can’t speak to your situation directly, but the odds are very much in your favor and they can do AMAZING things so try and stay positive during this stressful time. Sometimes it takes awhile but once you start working with the RE you’ll feel more in control… but again, odds are in your favor.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU BOTH!


#3

Welcome

Hi!
I’m new to this board as well but have been reading the posts for about a year now. Everyone is so warm and there are countless stories of success. They all make it, one way or another. You will too!


#4

I don’t know anything about your particular fertility issue but I agree there are amazing things they can do. I wasn’t ovulating for other reasons and I’m pregnant after 4 prior failures. So it can be done. Best wishes to you and your partner. :welcome:


#5

Thanks for the replys not told any family or friends we are going through ivf so great to be able to talk to someone :flower:


#6

Also new to ivf. I’m doing a modified or minimal stimulation IVF. Good luck. I’m on cycle day 6 and taking letrozole/brevelle injections - 1st US monitoring is next Monday.

How is your cycle going?

Good luck


#7

I haven’t started any treatment yet. I don’t have periods so my ovulation can’t be tracked, or my fsh levels.
I have been put on provera and given a hcg injection to try to kick start me but nether worked.
The only way I have a period is on the pill.

It’s real nice to hear all the success story’s it gives me hope. Just get real frustrated as no one knows why I don’t have periods and with out them I might not be ovulating.
I’m at a great ivf clinic and the staff are lovely. Just hate the not knowing what’s wrong gets me down.


#8

[QUOTE=Tinkerbell82]I haven’t started any treatment yet. I don’t have periods so my ovulation can’t be tracked, or my fsh levels.
I have been put on provera and given a hcg injection to try to kick start me but nether worked.
The only way I have a period is on the pill.

It’s real nice to hear all the success story’s it gives me hope. Just get real frustrated as no one knows why I don’t have periods and with out them I might not be ovulating.
I’m at a great ivf clinic and the staff are lovely. Just hate the not knowing what’s wrong gets me down.[/QUOTE]

Tinkerball82,
Put faith in your RE, proceed with any questions you may have, educate yourself by asking question on these boards and use the internet for info. Also, ask your RE as many questions as you feel you need answers to! Remember keep your eye on the prize! I am hypothyroid too and was just put on synthroid. I did not have a thyroid problem until nine months after I had my little girl thru IVF. My thyroid has been an issue being over active and now under active so I have another round of blood work in two weeks to see how the synthroid is working.

I have a hysteroscopy biopsy for this Friday and then if everything is good with my thyroid I will be doing an FET in September. I too am excited and nervous because the thyroid controls many things for the human body. We will see… Head up and just keep moving you will get there, you will see. For some of us it takes a longer period of time than others. After all I waited close to tweleve years for my daughter!
Feel free to private message me if you need to. I am never affraid to share my experiences if you need it!

Baby dust to you!


#9

[QUOTE=Tinkerbell82]I haven’t started any treatment yet. I don’t have periods so my ovulation can’t be tracked, or my fsh levels.
I have been put on provera and given a hcg injection to try to kick start me but nether worked.
The only way I have a period is on the pill.

It’s real nice to hear all the success story’s it gives me hope. Just get real frustrated as no one knows why I don’t have periods and with out them I might not be ovulating.
I’m at a great ivf clinic and the staff are lovely. Just hate the not knowing what’s wrong gets me down.[/QUOTE]

I, too, don’t respond to provera and don’t have periods on my own. I know how frustrating it can be, because everyone else has a “day 1” and can rely on things like E2, FSH levels, etc. but we can’t because we really don’t have a cycle! Have you always had this problem? I’ve been on the pill to have a period since I was 16.

Random question…how is your sense of smell? That’s my issue, and it took me years to find an RE that put two and two together. I have no sense of smell because I’m missing part of my olfactory bulb, which doesn’t allow my brain to connect to my ovaries.

Next question…have you had your FSH/LH checked recently? I can’t remember if you had. For me, my FSH is normal but my LH is ridiculously low. My progesterone is also basement low. Even though I have enough FSH to start making follicles, I don’t have enough LH to mature and ovulate those follicles, and don’t have enough progesterone to create and support a uterine lining. Maybe worth asking about for you?

If you do have a disconnect between your brain and your reproductive system, there IS treatment and it’s very successful. They will skip you over Clomid (it does nothing) and move you right to injectables which DO work! Our first child was conceived with injectables and timed intercourse, and this time we did IVF just because of overstimming issues, but got pregnant on the first try.

Not sure if our issues are exactly the same, but hoping my story will cheer you up a bit and let you know that you are NOT alone and that there most likely IS a diagnosable reason and treatment is possible/successful!!

If you are just going to an ordinary doctor, I would strongly suggest you seek your best local specialist. It took me years to find someone that was able to figure out my issue, and I spent a lot of time wondering what was wrong with me, feeling like we couldn’t even get started because I didn’t know what was causing my issue, feeling different from everyone else, worrying that I was completely infertile, etc. I even had TWO doctors in high school tell me I was pregnant because I didn’t respond to the provera…which was before I was sexually active and very embarrassing. Find a good health care provider and best wishes!! Please feel free to private message me for support, and keep us posted on your progress!!


