I need some advice on supplements for IVF. I did my first IVF in Oct and resulted in a BFN in Nov. I had 10 eggs retrieved, all mature. 8 fertilized with ICSI and 2 embryos transferred. None made it to freezing so we are starting over with another cycle in 2012. The way my RE explained it is that the embryo lives on the egg contents for Days 1 to 3 and after Day 3, the embryo relies on the chromosome quality to survive. My eggs were graded really good through Day 3, but on Day 4 they started to decline and we did a 5 day transfer and one was an early blast and the other was only a morula. By Day 6 and 7, none were even viable to freeze. Oh - and we had to do a sperm aspiration b/c he had a prior vasectomy - so he isn’t on any supplements b/c the sperm are already frozen.
So, I thought I’d start on some supplements and need your advice on when you are supposed to stop taking them. I am on BCP until Dec 26th and start follistim on Jan 1st. (No Lupron - I’m on antagonist cycle).
Here’s the list:
Prenatal with DHA (been on this since August)
Vitamin D 4000 IU (I was low on Vit D in July and I took two doses of 50,000IU back in August but was never told to continue supplements on that but have read it can really help especially with lining and my lining was thin and my periods are quite scant)
[FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Folic Acid (800 mg) 1x day[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Vitamin C 500 mg 1x day[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Maca (not sure of the mg but it is in a gelatin capsule form) 1x day[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Royal Jelly in Honey 2x day (this stuff doesn’t taste good! I love honey and it is similar but definitely NOT the same - how did any of you take it to make it more palatable?)[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]CoQ10 400 mg 2x day[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]DHEA 25mg 3x day (I read to get micronized but I couldn’t find that. Is there a link or a way to tell if it is micronized?)[/SIZE][/FONT][/LIST][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]I only have insurance coverage for 2 to 3 cycles (probably not 3 full cycles) so i really want to make the most of this next one. I know it is a little late to start supplements but figure better late than never.[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]If anyone knows when to discontinue each of these, I would be appreciative of the help. Also - if you have a different dosage that would be better - feel free to comment on that too.[/SIZE][/FONT]