Will Assisted Hatching Help Embryo Implantation?

August 20, 2009

I heard that some people did assisted hatching with their IVF or FET. I know that most of people will do anything reasonable to get pregnant. I’m trying to collect some info that might benefit most of us.

My questions are:

  1. Will assisted hatching help implantation?
  2. Who, in what situations, are good candidates for assisted hatching?
  3. if we have 2-3 embryos to transfer, can we do 1 or 2 embryos assisted hatching, and the last one without hatching?

Anyone else has done assisted hatching or planning to do assisted hatching?Any info or insights are welcome.


Planning for 2nd Frozen Embryo Transfer

August 17, 2009

AF (My period after last FET cycle) arrived today. Considering all the factors, we decided to have a little break and wait one cycle to do the 2nd FET. My next period might be around Sept. 15-18. If everything goes well, my ET(Embryo Transfer) should be around Sept. 30 – October 3. This time we probably have all 3 embryos thawed and then transfer all that are viable, to increase the chance of getting pregnant.

Since I have about 1 month break, I plan to have more exercise to make sure I am healthier and in a better shape.  Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Hope this one is the ONE.  Best wishes for everyone else who are also trying hard to have a healthy baby!

Is it Good to do a Back-to-back FET?

August 15, 2009

The first Beta yesterday came back with a BFN. It was not a suprise since I’ve done 4 home tests and they were all negative. It’s official – I will have to move on and prepare for the next round.

Here is my FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer) protocol:

I will start with Estrodot patches on CD1 and then do u/s and bloodtest on CD14 to check lining and E2. If it’s good to go, then I will start Crinone on CD14. ET will be 3days later since i have 3-day ICSI embryos.

I did my last ET on Aug 1 2009 and yesterday Aug 14 was #1 beta with negative. I stopped meds (Estrodot patches & Crinone progesterone gel) yesterday. I am waiting for my AF to come to start a new FET cycle. My clinic told me that I can start a back-to-back FET right away on first day of my incoming period.

My question is:

Is it ok to do a back-to-back FET? Will it be better to wait at least one more cycle to do the next FET, so that my body will be in a better condition? will those meds that I used in last cycle will influence the back-to-back FET?

What will you recommend, back-to-back FET or not?

Anyone else has any experience or insight on this issue?


Signs of Early Pregnancy – Breast Tenderness

August 11, 2009

Today it’s 11dp3dt. My boots and nipple started to feel sore and sensitive. Is it a good sign? Hopefully.

One of the very noticeable early signs of pregnancy is tender, swollen, somewhat sore breasts. You may notice this pregnancy sign at bedtime when you are trying to get comfortable and go to sleep, when exercising or showering, or when getting dressed.

When you become pregnant, your body begins preparing your breasts for producing milk and breastfeeding. Hormones start increasing. In addition to breast tenderness and swelling, your nipples may feel sore or extra sensitive. Some women notice their nipples darken in color.

Your breasts play an important role in childbirth. They are naturally sensitive and become far more so when pregnant. This is one of the most obvious early symptoms of pregnancy.

Does Stress have Impact on IVF Pregnancy?

August 5, 2009

People might think that the stress will influence the outcome of IVF treatment.

According to a 2005 Swedish study published in the Oxford Journal Human Reproduction, 166 women were monitored starting one month before their IVF cycles and the results showed no significant correlation between psychological stress and their IVF outcomes. The study concluded with the recommendation to clinics that it might be possible to reduce the stress experienced by IVF patients during the treatment procedure by informing them of those findings. While psychological stress experienced during a cycle might not influence an IVF outcome, it is possible that the experience of IVF can result in stress that leads to depression. The financial consequences alone of IVF can influence anxiety and become overwhelming.

Our IVF Journey

August 5, 2009

Me 39, DH 38 – TTC since 2007

4 x IUI Oct 2008 – Jan 2009: BFN

#1 IVF: started early April 2009

ER: April 15, retrieved 12 eggs, 7 mature, 6 made it to day 3 ICSI
ET: April 18, transferred 2 grade-1 8-cells ICSI embryos and frozen 4 grade 1 8-cells embryos

Beta #1: May 1, 13dp3dt, HCG 14, progesterone 33; but AF on same day
Beta #2: May 4, 16dp3dt, HCG 73, progesterone 3 ( i stopped Crinone May 1)
Beta #3: May 8, 20dp3dt, HCG 443, progesterone 31 ( re-start Crinone  on 7)
May 9: Bleeding again for one day
Beta #4: May 11, 23dp3dt, HCG 1300, progesterone 33
Beta #5: May 13, 25dp3dt, HCG 2333, progesterone 51
Ultrasound #1: May 13, seeing something (sac?) in my uterus
Beta #6: May 15, 27dp3dt, HCG 3729. m/c same day

I have 4 3-day-ICSI frozen embryos in 4 straws
1. 8 cells, Grade 1
2. 8 cells, Grade 2
3. 4 cells, Grade 1
4. 8-10 cells, Grade 2

#1 FET: Aug 1 2009, transfer 1 7cells embryo
Beta 1: Aug 14 – BFN

Waiting for AF to come to start a new FET

Welcome to IVF Adventure!

August 4, 2009

Welcome to IVF Adventure!

IVF Adventure is a website created by a couple who are currently experiencing In vitro fertilization (IVF), a process by which egg cells are fertilised by sperm outside the womb, in vitro.

The purpose of this  website is to share IVF (In vitro fertilization) knowledge and experience with other IVFers.