I am currently doing my 3rd consecutive IUI cycle with injectable stims. I am really hoping we get lucky this time but if we are not successful we'll be moving on to IVF. I am trying to decide whether I would want to take a cycle off before starting IVF or to just go straight into it. Has anyone else gone straight from IUI to IVF or have any helpful tips?
Me -33 DH -33 TTC #1 since 2008. Text book regular cycles, great temp charts & well timed intercourse. All initial diagnostics normal. Started as unexplained
IF, now high FSH/ DOR.
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I took a break for a couple of cycles but it was more because I was changing RE's at the time. I think it's a good idea. IVF carries its own stressors and a cycle or two of not thinking about anything having to do with TTC would be healthy, IMO.
i went from an injectable cycle that my RE guessed it would be converted to a "hot" ivf cycle bc he was upping my dose of stims. i did get 7 follicles but my e2 level was only 85 at most so the cycle was canceled to do either iui or timed intercourse. we did timed intercouse and it was a BFN. i ended up going straight into an ivf cycle bc i was prepared for it happening already. my RE had me take bcp for a month (to let my ovaries rest and i have irregular cycles so this helped time the lupron better anyway) and then do lupron followed by stims- so even going straight into the ivf cycle took almost a month and a half before stims started so i had lots of time to get ready in my head. i am the kind of person that does better without breaks so this was better for me. some people need breaks in between so it just depends on what your personality is like and what you "feel" is right for you. i have been pretty aggressive with my treatment and my RE has been great with me but it did take some "processing" time for me to really feel like i need ivf and to just do it. i am in the 2ww now and i have my beta on tuesday but i have gotten a BFP on an hpt yesterday and today. i am hoping it sticks but my problem is recurrent miscarriage and lately infertility so this is the first time i've said that i got a BFP "out loud" except to my husband. my RE was right and he said my odds are better with ivf so i should just do it and he could pick out the best embryos to transfer. you should do what is right for you. i did really well coping with the ivf and i was pretty calm. even my dh and friends have said i have been more calm than since starting infertility treatment. i could tell i was mentally ready to just do it. if that means going without a break then you should go for it. if you need more time to mentally process it then you should take a break. just go with your gut feeling. i wish you luck with whatever you decide and i will keep my eyes and ears open on your progress!
Thanks for your input.
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For me so far, 2010 has involved 3 clomid cycles in Jan, Feb, &
March; surgery in April; and 3 IUI's in June, July, & Aug. I have my head around the possibility of IVF but I feel like maybe a rest for a cycle might help me feel like I have more energy to put towards it. My birthday and wedding anniversary, and TTC anniversary are all coming up in a few weeks and it would be really nice to not be in the throes of another treatment cycle. On the other hand I waited 7 months for the first appointment with the RE and 3 more months to start treatment, so it seems crazy to want to put things on hold.
I moved directly from my failed IUI cycle into IVF. I was in the 2WW of the IUI cycle when I got my high FSH diagnosis. When AF inevitably arrived, we had three days to decide if were going to move to IVF (and start BCP on CD3).
For me it was more of a mental decision than a physical one. I'd been struggling with depression ever since my m/c in September, and I already felt like I'd waited so long for a baby that I just couldn't face taking a break. So we moved to IVF right away. When the IVF cycle failed, we moved directly to the FET with no break. I was SO relieved that the doc said I didn't have to wait a cycle between the IVF and the FET. For me, the mental anguish of waiting was always worse than any of the physical aspects of treatment.
GL to you.
Its a personal decision, but if you think your mind and body could use a break - take it. I just took the month of July off from all forms of ttc and it was FABULOUS. I feel like a new person. I've regained some perspective on the fact that ttc isn't the ONLY thing in my life. DH and I took a week off and went away together. We actually dtd just for fun!!! . I enjoyed having wine guilt-free, had a massage, went for lots of relaxing walks, read a tonne of books (non ttc ones ) and generally took care of myself. I feel that I really have healed emotionally a tonne in the last month. At the end of the prior month I was a bit of an emotional wreck. It had been a tough year. Now I'm ready to move onto another IUI and then IVF with a fresh attitude to both ttc, and to myself.
Maria - 37 (ugh, that number keeps growing!!!)
DH - 40
TTC - on and off since Oct 2006
I would ask your doc whether you'll do 3 (ish) weeks of downregulating with BCPs for the IVF. That may provide the break you need and be a factor in how long it will be til you're actually trying again. I've done IVF cycles both with and without, so it can definitely vary. Meanwhile, here's hoping you don't have to make the decision at all!