#10

3rd Attempt at IVF

Hi Tinkerbell

I am also very new to forum writing!! I never thought I would join one until my most recent failed FET cycle has left me needing some like-minded friends! Perhaps we could be cycle buddies? I am going for my third IVF/ICSI in September this year.

The forums have been an absolute life-saver for me. Reading the success stories have helped keep me focused and remind me that success is always possible, but for some (like me) it may take a bit longer…

My IVF/ICSI journey started in 2012 after two years of trying to conceive. I am 31, in good health although I do have a polycystic appearance to my ovaries. My partner, 31 has low sperm motility.

Our first IVF/ICSI retrieved 16 eggs of which only one three cell embryo was good enough to transfer on day two. Needless to say it did not implant, but we found this was due to the trigger drug ovitrelle, which did not suit me.

The second IVF/ICSI was a bit of a false start as I was over stimulated and so the cycle was cancelled and I was put on a much lower dose of Gonal F and triggered with Pregnyll. I produced 16 eggs, of which five fertilised and one eight cell embryo was transferred on day 3 (post egg collection). This did not result in a pregnancy ( I think this may be because my stomach was still recovering from the over-stimulation) but we did have four frozen embryo’s which made us hopeful.

Recently, we had 2 of the embryos transferred in a frozen embryo transfer. A day three transfer of a 7-8 cell and a 5-5 cell. We were very excited and optimistic, but unfortunately we had no pregnancy. We are meeting up with our consultant to find out what went wrong but we are still hopeful; for women in their early thirties you have three rolls of the dice before your odds are reduced. So my advice to you, is be optimistic, keep your eyes on the prize, and be prepared that it may not work first time!


#11

[QUOTE=Francesca13]I, too, don’t respond to provera and don’t have periods on my own. I know how frustrating it can be, because everyone else has a “day 1” and can rely on things like E2, FSH levels, etc. but we can’t because we really don’t have a cycle! Have you always had this problem? I’ve been on the pill to have a period since I was 16.

Random question…how is your sense of smell? That’s my issue, and it took me years to find an RE that put two and two together. I have no sense of smell because I’m missing part of my olfactory bulb, which doesn’t allow my brain to connect to my ovaries.

Next question…have you had your FSH/LH checked recently? I can’t remember if you had. For me, my FSH is normal but my LH is ridiculously low. My progesterone is also basement low. Even though I have enough FSH to start making follicles, I don’t have enough LH to mature and ovulate those follicles, and don’t have enough progesterone to create and support a uterine lining. Maybe worth asking about for you?

If you do have a disconnect between your brain and your reproductive system, there IS treatment and it’s very successful. They will skip you over Clomid (it does nothing) and move you right to injectables which DO work! Our first child was conceived with injectables and timed intercourse, and this time we did IVF just because of :grr: overstimming issues, but got pregnant on the first try.

Not sure if our issues are exactly the same, but hoping my story will cheer you up a bit and let you know that you are NOT alone and that there most likely IS a diagnosable reason and treatment is possible/successful!!

If you are just going to an ordinary doctor, I would strongly suggest you seek your best local specialist. It took me years to find someone that was able to figure out my issue, and I spent a lot of time wondering what was wrong with me, feeling like we couldn’t even get started because I didn’t know what was causing my issue, feeling different from everyone else, worrying that I was completely infertile, etc. I even had TWO doctors in high school tell me I was pregnant because I didn’t respond to the provera…which was before I was sexually active and very embarrassing. Find a good health care provider and best wishes!! Please feel free to private message me for support, and keep us posted on your progress!![/QUOTE]

Hi thanks for the reply, we are currently seeking treatment through a ivf clinic.
I have had my fsh levels tested twice first was a random which came back at 9 second was following the pill which came back at 16.
My sense of smell Is fine.
I was on the pill for 13 years and my periods were perfectly normal but since coming off I don’t have them at all some slight spotting at best.
I drive myself mad looking at the Internet trying to self diagnose.
I have just had a hcg injection to induce ovulation with a negative result so have to go back to the clinic again to find out my next step.

I will keep you posted.
Thanks again
Xxx


#12

I do not have that much knowledge about fertility issues. But after read these experience i hope my doubts will be clear.


#13

Tinkerbell82

Hi!

I found out 6 years ago I had graves disease which is basically hyperthyroidism. I ended up having my thyroid removed with radiation and now I have to take synthetic thyroid medication every day. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 4 years without success :grr:
Due to my inconsistent thyroid levels I was having difficulty maintaining a normal cycle and was missing periods and not ovulating. I tried with my doctor several different doses of meds to get my thyroid on track and FINALLY have numbers in a normal range.
I have been having normal periods, ovulating every months and my hormone levels are where they should be. That should be your FIRST step! If you don’t have that on track it seems nothing else will fall into place. Please call your endocrinologist and tell them you are trying to get pregnant and be pushy.
It may take some time but it may resolve some issues. We have tried IUI three times, timed intercourse ect. I now have a blocked tube so we are moving forward with IVF and ER date is scheduled for September 22! :pray:
I never knew a little thyroid could be such a pain in the butt! Hopefully that will help you look into other areas. I’m new at this and don’t discuss this with family or friends either, so this site is perfect!
Good luck to you!!!

Teenytinybows :cross: