Thursday, June 17, 2010

Clinical Trial FOR ME!

I went to see the RE yesterday. It was almost like a WTF visit, even though I didn't do the cycle at his clinic. He was great, as always. He explained to me that I have the 2 most important factors going for me: Age and number/quality of eggs. Since I produced so many and 5 made it to day 5, he thinks we didn't get pregnant because of chance (40/60). But he's very hopeful for the FET in September. He even said that I should try another fresh cycle if the FEt doesn't work, because he thinks we are THAT close.
It definitely was a relief....after all the negativity from my RE in Spain.

E2 levels: He's guessing that since I had so many follies, a lot of them were immature, so my E2 levels didn't go as high as they should have. BUT, since my embryos made it to day 5, the quality is not compromised. So, no worries there.

Back to the title: FREE TRIAL! I (jokingly) asked him if they were doing any trials and that I would volunteer just so that I don't have to go back to Spain for 3 months to do another fresh cycle...and he said "well, actually, we are running a trial for women with PCOS. You are actually the perfect candidate". WHAAAAAT!!!!!
I know, I know. I AM FREAKING OUT! I don't want to get my hopes up though. He was going to meet with the colleague that will run the trial and mention me. I have to email him next week. He also said that they don't have any patients in line (I would be the 1st one) and that I am the perfect candidate. Also, that it would cost me as much as a plane ticket to Spain..about $1,000. WOW. I still can't believe it. We'll see what happens.
The trial consists on preventing women with PCOS from hyperstimulating. They retrieve the eggs a few days earlier than usual and then grow them in the lab a little longer than they would in a normal person. (Yes, I am not normal). Also, the do a very gentle a slow stimulation. It has a name..ivsomething. Not IVF, obviously,...Does anybody know about this procedure?? The nurse knew when I told her.

We also discussed dealing with PCOS without BCP, and he said no way. Maybe acupuncture, maybe met.formin...but the best would be BCP. I told him that Diane-35 made me sick and he said that I should try it again because it is the best one for PCOS, and that it's not sold in the US...really?? that makes me uncomfortable. If it's not sold, it's because it's dangerous, right? oh well.
I'm not taking anything now because of the FET in September or the Trial soon. I might have to postpone the FET if I get accepted in the trial.

AND, I just started my Masters degree!!! YEY!! I'm so excited. I really needed a break from all the TTC crap.

Now, on to finishing off my homework...


  1. Oh man, I feel you with the e2 being such a pain! I finally got my follies to do what they are supposed to but my e2 is still weirdly low. That would be awesome about the trial! *fingers crossed* Good luck with your Masters!!!

  2. Wow, that is some amazing good news!!! It pays to ask, huh? :-)