Questions for our doctor:
1) Given that the number of medium-large follicles I produced through clomid went from 8, to 6 to 1, do you think that next cycle we should try IVF?
A) if NOT:
- What would you advise? I don’t want to continue the blind process, waiting month after month.
- I have read that after 4 cycles doing IUI with clomid ‘most women who will fall pregnant through IUI will have done so’. I have also read that ‘after three cycles on clomid a woman’s chances of getting pregnant through IUI become lower again.’ Would you agree with this?
- What about one cycle using a type of contraceptive pill to rejuvenate clomid’s effectiveness?
- What about using injectable egg growers in place of clomid pills?
B) if YES
- Can we do it in March? In what ways can we pay for the IVF? In three chunks? Will I need to inhale nasal sprays in Feb?
- Would you advise a laparoscopy as well? what problems could you see via a laparoscopy that have not shown up through my short luteal phase (corrected with progesterone suppositories) and my apparently ‘perfect’ (doc’s words) uterus seen via normal ultrasound?
- What do you think about ‘SET’ (Single Embryo Transfer)? (I read that replacing a number of embryos as high as 5 is considered very risky)
- What do you think about day 5 (blasocyst) transfer?
Can anyone think of any others?
Mini Book Review
Re. the books in my last post, the Hormonal Balance for Fertility (by Dr Green) one is the best – but his programme for hormonal balance is very all-encompassing and difficult to cover ‘to a T.’ The one specifically about IVF I felt was a little bit patronising and not actually that informative. Lots about choosing a clinic (chapters on it!) which isn’t so relevant to us. The info about differnet kinds of assisted reproduction was ok but that was also in the book I liked best. I already don’t like the one with the smug meditating pregnant lady on the front, so i have stopped reading it.