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#1

Hi my name is Anna. I am new to this forum and I am so glad that I found this community online. I just wanted to say hi and hopefully talk to people that understand what I am going through.

My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for 2 1/2 years. We have had two miscarriages. My OB fianlly sent me to an Infertility Clinic to help us out. They did all the bloodwork and ultrasounds and it came back that I have a Low Ovarian Reserve. I am on my third night of Follistim and they have me doing 225mg. They say that I will have to do it for probably 10 nights.

I love the support that you give each other and I just want to say congrats to everyone that has their dreams coming true. You all give me hope and when I am down and feeling like I am all by myself I can come here and know that I am not.


#2

:welcome: Sorry to hear about your m/c’s :grouphug: Good luck with follistim. I start mine tomorrow. :cheer: You should hop over to the follistim success forum. :slight_smile:


#3

:welcome: Anna, and good luck!!! I wish you lots of good luck on this journey. This is definitely a good place to come for support. Hard for people who haven’t been through this to really understand what we deal with day in and day out. :cross:


#4

Hi!!! I am new to this forum and to IVf. This is our first cycle!! I am scared, nervous and most of all extremely excited. :woohoo: My DH and I have been trying naturally for 3 years since he had a VR. I just had my baseline u/s today and will be starting the Bravelle and Menopur on Saturday. Most of my friend conceived naturally and don’t really understand the stress and frustration with infertility so I am lacking in the “who can I talk to about this” department. My DH is wonderful and is extremely involved but I sometimes needs to have some else to turn to. When I found this site and realized that I was not alone it was a great comfort. I am so excited to find so many strong women supporting each other. I wish everyone the best and hope your dreams come true.[/font]


#5

Best of luck!

Just want to wish you well and offer some support. IVF can be stressful but there are things you can do to make the ride a bit easier. Here are my tips…feel free to ask any questions and make sure to take care of yourself!
[B]Understand Your Treatment[/B]
The unknown is scary and feeling like you are in the dark can add greatly to the stress of an IVF cycle. Before you begin your cycle, make an effort to understand your diagnosis and your treatment plan. Ask your doctor to explain the goals and phases of treatment and the potential responses that you may have to medications and procedures. Having a better understanding of the entire process is crucial to managing the emotional ups and downs that many patients experience.

[B]Get Organized[/B]
Create a cycle management center. Keep all your important phone numbers, instructions and cycle documentation in one place so when you need something you will know where to look for it. Preliminary research can simplify your cycle and help to reduce stress. Find out as much as you can about cycle logistics, expenses and any insurance coverage you may have. Research your options for monitoring facilities, testing locations, pharmacies and complementary therapies so you can save time, money and headaches when the need arises. If this feels overwhelming, get your partner involved by putting them in charge of researching and organizing your options.

[B]Schedule Time for Change[/B]
IVF cycles follow a basic timeline but each cycle is unique and will evolve over time so it helps to get into a flexible mindset before you begin. Because each cycle step hinges on the next, one change can have a ripple effect that plays havoc on your emotions and on your schedule. Have a few back up plans in place if you think you will need short notice coverage at work or at home, and be ready to alter your plans for that extra monitoring day or unexpected early transfer.

[B]Be Ready to Wait[/B]
IVF cycles involve lots of waiting. You wait for the cycle to start, you wait for appointments, instructions, test results, procedural results and of course you wait for the big news. Make a list activities that you can engage in to fill up these waiting periods. Plan activities of varying length that reflect your personality and are based on your possible moods so you will have lots of options when time seems to be standing still.

[B]Consider Your Stress Threshold[/B]
Whether it is a tough family situation, a difficult friend or a big presentation at work, we all have certain situations that are more stressful than others. If possible, consider re-scheduling any high stress events during your cycle. This is especially important during your first cycle or if you are using a new medication or protocol, and you can’t be exactly sure how things will affect you. The benefits of having a calm and happy cycle may be enough to make it worthwhile to skip a few events or wait a month for treatment.

[B]Plan A Support Network [/B]
The IVF process is not easy and having access to your own personal support network can be a lifesaver when you are faced with a small bump in the road or a larger emotional or physical crisis. Your support network can include organizations, private therapy, support groups, friends, books, complementary therapies and more. Anything that can help you cope, learn, celebrate, vent, decide, relax or accept is a support resource. Resources should be about quality, not quantity but as you plan a support network you may want to give yourself a few options because an IVF cycle comes with many moods and as your mood changes your needs may too.

[B]Prepare for Your Results[/B]
Having a results day plan can serve to alleviate some of the anxiety and stress that may be associated with the close of your cycle. You should always be cautiously optimistic, but it is equally important to plan for both good and bad news. Take the time to understand testing and notification procedures and make a plan for results day that involves being able to access a safe space and comforting surroundings should you need them. Outline specific steps to take based on a negative or positive outcome and you will have a basic guide to get you through should you need one.


#6

Thank you!! I look forward to the support this site can bring. I have done Follistim for 5 nights and I have to go two more nights and then back to the doctors. I look forward to my appointment on Friday. I want that trigger shot :slight_smile: Hope everyone is having a great week!!


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