Hi Nancy (and MargieD),
Thanks so much for your messages - I'm so sorry it's taken me a few days to respond. I was trying to get a piece of writing that was left over from an old job out of the way so I could concentrate on my dissertation completely, so I wasn't checking the board. (I tend to be very one-minded sometimes...lol. Not always helpful with IVF..
What Dr. Co.hen said is very interesting. The night we canceled the IVF I did actually talk to Dr. Ch.eck about this as well - sort of. He basically said that I could cancel if I wanted to, but that with one or potentially 2 good eggs they wouldn't cancel me and that the most he was hoping for was 3 to 4 on this protocol. He also said, "You've gotten 10 eggs before, but that didn't work, did it? We're trying for quality instead of quantity in this situation." I did ask again about the estinyl, however, and he didn't really say that there was a difference between an estrace and estinyl protocol, which I guess is a little weird. I am taking estrace in the luteal phase this time around though, since we ended up doing TI for this cycle and you can't take estinyl in the luteal phase, so we'll see what happens. I am supposed to switch to taking estinyl if (when!) I get a negative beta. Check did seem concerned, though, that not taking estinyl for very long might not prevent an early ovulation, which has been a consistent problem for me and estinyl seemed to seemed to help with. But estinyl was supposed to prevent a lead follicle as well and it obviously didn't do that....so we'll just wait and see. That's basically what Check said.
Not very informative and more than a little frustrating, I'm afraid. I'll try again to talk to him about (because that's me..) but I got the sense that Check was kind of annoyed with me. I can be kind of annoying when it comes to this...lol.
I basically said I was about ready to give up and he said, "But we just started." I said something like, "Dude, I've been doing this for nearly 3 years and have had 4 IVFs." And he said, "But you just started here. Let's try to wipe the slate clean if possible."
So I'm trying...
How as the consult with Braver.man? Did he find anything other the low LADs?
Bra.verman actually called me on the phone a couple of weeks ago when I requested a consult, but DH wanted to wait a cycle to see if the LIT treatment and Lovenox from Alan Bee.r Center was enough to improve our chances. He does have a point - I'm always onto the next thing, probably because at this point I assume the current "thing" won't work...probably not a healthy or helpful stance, which I'm trying to work on. Positive visualization ladies, positive visualization.
Keep the faith ladies. Sending you good thoughts.