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by CT_Michele
Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: Sperm donor - Advice!
Replies: 0
Views: 1700

Sperm donor - Advice!

Hi, We are planning on using donor sperm as a backup for what is likely our last attempt at a second child. I was wondering if anyone could give me advice on where to get the sperm from or where not to get it from? And how do I/we choose? I just went on california cryobanks website and it seems over...
by CT_Michele
Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:21 am
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: It's been too long!!
Replies: 2
Views: 2068

Re: It's been too long!!

Oh boy, I need to update my signature and ticker! Wow it has really been a while! Lol
by CT_Michele
Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:20 am
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: It's been too long!!
Replies: 2
Views: 2068

It's been too long!!

Hello my friends! It's been so long since I've been on these boards! Life has been crazy as usual. So I just took my first Lupron shot! We are gearing up for one last try, August cycle, probably with donor backup. Dh will be doing one more tese in the OR the day before ER. I should start meds august...
by CT_Michele
Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:24 am
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: Lupron vs BC pills to supress...opinions?
Replies: 4
Views: 3233

Lupron vs BC pills to supress...opinions?

Bam! Guess who's back?! :-) Can't believe I'm about to go again! Just curious if anyone has any opinions or knows the differences between using lupron and BC pills? I want to do BC but RE is hesitant BC of my history of high blood pressure (which has been much better since losing 72 lbs in the past ...
by CT_Michele
Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:40 am
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: My ivf friends...please help!
Replies: 3
Views: 1503

My ivf friends...please help!

A dear friend of mine who lost a child after struggling with infertility starting a charity with a friend called Project Sweet Peas. They are in the running to win $50,000 from Chase bank. They can help so many nicu families with this money. They are in the final days of voting and desperately need ...
by CT_Michele
Wed May 23, 2012 1:11 am
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: please help
Replies: 27
Views: 7491

Re: please help

Hi Sue, While I am only 31, I find myself in the same shoes as you, desperately wanting a sibling for my Ella. But we have no sperm left and DH is not ok with donor sperm. I wish I had great words of wisdom for you, but I don't. I know I will always want it, and will probably never get it. But what ...
by CT_Michele
Wed May 23, 2012 12:55 am
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: It happened tonight...
Replies: 7
Views: 2107

Re: It happened tonight...

Thank you all for your kind words and support. I know I can always come here to vent and that everyone will understand what I am feeling. After I got off the phone and waited a few minutes so I wasn't a mess, I couldn't even look at dh, but I said, "I am happy for them, but...it's hard." (All choked...
by CT_Michele
Mon May 21, 2012 3:23 am
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: It happened tonight...
Replies: 7
Views: 2107

It happened tonight...

Yup, I knew it was coming eventually. One of my sister-in-laws is pregnant with their 2nd. I had my little Ella almost 4 years ago now. After having her, we started trying for number 2, failed a bunch of times. During the past 3 years, all 3 of my sister-in-laws got pregnant with and had their first...
by CT_Michele
Sun May 13, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: A few links for you today...
Replies: 0
Views: 761

A few links for you today...

I know I am not around very often anymore and I feel my journey has ended, but I think about you all everyday. On this day, which I know is very difficult for many of you, here are a few links I wanted to share. http://inconceivablebook.com/blog/ivf/dear-infertile-friend-my-mothers-day-gift-for-you/...
by CT_Michele
Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:17 am
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: I need to vent to the only people who will understand...
Replies: 21
Views: 4495

Re: I need to vent to the only people who will understand...

Thank you all for your replies! I had to step away for the computer for the week as work beckoned! I hear and understand what each and everyone of you are saying. I am honestly not sure how I am feeling about it all. I go back and forth about the donor embryos. I keep thinking about how bad I want a...
by CT_Michele
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: I need to vent to the only people who will understand...
Replies: 21
Views: 4495

Re: I need to vent to the only people who will understand...

Buying embryos? At my clinic, it's just an FET cycle that happens to use somebody else's embryos. The cost is for the service of an FET. A clinic cannot charge for the embryos themselves. Perhaps your insurance does not cover FET if the embryos are not your own? Not sure what my clinic does, I have...
by CT_Michele
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: I need to vent to the only people who will understand...
Replies: 21
Views: 4495

Re: I need to vent to the only people who will understand...

what if the child from the donor sperm cycle completely resembles the biological father and not you? that is also possible,right? Totally possible, and I am fine with that. This is not mostly about "needing to look like" us. But if the option is there for the child to have part of our dna, then why...
by CT_Michele
Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: I need to vent to the only people who will understand...
Replies: 21
Views: 4495

Re: I need to vent to the only people who will understand...

A cycle using donated embryos is typically about the cost of an FET cycle. Much less than an IVF cycle with donor sperm, but perhaps more than an IUI with donor sperm. Except that my insurance will cover all the procedures. So it would be the cost of buying sperm versus the cost of buying embryos. ...
by CT_Michele
Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Topic: Anyone from CT?
Replies: 18
Views: 4492

Re: Anyone from CT?

I am from CT, hence my name, and I have been with Dr Levi at Park Ave Fertility in Trumbull for over 4 years. We had success with him our first try and have a 3 1/2 yr old daughter named Ella. Dr Levi is one of the nicest people I have ever met. Trying for number 2 has been failed attempt after fail...