Human Growth Hormone

That’s what I’m going to try for my last hurrah.  I can’t help but feel a little bit excited.  I just started a new cycle – things weren’t in place on time so I will wait this one out .  Three weeks to go!!

Improvement of delivery and live birth rates after ICSI in women aged >40 years by ovarian co-stimulation with growth hormone — Tesarik et al. 20 (9): 2536 — Human Reproduction

I am also going to talk about using Dexamethosone as well but I don’t like my chances:

Low-dose dexamethasone augments the ovarian response to exogenous gonadotrophins leading to a reduction in cycle cancellation rate in a standard IVF programme — Keay et al. 16 (9): 1861 — Human Reproduction

I will let you know whether it will be IVF or a stim cycle when I know 🙂


Well it’s more ‘normal’ than last month..

I did an injects cycle this month with Estrogen. I’m still a bit out of whack. Ovulated cd 20 this time but had two follies and all looked good.

Unfortunately BFN, but I squeezed in a week at the beach, relaxing and forgetting to temp, before the witch, not unexpectedly, found me. I’m having a break this month and then my last hurrah. Protocol? Who knows. But viagra will be on the table – for me, not Hubby. Lol

Am I done?

Last cycle was a bust. I did injectables but didn’t ovulate until cd 38!! The theory is that the dose was too high. My FS has asked if I would like to try something ‘different’ and then gone away on holidays…

So in his absence I’m doing injectables again but a slightly lower dose and waiting to see what ‘different’ means. I will do viagra with whatever he suggests and then I think I’m done.

There, I said it. Let’s see if my instinct is right 🙂

Decidedly lacklustre…

That’s me, as I start TTC cycle #36, I think. I am doing injectables and timed intercourse. My bulk pack of OPK’s and HPT’s are winging their way to me as I type and I start Estrogen and Gonal-F tomorrow.

I don’t feel excited though. It’s more a question of ‘I hope I remember to do it all’ and I really think that this is me getting ready to throw in the towel.
Which is a good thing.

Life’s too short and I’ve invested heavily time wise already. I think I’m almost there.

At that point, when it really is okay to be done.

I would never say that you can decide it though.

It really does just happen – says she – who’s about to start all over for another month! Lol!!

Never underestimate the effect of hormones

Yes, I am still in the land of the living and feeling pretty good.  I have no doubt that the massive hormone fluctuations involved in IVF by their very nature make the whole process so much harder to cope with.  Back in ‘normal hormone land’ I am fairly philosophical about yet another failure.  I know that for me, the time is coming to call it quits.  But it’s not here just yet.  There are funding changes on the horizon here for IVF so it may well be to my benefit to squeeze in another attempt before the end of the year but I’m really starting to doubt that IVF can do anything for me at the current level of expertise available.  Unless I end up with multiple embryos I’m not getting that ‘best egg’ selection.  I suspect, that for me injectibles are the way to go.

So I wait out this cycle and will be interested to know what is in store.  At the moment I’m just enjoying the good old waking follicle twinges I’m getting as my poor old ovary cranks out just one egg this cycle.

As always, I’ll keep you posted.

A picture speaks a thousand words – 7dp3dt

Well actually just three letters – B.F.N.


But then I knew that so all is well. I think I’ll cut down on my progesterone just so the ‘crash isn’t so big at the end. Beta is on Monday. I’m pretty sure it will be zero, as in, not even an attempt at implantation. We’ll see.

And now it’s back to the diet. After losing 7kg I’ve managed to put on 1kg in the last three days. Damn progesterone! 🙂

Clutching at straws – 6dp3dt

Well another BFN for me today.  Still symptom free.

A list of symptoms I don’t have:

  • Sore breasts
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Pulling, tugging, twitching
  • Cramping

Of course these are my non-symptoms not everyone’s.

And in true pathetic style I am still clinging to a shred of hope.  My temperature is starting to drop (I suspect tomorrow’s will make or break me) but it’s still around what it would be if i was pregnant.  To clarify I will provide an overlay of my last two pregnancy charts with this months.

This month is the orange line.  I know, I’m pathetic 🙂

Pregnancy charts overlaid

Pregnancy charts overlaid

Of course the reason it could be around the right spot is that it started higher, but that is rational thought, which has no place whatsoever in an Ancient’s IVF blog :p

And more clinging – I found this:

1dpt ..embryo is growing and developing
2dpt… Embryo is now a blastocyst
3dpt….Blastocyst hatches out of shell on this day
4dpt.. Blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining
5dpt.. Implantation begins,as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining
6dpt.. Implantation process continues and morula buries deeper in the lining
7dpt.. Morula is completely inmplanted in the lining and has placenta cells &
fetal cells
8dpt…Placenta cells begin to secret HCG in the blood
9dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
10dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
11dpt…HCG levels are now high enough to be immediately detected on