Question about IVF and meds


#1

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]Hello All, I am new to askingpeople for information but stumbled across the site during a search about themeds I am going to start taking for my first round of IVF.[/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]Please bear with me.[/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]To summarize, I have been pregnant 8 times with 9 babiesover a 19 year time period. 6 weremiscarriages and 2 were early births and no babies lived. [/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]The specialist I am seeing put us through a lot of testsand didn’t find anything wrong with me or my husband. We decided to try IVF with an egg donor and Iam getting ready for the cycle to start. [/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]I am not a big medicine/drug person so I am trying to getan idea on these meds I am about to take[/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]Lupron 0.1cc[/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]Vivelle 0.mg patch[/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]Lovenox 40mg[/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]I realize everyone reacts different to the medication butjust an idea if anything took these specifically. I appreciate in advance any advice or input.[/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]Thank you![/SIZE][/FONT]


#2

I took the same dose of Lupron as you are going to be taking. I thought it was an easy shot as far as all mine went. The only side effect that I noticed was that I got a small skin irritation at the site and some itching but it wasn’t anything to be concerned with. It usually lasted 4-5 hours and then went away.

The Lovenox we give all the time in the hospital for blood thinning. I’ve never really met anyone that responded poorly to it at small doses.

Good luck!!


#3

[FONT=‘Segoe UI Mono’][SIZE=3]Hi brooksbaby – Question for you. I read that you’ve had 9 pregnancies. Has your RE tested you for reoccurring pregnancy loss? I’m sure he has. I have had a miscarriage at 11 weeks, one blighted ovum, two chemicals and one ectopic. My RPL tests have come back normal but my RE is still putting me on Heparin, Prednisone & baby aspirin. Are you sure moving on to donor eggs is the solution? Were your pregnancies natural or medicated? Have you tried IVF with chromosome testing to rule out the abnormal eggs? [/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=‘Segoe UI Mono’][SIZE=3]Sorry for all the questions. Without a siggy I had guess scenarios and then ask. [/SIZE][/FONT]


#4

Good questions for you. I wanted to point out that she is on Lovenox (same as being on heparin) which I am sure is to treat any potential clotting disorders. I have been through three losses and was put on Lovenox to prevent future miscarriages…went on to have two healthy babies :).

To answer your question I was on all the things you are taking. Lupron is typically used to supress you, basically gives the RE complete control over your cycle, the lovenox is used most commonly for people with multiple miscarriages (blood thinner), and vivelle is an estrogen patch (used to mimic the amount of estrogen that is a traditional cycle/pregnancy). Hope this helps.

Was curious if you have ever done fertility treatments before or were the pregnancies natural?? Good luck to you, sorry to hear of all your losses. We did not have as many as you, but did go through three miscarriages and 2 negative IVF’s before having our little boys, if that is encouraging to you at all.


#5

Hi Brooksbaby,

I did a mini-IVF and started on a 10-day lupron does of 10IU (no BCP to start). No one warned me about Lupron really - I thought it was a really light drug. And for some people it is. But for me, it hit hard and fast after about 4 days and caught me totally off guard. I had anxiety attacks (never had those before in my life), hot flashes, felt like a fog came over my brain (had toruble with even simple math) and grew really, really tired. I pretty much just stayed home once I realized I was not myself…that was better.

I’m not trying to scare you - it wasn’t awful and the shot itself was super easy - I just would have done better on the drug if I had known what to expect and not planned so many social events.

I’m sorry for your losses - that must be really tough. I hope this donor cycle brings you everything you dream of!


#6

AnastasiaC, thank you for the feedback. I am hoping that it will be this easy.


#7

Hi Webelieveinmiracles,
I am sorry for your losses.
He tested me for everything. We did a year of testing and trying to narrow it down. He does 9 tests, I apologize if I can’t think of them. I passed them all. I do have the MTHFR gene mutation but he didn’t think that would cause these losses.
All of my pregancies have been natural and with no assistance. All normal pregnancies. I am sorry about the signature. (I’ll work on that)
We are trying the egg donation as an alternative because the chromosome testing for IVF was alot more money for us.
Thank you for your feedback.

