So another cycle has passed and we are still no closer to a little one. This past cycle, we did a lot of new things: progesterone suppositories, femara, estrace, and a trigger shot. We had a lot of hope and the BFN stung. We got our hopes up with all the new progesterone/pregnancy symptoms. And worse of all, we continued to get very faint lines up to 14dpo but the beta blood test confirmed we were out. We both felt defeated and it led to some serious conversations about next steps. We decided that if this cycle doesn’t work, we may step away from our RE and fertility clinic and try at home with a known donor.
We still want to believe that this next cycle will work but we needed to start thinking about alternatives. I reached out to the RE and let them know that after this cycle, we would like to take a break. In that same vane, we asked if we could do anything more to help our chances. They first came back and said we could do gonadotropins (Follistim) injectables but the cost was significantly more. We typically pay about $2,000 USD for a medicated cycle and with injectables it would be more like $4-5,000 depending on how I respond to the medicine and how long I would need them. We didn’t feel comfortable spending that much on one cycle. At the end of the day, all the costs are still gamble in hopes of a baby. If our odds drastically increased with the cost, we may have considered it but I responded well to Femara (2 follicles) so we declined injectables.
This cycle, we are going to do a lot of the same things as last cycle except more estrace and earlier to thicken my lining and we plan to do two back to back IUIs. Our clinic stopped recommending 2 IUIs per cycle at some point after Lyn got pregnant with back to back IUIs because they said the pregnancy rates didn’t outweigh the additional cost. But they agreed to our request. Outside of the medical world, I am still drinking pomegranate juice, drinking raspberry leaf tea, eating sweet potatoes and trying to go out for walks more. I did decide to take a break from acupuncture because it wasn’t my favorite thing during the week and it didn’t seem to work with my first three cycles.
While this doesn’t sound like the happiest of blog posts, we do have some exciting things coming up. On September 30th, Lyn’s brother and wife gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and shortly thereafter, we booked tickets to see them in London this December. We are very excited to meet their new little one! And if we get pregnant this cycle, we can tell them that we are expecting during that visit and take a couple pregnancy announcement photos over there.
- Any success with back to back IUIs?
- Any success with known donor (especially after BFNs with frozen/thaw sperm)?