After much research on IVF clinics around the Bay Area, I narrowed my choices down to two clinics. The "Big Clinic" with Dr. P and "Hollywood" with Dr. Z.
Doc and I met with Dr. P on Friday and he was very nice. A straight shooter with a very friendly demeanor with lots of experience. We talked for about an hour and he explained that my upcoming cycle (if this current IUI didn't work) would fit in perfectly with his March retrievals and transfers. The estimated cost of the meds would be about $3K and the IVF itself would be $9,500. A whole lot of dough...
Unfortunately, the clinic will be closed for cleaning in April, so if for some reason we didn't do the transfer and retrieval in March, we'd have to wait until May and May would be very bad for us because we have a vacation planned to go to Puerto Rico. So, I'm a little hesitant about the timing of all of this. It's a bit more complicated than I realized.
Anyway, I called yesterday to follow up with the Big Clinic's IVF coordinator and didn't get a call back until 4:30. That concerned me a bit, because if I'm going to pay $10+K, I'm expecting not to have to wait all day for call backs. I don't want the logistics to add more stress to the process. Anyway, the IVF coordinator told me that Dr. P had recommended the antagonist protocol for me (he hadn't mentioned this during our meeting on Friday). After doing a bit of homework on the internet, it looks like this type of protocol is typically used for low responders, older women, and sometimes women with PCOS. Statistics show lower pregnancy rates with this protocol. This sort of concerned me, so I sent Dr. P an email...we'll see if he responds. Anyone know anything about the antagonist protocol?
As for Dr. Z at "Hollywood" (Hollywood because it's pretty glitzy and nice), we have a phone call with him on Friday. We'll see what he has to say about all this.
I am 35 and I used to like a lot of stuff, like snowboarding, running, eating sushi, and drinking adult bevs. But it seems like everything I like to do conflicts with having a baby. So, I've switched to consuming box juice drinks, eating jello, and rolling with my walker. Well, maybe not that extreme, but you get the picture. It's a different life and I guess when you're like me and are infertile and almost AMA (Advanced Maternal Age or aka an old fart), you've gotta make some life changes whether you like it or not. So, here's my journey...
November 2007: We're married! Decide to postpone family for one year to travel.
February 2009: Ready, set, go! We start trying for +1. Off of BCPs.
July 2009: Something is not quite right. Luteal phase is too short. Periods are too light. Start acupuncture and herbs
September 2009: Contact Ob/Gyn about short luteal phase and she refers me to an RE. The RE recommends blood work and an HSG. Husband gets a SA. Everything is clear and good to go.
November 2009: Begin Clomid Challenge Test and prepare for IUI #1 (which doesn't happen because of the Thanksgiving holiday). We end up doing things the old-fashioned way. FSH #s pass the CCT. Unfortunately, lining too thin. BFN.
December 2009: Start femara and prepare again for IUI #1. Follies look good. Lining is a little thin, but not terrible. BFN.
January 2010: Start femara and IUI #2. Start with a new acupuncturist.
February 2010: IUI #2 is BFN. Begin birth control pills for IVF. Husband gets another SA -- morphology (tested using Kruger) comes back at 7%. Antral follicle count is low at 10 follicles.
March 2010: IVF #1 -- Slow responder. Follicles are taking their sweet time to grow. Retrieval date is 3/13 (Doc's birthday).
March 13, 2010 -- 10 eggs retrieved from 11 follicles: 3 mature, 5 partially mature, 2 immature. Only 2 fertilized. 2-day transfer scheduled.
March 15, 2010 -- 2 embryos transferred: 2-cell and 5-cell (both have quality rating 2). BFN
May 2010 -- Start IVF #2 with new doc and new protocol. Microdose lupron with estrogen priming!