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  • In-vitro

    Has anyone been through in-vitro with IC? If so, what was your experience? How did the meds. affect your bladder? I've been through IVF twice but I didn't have IC symptoms at the time. Well, I say I didn't have the symptoms. My IC symptoms actually started while I was going through my second IVF. My first IVF cycle ended in a chemical pregnancy but my second was just a failed cycle. I still have several frozen embryos left. I'm not saying I'm considering it, at least not now. I'm not considering anything right now, but for future reference. I haven't given up on this baby thing, just yet. Whether it be in-vitro, another attempted adoption or whatever. I'm just keeping my options open. I still have as strong of a desire as ever to be a Mommy. I was just curious to see if anyone here has attempted IVF with IC or even considered it.

  • #2
    Hi Melissa - I've had IC for 11 yrs. It took my hubby and I about a yr on our own to get pregnant. We were lucky enough to have our son in 1996; he will be 5 next month. When he was 2 1/2, we started trying again. When nothing happened, we went to an intertility specialist. We've spent the last yr or so having ultrasounds, blood draws, meds, inseminations (4), and finally IVF. The 1st cycle with IVF we had to stop on D6 because I wasn't responding to the meds. We started our 2nd cycle earlier this month and just last week, had to cancel again; I didn't respond to the meds again. There is one more protocol we could try, but we've decided were done with infertility treatments. We only got through D6, so I was taking Folic Acid, multi-vitamins, and the shots of Lupron and Follstim. I didn't notice a big change in my IC, but it was hard because I had to stop taking all my meds. Plus it was sooo stressful, that certainly didn't help my IC. If you've been through IVF already, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. It's a tough decision to decide when to continue w/ treatment, when to stop... If we didn't have our son, we'd probably take this til the end, but because we do have him, that changes everything. We're gonna try on our own for about another yr, and then call it quits. I can understand your desire to be a mom and I really hope things work out for you, whatever you decide to do. Good luck!!! Kris


    • #3
      Hi! I am in the process of pursuing an IVF procedure .... my doctor did not put me on Lupron thank god - he uses Birth Control pills to suppress the ovaries instead of completely shutting them down ... then I try pure FSH Follistem next week....

      We are going to use a surrogate with my eggs and my husband's donation- instead of me trying to carry the baby .... I just have too many medical problems: IC, Autoimmune disorder/ Connective Tissue Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Hormane Imbalances ... I delivered my daughter 2 yrs ago - but, just can't imagine that I could go thru another pregnancy with all of the above flaring & not being able to take prenatal vitamins or any of my other meds ....if any of you would like to learn more about using a surrogate - just ask .... wish us luck!


      • #4
        Kris, I'm sorry that you had problems responding to your meds. but I totally understand your decision to discontinue with the treatments. Going through IVF, or any fertility treatment for that matter, is very stressful and I know IC just compounds that. I said I was worried about how the meds. would affect my bladder but I guess in reality I'm just as worried about the stress and the sense of failure, again, if it doesn't happen. I've been through 9 inseminations and 2 IVF's. I guess I would be more inclined to give up if our adoption would have went through and if I didn't have ten frozen embryos still left. I guess we'll eventually figure it out. I do want to wish you lots of luck for a pregnancy in the coming year.

        Mary, I just wanted to wish you lots of luck with the surrogate pregnancy. I hope it works out for you. Medical technology is a pretty awesome thing, isn't it. Now, if they'd just come out with an IC cure, huh?

        You'll both be in my prayers. Take care.