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question: natural vs. low stim

April 4 2012 at 2:29 AM
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BroodyHen  (no login)


hi ladies. i'm just looking for some input as i gear up for what will probably be my last cycle trying. or my last cycle with all the bells and whistles. i can't keep taking steroids, lovenox, ivig, etc... it is too risky, too expensive, just too much. i may keep trying naturally, but that seems moot due to the antiiphospholipid syndrome, clotting issues, nk cells, etc. without treatment, i think it is basically over.

my question - to stim or not to stim. i have a bunch of follistim in the fridge, so i'm ready to go. but i wonder if it is worth it to add more drugs into the ridiculous cocktail of chemicals i'm already soaking in. i read on this board a couple of weeks ago about how you need to stim for a certain minimum number of days for success. does this only apply if you are doing IVF? i should clarify that i would be doing low stim using follistim for TI. i have tried it 3 times - twice i got a lead follicle, and the last time i got 4 follicles in play but still a BFN. each time i started the follistim on day 2 or 3 and things went really quickly and i was triggering early like on day 8 or 9 = only 6 or 7 days of stims . i worry that accelerating my cycle so much can't be good. i normally would ovulate on day 12 or 13 (unless of course the progesterone support delays my cycle in which case i tend to get an early recruit and ovulate early).

what would you do? i tend to lean towards natural but i don't know what i'm doing! thanks in advance for any input. i really appreciate it.

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