[quote=Webelieveinmiracles][FONT=Segoe UI Mono][SIZE=3]Hi brooksbaby – Question for you. I read that you’ve had 9 pregnancies. Has your RE tested you for reoccurring pregnancy loss? I’m sure he has. I have had a miscarriage at 11 weeks, one blighted ovum, two chemicals and one ectopic. My RPL tests have come back normal but my RE is still putting me on Heparin, Prednisone & baby aspirin. Are you sure moving on to donor eggs is the solution? Were your pregnancies natural or medicated? Have you tried IVF with chromosome testing to rule out the abnormal eggs? [/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Segoe UI Mono][SIZE=3]Sorry for all the questions. Without a siggy I had guess scenarios and then ask. [/SIZE][/FONT][/quote]


#8

Brit1612,
How did you react to the Lupron? I am a little nervous about this drug.
We have not done any fertility treatments before this. Everything has been natural. It’s been frustrating doing all of these tests and not finding anything. We just hope this IVF with the egg donation works.
I want you to know that everything you have said is very encouraging and I really appreciate your feedback. I am sorry for your losses and glad for your little boys.
Thank you Brit1612.

[quote=brit1612]Good questions for you. I wanted to point out that she is on Lovenox (same as being on heparin) which I am sure is to treat any potential clotting disorders. I have been through three losses and was put on Lovenox to prevent future miscarriages…went on to have two healthy babies :).

To answer your question I was on all the things you are taking. Lupron is typically used to supress you, basically gives the RE complete control over your cycle, the lovenox is used most commonly for people with multiple miscarriages (blood thinner), and vivelle is an estrogen patch (used to mimic the amount of estrogen that is a traditional cycle/pregnancy). Hope this helps.

Was curious if you have ever done fertility treatments before or were the pregnancies natural?? Good luck to you, sorry to hear of all your losses. We did not have as many as you, but did go through three miscarriages and 2 negative IVF’s before having our little boys, if that is encouraging to you at all.[/quote]


#9

Hi Darlee,
Thank you for sharing your experience with your IVF protocol. Your symptoms is what I am a little afraid of. I am supposed to start the Lupron in 2 weeks and I am thinking of putting it off because I start a new job next week and I dont want to lose the job if I start acting like I might be an emotional wreck.
Thanks again for your experience. All the best.

[quote=Darlee]Hi Brooksbaby,

I did a mini-IVF and started on a 10-day lupron does of 10IU (no BCP to start). No one warned me about Lupron really - I thought it was a really light drug. And for some people it is. But for me, it hit hard and fast after about 4 days and caught me totally off guard. I had anxiety attacks (never had those before in my life), hot flashes, felt like a fog came over my brain (had toruble with even simple math) and grew really, really tired. I pretty much just stayed home once I realized I was not myself…that was better.

I’m not trying to scare you - it wasn’t awful and the shot itself was super easy - I just would have done better on the drug if I had known what to expect and not planned so many social events.

I’m sorry for your losses - that must be really tough. I hope this donor cycle brings you everything you dream of![/quote]


#10

[FONT=‘Segoe UI Mono’][SIZE=3]IDK with all your pregnancies being natural (none medicated) I would think there has to be an underlying reason for the miscarriages. Out of 9 pregnancies it could not have been all due to egg quality. But that’s my opinion. For all I know I could be wrong. But if I were you I’d try a natural cycle and if you get a BFP include the Lovenox, Prednisone and baby aspirin. Have you tried this before?[/SIZE][/FONT]


#11

We tried the baby aspirin and some estrogen suppositories. This was years ago. I dont know why my current specialist wouldn’t try this other.
He really felt because he had another patient with the same issues as us, and she did the exact med protocol and has had 2 children, that it “could be” what our issue is as well.
He said we could do the IVF with chromosome egg testing, try egg donation with our sperm or have a surrogate.
He really didn’t offer any other med protocols.
We have already paid for the egg donation. :frowning:


#12

[quote=brooksbaby]Brit1612,
How did you react to the Lupron? I am a little nervous about this drug.
We have not done any fertility treatments before this. Everything has been natural. It’s been frustrating doing all of these tests and not finding anything. We just hope this IVF with the egg donation works.
I want you to know that everything you have said is very encouraging and I really appreciate your feedback. I am sorry for your losses and glad for your little boys.
Thank you Brit1612.[/quote]

Thanks for the kind words, glad I could be encouraging to you :). So sorry to hear that you have been through sooo many losses, although we have been through a lot, I really can’t imagine!

As for the lupron, or any of the drugs, I never had side effects. Honestly the only drug I had any problems with was the birth control pills…they gave me bad headaches. Every person is different, just try not to stress about the unknown (I know it is hard), many women have no symptoms at all, so it is really just a wait and see thing. Good luck for you!! I hope this is your time!!!