I have two amazing little daughters whom we love with all our hearts. But I've been told that my next pregnancy will most likely be my last due to complications that I've had with both my previous pregnancies. So we really (really, really, really!) would love to have a baby boy to complete our family. We have decided to do IVF with PGD in hopes that it will bring us a son. We are both in our early 30s and don't have any history of infertility. All of our screening test came back great and the doctor said that everything looks perfect and that we appear to be ideal candidates for the procedure. My husband's sperm analysis was better than ideal, and she joked that I should be careful standing next to my husband, as i might get pregnant, Ha! Of course, I already know that. If only he could get me pregnant with a BOY!!
So here is our current plan:
She put me on a birth control pill starting for 21 days. I'll start Lupron on day 18, then FSH (Gonal F) for 8 days, and then add Menopur for 5 days. I should trigger some time in late July (roughly the 24th?), have retrieval 2 days later and transfer 5 day blasts around July 31st (this is a rough estimate depending on how things go). After retrieval I will begin taking estrace and progesterone.
And finally, we would go in for a pregnancy test 10 days later, around August 10th (that feels SOOOOOO far away).
Even with this very positive assessment, she said our success of pregnancy via IVF is still around 55-60%. If we have 2 healthy, male blasts, we will put both in so that will help our odds. But she also said there is a high risk of us having multiples of course. That would be a little scary, but really we would be THRILLED!!
She was also concerned about hyperstimulation and said they would be monitoring me very closely, as much as once a day.
We also discussed what level of PGD to do. We don't have a history of pregnancy loss, so she recommended 3 chromosome screening (X, Y, 21) FISH. Does this sound accurate to other's who have done PGD?
I'm so excited to FINALLY be moving forward and beginning our attempt to have a son, but it is a LOT of information and all so overwhelming!
It is also discouraging to read these forums because it is clear that even if you have no trouble conceiving naturally, that isn't always the case with IVF. It's a lot of money, time, and emotional energy to put on the line. For now I'm just trying to take it all one day at a time.
I would love to find some others who are either going through similar treatments now, or have in the past, to share my journey with!
2012 IVF/PGD for XY: 15 eggs retrieved, all mature, 14 fertilized normally via ICSI, 13 made it for day 3 PGD testing (3 probe: X,Y, & 21), 4 normal XX & 2 normal XY. Transferred both XY.
4dp 5dt BFP!
Beta 10dp 5dt - 147
Beta 12dp 5dt - 273
Beta 19dp 5dt - 6,400
Ultrasound 7w4d - Singleton, HB 157 bpm!
Ultrasound 17 weeks - Definitely a BOY!!!