TTC after 35

How many follies can you do an IVF?

My last cycle I got 3 large follies and my RE did an IUI (which was a BFN). I am starting my next attempt and was wondering, has anyone my age done IVF with only a few follicles? My RE when we initially discussed treatment said he didn't recommend IVF cause you don't want to put the stress of being taken in and out of the body on older eggs, which are fragile. I agreed at the time, but since my first cycle produced 3 huge follies (never had such good size follies or more than 2 follies before), should I push for IVF?
Success after 3 years of trying! Alexander and Porter born May 3, 2013....

Re: How many follies can you do an IVF?

  • I have done IVF with 1 follie. It depends on the RE. Most won't do with that few but some will.

    TTC #1 since 8/1/10; Me:41 and BRCA1+, DH:46
    DOR (FSH 24.3)/ terrible egg quality ; homozygous MTHFR c677t
    5 IUI's: 2/11 to 6/11 and 1/12= BFN
    OE IVF#1-4 8/11-6/12= all BFN
    DE IVF#1 11/12 bad embryos= BFN
    DE IVF #2 2/13 BFP/Beta hell: m/c 5w6d
    CFNBC 7 months, not doing well; decided on guarantee program at RBA w/frozen DE
    DE IVF #3 1/14  ET 4BB; BFP;M/C 5w1d, incomplete m/c; MVA extraction in ER 7w1d

    DE FET#1 ET 3/1714; BFP, beta 1 3/27= 197, beta 2 3/31= 1586, beta 3 4/7= 13879!!
    First u/s= Twins with HBs at 6w2d! We are Team Pink x 2!!

    K & K born 11/21/14 at 38wks 4 days


    SAIF/PAIF Welcome

  • Like McIrish said it depends on the RE, mine wants 4 before they retrieve but I just got my RE to agree to go ahead next time with 2 since that is all my ovaries seem to want to produce every month.  Good luck!
    TTC since 3/2010. Me 41, DH-49. After 3 years, 6 IUIs and several IVFs we have finally have our beautiful baby girl, born on 11/7/13.

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  • Mine will retrieve with three follicles. He said that He has retrieved only one in a certain case but that would not be standard practise.

    I'm praying for three......out of all of the medicated cycles(IUI's) my last one  was the only one that yielded three.

    TTC since 2009 very frustrated 42yr and DH 40

    5 cycles of Clomid with satisfactory response=BFN's
    Fibroid removal Nov2010
    IUI Clomid #1 Feb 2011...BFN..damn it!
    IUI Inject's #2 Apr 2011...CANCELLED...low estradiol
    IUI Inject's #3 June 2011...BFN
    IUI Inject's #4 Sept2011...BFFN
    Lap Dec 2011...severe endo..cyst removed..some remains...
    IVF#1 Apr 2012 ....cancelled due to over suppression
    IVF#2 July 2012....6 follies...only 1 retrieved....BFFN
    surgery suggested to move ovary to an better placement but....we moved two time zones away and are financially and emotionally empty

  • Are your dosages of drugs similar to IVF dosages? If not, you'll probably get more follicles growing for IVF than with the IUI dosages. 

    Good luck!

  • I had three and that's what my RE likes to see. He would have gone to retrieval w/ less given that I was not willing to convert to an IUI. Good luck to you.
    TTC #1 since 2/10 Me 38 FSH 12.9 & AMH 0.16 DH 47, low sperm count due to meds. 07/11 We have sperm! 28 million, 70% motility, morphology 1% normal. 08/14/11 1st IUI unmedicated BFN. 09/11/11 2nd IUI w/ Femara + trigger BFN 10/14/11 trigger & Final IUI 10/16/11 BFN 10/21/11 Started acupuncture and loving it! 01/21 ET one embryo 6 cell grade C. Beta 02/02. BFN. Taking a much needed break. image
  • I had one at retrieval twice, and the last cycle we retrieved three.  Found that many Re's (and I had 3 different at same clinic) are quick to try to cancel the cycle if there are not >3 at very early monitoring appts.  Part of the quick trend to cancel is to tell you how much better your chances would be with DE.  But, I can tell you from experience that is a card that only you and DH can decide when it's time to play.  They don't want women with DOR to bring down their success statistics, and that is a HUGE piece of the problem in general.  They may tell you that they cancelled, so that you don't have to pay/have ins. Pay for a cycle that yields very few follies.  Most insurance will pay for not more than 4 retrievals per lifetime.  We pushed time and time again to get to retrieval, because at least we'd known that we had made it to fertilization and had some hope of a successful outcome.  Actually for me, all embryo quality at 3dt looked pretty good.  We had insurance coverage for one year....and wanted to see if we persevered if we could take home a sticky BFP.  Good luck to you.
    TTC since 10/09 Me-43 DH-44 RE and testing 10/10-11/10, Recommending IVF 1/11 New RE AMA and DOR-DH low motility IVF #1.1 cancelled 3/11 due to poor response IVF #1.2 May 2011, one perfect 8-cell embryo, 3dt-BFN, IVF #2.1 Converted to IUI d/t poor response. New RE 9/2011. IVF 2.2 completed using HGH,EPP,DHEA, Q-10 and accupuncture. Transferred one 8-cell, grade one embryo on 10/19. BFP 10/31/11 Chemical pregancy on 11/2/11. Started stims for IVF #3, our final try, on 12-2-11. ET on 12/18. Transferred 3 Grade A embryos-BFFN Planning DE IVF, late March/early April- Donors ER expected to be 4/2-4/4. PAIF/SAIF welcome
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