Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Follow Up with the RE

We had our follow-up appointment today with Dr. K.

She told us that out of the patients that had negative results this cycle, she was shocked that we were one of them.

She said at one point, I had a dip in my estrogen level but that it could have been an error with the machine that reads the equipment. (It said my estrogen had dipped from roughly 2,000 to 1,000 but then next bloodtest it was back up to over 2,000.) She wasn't really concerned because I still produced follicles and they were growing and at the right size. I know at one point they upped my estrogen, too, so that's probably the day she was referring to.

She said that she was surprised by the lower number of follicles/eggs that we got. I had 12 follicles and only 8 eggs. She said that could be due to statistics or it could be due to my age. She said the same thing about our other 5 embryos not making it to FET. She was surprised that we didn't have any make it.

I asked her if she thought I had problems with implantation. She said it's hard to know. My tests for my lining were fine. She said that there is research being done right now on implantation and what things might be indicators of problems, but there's still a lot they don't know.

She said that she thought we should try again if we wanted to and that we have a very good chance of it working. She started to mention about me participating in a study, and I told her I was going to ask her about that, too. She said they might have a couple studies coming up, including an internal study where they would be looking at hormone levels. She said we would still have to pay some fees but the overall fee would be reduced. We said it was definitely something we would consider.She mentioned possibly increasing my Menopur (and maybe the Bravelle) or doing something called micro dose flare which I think she said is a different Lupron dosage.


Jen said...

I think that is the suckiest part - never really getting answers. I mean, it sucks no matter what, but not knowing why makes it all the more unfair.
Hopefully you can get in a study! I can't wait to read your next update and I will keep my fingers crossed for you guys.

Misty River said...

Wendy...I'm in a study too. It's a Duramed study for a progesterone ring. My doctor told me about it and that's the only way we are able to afford IVF. Our insurance pays zilch and this is reducing the cost to $4500 from roughly 12K. It's definitely something worth considering!!

I'm sorry that the first cycle didn't work for you...I was hoping it would b/c we are about 6 weeks away from the actual ET and I wanted to read about all IVF cycle's working.

I hope you two are able to get into a study and are successful the next time!!